Spring greens with cukes and avocado
Lemon tahini dressing
A very green salad – happy Earth Day! I finally found some frozen falafel balls (duh, the Kosher food aisle!). I love this salad. I take all the components out of the bento box, then dump in the greens, broken up falafel, and dressing, close the bento, shake, and – voila! – the perfectly tossed salad!
Mango with coconut flakes
Salad with avocado and Annie’s Raspberry Vinnegrette
Mmmmmmmmmm…. coconut! I went to get shredded coconut, but all I could find was this bag of coconut flakes. Initially I was disappointed, but now I love them better than shredded coconut. These nice flakes are very coco-nutty- the give a nice satisfying crunch plus a nice juicy coconut flavor (they don’t dry out as much as shredded coconut). I love them on my cereal and so I thought I’d try them with some fruit for lunch. So, if you love coconut, try the flakes!
Salad, cukes, avocado with Annie’s Goddess Dressing.
Chocolate covered marshmallow
This past week I’ve watched four episodes of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and the documentary No Impact Man. I love Jamie Oliver just for being so passionate about good food and trying to share that with other people, especially children. (I can’t wait to see how this all turns out!) No Impact Man, a film about a young family in NYC who try to leave no carbon footprint for a year, was also very thoughtful. These people really made some drastic changes to their lives and ended up being all the happier for it (local diet, no carbon fueled transportation, no electricity, laundry in the bathtub, etc.). I’ve also been reading about the One Dollar Diet Project, one couple’s attempts to feed themselves on a dollar a day each. All of this combined plus just moving and being stressed about finances equals very good incentive to make some big changes. This past week I worked hard to plan every single meal, make a list and stick to the plan all week. Result? We spent half of what we usually would on food this week! And we didn’t suffer at all. In fact there will be plenty of food for the rest of the week! It is a very satisfying feeling, and now when I get home from work I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner, I just look at my notes. And bento boxes are great, even leftover pasta salad looks pretty snazzy with a salad and an orange.
Mung Bean Sprouts
Hummus (regular and roasted red pepper) with corn chips (not pictured)
Well, not half bad considering I was half asleep this morning (thanks to my sweet little two-year old who had a meltdown from approximately 3a.m. to 5:45a.m., ahem!). That’s the nice thing about bento lunches. You can toss whatever you have in your ‘fridge in there and it usually turns out decently. Try it! You never know, maybe some random combination will end up being your new favorite…
Green Salad with Purple Cabbage
Lemon Tahini Dressing
My wonderful husband bought me a small bar of raw chocolate from a boutique in NYC (Raw Chocolate Love). It is quite delicious! It tastes like a high quality dark chocolate (70%), but it has a brightness to it. Not sweet, but cooling and with a very quick taper (no aftertaste). Which is interesting, because regular dark chocolate has a longer taper with shifting flavors. I’m not sure I favor it over regular chocolate, it is just different. Anyways, Raw Chocolate Love rocks, you should try it!
Green Salad with Purple Cabbage
Lemon Tahini dressing
A few weeks ago I discovered how much I love raw cabbage. So, this week I bought red instead of green. I love it not only for the flavor, but it holds up well. It doesn’t wilt in the bento box and it keeps for a long time in the refrigerator. My salad greens do well, too, but if I don’t eat them up quickly they start wilting and getting slimy in the ‘fridge. (Any tips?)
Cabbage salad with Annie’s Papaya Poppy Seed dressing
3/4 of one small avocado
Black Bean Chili Wrap
I’m not getting tired of cabbage, but it seems repetitive on the blog. But, on the other hand, when you buy and cook in bulk for the week, you’re going to see repetition! I try to vary it a little every day, as you can see. And soon enough that big head of cabbage and package of black bean burgers will be gone.
I just got Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet book. He’s a triathlete who has designed a diet for performance and stress reduction. So, I can’t wait to experiment with the recipes, you’ll likely see the evidence next week via the bento box! Have a good weekend!