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Heart-y Hamburger Stew

One of my favorite things to cook and eat is hamburger stew. I like regular beef stew too but there’s just something about hamburger stew that I just love. Zippy’s makes a pretty good hamburger curry too, though I’ve only had the pleasure of eating it a couple of times.

Stew doesn’t really make for very good bento looking food, so I jazzed up my rice instead. If you’re a little perplexed as to why I’d eat rice with my stew, that’s what we eat stew with in Hawaii. “Stew rice” is what we call it, so original no? Or maybe I’m just a big dodo head and everyone eats stew with rice and I just didn’t know about it.


I shaped my rice into two onigiri hearts to make me some “hearty” beef stew. Get it? Har har! The only ingredient in this stew that would cost points is the flour used to thicken it (and the rice obviously, but that’s on the side). I don’t count the hamburger because I used extra lean and WW counts extra lean hamburger as a Core food. How nice is that? So anyway, this is approximately a 3 point meal or so. There’s no way I can finish all that stew in one sitting, so I’ll probably split it into two smaller lunches to last me all day. I also packed cherries and strawberries, which I did not photo.

I weighed in at 132.2 yesterday and 132.0 this morning, which means my weight loss has hit 18 pounds!!! ^_^ I’d say 2.5 lbs weight loss in one week means I’m pretty good at staying on Core even without using the WW planner! All I do is give myself 5 points a day and that seems to work great.

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Heart-y Hamburger Stew

One of my favorite things to cook and eat is hamburger stew. I like regular beef stew too but there’s just something about hamburger stew that I just love. Zippy’s makes a pretty good hamburger curry too, though I’ve only had the pleasure of eating it a couple of times.

Stew doesn’t really make for very good bento looking food, so I jazzed up my rice instead. If you’re a little perplexed as to why I’d eat rice with my stew, that’s what we eat stew with in Hawaii. “Stew rice” is what we call it, so original no? Or maybe I’m just a big dodo head and everyone eats stew with rice and I just didn’t know about it.


I shaped my rice into two onigiri hearts to make me some “hearty” beef stew. Get it? Har har! The only ingredient in this stew that would cost points is the flour used to thicken it (and the rice obviously, but that’s on the side). I don’t count the hamburger because I used extra lean and WW counts extra lean hamburger as a Core food. How nice is that? So anyway, this is approximately a 3 point meal or so. There’s no way I can finish all that stew in one sitting, so I’ll probably split it into two smaller lunches to last me all day. I also packed cherries and strawberries, which I did not photo.

I weighed in at 132.2 yesterday and 132.0 this morning, which means my weight loss has hit 18 pounds!!! ^_^ I’d say 2.5 lbs weight loss in one week means I’m pretty good at staying on Core even without using the WW planner! All I do is give myself 5 points a day and that seems to work great.

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Last night me and the kids went out to eat at Big City Diner with my mom and brother and he very nicely treated us! This being my 3rd time eating out after switching to Core, I can understand why I was so overweight before. Portions are huge, everything has butter, and most things are fried. After closely examining everything I settled upon the salmon (as usual) and following WW advice, asked if they were willing to grill it for me. Thankfully, they were happy to do so and the miso sauce it came with was a nice compliment. I’d upgraded to their garlic mashed potatoes, which turned out to be insanely yummy, but very buttery. I made myself count this meal as 5 points.

Digging my old bunch of asparagus out of the fridge, I was sad to find mold on the bottom of the stems. But ever the food optimist, unlike my husband who will issue death sentences to apples with the slightest spot, I simply picked out all the ones that were still crisp at the top and snapped off the moldy end. Should I die in the very near future, please attempt to contact my next of kin and point out that it’s likely I stupidly ate myself to death with some old asparagus. The spinach is arranged a certain way to cover up the parts of the fish I’d already eaten and I added the lemon, tomato, and parsley for decoration and color.


I’d mentioned before about some bento cloths I found at Marukai for wrapping my box. Well I finally got to use it! Here is the box all packed up in a bunny rabbit cloth with my matching color bunny rabbit chopsticks.

We’re going out to dinner AGAIN tomorrow for a special occasion. It’s likely I’ll end up eating… yep, salmon. *sigh* I re-packed (from MIL’s containers) Buddy’s dinner to make it prettier. I have a Pokemon cloth I can take it in for him. 🙂 Here is the top layer:


It has half brown/half white rice, stewed baby carrots, and chopped cucumber kim chee. I used one of my “Whale of a Punch” scrapbooking punches for the stars.

The bottom layer contains the stew. I’m so demented with bento obsession that I actually took the piece of carrot out, washed it, sliced it, and made them into sakura carrot flowers. The extras I shoved underneath the stew for him to eat. The parsley was really cheap at the market and is a really handy decoration for bento. I’m an instant parsley fan!

Tomorrow will be a really bad day in points… damn restaurants!

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Last night me and the kids went out to eat at Big City Diner with my mom and brother and he very nicely treated us! This being my 3rd time eating out after switching to Core, I can understand why I was so overweight before. Portions are huge, everything has butter, and most things are fried. After closely examining everything I settled upon the salmon (as usual) and following WW advice, asked if they were willing to grill it for me. Thankfully, they were happy to do so and the miso sauce it came with was a nice compliment. I’d upgraded to their garlic mashed potatoes, which turned out to be insanely yummy, but very buttery. I made myself count this meal as 5 points.

Digging my old bunch of asparagus out of the fridge, I was sad to find mold on the bottom of the stems. But ever the food optimist, unlike my husband who will issue death sentences to apples with the slightest spot, I simply picked out all the ones that were still crisp at the top and snapped off the moldy end. Should I die in the very near future, please attempt to contact my next of kin and point out that it’s likely I stupidly ate myself to death with some old asparagus. The spinach is arranged a certain way to cover up the parts of the fish I’d already eaten and I added the lemon, tomato, and parsley for decoration and color.


I’d mentioned before about some bento cloths I found at Marukai for wrapping my box. Well I finally got to use it! Here is the box all packed up in a bunny rabbit cloth with my matching color bunny rabbit chopsticks.

We’re going out to dinner AGAIN tomorrow for a special occasion. It’s likely I’ll end up eating… yep, salmon. *sigh* I re-packed (from MIL’s containers) Buddy’s dinner to make it prettier. I have a Pokemon cloth I can take it in for him. 🙂 Here is the top layer:


It has half brown/half white rice, stewed baby carrots, and chopped cucumber kim chee. I used one of my “Whale of a Punch” scrapbooking punches for the stars.

The bottom layer contains the stew. I’m so demented with bento obsession that I actually took the piece of carrot out, washed it, sliced it, and made them into sakura carrot flowers. The extras I shoved underneath the stew for him to eat. The parsley was really cheap at the market and is a really handy decoration for bento. I’m an instant parsley fan!

Tomorrow will be a really bad day in points… damn restaurants!

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