Spaghetti with meat sauce (124)

Spaghetti with meat sauce, red grapes, butterscotch drop, sesame crackers, almond cookie, brie wedge.sesame crackers,


One can only eat so much of the big birthday cookie without needing a little something else. (No need to worry I had less then half of a wedge of this gargantuan treat!)The only problem is I have limited items in our freezer and little desire to be in the kitchen since I spent so much time in there over the past three days.

Luckily I did have some pre-cooked meat sauce and spaghetti nests in the freezer. So the entree of today’s bento was born. A nice bowl of spaghetti usually begs for grisini but I’m out of that too so I added some crackers and brie as well as a light, buttery almond cookie from a local French bakery. A handful of red grapes finish out today’s ideal meal nicely and it all took less than ten minutes in the kitchen.

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 9:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Meatloaf & Potatoes (117)

Top Tier: Chocolate Pudding, Red Grapes, Vanilla Wafer Cookies, Brie Wedge. Bottom Tier: Meatloaf, Green Beans, Au Gratin Potatoes.


I made a batch of Pastitsio (Greek lasagna) yesterday but since I wasn’t sure of how well it would be received by the family I also made a meatloaf with the remaining ground beef & pork.

I make meatloaf probably every four to six weeks. It’s a favorite with the whole family but I often just make it for sandwiches. This time I made the meatloaf and it went straight to the fridge since the Pastitsio was a hit.

I intended to just slice it up for sandwiches but my husband requested a hot lunch so I made some Au Gratin potatoes and decided it looked good for a bento too.

This bento has the meatloaf and potatoes along with green beans for the main course. To finish off this ideal meal I added a wedge of brie, some red grapes, two vanilla wafer cookies, and some creamy chocolate pudding. Yum!

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 11:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Greek Bento (116)

Greek Salad, Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna), Green Grapes, Crackers, Pepperjack Cheese Wedge.


Do you ever find yourself needing to the grocery store so much that it prompts new recipes? Today I really needed to go to the store. I’m running out of pretty much everything. Produce, dairy, meat. You name it and we need it.

Well, unfortunately I had no car and the hundred degree temperatures don’t encourage me to go outside to walk anywhere. But I still had to cook dinner.

Hmmmm. Well I have some ground beef and ground pork. Maybe I could make lasagna. No tomatoes? Really? Hmmm. Guess I’ll make a white lasagna. Greek lasagna? That sounds interesting. I’ll give it a shot.

A few substitutions were needed since the recipe called for ground lamb, oregano, white cheddar, and more parmesan than I had in the fridge. I used a blend of ground beef & ground pork, fresh basil, and white american & feta cheeses. Overall though this recipe was a success!

My husband was quite pleased with the bechamel sauce and the feta and white american cheese melted beautifully and gave a nice complement to the hint of cinnamon in the meat sauce.

Today’s ideal meal includes a sliver of this greek lasagna along with a simple greek salad of greens, black olives, red onions, and feta. Rounding out this meal are some huge seedless green grapes, and crackers and cheese.

Now I guess I’ll need to talk my husband out of the car so I can do some grocery shopping for tomorrow’s meal prep.

Published in: on June 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm  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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Meatloaf Sandwich (60)

Meatloaf Sandwich w/ Pepper Jack Cheese, Carmelized Onions & Pepperoncini , Chocolate Spoon Cookie, Celery, Cornichon, Black Olives, Pasta Salad.


I don’t eat sandwiches often but when I do I tend to go for unusual flavors. Today’s bento features one such sandwich.

I’ve combined thin sliced meatloaf with pepper jack cheese, carmelized onions, pepperoncini, and yellow mustard. The flavors in this are amazing! The sweetness of the onion and the spice of the pepperoncini and cheese really compliment the meatloaf nicely.

To complete today’s ideal meal I’ve added a simple pasta salad with another sweet/spicy combination of pepperoncini, garlic, sundried tomato, black olives, and italian dressing. I’ve also got a cornichon, a couple of extra olives, as well as a cookie tucked in the back of the box.

Try this sandwich next time you have leftover meatloaf. You won’t be disappointed!

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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