Ham & Swiss Omelet (82) &ย Shrimp Stir Fry (83)

Bottom Tier: Ham & swiss omelet with green onion and tomato. Top Tier: Blueberry yogurt with fresh blueberries and granola.


Today was a double bento day with both breakfast and lunch features.

Breakfast is a ham and swiss cheese omelet with sliced tomato and green onions alongside a tier of blueberry yogurt with fresh blueberries and vanilla granola from the bulk foods section of Sunflower Farmer’s Market.

I have to say that this Greek yogurt is one of my favorite new things from Sunflower and is available in some great flavors. I’ll definitely be going back this weekend to get more!

Lunch is a simple stir fry with shrimp, broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage, carrots, yellow squash, and enoki mushrooms over steamed rice.

Shrimp Stir Fry with broccoli, cauliflower, purple cabbage, carrots, yellow squash, and enoki mushrooms over steamed rice.

Both meals were quick to prepare but full of great flavor and color as well as high in protein.

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Published in: on April 16, 2010 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mostaccioli with Meat Sauce (81)

Mostaccioli with Ground Beef & Spicy Marinara, Blueberry Yogurt, Cabbage, Carrot & Tomato Salad.


Today has been a lazy day. So much so that I forgot to make my bento until it was time for lunch. Oops!

This ideal meal consists of mostaccioli made with a simple marinara of fresh tomato, basil, red pepper and a little crushed red pepper to spice it up a bit and ground beef for protein. To this I added a simple salad of green & red cabbage, carrots, tomato, and ranch dressing and finished off with a blueberry greek yogurt.

The greek yogurt is so good I may have to use this for my lunch again tomorrow. Maybe with some fresh fruit and granola. Hmmm.

Guess we’ll see what I come up with for that tomorrow…

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chips & a Sandwich (80)

Sandwich, Chips & Yogurt. Simple But Tasty!


So I did the thing everyone told me not to do with respect to my surgical recovery. Ahem…”Don’t overdo it just because you feel better. Your insides will take a while to heal”. Blah, blah, blah. I feel great!

That was me yesterday. Today. I. Hurt.

Stupid!!! I have gone out over the past few days to run errands, look at a new house, shopping, etc. I even decided that I was feeling well enough to drive and spent a good portion of yesterday in the car. I am stupid to not listen to other people but I really did think that my body was telling me I was ready.

Oh well, at least I’m learning which brings me to the simplicity of today’s bento.

Chips, sandwich, yogurt. Need I say more?

Yummy and easy. Works for me!

Published in: on April 14, 2010 at 9:00 am  Comments (2)  
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Cheese Enchilada (79)

Cheese Enchilada over Spanish Rice, Black Beans, Cucumber, Blueberries, Kiwi, Mango


A favorite make-ahead meal in our house is enchiladas. Whenever I make them I make an extra pan to freeze for a later meal making it easy for anyone to pop them in the oven for dinner on a busy day.

Today’s bento features cheese enchiladas over spanish rice. Additional protein is easy with some seasoned black beans and I’ve finished off this ideal meal with some fresh fruit and cucumber slices.

Does your family have a favorite make-ahead meal you’d like to share?

Published in: on April 13, 2010 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Curry Chicken (78)

Curry Chicken, Curry Rice w/Sriracha, Cauliflower, Blueberries.


So a funny thing happened yesterday when I was cooking. My husband came in to tell me how great the food smelled. Now, this isn’t the funny thing since my husband does like my cooking. But I was cooking Indian food. My husband has been telling me for years how much he hates Indian food – specifically curry.

I have managed on two occasions (in twenty years) to get him to go out to an Indian restaurant but it’s just not his thing and he has proclaimed his dislike for this food anytime I suggest it.

Well, I guess it’s because it wasn’t made with the love with which I make all my recipes because yesterday’s curry was a big hit! My hubby even had seconds, said it was really good, and that he’ll definitely eat it if I make it again sometime.

He probably didn’t mean today so I’m finishing the rest in my lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

This ideal meal is packed in the laptop lunchbox and has the curry chicken along with curry seasoned jasmine rice, cauliflower w/cheese sauce, and fresh blueberries.

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Meatloaf Sandwich (77)

Spicy Meatloaf Sandwich, Strawberries, Thank You Berry Munch Cookie, Blueberries, Caesar Coleslaw.


Another speed bento today to keep down my time in the kitchen.

This bento features some leftover spicy meatloaf. The meatloaf has a little spice of it’s own from crushed red pepper, black pepper, and tabasco then I add pepperjack cheese and pepperoncini on the sandwich to give it even more kick. Yum!

Along with the sandwich I have a “Thank You Berry Munch” Girl Scout cookie, more strawberries and blueberries, a quickly prepared caesar coleslaw with green & purple cabbage, carrots, red onion, green & black olives and some caesar dressing.

An ideal meal for a relaxing Friday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Published in: on April 9, 2010 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ham, Swiss, & Chive Tamagoyaki (76)

Top Tier: Colby Cheese, Blueberries, Strawberries. Bottom Tier: Ham, Swiss, & Chive Tamagoyaki, Tomato, Broccoli.


Another quickie bento today.

This one has more ham, swiss, & chive tamagoyaki which I’ve discovered is really good with stone ground mustard. ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve added some broccoli and sliced tomato as well as a fruit and cheese tier to finish off this ideal meal.

This took about 10 minutes in the kitchen including clean-up. Now back to resting. Ugh! Surgical recovery is so boring!

Published in: on April 8, 2010 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Smoked Sausage, Onions, & Cabbage (75)

Top Tier: Ham, Swiss & Chive Tamagoyaki, Strawberry, Blueberries. Bottom Tier: Smoked Sausage with Cabbage & Onion.


Today’s bento includes smoked sausage cooked with onions over cooked cabbage.

To get some extra protein I have a couple of slices of a ham, swiss, and chive tamagoyaki and have finished off this ideal meal with a HUGE strawberry and a few blueberries. (Finally got to the grocery store for some fresh produce, yay!)

I had a little setback in my surgical recovery so I’m trying to spend a little less time on my feet. That makes this a quick bento both in the preparation and the posting.

Have a great day!

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ham & Swiss Wrap (74)

Ham & Swiss Wrap, Pickle & Olive Picks, Baked French Fries, Almond Joy Pieces.


Though I already posted my lunch bento I decided to make a dinner bento as well since I’ve got some leftover Easter ham to use.

This ideal meal begins with a wrap of black forest ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and ranch dressing. The wrap is combined with olives, cornichon, baked maui onion french fries (these things are addictive!), and almond joy pieces.

Simply Delicious!

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hungry Man Bento (73)

Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes w/pork gravy, Brussel Sprouts, Pork Chops.


I was disappointed in the way my bento looked today so I chose instead to feature my husband’s lunch.

My husband dubbed this the “Hungry Man Bento” and it is definitely a big serving for my hungry man.

This meal includes two baked pork chops, stuffing, mashed potatoes with pork gravy (including bits of cooked pork), and his favorite vegetable – brussel sprouts.

My ideal meal included a much smaller
portion of these items as well as a banana.
Here’s a little picture so you can see why
I featured my husband’s lunch today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 9:00 am  Comments (1)  
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