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Bento (No. 82)

Here’s another one of my ‘boring’ bentos for myself.

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I have half of a veggie sausage sandwich, salmon paste lettuce wraps, cherry tomatoes, hummus and cucumber for dipping.

I always take lots of fruit for snacks and lunch additions so I know it doesn’t look a lot, it was only part of a bigger picture (of my daily food).

Has anyone got any easter choccy left? Some people think I’m strange still having some left!

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Bento (No.80)

Lack of posts this week sorry!

It’s been a busy busy week at work, and with all the rest (half marathon this Sunday!).

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So, this bento is one for the boyfriend. He has a wholemeal ham sandwich (nice and simple), cucumber, grapes, cherry tomatoes, malt loaf, babybel, cereal bar and sweeties.

Nice and easy, but not so neatly packed!! Terrible me!

Lent is getting difficult. I said I’d try and give up processed sugar and I haven’t eaten cakes, biscuits, flavoured yogurt, sweets or chocolate since the start of lent however, what doesn’t contain sugar! Processed sugar is in bread, all the sauces, drinks, cereals!! I haven’t been able to avoid bread (I only eat wholemeal/seeded bread anyway), or all sauces! I do think that all the sugar I have avoided has made a big difference. I don’t feel I need sweet things to kerp me going, my skin is miles better and I’ve even lost a little bit of weight! I feel I’ve been eating more, as I’ve been upping my veggies to reduce the amount of bread or other processed carbs that I eat.

So, hows your lent going?

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Bento (No.74)

Extra healthy ploughmans time!
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I had cherry tomatoes, grapes, chicken and ham slices, a dairy lee cheese triangle, apple, celery and cucumber. I took along some crispbreads and some hummus to go with this as well.

It was super yummy!

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Bento (No.68)

 

Bento back log!

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This bento was super yummy!! It contained mixed roasted vegetables, quinoa cooked in vegetable stock, olives, sliced steak and a big cupcake case full of hummus with smoked paprika. It had so much flavour from the vegetables and so much goodness in everything!!

I could eat another bento like that right now!

Have you tried smoked paprika with hummus? It is super yummy!

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Fussy eaters?

I make a lot of bentos for my family. I get a lot of feedback from my family too. And not all of it is good.
This isn’t down to packing horrible food, it is down to people’s personal preferences. And wow do they have a lot of preferences.

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I have mentioned about fussiness in the past but I thought I would give some tips on how to work around different preferences and make bento-ing a bit easier.

– Remember preferences – as you are the bento maker, unfortunately it is your job to know what people like, primarily to reduce waste. Also if you know what people like you can tailor the whole process around dishes that cater for everyone.
– Don’t be afraid to be boring sometimes – most of my family like standard sandwiches with the same (healthy) sides every day. That’s ok, as long as they have a healthy lunch they will eat, the purpose of bento is fulfilled.
– Always have a range of vegetables for bento sides – it’s always a good idea to have lots of veggies available when you are trying to be healthy and even better when everyone you make lunch for likes a different vegetable in their lunch!
– Question their preferences – my familys lunch preferences can change quite frequently so I usually question their reasoning for the new preference. If it is justified I will suggest replacements or a solution to their preference. I am adamant that the lunches I make will have a healthy side ‘dish’ in them. So if my brother states he would prefer not to have red pepper as his side due to not liking them as much now, I would ask him for a replacement vegetable to use instead. In this case it was celery. No veggie, no lunch! (Maybe that sounds a bit mean!).
– Warn them before you pack new things – again it’s about reducing waste. Letting your family know about new foods in their bento will give them chance to state their preference of the new food and suggest either a different time to try this new lunch food or a different food in its place. When I say new foods, I don’t mean foods they have never tried before ever, just bento snacks that they may not have carried around in their lunchbox before.

Remember, bento is all about healthy lunches πŸ™‚

Have you got any tips about dealing with fussy bento eaters?

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Bento (No.64)

Bento back-log!!

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I was going through my draft posts and found a few old bento photos!

This one has lots of vegetables in! – roasted carrot, green beans, cous cous, olives, roll mops (herring), half a boiled egg and baked tofu in sesame oil and soy sauce.

Yummy and healthy!

What is your opinion on tofu? Love/Hate?

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Homegrown Vegetables

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While I’m waiting for the training at work to subside and to get into a nice routine, here’s a couple of pictures of part of my harvest this year.
Bearing in mind this is the second year I’ve grown vegetables and the pictures show only a very small percentage of my crop, I know I did fantastically πŸ™‚

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The top picture is of my first picked cabbage πŸ™‚ the second picture is of beetroot, onion, runner beans and a few tomatoes, and below is some of my potatoes!!

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So cute! I can’t wait to grow more stuff next year πŸ˜€

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Bento (No.58)

Bento bento bento!

IMG00338In this bento box here, we have cheese and pepper quesadillas, mixed fruit and nut, a babybel, cherry tomatoes and mixed roasted vegetables. This is not my lunch as it contains a reasonable amount of cheese :S but the person enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

I hope everyone’s week is going ok, my courgettes are finally growing!!

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Bento box ‘challenge’

Bento box Challenge (No.52)

On Friday, fellow Bento blogger, over at Veggie Bento, posted her weekly Cupcake Friday post and the cupcake in question was in a Cupcake-to-go holder.

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This got me thinking…

I have one of those cases.

And I love bento…

I would LOVE to make a mini bento in my cupcake holder!!

So I set myself a challenge.

And I made it:
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My best food photography yet, if I do say so myself πŸ™‚ I even put together a background πŸ˜€ with a mini vase of flowers. Go me!

This mini bento features two small onigiri cubes (made with a rice cube maker), the one on top has edamame in and they both have a strip of nori wrapped round them. Round the sides, I have put sliced cucumber, sliced carrot, sliced mange-tout and a couple of slices of smoked sausage.

This is by no means a full lunch bento, but it will accompany my lunch today and I will be extra excited to eat something this pretty! It is just the right size for a snack and I’m so pleased that I was able to make a bento in the cupcake holder! Just to confirm, the lid does go on! I didn’t want to stack it too high just in case it didn’t!

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See? πŸ™‚ (It’s got a weeny it of condensation because it’s been in the fridge, but that’s ok).

What different containers have you used for bento? And what was their originalΒ purpose?

Hope you enjoyed my personal challenge πŸ˜› I sure did! Thanks for the inspiration Veggie Bento! πŸ˜€

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Bento No.45

 

 

I have a horrible cold today 😦 so I have only eaten one boiled egg and a little yoghurt 😦 It was meant to be a fast day anyway, although I will eat if my body tells me to.

To make me feel better, I will post one of my bentos from last week πŸ™‚

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The main side of this bento (made in a Sistema Lunch Cube), had chicken dim sum (not homemade!), steamed broccoli (with sesame seeds), mushrooms (with kewpie mayo), cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and soy sauce.

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And in the other side there was sliced pear (excuse the bruising, I eat them however they look),chicken slices, satsuma, nest cake and a little pot of sweets.

There, that’s made me feel better (pulls ill face). At least you guys and girls get to see a bento post regardless of my woes.

I really do need to work on my photos though!!

Do you use a camera or your phone to take blog/food photos? I can never be bothered to get the camera out! Bad me!

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