Wednesday, November 30, 2016

3-Tier Bottle Bento #33

Vanilla yogurt topped with pumpkin spice chips (those exist) and mini marshmallows, granola, and mixed raspberries and blackberries.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Happy Jackson Snack Boxes #21

Mixed raspberries and blackberries, guacamole chips, bean and cheese burritos, and tomatillo salsa.

A word on the Happy Jackson boxes: Although I have followed the instructions to the letter--hand washed, delicately, and all--the words on the bottom of the containers have been totally rubbed off, and the lids have this weird, wavy thing going on. These are cheaply made and I don't recommend them, which is too bad because they were so cute. But I'm going to continue using them because they are still functional, and you guys never see all the problems.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Laptop Lunches #272

Pasta with tomatoes and white bean pesto sauce (still working that one out--but in the meantime, try this if you want some sense of what goes into it), a stuffed egg, applesauce with cinnamon sugar, and shredded carrots in a lemon-walnut vinaigrette.

I hope all of you had a good Thanksgiving! Between a bout with some sort of gastrointestinal bug, holiday luncheons, the holiday itself, and rebellion against packing lunch (yes, that happens, even to me!), I know I've been away for a while, and I've missed you guys. Don't worry--you've got a full week of lunches coming up!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sakura 3-Tier Bento #58

Orange wedges, cucumbers tossed with rice vinegar and sesame seeds, a little bottle of soy sauce and rice vinegar, ketchup-glazed pepper stir fry, and mini chicken wontons.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Insulated Jar & Sides #22

Half an apple, homemade onion soup, a little cup of parmesan cheese, and cheesy croutons.

I was thinking that I had all these onions, and 'tis soup season, and 'tis the season for root veggies, and all. And onion soup is easy. All of that is true.

But it took me three hours to get the onions to cook and they still didn't quite caramelize.

Sigh.

However, the soup was great and this method of packing made the traditional bread-and-cheese soup portable, so I won for lunch, if not for dinner. Which I ate at 9:30 PM. Live and learn.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Temari Rabbit Bento Bowl #17

Only one tier this time for the bento bowl: baked tofu and bok choy sauteed in peanut sauce over rice with extra peanuts and scallions on top.

All of the lunches you've seen this week were pre-election lunches. I was really involved in this election cycle, since weekend volunteering began over the summer. My brain wasn't really focused on colorful food, but I managed to feed myself. I thought about not showing them to you at all, but maybe it's good to show the imperfection sometimes.

Sometimes my food is brown with a little green for color.

Sometimes I don't manage to hit all the groups I'm going for, and there is no fruit, or no veggie, or something.

But I cook my food and I eat it and I do my best. And this tasted pretty awesome anyway.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Insulated Jar & Sides #21

Red velvet herbal tea, a little cup of soy creamer, oatmeal topped with peanut butter and strawberry jam, and applesauce.

This morning I was running very late. There wasn't time for me to have a different breakfast and lunch, so I just doubled up on my breakfast. I did do something different with the oatmeal I had for breakfast, though--it was sprinkled with slivered almonds and dried cranberries.

The jar kept the oatmeal hot even though I forgot to warm it first, and the peanut butter and jelly had melted into it beautifully.

One reason I used soy creamer is that any kind of dairy will curdle in this tea. I have recently fallen in love with soy creamer--I can even put it in citrus teas! And I do like creamy things.

This may not be attractive, but it kept me to my budget and is reasonably healthy. I just had to have extra veggies with dinner.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #88

Have you voted, Americans?

Make sure you do that.

Cucumber slices, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, hummus, grape tomatoes, some brioche toast, a mini wheel of brie, and blackberries.

Not exactly elaborate, but I've got stuff to do.

Vote!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Lunchopolis #31

Sorry about the delay! There is so much going on, so this lunch is from a while ago.

Simple raid-the-fridge salad: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, Swiss cheese, and yogurt-ranch dressing; blackberries; garlic crackers; mixed chocolate and regular candy corn; a little cup of Bac'n pieces; and hummus topped with scallions.

If you have never had chocolate candy corn--which I hadn't before this year--it is absolutely worth a try. Truly amazing stuff.