Sunday, August 17, 2008

Lunch time!

Okay, so it's been a while since I've worried about lunch at work! I don't know where any restaurants are in the area of my new job, and even so, I want to be good financially. So, tomorrow's lunch:

shrimp fritters from one of my favorite bento sites: Fritter Recipe at Just Bento

I used nori fumi furikake - sesame seeds and nori in the fritters, and since I didn't have hot paprika, I used smoked. Nice flavor, if no heat to it.

I took a little more of the furikake and mixed it into some rice. I packed the rice in tight and added the shrimp fritters to the top tier of my bento.

The bottom tier holds these protein bars (minus the soy protein powder that I forgot to pick up) that the girls made: Alton Brown's Recipe, along with grape tomatoes and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese to eat with the tomatoes.

Now to stick in some water and I'm set.

It's going to be challenging to come up with interesting lunches.

If I was mildly creative, I'd get out my nori punches and make some faces or shapes or something to add some color to the rice, but... nahhh... Tomorrow!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Eating at home and in school

I'm back! Today's post is dinner from Monday night and lunch for Roo for school on Tuesday (her last bento of the school year).

Monday night's dinner was shrimp with green peppers and pineapple, with leftover Tuscan bean salad. Then I prepared Roo's bento for tomorrow. It's a little boring, but it works. And these onigiri seem to do very well refrigerated overnight rather than me making them in the morning. I mix the furikake in with the rice rather than sprinkling it over. Seems to work just fine for us! Ignore the broken strip of nori, pretty please!

Ready to be broiled (worked better there than on the grill):

Done and plated rather messily:


Bottom tier: 3 onigiri with mushrooms and furikake, little bottle of soy sauce
Second to bottom tier: Salad with carrots and cucumbers. Little bottles of salad dressing, each holding about a tablespoon. I think she'll only use one, but better safe than sorry.
Next tier: Italian dry salami and extra sharp cheddar cheese for some protein
Dessert on the top tier: cherries