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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Octodogs! (114)

Top Tier: Red Grapes, Blueberry Yogurt. Bottom Tier: Octodogs, Scambled Eggs with Green Onions, Black Olives, Grape Tomatoes, Mini Bottle of Sriracha.

I must apologize to my loyal blog readers for being off unexpectedly over the past few days. I was not feeling well and didn’t make lunch or post anything as a result.

I’m feeling a bit better so I did make a point of getting a bento put together today and included a little “cuteness” to make up for being gone.

The cute factor today is thanks to the octodog. (I have to admit it’s not really an octodog since there are only six tentacles but apparently that’s common since the cutter I bought is designed this way.)

I had been admiring the octodogs in other bentos since I first became interested in bento but never tried to make one. I then saw the octodog cutter on jbox so I figured I’d pick one up.

Funny thing about this cutter. It doesn’t actually cut hot dogs. It’s not sharp enough to cut so the best I could do was use it to mark the bottom of the dog and then use a regular knife to cut. This can be done without the cutter so don’t waste your money.

Still, I did get them made so I’m happy about that. These dogs were boiled after cutting then I added black sesame seeds for eyes and a red sprinkle for mouths.

The octodogs are accompanied by scrambled eggs with green onion, black olives, grape tomatoes, and a small bottle of sriracha to spice up the eggs.

To finish this ideal meal I’ve added a tier with blueberry yogurt and red grapes. A delicious and simple meal to end the week.

Have a great weekend!

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Omurice (91)

Omurice on a baguette half, red grapes, kiwi butterflies, red velvet cake, chive and onion cream cheese, black & green olives, cornichon.

The other night I made sesame chicken and fried rice for dinner. The family managed to eat all of the chicken but there’s still quite a bit of rice left so I decided to put more in today’s bento via a new treat – the omurice!

Since discovering bento I have tried a variety of recipes and items that I have seen in other bentos. The omurice is one of those items though I took some liberty by using leftovers rather than making fresh chicken fried rice for the omelette filling.

The omurice has a sriracha lattice and is on top of half a baguette. Also included in today’s ideal meal is some chive and onion cream cheese for the baguette, black and green olives, a cornichon, red grapes, kiwi butterflies and half of a Little Debbie Petite Red Velvet cake.

Three days till we move. I’m getting excited!

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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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.

Published in: on April 16, 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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Crustless Quiche (70)

Top Tier: Butterfly Crackers, Cream Cheese & Cavier, Cheesecake Bites w/blueberries. Bottom Tier: Two Muffin Size Quiche, Carrot Tulips, Butterfly Gummi, Small Bottle of Sriracha.

Today does not feel like Spring. It has been cold and blustery and threatening to rain all day. I decided that I wanted to welcome Spring anyway so I put a bit of the season into today’s bento with some flowers and butterflies.

The crustless quiche were made with bacon, swiss cheese, red pepper, and scallions. These were baked in some new silicone muffin cups I’ve been wanting to try and I love how they worked! The quiche popped right out of the cups while still warm and I put the extras in the freezer for another time.

To complete today’s ideal meal I added some carrot tulips, a small bottle of sriracha for the quiche, crackers with cream cheese and caviar (one of my favorite luxuries!), cheesecake bites with blueberries, and a pretty gummi butterfly.

Hello? Spring?

Published in: on April 1, 2010 at 9:00 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Ham & Swiss Quiche (59)

French Biscuit, Ham & Swiss Quiche, Cinnamon Bear, Tangelo, Snap Peas.

I have a couple of appointments today so I need a bento that will travel well and be good warm or cold. Quiche it is!

I like to make mini quiche and decided today to try something a little different. I have a few tubes of pillsbury biscuits in the fridge I need to make use of so I though I’d try one for the crust.

Now there may be rules for this sort of thing but I did not attempt to look for them and chose to make up my own method.

My method was to take a single biscuit from the tube, press it into the pan, and cook it just enough to puff a little before pressing it down again and adding the filling.

While the crust was in the oven, I mixed together some diced ham, red pepper, green onion, shredded swiss cheese, an egg and a little water.

Once the crust was pre-cooked, I pressed it along the bottom and sides of the pan again, poured in the egg mixture, and put it back into the oven until the top was lightly brown.

This method worked great! The quiche was light and fluffy, the crust cooked perfect and it was another simple recipe that I could put into my convection oven so as not to waste electrity.

To finish off today’s ideal meal I added a French Biscuit (crisp little filled cookie), some snap peas, tangelo, and a cinnamon bear.

Have a healthy, happy day!

Published in: on March 12, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Not your typical Steak & Eggs (57)

Clockwise from Top Left: Heart Shaped Fried Rice Onigiri, Steak Strips, Tangelo & Blood Orange Slices, Gummi Raspberries & Blackberries, Wild Blueberries, Quail Egg Chicks.

Not your typical steak and eggs but good nonetheless. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My husband is a big steak-eater (literally – he’ll eat a pound, easy!) though it’s not really one of my favorites. He wanted steak tonight so I made him a nice grilled sirloin and then I took another one and used it for my dinner as well as tomorrow’s lunches for both of us.

I cut the steak into thin strips and cooked it in a hot wok with nothing more than cracked black pepper and a little sesame oil. The steak is combined with some fried rice onigiri, fresh and gummi fruits, and a couple of quail eggs for today’s ideal meal.

Published in: on March 8, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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