Bento #11

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I might start concentrating on healthy little lunches. This one was unfortunately bland, except for the broccoli with plum sauce. I definitely need to use exciting broths for the TVP next time (like peanut sauce).

Bentos #9 and #10

Bento #9 - Lunch Bento #9 - Snacks

Laptop Lunch Bag (closed)

Bento #10 - Lunch Bento #10 - Snacks

I’ve been using the newest Laptop Lunch bag, which keeps the lunch box nice and flat, instead of on its side and thus jumbling stuff. This isn’t a problem usually, save with bento art. The top part is nice and roomy, and fits a soda drink and some Lock & Lock partitioned containers of mine.

Bentos #7 and #8

Bento #7 Bento #8

One of these bentos was more enjoyable than the other. Yes, the one with little chocolate meringue cookies, as opposed to the pale yellow substance and almond crackers. I just have to admit that recipe for fake mozz in The Ultimate Uncheez Cookbook is a dud no matter how I slice it.

I really need to make up for it by making that awesome colby cheez or something. And make some whipped topping to put strawberries in.

Another fun thing: my order for Laptop Lunch’s new dual-compartment bag came in. I think I’m going to enjoy it, as it’s capable of swallowing the following combinations:

  • TWO laptop lunch boxes with enough room up top for a soda bottle lying on its side, and room all around for ice packs. (!)

  • One laptop lunch box, a couple of snack bentos or Lock & Lock boxes plus a soda bottle on its side.

Man, I love Laptop Lunch boxes.

Bento #6

Bento #6

Today is going to be a bit of a jelly disaster. I’ve wrapped the sandwich halves so that they don’t leak, but I’m going to need to consider finding a sandwich-orientated bento box.

  • Quartered strawberries
  • Sugar snap peas (it’s hard to grow tired of them)
  • Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sammich
  • Chocolate meringue cookies

If I could eat donuts today, I would stuff something in there to that effect.

Bento #5

Bento #5

For all that this bento was made out of sheer desperation after failed dinner experiments left me without my usual bento fodder, it turned out… pretty well!

  • Peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I’m not very good at making these, so the jelly leaked, but not disastrously.
  • Bosc pear. Mmmm.
  • Sugar snap peas.
  • Chocolate meringue cookies. One of the few “normal” types of cookies I can eat, being made from, pretty much, just sugar without wheat, oats, or dairy.

Bento #4

Bento #4: Lunch

I admit, not one of my more successful bentos, and I am sick of fruit salad for ever and ever.

  • Lamb Biriyani (rice, peas, lamb, spices)
  • Fruit salad, lots of helpings: Bosc Pear, Ambrosia Apple, raspberries
  • Sugar snap peas, a staple of my bentos of late

I’ve decided to stop showing breakfast unless I prepare something different than cereal and almond milk.

Tomorrow’s bento will be far more varied and fun!

Bento #3

Bento #3: Lunch

Above: Cauliflower (steamed), mabo tofu on rice, sugar snap peas, most of half of a Fuji apple. Laptop Lunches are rather easy to pack, all things told.

Below: Amazon Flakes with slivered almonds, the other half of the Fuji apple, and almond milk in a Lock & Lock container that has yet to leak, no matter how much it be tossed.

Bento #3: Breakfast

Bento #2

Bento #2: Lunch

Yesterday’s Lunch was not as successful as I hoped it would be.

  • The (half-of-an) apple/roasted cashew salad resulted in soaked cashews, which I guess is why salad toppings are often kept separate from salads themselves. Or perhaps that’s just how fruit salads are.

  • Chicken-portabello sausage was fine, of course. Aidell’s makes the best pre-cooked chicken sausages.

  • The doggie with the Maurice Sendak feet has raisins for eyes. Those were surprisingly fine.

  • Sugar snap peas were pretty fine. They seem nigh indestructible.

Breakfast was, again, Amazon Flakes, with slivered almonds (ran out of raisins or craisins), and half of an apple.

You’ll note also the picture where my first bento art did not survive the Laptop Lunch’s typical vertical transportation. Admittedly the vertical transportation saved most of the diet 7up from leaking all over, but not all of it. 4 oz of it spilled out. I’m disappointed in the Laptop Lunch bottles. In contrast, the Lock & Lock bottle did not leak in the slightest.

Note: traditional bento boxes typically don’t get vertically transported, but stay horizontal, so the art there is more likely to stay intact.

Bento #2: Breakfast Bento #2: You know what isn't leakproof? Bento art that almost survived transport.

Bento #1

Bento #1: Lunch

(We’re starting over at #1.)

Lunch: Most of an apple (Lady Alice), roasted cashews, sugar snap peas, and portabello-chicken sausage sliced on top of rice.

Breakfast, to enjoy on the ferry: Amazon Flakes (Envirokidz—it’s GF/DF/OF), raisins, slivered almonds; and all of an apple. Sweetened vanilla almond milk added to the bottle in the lower right.

Bento #1: Breakfast Bento #1: Packed

One bag with a jumble of containers is inconvenient, since I’ll want either the breakfast items, or the lunch items, but not both. (Heavens forfend I just want a snack.)

Lunch was mostly self-contained in a Laptop Lunch box, breakfast was not. I have a number of self-contained boxes as well, but cereal with milk is a tough one and tends to only be solved via Lock & Lock containers.

Tired Thoughts on Starting Up Bento Again

I used to make bento like crazy, a comforting ritual that allowed me to avoid a lot of the food allergens out there. But how can I repeat that success? I must have been able to persist through busy mornings and busy weekdays.

My thoughts on the matter:

  • Meal planning is needed. I might resort to pen and paper for this.

  • More mise en place. I used to cut up apples and soak them in water touched with vitamin C powder to keep their color. Slice up strawberries and kiwi fruit into stars.

  • More slow cooker mass cookings. Things like glazed carrots, various meat dishes that can be poured over rice.

  • Applying a certain method to freezing mass-produced rice, wrapping warm rice in plastic wraps in 1/2 cups for lunches. In two minutes on high, they’re thawed enough to pack.

  • Ready-made snacks. Seeds and meringue cookies and safe gummy bears, for instance; cubed cheez and almond crackers.

  • Boil a lotta eggs. Eat them in a week, you should be fine.

  • Rice noodles. Dead easy to cook. Kettle with water, boil, and pour over noodles and leave for 5 minutes or so. Leftovers can be sealed in plastic boxes and fridge’d.

  • Any dishes that can go over rice (stir fries for instance, or sliced sausages, other dishes).

I’m gonna fall over to sleep now.