Salad improvisation

Today’s Bento:

Pasta Salad

Salad with Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Prunes

Chocolate covered marshmallow

Ok, I’m becoming much more aware of how much food we have now that I’m planning so carefully! I threw together this salad with some purple cabbage I’m trying to use up (I bought it two weeks ago). But it is perfectly good and tastes great! And another random add-in: prunes. I have a tub of prunes in my cupboard. I actually really love them, and my two-year-old does too.

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Trying to go frugal

Today’s Bento:

Salad, cukes, avocado with Annie’s Goddess Dressing.

Orange

Pasta Salad

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.

$25

I won a $25 Gift Card from Whole Foods for my Easter Brunch Bento! The had a contest posted on their Facebook page. I think I was the only person who entered, but, hey, $25 is $25! The bento includes:

Mini Spring Fritattas (asparagus & leek)

Sliced Strawberries and Kiwis

Sauteed Collard Greens with Pine Nuts, Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

and…dark chocolate covered cherry flavored marshmallows (*blush*)

Navy Beans

Today’s Bento:

Navy Bean Soup

Mixed Spring Greens

Fresh Red Peppers

Purple Cabbage

Annie’s Goddess Dressing

Orange

A few years ago I came across the blog of Kerri and Christopher called the The One Dollar Diet Project. It was fun to follow these two as they tried to eat on only a dollar a day each. I just read their book about the experience, and have since been inspired to make a better effort at buying in bulk. I generally make my meals fresh, from scratch, but I get lazy with beans. They really are much better cooked from dry, and it isn’t that hard as long as you remember to soak them overnight. So, here’s some soup from my big batch of Navy Beans (mmmmmm). I love’em cooked until they are melty. Next week: what should I do with Aduki beans???

last minute bento

Today’s Bento:

Strawberries

Avocado

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…

Sprout Babies

Today’s Bento:

Green Salad with Purple Cabbage and Sprout Babies!

Strawberries

Marshmallows

I did it! I finally tried sprouting! It is soooo easy and I was very proud of my little mung bean sprout babies. And they were delicious in the salad, along with the soaked raw sunflower seeds. (I also soaked my raw nuts for the first time. I think the sunflower seeds taste much better soaked than unsoaked and raw. Kristen over at Kristen’s Raw has some great and very easy to follow directions for sprouting. What a delicious and healthy addition to a salad! Sprouts are full of amino acids, so they are a good protein source, but since they are already in the form of amino acids, they are light and very easy to digest.

Raw Chocolate

Today’s Bento:

Green Salad with Purple Cabbage

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Grilled Eggplant

Banana Chips

RAW CHOCOLATE!!

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!