Ham & Swiss Bento (125)

Ham and Swiss Sandwich, Pretz, Yogurt, Red Grapes, Pickles, Mini container of cream cheese for pretzels.


I have been running around a lot lately and have been forgetting my health in my rush to do other things. Does this happen to anyone else?

I found myself getting home late afternoon today and realized that I was starving!!! I mean really hungry, not that cutesy Winnie the Pooh grumbly-in-my-tumbly stuff. Then it hit me – I have not eaten yet and it’s 4:00! Bad, bad!!

So I threw together the quickest meal I could come up with that would offer a good amount of protein and headed out the door again.

This lunch is perfect for travel and I’ll be able to eat most of it while driving (not exactly the best habit but necessary today) without compromising safety.

The sandwich is a small french roll with ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mustard. (I took the insides out of the roll to reduce carbs and calories and make room for extra protein.)

Along with the sandwich I put in some pickle slices that ended up half on the sandwich and half as a munchie. I also have red grapes, butter flavored pretzels with cream cheese for dipping and a sweet-creamy Strawberry Shortcake yogurt.

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Published in: on June 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm  Comments (1)  
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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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Sub Sandwich Bento (115)

Sub Sandwich, Strawberry Shortcake Yogurt, Chocolate Wafer Cookie, Red Grape Pick, Pepperjack & Cheddar Cheese Sticks, Pickle Slices.


I’m going to be in the car a lot today so I need a lunch that will travel well and be easy to eat while on the go.

We had some sub rolls left in the house so I threw together a simple sub sandwich of turkey, ham, genoa salami, and american cheese.

Along with the sub I have a yogurt, some pickles, cheese, and red grapes. I’ll add a couple of bottles of water and more fruit to my lunch tote so I make it through the day without feeling like I’m starving!

Happy Monday! 🙂

Published in: on June 14, 2010 at 9:30 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. 😀

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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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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Deviled Ham Sandwich (72)

Deviled Ham Sandwich, Cheese Pick, Twix, Pineapple with Cinnamon, Tomatoes, Olive Pick


Sandwiches are some of the simplest and most satisfying meals. They can also bring back good childhood memories like this deviled ham sandwich does for me.

I remember the little cans of Deviled Ham that my grandma had in her cupboard when I was a child. When I wanted a special lunch, grandma would take out this treat and put it on plain white bread with mayo and a delicious sandwich was born.

This canned ham is still in the grocery stores and I see it on the shelf sometimes and think about picking some up just to relive this memory. Then I see the price. This stuff is crazy expensive! So it stays at the store and I still have the memory.

Well, this weekend we made a Black Forest Ham for Easter and there was quite a bit left so I put my husband to work chopping the ham super-fine and put together a nice deviled ham of my own.

The sandwich is combined with cheese and olive picks, tomato slices, pineapple with cinnamon, and a twix cookie to make today’s ideal meal.

Delicious and I think my deviled ham may be better than the stuff in the little can. My husband say so too! 🙂

Published in: on April 5, 2010 at 9:00 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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Ham & Havarti Wrap (9)

Purple Potato Chips, Custard Cake, Mayo/Mustard in mini-box, Ham , Havarti & Letttuce in Sun-dried Tomato Wrap, Tomato Pick.

Our office has been closed on Mondays for over a year. This week we changed our hours to include Mondays once again. Did I mention I worked over 70 hours last week? Wow! What a great week to add another day to office hours!

All that is to say that this lunch needed to be simple since I am having trouble remembering my name right now.

I had a black forest ham in the freezer so I decided to take that out over the weekend and slice it on the deli slicer. Beautiful ham, havarti cheese, and green leaf lettuce went into a sundried tomato wrap to make a simple lunch.

I sliced up a purple potato and baked some chips to go with the wrap and added a custard cake and side of mustard and mayo for the wrap.


Today’s Ideal Meal was enjoyed by my co-worker who rarely tries new things but liked it alot after we found that the ham did not agree with my stomach. Darn – it looked so tasty!

Published in: on January 12, 2010 at 6:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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