Monday, 31 March 2008

Bento from last week

Another late update from last week! I really need to keep up with my bento posts.

We had fajitas for dinner and leftovers become lunch for the next day. In a small container is leftover chicken fajitas (a lid goes on that after the photo), a salsa tortilla wrap, containers of salsa and sour cream, one chocolate truffle and sliced kiwi. I find this box useful for keeping things separate, especially in this case so that the fajitas can be assembled just prior to eating, without making the tortilla mushy if made the night before.

Leftover boiled potatoes from dinner for this lunch. Strawberries, grilled asparagus and potato salad with chives. I wanted to put a hard boiled egg in there (I love egg and potato salad) but ran out of space.

Meatballs, seafood gyoza and stir fried snow peas with plain rice. This was a rushed bento made in the morning when I had to leave the house early and didn't pack lunch the night before. Ugh. Thank goodness for freezer stash. Meatballs, gyoza and rice were from the freezer. Rice was warmed up in the microwaved and the snow peas were stir fried briefly. Then the meatballs were cooked in the microwave and I pan fried the gyoza. All assembled and ready to go in under 15 minutes. Not the most attractive but I was pleased with the speed of this one and glad to have lunch ready in the middle of a busy work day.

Beef and mushroom teriyaki, asparagus and red peppers on a bed of rice. Once again, leftover rice was warmed up in the microwave. The beef was marinated the night before. Mushrooms, onions, asparagus and peppers all cut up and ready to go in the pan so this was pretty quick in the morning. I probably spent as much time taking photos as cooking this!


noobcook said...

yummy, yummy. Your bentos look so appetizing, as always :)~

Nilmandra said...

Thanks, noobcook :) It's nice to have something to look forward to in the middle of the day instead of just popping down to the cafe or shop for sandwiches! I miss food courts...

Anonymous said... do you keep your food warm until lunch?

Nilmandra said...

Anonymous: I eat my lunch either cold (sandwiches and salads) or at room temperature, so they are not really warm. I put the lunch boxes in insulated bags so they do stay cold or slightly warm. Unfortunately I don't have access to a microwave at work so I tend to pack food that are fine for eating at room temperatures.

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