Bento Box Attempt #1

by Christine on May 21st, 2010

filed under Diet, Food, Nutrition, General Information

Yesterday I was SO EXCITED about the Bento Box idea! While at work I ordered a super-cute Japanese-style Bento Box and a few accessories. They should arrive sometime next week. After I met with a friend after work, I ran over to the bookstore. Unfortunately Borders did not have any cookbooks on making Bento Boxes (insert sad face) but I did find a book on small-portion cooking, called “Small Bites.” I am going to look through this book and pull out some interesting recipes to try.

Then I ran to the grocery store and stocked up on all kinds of goodies! I bought more fruits and veggies then I’m ever going to consume. In the  tupperware aisle, I found this mock-bento thing called “EZ-Freeze Stay-Fit.”  The lid has a freezer pack to keep your food fresh, and there’s a compartment for holding your silverware/chopsticks in the lid. The bottom has three segments.  As soon as I got home I whipped up my first attempt. I think I did pretty well! The whole thing clocks in at under 300 calories and has fruits, veggies, carbs, and protein. I doubt I’ll eat the whole thing, but it’s nutritionally-sound; much better than my normal soup-from-a-can shtick.

Romaine Lettuce: 2 calories
Cabbage: 4 calories
3 Cheery Tomatoes Halved: 15 calories
1/4 Cucumber: 6 calories
Croutons: 33 calories
Feta Cheese: 25 calories
Salad Dressing: 70 calories
Rice with Steak: 30 calories
Hardboiled Egg: 72 calories
Grapes: 30 calories
TOTAL: 285 calories

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Bento Boxes!!

by Christine on May 20th, 2010

filed under Diet, Food, Nutrition, General Information

Bento Box version of Hello Kitty.I am in love. Officially. Yesterday I stumbled across this crazy, awesome, amazing cool blog, the World According to Eggface (Blog Here) and discovered something totally fantastic. I think it’s going to rock my world!!

Bento Boxes!

These are adorable little Japanese-styled lunchboxes. The interesting part is that they are sectioned off in tiny little partitions. I eat very little portion sizes, and a typical lunch for me involves a can of soup. Not very inspiring, nor is it very nutritious. These Bento Boxes are going to allow me to still eat very small amounts of food, but I’ll be able to actually get diverse types of food into my diet. Hooray!

I admit, I’m not much of a cook or a chef. However, some of these Bento Boxes are so freaking cute! The chefs that prepare them are whimsical and artistic. I can’t wait to try these out!

I just bought $60 worth of Bento supplies: a partitioned carrying case, a sandwich cutter/press, vegetable cutters, and (gasp) a hardboiled egg mold. I don’t typically eat hardboiled eggs, but I look forward to giving it a try.  I’m going to hit the bookstore and the grocery store after work today to stock up on Bento Box supplies.

If you’re looking for some really amazing-looking recipes…things that are healthy, great for those who had weight-loss surgery (let’s face it, we have special dietary needs), and that are small-portion-size-friendly, then please check out blog “The World According to Egg Face.” It’s really inspiring!

Check out these bento boxes!

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