Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #34

Raspberry-chocolate yogurt and white chocolate-caramel pretzels in the two smallest Lunchopolis containers.

I really liked this. It needed some hot tea, but I forgot to bring mine. Why is the only non-caffeinated tea offered in most offices the most vile stuff possible? Just because I can't have caffeine does not mean I A) want to be put to sleep with chamomile or similar (which, by the way, is great at night but awful for afternoon tea) or B) don't like the flavor of actual tea (there is decaf, people!) or C) enjoy all those weirdly artificial fruit flavors.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tamari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #9

Halves of tangerine with a silicone cup of chocolate-covered pomegranate seeds and a white chocolate-caramel pretzel, sautéed spinach and mushrooms, crab shumai, and a few bottles of soy sauce/rice vinegar blend.

I'm not crazy about sautéed spinach on its own--it tastes good but seems to coat my teeth with something I can't get rid of without just wearing it off--but the mushrooms seem to prevent that. I'll have to note that one for later. (It was actually just one of those "this stuff is going bad and I need to use it up" things, but it worked out well.)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #17

Blood orange slices, cucumber, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, mini bell pepper rings, some mushroom slices to fill in a gap, ham/veggie cream cheese/tortilla pinwheels, and a cup of Boom Boom sauce.

I did not feel like cooking last night, so this is a prepped-from-what's-on-hand lunch. It worked out fine. What exactly is Boom-Boom sauce? This stuff was left over from an order of onion rings, and I liked it's spiciness, so I kept it for lunch purposes, but I don't quite know what it is.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Laptop Lunches #254

A chile-cheese tamale; leftover vegetarian chili, mixed fruit (mango, kiwi, and starfruit); and silicone cups of sour cream, scallion, and cheddar cheese.

This lunch comes with tragedy. The idea was to top the tamale with chili and heat it up in the microwave, which I did. I have had my Laptop Lunches box for maybe five or so years, and I have microwaved lots of stuff in it (these containers are microwave safe, after all!), without incident. This time, the chili may have stained the blue container.

I hate it when stuff like that happens, but we'll see if it wears off--sometimes that happens, and after airing out a little, it's become less noticeable, I guess through the magic of sunlight or something. That is, after all, how the beet stains gradually fade.

The meal was good, but that will be overshadowed by the scarred lunchbox. And they don't even make this one anymore. This was the original box. Today's version looks quite different; you don't have the little slots in the box to keep your containers in place, etc. I am sure I will get over this travesty, but I'm rather sad for the moment. Does anyone have advice for de-staining plastic? I'm guessing that's just not possible.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Temari Rabbit Bento Bowl #2

Vegetarian chili over rice with cheddar, sour cream, and scallion toppings, and a sliced nectarine.

 I made the chili with Neat, which I had found on clearance at Target. It was actually pretty good! Let me know if you want my recipe.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Tamari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #8

Beef shumai, a couple of bottles of soy sauce/rice vinegar blend, some cucumbers tossed in the remainder of said blend with some sesame seeds mixed in, and blood orange slices.

I didn't realize this was a blood orange until I sliced it open. That one was quite the surprise!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pack-a-Snack #33

I was having an interesting morning the day I packed this one. I wanted a breakfast sandwich but I didn't have the appetite for a whole one. So I made a pretty big one, cut it in half, and packed one half as a snack in my medium-sized Lunchopolis container.

The original breakfast sandwich had high fiber whole grain white toast, a bit of mayo, swiss cheese, ham, a fried egg, tomato slices, and mashed avocado. The egg turned out not to be fried the way I liked, so I took it out of the snack half. You may still see traces of egg yolk, though. This worked pretty well as a snack. The toast wasn't crisp by the time I ate it, but it wasn't soggy, either.