Catch up post

Sorry all, I haven’t been up to much bentoing, and everything has taken a very hectic turn. But here, in very poor Instagram edited form, is everything I’ve been up to food wise. I’ve been trying to eat clean recently, and get back into the gym, and become fit and healthy once more. But this means, I haven’t really watched the presentation of my food.

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I’ve been trying to get into the habit of meal preparation, when I have some free time, to make things easier for the coming week. This is a collage of a meal prep I did a week or so ago. I boiled baby corn, green beans and broccoli. Grilled two gammon steaks, boiled potatoes and brown rice. I also chopped up some honeydew melon.

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I had some friends over, and I managed to serve up some delicious and healthy eats! I cooked Tilapia in lime juice and chili and served it on a bed of baby spinach and lettuce leaves. I also served wholewheat pasta with a fresh tomato and basil sauce, (simply amazing flavor!) a cucumber and corn salsa, pico de gallo, avocado, cilantro and homemade tortilla chips. A bit of a Mexican feel, and it was so filling.

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This is a series of lunches/dinners I have had recently. All nourishing, all delicious and very importantly all filling. I don’t ever believe that eating healthily should leave you feeling hungry and deprived, if that’s the case, you’re probably taking the wrong approach. Starting top left and going clockwise, there is a chicken salad, with baby spinach and lettuce leaves, carrots, baby corn, pepper, tomatoes, spring onion, avocado and cucumber, topped with homemade tortilla chips and olive oil and black pepper dressing.
Then there is a chicken stir-fry, not my finest work…I’ve got some portions left in the freezer, it’s edible, but not overly enjoyable…just mediocre, however I don’t like wasting food, so it will get eaten eventually. Then the same chicken salad wrapped in a wholewheat tortilla and topped with Greek yogurt. Finally a simple omelet with avocado and tomatoes and two pieces of wholewheat toast.

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A different shot of the dinner party, the leftover lunch bowl I made from it and the salad I ordered whilst eating out with a friend. Rich with flavor, but an absolutely huge portion, I only ate half. It was marinated feta, baby spinach leaves, avocado, broccoli, some kind of sprouts, and some other things that I can’t recall. It’s nice to be able to go out, but still feel good about your meal choice.

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The ingredients that went into my chicken stir-fry, two smoothies for breakfast, a nice green and mango one, and a berry smoothie, and soup that I am now addicted to!

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An utterly delicious salmon and Singapore noodle stir-fry, another berry smoothie and scrambled eggs and toast for brekkie!

Finally the only two bentos I have prepared during this time, plus another breakfast shot. The bento on the left is sesame ryvita, honeydew melon, strawberries, rice and gammon cubes with boiled veggies. The bento on the right is the same, minus the ryvita and strawberries.

Sorry for the hugely long post, but that is me officially caught up! Happy Easter everyone.

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Sesame chicken bento

My first bento of 2014,  and it’s better than the ones I’ve been doing recently,  plus it’s delicious (I know because it’s dinner leftovers). Sesame chicken,  with green beans and sushi rice adorned with little nori snowflakes,  I used a craft hole puncher from eBay, worked brilliantly! My one qualm with this bento….too much green.  Next time I’ll aim for more colour!! Happy new year everyone!!

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Lazy bentos and Christmas cookies

Is it really a bento if all you’ve done is chucked leftovers or a salad in a box? Well as you’ve probably noticed, thats what the majority of my bentos have been recently.  So my bento resolution for the new year ( I know I’m rather early) shall be to make more creative bentos. But in the meantime here are some more lazy ones!

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Today’s lunch,  of leftover Chinese. Sweet and sour chicken and plain chow mein.

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Quinoa salad,  containing asparagus, picolo cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn and pepper.  This made quite a few lunches!

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Last two aren’t bentos,  this is what I’ve had for breakfast a lot recently! Breakfast burritos,  don’t ask me how I rolled this one up, I can only put it down to a miracle! It has turkey bacon,  herby scrambled eggs, avocado and cheddar cheese on a white and wheat wrap. Absolutely delicious.  I was sad when I ran out of Turkey bacon and wraps. And finally,  my awful snapchat picture of toffee and pecan cookies I made as Christmas gifts. 

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Happy holidays everyone!!

What I’ve been up to.

I’m back…again! I know I’ve been rather flaky with posting lately. I moved a couple of months back, and I’ve only just managed to get internet set up. Plus, being in charge of everything by myself for once whilst trying to get to grips with my new job overwhelmed me a tad. Nevertheless, I have still been baking and cooking, but actually not a whole lot of bento-ing, and I haven’t taken as many pictures as I wish I’d had. Especially since there’s no evidence of some of the best work I did over the past few months, alas. I can always make them again!!

So here’s a lil peak of some of what I’ve been up to whilst I’ve been gone.

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A simple chicken fajita with greek yogurt, cheese and fresh pico de gallo that I made to take to work.

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My first time attempting chicken katsu. Not a particularly pretty picture, but it was utterly delicious. I made enough for myself and a friend. I have to say. I had trouble getting the chicken to cook right through without the coating getting too brown.

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My friend and I stuffed some mini pumpkins with orzo, peppers, parmesan and garlic. Very simple, but tasty. The one on the right fitted into the palm of my hand!! How cute! We also both tried the skins for the first time, surprisingly nice!

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Another rubbish picture, but this was a recipe I tried from a Tesco magazine. Simple prawn stirfry with a lovely peanut dressing.

I’ve decided that now once a fortnight I shall try a new recipe from one of my cookbooks or magazines, and then post the results on here. It’s my way of trying to get myself to actually use all the untouched cookbooks sitting in my kitchen! Does anyone else constantly buy cookbooks, and just look through them without actually making anything from them?

Whilst I was internetless I also finally tried Yo Sushi! Now, more of a fusion than traditional Japanese food, but personally I thought everything was creative and utterly delicious! I tried sooo many dishes, spent an absolute fortune…well not quite, but a lot for a restaurant! I unfortunately didn’t take many pictures as I was too busy Snapchatting, does anyone else use this app? Ever since I’ve started using it, I Snapchat everything, but forget to take permanent pictures! Anyway. One of the best things I had was the chocolate Mochi. So morish, but very sickly. I couldn’t eat much more after I’d had that. This is the only picture I’ve got, (minus one of all my empty dishes ha ha)

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A Katsu roll! How cool?! They had such a variety of different things that I’d never even think of creating, I definitely ate too much, and still didn’t try everything. I can’t wait to go back. Have any of you been? What do you think of Yo Sushi?

Hope everyone has a good week. Happy Halloween in advance! What are all your plans this year?

London Trip Bento

London Trip Bento

A while back I had a trip to London for work. I knew it was going to be a crazy long day, with a 6 hour round trip and a 7 hour course, so I came prepared and packed a huge lunch in order to keep me going. In my pink Aladdin bento I have, leftover “Zen Special Noodles” and a side cup of humus and carrot sticks. In my purple bento box I have an array of filo pastries from M&S. There’s Chicken and Chorizo empanadas, red pepper and feta roll ups, and halloumi and mint parcels. I thought they were all nice, but my favourite had to be the red pepper and feta. In my clear snack box I’ve got a mix of peaches, melon and strawberries.

Squished Bento!

Squished Bento!

This was yesterdays lunch for work. Left tier, which is incredibly squished.. I had less room than I thought. Two slices of Mediterranean style quiche, slices of corn on the cob and two little cheese sticks (actually becoming a little addicted to these!), right tier is bacon and chorizo salad. The salad is leftover from dinner, my friend cooked us all a lovely meal, Chinese chicken, the salad and mushroom chow mein, I wanted some of the noodles in my bento, but somebody beat me to the leftovers…it’s survival of the fittest out here! ha ha.

Simple, very green chicken salad bento

Simple, very green chicken salad bento

Do you feel, that when you just chuck something like this in and go, that it doesn’t really count as a bento? I do, I don’t feel my “bento’s” really classify as bentos currently. Since staying with my friend ( I’ll be here for a couple more months) bentos have been far and few between, I’m tending just to eat oatmeal at work.

This was an incredibly quick, plain, jam packed salad, however the chicken was so well seasoned that it was incredibly flavourful. You can’t see all of the ingredients unfortunately, but it contained; Lettuce, Cucumber, Green pepper, Tomato and Roast Chicken. This little SpongeBob box has a slightly domed lid, so I could fit in more than I thought!

I promise, more regular, worthy bentos will return!