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After a very naughty calorie Sunday at the zoo, I had to pack something very Core for today. I’d marinated some pork in a miso mixture earlier in the day and broiled it that evening for dinner. The kids were making demands every .25 seconds, so I ended up over cooking it and the pork was pretty much like 2 cm thick jerky. 😦 Still, it tasted good and the burnt parts were very flavorful. We had two pieces leftover, so I sliced them both up and froze one for a future lunch. The other set went on top of a bed of thinly chopped romaine lettuce heart (1 head) along with sliced avocado and grape tomatoes. I topped it off with a sakura shaped mango slice that I had left over.

Doesn’t the pork look great in the picture? 🙂 No dressing needed as I can eat the meat and avocado with the lettuce as taste. I made a fruit bowl as well with mango, blackberries, kiwi, and a Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge, but I didn’t take a pic as it looks pretty much the same as all my fruit bowls. This was a quick one, about 20 minutes total. I’m getting faster!

I won a bento box on eBay yesterday. Only 2 dollars! The shipping is costing me $5… so mental. Weight loss this week: 2.2 lbs! Weight Watchers congratulated me but gave me a finger wagging, saying that more than 2 is too much. This can mean only one thing… MOAR FOOD! Woot!

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After a very naughty calorie Sunday at the zoo, I had to pack something very Core for today. I’d marinated some pork in a miso mixture earlier in the day and broiled it that evening for dinner. The kids were making demands every .25 seconds, so I ended up over cooking it and the pork was pretty much like 2 cm thick jerky. 😦 Still, it tasted good and the burnt parts were very flavorful. We had two pieces leftover, so I sliced them both up and froze one for a future lunch. The other set went on top of a bed of thinly chopped romaine lettuce heart (1 head) along with sliced avocado and grape tomatoes. I topped it off with a sakura shaped mango slice that I had left over.

Doesn’t the pork look great in the picture? 🙂 No dressing needed as I can eat the meat and avocado with the lettuce as taste. I made a fruit bowl as well with mango, blackberries, kiwi, and a Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge, but I didn’t take a pic as it looks pretty much the same as all my fruit bowls. This was a quick one, about 20 minutes total. I’m getting faster!

I won a bento box on eBay yesterday. Only 2 dollars! The shipping is costing me $5… so mental. Weight loss this week: 2.2 lbs! Weight Watchers congratulated me but gave me a finger wagging, saying that more than 2 is too much. This can mean only one thing… MOAR FOOD! Woot!

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I was playing a bit of Vanguard last night when at around 11 I just got so completely tired all of a sudden, so I went to bed *gasp* an hour early. Woke up at 7 am and started cooking the spam and hot dog in the shoyu sauce (equal parts sugar and soy sauce with maybe 1/8 cup water for volume). I’d made a lot of rice the day before while doing the football bento so that I wouldn’t have to cook more. It was a little dry so I had to add some water and let it steam a bit.

I sliced up the extra yakitori chicken I made yesterday and some kamaboko (pink fish cake). Fried that up with a bag of chop suey veggies then added the yakisoba noodles, which I’d chopped up for easier eating. Added a bit of oyster sauce and it was done! Yum!

While that was cooling off I worked on the spam musubi. I decided to cut them in half this time so that my daughter wouldn’t pig out and eat 2 1/2 whole ones all by herself. It worked, cause she only ate half of one before moving on to the mango. Though now that I think about it, maybe it didn’t work, cause she ate three for dinner. =[

Last of all, I put the hot dog and cucumber kimchee in. I wrapped the cukes in a paper towel so that they wouldn’t ooze water all over the musubis. I had thought about making egg omelette too, but it was just too much food as it was, so I stopped there. Besides, I’d already made us half an hour late. D: The finished goods:

Only MIL came along with us because everyone else was busy or chillin’ at home. It was a very nice day at the zoo, sunny but breezy. We got a nice table at the snack bar and the food made us very popular with the flies and birds. Those suckin’ pigeons are huge and seriously brave! Next time I wear a tank top though, I need to remember I’m not immune to the sun. My shoulders are red. O_o

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I was playing a bit of Vanguard last night when at around 11 I just got so completely tired all of a sudden, so I went to bed *gasp* an hour early. Woke up at 7 am and started cooking the spam and hot dog in the shoyu sauce (equal parts sugar and soy sauce with maybe 1/8 cup water for volume). I’d made a lot of rice the day before while doing the football bento so that I wouldn’t have to cook more. It was a little dry so I had to add some water and let it steam a bit.

I sliced up the extra yakitori chicken I made yesterday and some kamaboko (pink fish cake). Fried that up with a bag of chop suey veggies then added the yakisoba noodles, which I’d chopped up for easier eating. Added a bit of oyster sauce and it was done! Yum!

While that was cooling off I worked on the spam musubi. I decided to cut them in half this time so that my daughter wouldn’t pig out and eat 2 1/2 whole ones all by herself. It worked, cause she only ate half of one before moving on to the mango. Though now that I think about it, maybe it didn’t work, cause she ate three for dinner. =[

Last of all, I put the hot dog and cucumber kimchee in. I wrapped the cukes in a paper towel so that they wouldn’t ooze water all over the musubis. I had thought about making egg omelette too, but it was just too much food as it was, so I stopped there. Besides, I’d already made us half an hour late. D: The finished goods:

Only MIL came along with us because everyone else was busy or chillin’ at home. It was a very nice day at the zoo, sunny but breezy. We got a nice table at the snack bar and the food made us very popular with the flies and birds. Those suckin’ pigeons are huge and seriously brave! Next time I wear a tank top though, I need to remember I’m not immune to the sun. My shoulders are red. O_o

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Yakitori chicken

Went to Marukai 99 Superstore in Waipahu today in search of some cheap bento accessories only to find out those bastards closed the store! GRR! Very sad..

I ended up going to Don Quijote again and bought a bunch of bento things I needed such as more nori, vinegar, sushi seasoning, sauces, etc. Since we were planning on going to the UH Football Ohana Festival at Aloha Stadium, I packed a bento for all of us and hid it deep in the bottom of the diaper bag in order to sneak it past the guards. We didn’t think we would make it in, but the lady barely looked into the bag.

I didn’t get to marinate the chicken for very long, so most of the taste was on the outside. We ate it cold, because we were waiting in line for Colt Brennan for almost 2 hours. We were one of the last people to get an autograph and picture, getting to him in the final minute of his autograph session! The beans did not hold up well at all, they were all shriveled and uneatable by the time we sat down to watch the practice. I made some extra chicken for tomorrow because we’re going to the zoo and I’m going to fry some yakisoba tomorrow and the chicken will go nicely with it. I didn’t have any appropriate container, so I just used one of my Tupperwares.


The onigiri I made didn’t look so good presentation wise because I didn’t have a good container. I forgot to salt them, so hubby made a face when he ate his. Oops!

Tomorrow’s zoo lunch menu:

Spam musubi
Shoyu hotdog
Chicken yakisoba
Pickled veggies
Edamame
Fishcake

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Went to Marukai 99 Superstore in Waipahu today in search of some cheap bento accessories only to find out those bastards closed the store! GRR! Very sad..

I ended up going to Don Quijote again and bought a bunch of bento things I needed such as more nori, vinegar, sushi seasoning, sauces, etc. Since we were planning on going to the UH Football Ohana Festival at Aloha Stadium, I packed a bento for all of us and hid it deep in the bottom of the diaper bag in order to sneak it past the guards. We didn’t think we would make it in, but the lady barely looked into the bag.

I didn’t get to marinate the chicken for very long, so most of the taste was on the outside. We ate it cold, because we were waiting in line for Colt Brennan for almost 2 hours. We were one of the last people to get an autograph and picture, getting to him in the final minute of his autograph session! The beans did not hold up well at all, they were all shriveled and uneatable by the time we sat down to watch the practice. I made some extra chicken for tomorrow because we’re going to the zoo and I’m going to fry some yakisoba tomorrow and the chicken will go nicely with it. I didn’t have any appropriate container, so I just used one of my Tupperwares.


The onigiri I made didn’t look so good presentation wise because I didn’t have a good container. I forgot to salt them, so hubby made a face when he ate his. Oops!

Tomorrow’s zoo lunch menu:

Spam musubi
Shoyu hotdog
Chicken yakisoba
Pickled veggies
Edamame
Fishcake

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Yesterday’s lunch was a success! I ran into a co-worker on the way to the microwave and after he gave me some paperwork, he came back to ask if I’d bought my lunch or made it, because it looked very good. Aww, make my day! The Freska mango, though yellow skinned, was frakin’ green!! I should have taken a pic of my face eating it, I’m sure it was caved in. I ended up eating the cocktail tomato and it tasted better than the first two I’d eaten. Maybe ignoring them in the fridge for a week sweetens them up…

We took a trip to Costco tonight since we needed gas and after going in for just sweet bread and milk, I filled up the wagon with a bunch of healthy things I thought would look nice such as Manoa green leaf lettuce ($3.99 for three huge heads), a box of grape tomatoes ($5.79), Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese ($7.69) because I’m not eating my dairy every day, English cucumbers (3 for $4.49), a whole pack of 6 mangoes that look like yesterday’s Freska mango ($5.49), a huge bag of French green beans ($5.49), and blackberries ($5.99, they were on sale! Woo!). So… now I have an assload of tiny sweet tomatoes which I will no doubt only eat half of, and lots of other veggies and fruits.

MIL’s dinner tonight was pot roasted pork shoulder and the pot looked really oily, so I had to pick out every little piece of fat and as I was eating tried to think of a good way to incorporate this into today’s lunch without being excessive. Since Nexa mentioned sushi yesterday, I thought I’d give that a try for once.

I’ve never made sushi before and I have never eaten pork sushi before. Hopefully, there’s not some super secret good reason why you don’t see pork sushi. Regarding taste, I figure if I would have eaten dinner with rice (I skipped the rice so I could eat it for lunch), the pork, and won bok all together anyway, then what is the difference if it’s rolled up in nori?? Anyway, after a small snafu with unnecessarily cutting the nori sheet in half, I managed to make my first ever sushi roll! It cut pretty easily and I started on the second. Sadly, I ended up with a little extra rice and instead of leaving it out like I should have, I shoveled it all on and ended up with two different sized sushi rolls. Darn it!!

And then to add to my un-neatness so far, my daughter comes into the kitchen asking what I’m doing. When she hears I’m making sushi of course she wants one. I give her one of the skinny ones. She doesn’t eat it after the first two bites of course. Oh well, no biggie. I filled up the space with grape tomatoes. Added in some cucumber salad I saw on another blog along with kim chee, chopped sanbaizuke, and chopped takuan. I put all of these in little lettuce lined foil squares to keep the liquid and shape in.


Next I did the fruit bowl, which was very frustrating. I sliced up half of a minneola that was hiding in the fridge and those damned slices just would not arrange nicely. I added more of the Super-Lemon-like “Freska” from yesterday. Stuck in one of the cheese triangles, a strawberry, and some blackberries.

I can sense doom approaching. It’s only my second bento and already I’m a bit pissy that I’m still using the same containers over and over. This will end up making my fancy new bento pictures monotonous!! Must go find more cheapie boxes to use!! Maybe only walking into a store with a ten dollar bill and no purse will help me control my spending…

Due to the lack of experience with sushi, the discovery that I had no grater for the cucumber slicing, and the stupid minneola slices this lunch took me a whole freakin’ hour to put together. I intend to cut that time at least in half next time!

This meal isn’t very Core unfortunately. The rice is half brown, so counts as 2 points. The cheese is 1 point and the pork another point. A 4 point lunch, which means tomorrow I have to make sure I eat a Core dinner or exercise.

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