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Oct. 26th, 2009

Bento #100 - Kid Lunch

Today's bento was made for my son to take to school.  Nothing fancy, just foods I know the kiddo will enjoy.  Here it is:

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1 - Peanut Butter & Jelly Dinosaur Sandwiches
2 - Watermelon Hearts
3 - Sauteed Veggies (Yellow Squash, Peas & Carrots)
4 - Grape Tomato

Oct. 23rd, 2009

Bento #99 - Spinach Balls

Today's Bento:

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Top Tier:
1 - Sliced Kumquat
2 - Garlic Bread
3 - Assorted Salad Greens & Bottle of Dressing

Bottom Tier:
1 - Spinach Balls
2 - Corn on the Cob
3 - Carrots, Tomatoes & more Salad Greens

(I mixed the greens, tomatoes, carrots and kumquats together to make a salad.)

WW Flex Points =  4


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Oct. 22nd, 2009

Bento #98 - Stuffed Peppers

Today's bento in my newest box (which I'm still trying to figure out how to arrange things in):

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From left to Right:
1 - Whole Wheat Cous Cous (decorated with carrot and pea pod flowers)
2 - Steamed Pea Pods
3 - Tamagoyaki
4 - Cooked Cauliflower with Black Sesame Seeds
5 - Mini Sweet Peppers stuffed w/ Cheddar & Cream Cheese and Mushrooms

WW Flex Points = 6

Oct. 21st, 2009

Bento #97 - Hot Dog & Egg

Presented for your perusal, today's bento -

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Top Tier:
1 - Stir-Fried Veggies
2 - Egg (cooked over-hard and cut in half)
3 - Broccoli
4 - Hot Dog
5 - Brown Rice (& a bottle of soy sauce)

Bottom Tier:
1 - Grapes

WW Flex Points = 5

Oct. 20th, 2009

Bento #96 - Chile Rellenos

Today's bento is perfect for a cold autumn day, spicy and homey.  Here it is:

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Top Tier:
1 - Kiwifruit
2 - Strawberries

Bottom Tier:
1 - Fideo
2 - Sauteed Plantain Hearts
3 - Chili Relleno

WW Flex Points = 7

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Chile Rellenos Recipe...Collapse )

Oct. 19th, 2009

Bento #95 - Fight Like a Girl

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  In honor of my best friend's mom (a 20+ year survivor) I made this bento and am posting it with a reminder:

The most effective way to fight breast cancer is to detect it early.

The most effective tools to detect breast cancer are mammography and clinical breast exam by your health professional.

In addition, breast self awareness and self-exam may help, women who perform regular breast self-exams and learn what is normal find may find abnormalities earlier.  It is good to start performing breast self-exams in your 20's. If you chose to do breast self-exams, you should examine your breasts regularly , three to five days after your period ends. If you have stopped menstruating, perform the exam on the same day of each month, such as the first day of the month or another easily remembered day. With each exam, you will become familiar with the contours and feel of your breasts, and will be more alert to changes.  (American Cancer Society self-exam instructions here.)

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Top Tier:
1 - Grape Tomato
2 - Spicy Glazed Chicken Breast
3 - Yellow & Orange Carrots
4 - Strawberry Fluff (strawberries & whipped cream)

Bottom Tier:
1 - Spinach (under the rice)
2 - Rice (decorations made of alphabet noodles, kamaboko, mame nori)

WW Flex Points = 7

Apr. 21st, 2009

Bento #94 - Comfort Food

Today's bento is really nothing spectacular, but it it something I love and find very comforting; ketchup and noodles.  Most people hear that and immediately go "eww", but trust me, it is the nummiest thing.  The ketchup caramelizes and gives the noodles a little crispy texture on the outside and the tanginess mixes so well with the pasta and ground beef.  I've gotten my son hooked on it now too.  Anyway, it doesn't make for a very attractive bento, but I tried.  Here it is:


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1 - Ketchup & Noodles with Ground Beef
2 - Green Peas
3 - Side container of Strawberries and Yogurt

WW Flex Points = 6

My 100th posting is coming up soon.  Anybody have any ideas, requests, etc of what they would like to see?  Also, I would like to do another tutorial, does anyone have any questions on how to do a specific technique or decoration?

Apr. 9th, 2009

Bento #93 - Here a Piggie, There a Piggie

I wanted to do something fun today without taking forever, so I decided - pigs.  Here they are:

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Main Box:
1 - Plain Onigiri Piggie (with fish sausage and nori accents)
2 - Shredded BBQ Pork
3 - A Piggie Bottle of Sweet Chili Sauce (for the rice & pork)
4 - Mixed Veggies (Broccoli, Cauliflower & Carrots)

Side Container:
1 - Strawberries & Kiwi

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WW Flex Points = 5

Apr. 8th, 2009

Bento #92 - Little Bites

Yesterday I was playing around in the kitchen, rooting through the freezer and fridge trying to come up with something for today's lunch, and wound up making these bite concoctions.  Oh, they are sooooooooo good - I wound up freezing the leftovers just so I wouldn't be tempted to eat them all.  So here's the bento:

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Top Tier:
1 - Carrots & Green Onions
2 - Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Bites
3 - Crab Bites
4 - Ranch Dressing (for the veggies)

Bottom Tier:
1 - Cheesecake Flavored Yogurt
2 - Blueberries

WW Flex Points = 6

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Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Bite Recipe...Collapse )

Apr. 7th, 2009

Bento #91 - Scallops

Nothing fancy-schmancy about today's bento, but it does have my favorite seafood of all - scallops (YUM!!!)  Here it is:

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Top Tier:
1 - Pasta Salad
2 - Pan Seared Scallops

Bottom Tier:
1 - Strawberries & Kiwis

WW Flex Points = 4

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