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I bet a lot of you have been like, ZOMG, where the hell are the bentos?! Maybe Bento 200 KILLED PIKKO! Ahhhh!!!!

Nah.

I’ve just had a slew of lunches this week. As I mentioned, Tuesday we went to a Thai restaurant. I ended up not taking any pictures because we ate family style and I didn’t know all of the people very well and I thought they might think I’m some kind of freak if I busted out my camera to take pictures of our food before they were allowed to eat it. Plus, the lighting in the restaurant was quite poor. The food was great though! Our waiter was very entertaining and at the end, he brought us out this heaping plate of ice cream on top of warm sticky rice. It was a truly wonderful dessert and we asked him what it was on the menu and he said he’d made it up right there, which I admit kind of disappointed me because I thought it would be a regular dessert I could get at any Thai restaurant. I was very happy that only a couple of the dishes were spicy. I can’t handle things that make me want to call the fire department on my mouth.

Wednesday one of my co-workers took me to a birthday lunch, which was really nice. We walked up to Manoa Valley and ate at a little Chinese restaurant called Asia Manoa. I had a Chicken with Vegetable plate that tasted really good. I don’t know why, but they served it with I swear, half a pot of rice. My eyes practically fell out of my head when they brought it to the table. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said it was around 4 cups cooked rice.

Thursday we had our monthly work potluck, which I have pictures for after my bento.

Last night we had meat loaf, which I’ve found to be one of the most difficult things to bento. Then I realized that I could do this food TODDLER STYLE! Toddler style means you chop the food up into little itty bitty bits and mix it all up together with rice. This isn’t a bad idea for bento really, since you can mix it all up, add garnishes, and bing! Nicer lunch than you might have had with a hunk of hamburger. Though I dunno about eating the carrots to be honest. Carrots and ketchup just isn’t something that sounds good to me. Maybe I can just lick the ketchup off and then eat the carrots? Anyway, that’s what’s in the main section.

On the side I have cucumber kim chee, takuan sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds, and pickled eggplant.

On to the potluck!


First up is salad from The Boss, made with I think Nalo greens, avocado, and a Costco chicken! With the chicken I didn’t need any dressing, which is always a bonus in my opinion.


Next, we have some ham and turkey wraps, which were REALLY good. I love wraps, but the meat in these were the thin sliced deli kind and were really tasty. I had two. >.<


Here we have some pork tenderloin, which was really good! I love stuff with black pepper, that’s one spice I really don’t mind.


This is a wonderful Salmon and Egg salad with cheese sprinkled on top. Really tasty! Next to that is my bowl of Healthy Rice. I brought my rice cooker in to work so that I could make it fresh here before the potluck. I ate way too much of this stuff. >.<


Here’s a veggie platter alongside a cabbage/celery/apple salad which I really liked, though I hope the mayo was light! Next to the veggies was another salad and then a chocolate cake in the back from Safeway. That was good stuff! 😀


Lastly, we had some really good banana muffins. I’m not sure what the banana slice on the top meant, but I took one without and it had yummy bits of apple in the middle. Maybe the banana slice one had nuts! If so, I should have taken one, I love nuts.

This has been one heckuva bad eating week, but thankfully, I am still at around 130. This is still not good, but better than I thought. I’ve been thinking about making a gigantor batch of Cabbage Soup from the Cabbage Soup Diet to eat during the day to fill me up so I snack less.

Before people freak out, I realize that the Cabbage Soup Diet is only water weight loss and not fat. I did it once a few years ago and despite the need to use the bathroom every 15 minutes, I thought the soup tasted pretty decent and the recipe itself is basically all vegetables, so it’s actually all Core anyway. I just have to tweak the seasonings enough where I like it a lot and I’ll have a large supply of something to eat whenever I get salty tummy rumblings. Plus it’s not like I’m giving up bentos, this is just something to eat on the side.

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Last night we had meat loaf and though it is a bit hard to arrange nicely in a bento, it tastes really really good. Still, it’s not nearly as good as my ingenius title pun. Right? I hope you get it, though it helps to have been into 90s music. Next to it there are green beans with sakura carrots.


I’m almost done eating this durned kim chee fried rice of mine. Next time I know not to make so much at once! I’ve got one last serving in the fridge but maybe I should just chuck it. Mr. Pikko saw me putting it into the box and went “Ewe.” It looked really pale so I added some green peas to the top, though they were pretty badly freezer burned. As I’ve said in the past though, I’m a food optimist. They can’t be all that bad.


The yellowish light is really starting to tick me off, if anyone can advise me on what kind of light I should buy, please let me know.

I’ve officially caught the family cold, dang it. Tomorrow I’ll probably do a salad and miso soup with somen lunch to keep it light.

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Last night we had meat loaf and though it is a bit hard to arrange nicely in a bento, it tastes really really good. Still, it’s not nearly as good as my ingenius title pun. Right? I hope you get it, though it helps to have been into 90s music. Next to it there are green beans with sakura carrots.


I’m almost done eating this durned kim chee fried rice of mine. Next time I know not to make so much at once! I’ve got one last serving in the fridge but maybe I should just chuck it. Mr. Pikko saw me putting it into the box and went “Ewe.” It looked really pale so I added some green peas to the top, though they were pretty badly freezer burned. As I’ve said in the past though, I’m a food optimist. They can’t be all that bad.


The yellowish light is really starting to tick me off, if anyone can advise me on what kind of light I should buy, please let me know.

I’ve officially caught the family cold, dang it. Tomorrow I’ll probably do a salad and miso soup with somen lunch to keep it light.

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Meat loaf garden

MIL made some really yummy meat loaf last night but I found myself thinking for more than 20 minutes on how the heck I was going to make meat loaf look pretty in a bento. Much to my delight, she had a container that looked just like a bento box, so I happily borrowed it for lunch. After much thought, I settled upon making little foil dividers under the food and separated the rice, corn, and meat into neat little thirds. It still looked rather bland and colorless though, so I kept thinking more on the way home and nothing came to me until I got home and looked at it again. I needed to add more color, so the obvious choices in the fridge were green beans, edamame, peppers, or carrot flowers that I’d simmered last week.

In the end, I chopped some french green beans to look like grass, stems, and leaves and added the carrot flowers on top. It looked really cute and hubby once again proclaimed my insanity, then mentioned that I should have laid it out so that the meat loaf was the dirt, the rice was in the middle, and the corn was in the corner as a little sun. It was a great idea, but unfortunately I wasn’t about to take it all apart and rearrange it for another 15 minutes. So cute that he is coming up with suggestions for me though. ^_^

Since OOT was talking about fruit salad yesterday and I didn’t use the usual Hello Kitty bento box for food, I decided to make a larger fruit bowl for today. Chopped up and entire Fuji apple, a mango (which baby girl ate almost half of), a kiwi, and blackberries. Added a cheese wedge and done!

This comes out to around I dunno, a 4 point meal with the cheese? I was a little lax with the meat loaf because I took a really small slice and there really weren’t that many un-Core ingredients in it. Later this week I’m being taken out to lunch for Administrative Professionals Day, so I’ll be missing a pretty lunch. Hopefully I will have some leftover to be creative with!

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MIL made some really yummy meat loaf last night but I found myself thinking for more than 20 minutes on how the heck I was going to make meat loaf look pretty in a bento. Much to my delight, she had a container that looked just like a bento box, so I happily borrowed it for lunch. After much thought, I settled upon making little foil dividers under the food and separated the rice, corn, and meat into neat little thirds. It still looked rather bland and colorless though, so I kept thinking more on the way home and nothing came to me until I got home and looked at it again. I needed to add more color, so the obvious choices in the fridge were green beans, edamame, peppers, or carrot flowers that I’d simmered last week.

In the end, I chopped some french green beans to look like grass, stems, and leaves and added the carrot flowers on top. It looked really cute and hubby once again proclaimed my insanity, then mentioned that I should have laid it out so that the meat loaf was the dirt, the rice was in the middle, and the corn was in the corner as a little sun. It was a great idea, but unfortunately I wasn’t about to take it all apart and rearrange it for another 15 minutes. So cute that he is coming up with suggestions for me though. ^_^

Since OOT was talking about fruit salad yesterday and I didn’t use the usual Hello Kitty bento box for food, I decided to make a larger fruit bowl for today. Chopped up and entire Fuji apple, a mango (which baby girl ate almost half of), a kiwi, and blackberries. Added a cheese wedge and done!

This comes out to around I dunno, a 4 point meal with the cheese? I was a little lax with the meat loaf because I took a really small slice and there really weren’t that many un-Core ingredients in it. Later this week I’m being taken out to lunch for Administrative Professionals Day, so I’ll be missing a pretty lunch. Hopefully I will have some leftover to be creative with!

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