Crepe Bento (120)

Sweet & Savory Crepes, Cucumbers, Strawberries & Blueberries.

I was a little torn as to what I wanted in today’s lunch so I did what anyone would do…

I opened the refrigerator and stared into the abyss. I then closed the door after finding nothing and repeated this exercise a couple more times.

Now, I’m a mom and I’ve told my children many times that nothing new will appear when doing this but apparently I just didn’t get it today.

Frustrated at my inability to find something wonderful I decided that I would indeed have to cook. Ugh!

Don’t get me wrong – I love to cook. Usually. But it’s miserably hot and I don’t like cooking as much when it’s hot outside. So my goal was to cook something delicious without heating up the house.

This bento is the best of simple stovetop cooking. A couple of eggs, some milk, water, flour, and butter and I have a nice batter for crepes thanks to the genius of Alton Brown. (Recipe here.)

Crepes can take just about anything for a filler so I decided to try two types. A savory and a sweet.

The savory is filled with ham, swiss cheese, and green onions. The sweet has a filling of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. Yum!!

To finish out today’s ideal meal I did add a few slices of cucumber as well as more berries. A nice way to start off the week without having to heat up the kitchen.

Published in: on June 21, 2010 at 8:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Breakfast Bento (118)

Upper Tier: English Muffin, Red Grapes. Lower Tier: Hash Browns, Over-hard Eggs, Pork Sausage Links.

Sometimes breakfast just sounds good but that is hardly ever first thing in the morning for me. I know it’s the most important meal of the day and helps maintain a healthy weight. Blah, blah, blah…

Sorry. Minor tangent. I really do try to eat something in the morning but my breakfast usually consists of fruit and/or yogurt and coffee. (Yes, I’ll admit that sometimes it’s just coffee.)

Today I wanted breakfast food so I decided to have it for lunch.

This ideal meal has a small portion of hash browns and sausage, one over-hard egg, half of an english muffin and some red grapes. Still a petite meal but enough to keep me going and it allows me to have these breakfast foods without feeling guilty about the calories and carbs.

I’ve tried other breakfast bentos before and am always happy with them. I think my favorite breakfast items for bento would be fritatta or crepes. What’s your favorite breakfast bento?

Published in: on June 17, 2010 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Mushroom & Swiss Omelette (62)

Mushroom & Swiss Omelette, Blueberries & Sour Cream, Sausage Patties, Cheese Blintz.

In an effort to eat more regular meals I decided to start my day off with a breakfast bento.

This bento features cheese blintz that I found in the frozen foods section at the market. I like the simplicity of cheese blintz and usually reserve to eat them at IHOP since their’s are so good. The size of these was so bento-friendly that I decided to give them a try though.

They can be cooked in a skillet or in the oven. I chose the oven so I could prepare the rest of the meal while they cooked.

The timing of this meal was perfect. I had just finished cooking the omelette and sausage when the blintz finished. They cooked fine in the convection oven though they did ooze a little (guess I should watch more carefully next time).

To complete this ideal meal I added a small egg cup with blueberries and sour cream to be used atop the blintz. Yum! 🙂

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Brunch (52)

Mini Quiche Lorraine, Sausage Stars, Hashbrowns

Today I made a brunch bento since I was cooking for my husband before he went to work. (How strange to be home in the morning…)

My bento looks a little woozy which is kind of how I’ve been feeling lately too. I had been postponing a surgical procedure due to my hectic work schedule and now the increased stress of losing my job has caused additional complications.

The good news is that I have already scheduled a consult with the surgeon in hopes to get the surgery before starting a new job. My plan is to have sufficient time to get the surgery and properly recover (I’m told 4-6 weeks) just in time to find and begin a new job. This is probably asking a lot but I’m going to hope for the best and put my health first for a change. 🙂

This bento was simple and though I photographed the top tier it did not look very nice so I cropped it out.

The ideal meal included this tier with Mini Quiche Lorraine, breakfast sausage, and hashbrowns as well as a top tier with lemon yogurt and granola.

I do have an interview scheduled for this afternoon so please wish me luck!

Have a healthy, happy day!

Published in: on March 3, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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