Food and Drink

Bring your own Bento for Travel

I will be flying out of Portland to Texas, each leg of the trip will be 2.25 hours long. I took a look at Frontier's BOB options and nearly gaged. I planing to bring a bento with me for lunch. What considerations in food prepand choice and making it through the TSA check point. What the best way to keep the bento cold.

Lentil Snack Recipe - Need alternate for Bulgur

I like the recipe on just hungry for lentil snacks, but I can't have wheat gluten anymore, so bulgur is out.

I need a substitute for it, and I was thinking about cooked brown rice. It's a little nutty, which I think would replace what might be lost from the bulgur.

Does anyone who's familiar with these have any ideas about alterations to make them gluten-free? Does the brown rice sound like it would work?

Challenge Week 5 Talk

Hard to believe, but it’s the final week of the Get Started Challenge. Week 5 details are here. Week 5 officially starts on Monday, February 9th. and ends on Sunday, Feb. 16th.

Don’t forget to wrap up week 4 first!

Besides your individual goals and thoughts, a couple of questions for you all: continue reading...

  • What are the one or two best reasons for you to make bentos a part of your life?

Basic Bento Ingredients

Hi. :)

Since I'm relatively new to Bento lunches, I'm going to make a trip to the local Asian store tomorrow to stock up on essential ingredients.

Are there certain things that I should always have in my pantry?

What else should I get?

Gain weight with bentos

I know lots of people use bentos as a healthy and tasty way of losing weight, and I think that's great. But some of us have the opposite problem, we need to put weight on (don't be jealous, it aint good!). Ok so I could make one HUGE bento or just go to Mcdonalds instead, but seriously I can only eat so much and I want to do it healthily! Does anyone have any good ideas for putting weight on healthily with bentos?

Challenge Week 4 Wrapup Reports

It's the end of week 4 already here in New Zealand. Actually it was the end of the week last night for most people - it is Waitangi Day, our National Holiday, so no one (well hardly anyone) is at work.

One more week to go. I wonder what Maki has in store for us - and I wonder how many of us will keep going after the end of week 5. I know I intend to.

How did everyone get on with making bentos for picky men and kids this week? And how is the weight loss going?

baked sweet, salty, garlicky and spicy eggplant

The Thai chili sauce does most of the work.

2 long Chinese or Japanese eggplant
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
2 Tbsp bottled Thai sweet chili sauce (ingredients: palm sugar, red chili, vinegar, garlic, salt, water)
Vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Slice the eggplants in half lengthwise, then on the bias into strips about ½” thick.

Lightly salt the eggplant, set aside for about 20 minutes (I skip this step when I use Japanese eggplant).

In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce and chili sauce (optional: add 1 tsp vegetable oil). continue reading...

Bentos on!

AnnaTheRed has some geeky bentos featured on!

Very clever. Check them out!