Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bento 32 and 33

Pink day last week! For breakfast: 2 mini cottage
cheese waffles, 3 little ham croquettes, strawberries
and some sugar free strawberry syrup. In a piggy container too, how cute.

For lunch: a container of couscous, marinated cucumbers, more strawberries, edamame topped with a turkey patty cut into wedges, carrot dots and cheddar tulips. All this food was too much for two meals and I ended up eating some of it for my 2 snacks, too.

For Monday's meals: half a cottage cheese waffle
topped with blueberries, three mini asparagus/ham quiche bites, strawberries and sugar free maple syrup.

For snack time: 2 mini protein donuts and more strawberries. (OK, it is strawberry season and I'm addicted to them.)

For lunch: some chicken breast chunks in a silicone and topped with a red pepper flower. A stack of jicama and cucumber flowers, edamame for filler and a few tiny sandwich chunks made of black rye bread, low fat monteray jack cheese, fat free cream cheese and more red pepper. There is a container of low fat ranch dressing for the chicken and my bottle of bariatric vitamins.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bento 31

Blue and pink containers to go with my new Beatles bag. The reverse is a hot pink guitar print. I'm having a lot of fun sewing these bags.

For breakfast in the bottom container: a mixture of nonfat cottage cheese and 0% Greek Fage yogurt with sliced strawberries. Not pictured was the small container of fiber plus cereal to add crunch.

Pink container: a little bit of corn, veggie sloppy joe mix, one mini black bean quiche, baby carrot sticks, cuke slices and a barley tulip.

Catching Up!

Life has been busy with family, work,gardening, support group and Rose Society. The bento pictures are getting backlogged so I'll get caught up here all at once.

Is this even worth posting? So simple...two containers consisting of strawberries, ham 'croquettes' (not fried!), asparagus and fat free ranch dressing.

For potluck day at work: a plate of no-sugar added PB2 brownie's (they were well received!). Since I'm never sure what will be 'safe' for me to eat I always bring my own food too and did eat it that day. Green box: strawberries and mini protein blueberry muffins. Alongside was a container of 0% Greek Fage yogurt.

Clear box: ham 'croquettes', chopped asparagus, a container of caulitators and cantaloupe.

Bento 28: Laptop Lunchbox system. Didn't eat all this but it was for the whole day. Three homemade oatmeal-raisin protein bars in a baggie, a Luna bar and a Starbuck's Light Frap.

Pink box: three mini cottage cheese pancakes, sugar free maple syrup, a mini ham and asparagus quiche bite.

Orange box: a Greek yogurt/ fat free cottage cheese mixture topped with blueberries.

Blue box: a turkey patty, barley heart, carrot slices, asparagus.

Green box: hard boiled egg with carrot dogs, edamame. Alongside a sugar free candy for 'dessert' and roasted pea crisps mixed with some almonds underneath.

Somehow I thought I was going to eat all this????

A much better amount of food for the day. Top box: 0% Greek Fage yogurt and strawberry slices, a few orange sections, one mini cottage cheese waffle and a few homemade turkey sausage links. A container of sugar free maple syrup too of course.

Bottom box: Yakitori chicken chunks and corn, marinated cucumber chunks, a barley tulip and strawberries. Some romaine lettuce leaves for dividers.

A lunch box: grilled cauliflower, carrot stars, edamame, marinated cucumbers and a serving of a low-cal tamale casserole. Grilling the cauliflower was an experiment that didn't turn out made it taste bitter.

That's enough for this post. More to come, I think.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bento 20

This one got missed somehow. It felt like spring and a good day for a 'picnic' day at work. So I used the reverse side of my green sushi fabric kinchaku bag and the matching red checked napkin. Very festive and cheerful!
Food was a homemade mix of 0% Fage Greek yogurt, chopped fresh strawberries and sugar free strawberry jam. For crunch, a container of Kellogg's Protein Plus (is that the right name?) cereal. For the rest of the day which was lunch and 2 snacks: a Morningstar Farms chik'n patty (about 1 1/2), watermelon sticks, broccoli slaw, a mini barley heart, some corn kernels, a container of my MIL's family-recipe bbq sauce and a sugar free brownie.

Bento 24 and 25

This is bento 24 from last week. I didn't have time to make a pretty bento so it was my old Tupperware lunch set and after packing it, I remembered why I don't like this set: the carrier doesn't leave room for anything but the containers and has an awkward zipper placement. Maybe one day I'll tear it apart and remake it with the zipper at the top but likely not. Anyway, the food was 0% Fage Greek yogurt (1/2 cup) with splenda, a cereal mix of mostly Kashi Go Lean and some leftover Barbara's organic stuff, a melon cup of watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. Then the protein is from the freezer: the last of the chicken cordon bleu bites, edamame and two mini ham/Swiss bites. This was enough food for breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks.

Today's bento was Easter dinner leftovers and

freezer stash. Couldn't eat it all by the end of the day and that accounted for breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks. Two mini cottage cheese waffles, homemade turkey breakfast sausage sticks, fruit cup of strawberries, cantaloupe, green grapes and blueberries. Not in the shot is the little container of sugar free syrup I always drag along to go with the waffles. In the pink bento is cucumber sticks, edamame, a mini barley heart, mini skewers of grilled pineapple and ham, a few black olives, a little cup of my sister's to-die-for corn casserole, carrot flower cutouts, half a devilled egg and more cucumbers for filler. For dessert some of my sugar free strawberry-rhubarb cheesecake and more grilled pineapple. I have a LOT of this was too much food!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bento 23...Easter Challenge

Here is my food for the Easter theme challenge on's Bento Buddies group. For breakfast I used a new box that was a generous gift from Sharon in my local support group. It is a baby food dish and very cool! Each of the inner compartments has a lid and the outer compartment has another lid plus a self-storing mini spoon. Love it! The food inside is a shaped barley tulip topped with petals of low fat provolone. It is sitting on top of an Egg Beaters mini omelette that has the leftover provolone chunks melted in as well as taco sauce. There is a bunny pick next to the melons: cantaloupe and honeydew.
For lunch and afternoon snack in the other box (a new Hello Kitty from my boss): four chicken cordon bleu meatballs from the freezer stash, baby carrot sticks and dots, bunny sandwiches made from black rye bread and more of that piece of provolone, curly lettuce for a liner, a hard boiled egg, jicama chicks and cucumber flowers. In the yellow bunny container is fat free ranch dressing to dip the veggies and moisten the little sandwiches. For my 'dessert' I ate one sugar free Peep and it was a huge treat. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bento 22

Back to good old routine food and a happy tummy. Three mini cottage cheese pancakes, blueberries, strawberries, two pieces of turkey bacon and scrambled Egg Beaters. In the little container is sugar free blueberry syrup. Ah...a delicious 'safe' breakfast. Same-old, same-old but nice to know it wouldn't make me sick.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bento 21

Been busy and still made my bentos but didn't have time to post them. After joining a Flickr group and seeing my bentos all lined up it revealed I eat the same thing all the time. So today I tried something different and it made me sick. Waaaa! Tonight was support group so I am getting to bed too late to make my box for tomorrow, too bad...I am ready to get back to my good old routine. LOL

So here's the Evil Bento. It made me dump at work. (This is something that happens to some gastric bypass patients...not all and not very often for me but NOT FUN!) I thought I was very clever to make little mini sandwiches out of mini soy crisps, fat free cream cheese and PB2 powder. (On Shelly's blog she made little sandwiches with either little rice crisps or soy crisps so of course I had to try it too.) There was a little container of sugar free grape jam and some red grapes to go with it. Altogether it was yummy but apparently too many sugar grams at once for my system. Looked pretty too, oh well... Also, I used a Tupperware container from my Modular Mates collection since it was listed as 500 ml thinking it'd be so great to have the 'right' size. Too big! LOL I'll stick with the dollar store cuties and then try to get some at Daiso in August when the OH conference comes to Seattle.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Bento 19 and Technicolor Donuts!

Today is a day off (yay!!!!!) so it has been a leisurely morning drinking coffee, watching the snow fall and baking. I'll get yesterday's bento posted and then give you the recipe for the technicolor mini donuts.
For breakfast in the right box: 2 cottage cheese pancakes, scrambled egg beaters, green grapes, cantaloupe and a mini tupperware container of Estee Sugar Free maple syrup. Not a creative box but it has been a long week and I just needed to have food for work.
For lunch...same story, just food. Three chicken cordon bleu bites, cucumber sticks, cantaloupe, a muffin container of edamame and a packet of lite balsamic vinaigrette. Brought along a lite mozz. cheese stick but gave it to a coworker who needed some quick protein. I saved the sugar free chocolate for a treat when I got home from work.
Now....on Shelly's blog she has posted an amazing recipe for chocolate mini donuts which I've made and love. They got me wanting some other types of donuts so I've experimented a little and had a great success this morning. I know it is a long list of ingredients but I had all these on hand and was going for a product that was moist yet had good body to it. These turned out so tasty I didn't even melt any sugar free chocolate for a 'frosting' because they just didn't need it. Although, it would certainly cover up some of the hideous color and they'd have more eye appeal. LOL So here is what I made:
Strawberry-Kiwi Mini Donuts
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup gluten free pancake mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup egg beaters
4 tablespoons DaVinci sugar free strawberry syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
Gently mix together all ingredients, allow to stand a few minutes then gently stir again. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. Fill cavities about half way and bake 8-10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen.
So if you happen to have some of this protein powder and this great mini-muffin pan in your pantry, make some technicolor donuts!