Archive for July, 2010

A Little Lunch Luxury

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Sometimes when work is throwing me for a loop and I want to spend my lunch hours hiding from the world, I will use my bento as a way of a little pick-me-up. I’ll pack something extra special and it makes me remember that small moments and treats can have a really large effect.

And so I present, Shrimp Cocktail Bento…complete with the semi-homemade (with recipe posted at the end) cocktail sauce. Trust me, it’s hard not to feel awesome about your lunch when everyone else in the lunch room is eating boring sandwiches and brown/red smoosh in Gladware containers. You can start to feel the sophistication oozing out of your pores and creating an aura of kick-ass all around you.

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Contents:
shrimp and cocktail sauce
sauteed spinach with garlic
wasabi peas
chickpeas with parsley, olive oil, and vinegar
raspberry gummies

Homemade cocktail sauce:
ketchup
horseradish to taste (I like mine pretty spicy)
squeeze of lemon juice
hot sauce to taste

Shake and Bake

Monday, July 19th, 2010

This bento is a bit of an old one, but I found a bunch of pics I that never used on the site. Rather than just throw them in my flickr account, I figured they deserved their spotlight time.

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Contents:

breaded chicken breast strips (my own kinda shake and bake)
cucumber slices
sesame dressing
bbq sauce with chili sauce swirl
olives
reduced fat cheese
rice cracker

This bento was fun because i had a good time using the chili sauce not only to spice things up in terms of taste, but also in the look of things as well. The trick is to make sure you mix it into the other food before you eat it if you want things to be a bit more mild.

The chicken was really simple to make. While you can buy pre-cut chicken strips and pre-seasoned bread crumbs, I often like to do these things myself. Buying whole chicken pieces can help you cut down on the cost, and making your own bread crumbs from that bread you forgot about helps reduce waste. Also to be sure these stay healthy, I baked these in the toaster oven rather then fried them. It’s nice and fast and makes a pretty satisfying lunch.