Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Today's bento begins with a mini slider, a sirloin steak burger with American cheese, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a side a of mixed vegetables. The blue box has mini whole wheat toast, laughing cow cheese wedge and grapes for my afternoon snack. When I saw the mini burger buns in the store around the 4th of July I immediately recognized the bento possibilities. I threw a few mini burgers in the deep freezer several weeks ago when I realized that I had defrosted too much beef for my supper. Voila a meal in a bun in a little box. How bento.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Special note to my vegetarian friends, the miso glazed eggplant is really good as a main dish with rice as a complement. Who needs the meat...Have a great day, and stay flu free.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Grilled Chicken Meatballs:
Friday, September 25, 2009
This bento contains one skewer of meatballs with cherry tomatoes, banana slices, green beans, white rice, yakatori sauce and furatake. Pretty fancy for a simple lunch. Have a great weekend.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Keep your eye out for bento bargains in the clearance racks of Back to School Sales. I found this little Sanrio bento in the %25 off rack of a Hallmark card shop. The box was part of the store's back to school selection now being replaced by Halloween goodies. The box holds 550 ml. All of the information regarding care and use is in Japanese so your guess is as good as mine for instructions. I personally handwash all of my bento to keep them safe. List price was $5.95 (USD) originally.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
the lower container is filled with lettuce and salad dressing. The mini container is filled with sun dried tomato. The other smaller containers are filled with mini whole wheat toast, laughing cow cheese and sopressa salami. All in all the lunch was delicious and very well suited for the laptop lunch container.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The world of bento and blogs has become an obsession with me. No new news to any of my friends or family. I talk alot about what I have learned. Some are very interested or at least intrigued by the fact that I have put so much energy into this new obsession. Others are not at all surprised since bento boxes are not my only obsession. I am also a hard core scrapbook fanatic. I have been so for more than eight years. Last week when I entered the my favorite scrapbook haunt, these papers called my name. They are very "Kawaii". They remind me of a bento box I have been ogling over for months online that I can't bring myself to purchase since it is very expensive. For now I will just look at my paper and dream...
Friday, September 11, 2009
Last night was Open House at my daughter's school. Normally, I cook fresh food every night, but last night we were working in a survival mode. Five dollar pizza supper with bread sticks. Not very nutritious but I was really hungry. Today I was able to squirrel away two slices of pizza, bread sticks and a sliced plum in the Hello Kitty mini container. The bento box is a lock n lock style box from Sterilite called Ultra-seal. These boxes have a silicon ring to seal in fluids and a vent in the top for using in the microwave. The boxes are also dishwasher safe.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Today's bento lunch is composed of egg noodles topped with cherry tomatoes and black sesame seeds in the bottom tier. The top tier is composed of steamed edamame, tori misoyaki (miso chicken) and red seedless grapes. The lady bugs are my attempt at art bento. I just can't imagine recreating lady bugs out of cherry tomatoes and sesame seeds at 5:30 in the morning. Maybe in the future I will muster the courage. But for now...bon appetite.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I was lucky enough to be selected the winner of the ilunchbox.com monthly giveaway. Beth Ann Bentley sent me this prize box full of Ecobag lunch supplies. I especially love the Mimi the Sardine Lunch Bag. It is the perfect size for Bento lunches. The bag is waterproof and washable. The silverware set is made of wood and include knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and case. The water bottle comes with two different tops (one with a tightly fitted screw on lid and the other with a sport bottle spout). Now if I could only snatch up some monkey or jungle animal bento items to fill my bag.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Originally uploaded by New2Bento
This bento was actually my third box after the obsession began. It is a two tier Skater Bento box from Japan that holds about 600 ml of food. Although the box appears small from "American food" standards, the 600 ml size is considered to be the correct size for a woman's meal. If I am not careful I can stuff this box and actually have too much to eat. I try to limit starches and supplement the box with lots of steamed vegetables and fresh fruit.