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Harvest bento

Today was the first day that it really truly felt like fall. It was chilly outside! I had to wear a coat! Root veggies and apples are also taking up more shelf space in the stores. This is exciting to me because fall foods are my favorite. I love everything about fall. The cold air, the smell of burning leaves, the foods, the colors of the trees, my birthday... :)

Today's bento takes advantage of a few fall foods:

Chicken, butternut squash (tonkatsu sauce in the piggy for both chicken and squash), garlic-y snap peas, teeny-tiny apple.

Nutritional Information: 144 calories 2g fat, 17g carbs, 14g protein
Whoa! Ok, firstly, you have to know that I pack lunches first and calculate later. This seemed like a decent-sized meal when I finished (and having just eaten it, I'm sated). In light of this, I grabbed a snack on the way out of the door and might partake in a mini bag of popcorn this afternoon. I will make sure I get enough in me today, I promise. :)

That said, my husband's meal was the same size. He got a generous helping of trail mix as well as another snack. He also has access to a small cafe and vending machines (I do not). He'll be ok, too.

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There is a dinner tonight!


This weekend, I made a whole mess of lunches. It's funny, I frequently used to use leftovers for lunch, but because of my determination to have prepared lunches this week, I made the food for lunch and then will eat the bulk of it for dinners. So dinners are already made, too!

Bottom: concord grapes, fresh figs, cucumber/onion salad (vinegar dressing in fishy)
Top: brown rice, creamy black lentils

Nutritional information: 389 calories 6g fat, 75g carbs, 13g protein

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The lentils will also star in dinner tonight. Probably with naan instead of rice...and maybe a samosa or two!

Another green bento

Another monotone (on purpose) bento! Again, green is my "poison" of choice when it comes to monotone meals.

Top: spinach tortilla with peanut butter and pickles, broccoli
Bottom: kiwi, cucumber, bell pepper

307 calories, 12g fat, 45g carbs, 11g protein

This was actually my dinner for last Thursday. I'm waaaay behind in making and posting bentos. Since it seemed to work well this summer, I think I shall be doing batch bento making on weekends and Wednesdays. I'll give that a shot this weekend. Time and inertia are my only excuses at this point. I have the desire and I have the food.

Chili, but it's not chilly!

It's mid-September, but where's the brisk air? It's far too warm for this time of year. I made chicken chili on Sunday using up a whole bunch of produce from the CSA share: tomatoes, tomatillos, bell peppers, jalapenos (added some onions, tomato paste, chicken, leftover black beans, and spices). It makes an appearance in today's lunch!

Small container: chicken chili
Large container:broccoli (CSA), carrots (CSA), grapes, light ranch dressing in yellow container.

Nutritional information: 276 calories, 10g fat, 37g carbs, 15g protein

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I was also able to pull together a dinner bento. Don't count the calories (there aren't many) because it's a big celebration week at work and I've been eating too much. I have snacks to keep me up to speed if I feel hungry. :D

Mala Tofu

This lunch has mapo tofu made without meat (just tofu and sauce). Apparently, this is called "mala tofu"...I'll be verifying that at work tomorrow. In any case, this whole thing (including husband's) came together in 20 minutes.

I've got the mala tofu on some brown rice, broccoli, a veggie egg roll (of the organic, frozen variety), and concord grapes.

Nutritional Information: 330 calories, 8g fat, 54g carbs, 15g protein

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I have to admit finding it really difficult to get back into the swing of things. Last week there were several lunch time distractions. There are a couple this week, too. With any luck, I should be able to navigate those distractions and still make something good to eat.

Deceivingly Healthful Dinner

This dinner bento was created at the same time that I made my husband's lunch bento for today. I crammed it full of things I like and took the picture and then sat down to crunch the numbers. I had weighed out all of the components (I have a handy digital scale, so this is a light task--just plop it down before it goes in the box), so it was easy for the calculation. It's a very hearty meal clocking in quite low!

Some chicken breast left over from a meal over the weekend, purple new potatoes, carrots (from CSA), broccoli, and champagne grapes. There is also a little container (tucked under the broccoli) that contains some spicy/sweet stir-fry sauce to dip the veggies in.

Nutritional Information: 236 calories, 2g fat, 39g carbs, 19 protein

Unreal, isn't it? Since my lunch was on the high side for fat, the extremely low amount in this meal actually balances everything out. I'm eating this meal as I type and it's really satisfying. I love good veggies. It's also nice to have cooked carrots once in a while. The thick cut is reminding me of carrots in stew, which is awfully nice on a fall day like today.

Life is what happens when...

...you're busy making other plans.
My last bento was actually eaten on Friday rather than Thursday. I didn't realize that I had an important work lunch to attend. And then the prof didn't give us a break in class (we ended up getting out rather early), so my dinner wasn't eaten, either. It's been stashed in the fridge and held up remarkably well, so it's going to be for lunch now!

Bottom: veggie gyoza on top of ginger carrots, wasabi almonds in the container
Top: 1/4 asian pear, champagne grapes, cucumber (from CSA).
Beverage: unsweetened iced tea

Nutritional Information: 517 calories, 27g fat, 58g carbs, 13g protein

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I have to say that it's easy to do this when you're in the groove, but once you get out of it, it can be tricky to jump back in. I just keep reminding myself that it's made some incredible changes in my health and I should keep it up.

Back in the saddle again!

Took a couple days longer than I had hoped, but I'm making my version of a bento lunch again! I had a wonderful trip to Yellowstone National Park. I might sneak in a picture or two of my time there in the next couple of weeks. I hadn't been there in 13 years and it was far too long. It's a beautiful, ever-changing place.

What's strange is that when I got back to my job, there was more work than when I left! Go figure! At least I'm needed, eh? Classes have also started up again, so I'll actually have two meals to present for your viewing pleasure today. So let's get started!

For lunch, I shall thoroughly enjoy rice, sesame tofu, broccoli, most of an asian pear, and two Italian plums.

Nutritional Information: 417 calories, 7g fat, 95g carbs, 27g protein

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Husband is starting a school program this fall. It's unclear as to whether or not he'll need me to pack extra meals for him, so I have to leave it as a cliff-hanger--you *might* see more!!!

Short hiatus

Hey folks!
Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been preparing for the vacation that starts tomorrow!
I'll be camping, so no bento to share for a couple of weeks. I'll be back in time for the start of school!!

School's out!

There has been much of taking time off work, up too late working on homework to make lunch, and work-time lunch distractions in the past week. I missed my nice lunches, but I also had to push myself to get one done for tomorrow. Yes, I'm feeling lazy. When it's all said and done, I'm so glad to have made something! I know all bentoers know the feeling of having a nice, nutritious, delicious, and attractive lunch to look forward to!

At the bottom of the big dish, there is a small amount of brown rice (left over from dinner). Topping that is some teriyaki flavored baked tofu and steamed broccoli and carrots (tossed with a little "general tsao" sauce). The small container has fresh currants and gooseberries.

Nutritional information:368 calories, 6g fat, 61g carbs, 24g protein

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Also, if you haven't taken a moment to vote in the bento contest yet, please do visit Bento Pet's blog to cast your vote in decision '08! I'm "K.S. @ Kastinkerbell" and I'm sorely behind in the rankings. No pressure. :)