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Broccoli, grape tomatoes galore, lima beans, carrots, and yummy crispy pork croquettes.

Again, I'm realizing that super originality is not only not practical, it's not even desirable. The little bits and bobs that fit in the cracks and make a balanced meal that stuffs the box tightly are not going to be wildly divergent from one day to the next.

I'm lucky if I can think up a new main dish--like today's croquettes--from time to time. Trying for wondrous variety just makes me waste food on silly mistakes.



Jun. 18th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
That looks great.

Do you just eat the broccoli raw or what?

Do you use a cookbook for these bento boxes?

Sorry to be so nosey. It's just so interesting.

Thanks to your inspiration, I'm continuing to declutter my den, btw. I just donated 17 bags and boxes of books to Oxfam. I'm finding it hard to stop. :) My place actually looks worse now than when I started but I guess that's part of the process. I took some snaps before I got started, so I will (eventually) be able to post with some photos showing the improvement -- if any! :)
Jun. 19th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Wow, yes sir yes sir 17 bags full! I know that intermediate place where it's still chaotic, and yet kind of empty-seeming. It's a good sign, though! You're in it!

And I can talk about bento all day. Heh. You may be sorry you asked!

No recipes in particular, though not surprisingly, Japanese-type foods are a great place to start--sushi, rice balls, etc.

. The broccoli--most of my "in the lid" veggies--are lightly steamed, then thoroughly cooled before closing the box; condensation can be a problem if things going in aren't cool and pretty dry.

The main ideas to get started with are: a) Two-thirds starch and one-third protein in the main compartment, with veggies stuffed in the cracks. If you have a second tier: vegetables, fruit, denser salad type things, pickles, and like that.

b) the millilitre capacity of the Japanese style box will equate to the calories in it if you stuff it pretty tightly in the ratios mentioned, with no zignificant fats or sugars (which I've found to be true).

c) Stuff the box tightly so things don't shift around in there.

It's really kind of fun!



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