… and back to bento we go
Almost 3 years to the day of my last 9-5 job, I have returned to the 9-5 world. What that means with regard to this blog…
First day: walnut dill crusted salmon alongside a rice salad. Rice salad wasn’t all that great, won’t be doing that again, won’t be sharing the recipe. Walnut crusted salmon was FAB and I will share the recipe in a separate post… eventually.
Second day back: leftovers from the previous night; salad and two really good falafels.
Do you see someone peeking into the photo?! This was my dinner that night, bento-style. 3 XO dumplings by Prime Foods (my favorite dumplings to keep on hand in the freezer); Brussels sprouts my mom gave me from her freezer which were terrible (“in a butter sauce” – blegh, oily and soggy); sauteed mustard greens; clementine; duck fried rice; really good artichoke hummus and pita. I love my trays!
Plainly roasted pork chop; the last falafel; duck fried rice; sauteed mustard greens; last of the Brussels sprouts.
This is what that lunch looked like at work: rounded out with my breakfast (the yogurt and banana: I dunno, evaporated cane juice tastes awfully chemically to me!), a clementine for a snack, and my 3:30p pick-me-up – a Trader Joe’s caramallow (caramel marshmallow covered in dark chocolate), which is really delicious. A full day of food – both to help me budget and to regulate my intake.
Sugar snap peas – bought these frozen and dropped them in boiling water, then tossed with chipotle honey butter. Frozen sugar snap peas are horrible. I won’t be buying those again. Duck fried rice, and sauteed mustard greens.
Duck fried rice, grilled chicken thighs, spring roll. The latter two items were leftovers from dinner the previous night.
In a rush one morning, I scooped some leftover soup I’d made into a container. Fully loaded baked potato soup, that is! Bam! Delicious and perfect for these cold days we’ve been experiencing.
Brown butter mushrooms to top my fully loaded baked potato soup, and the last of the duck fried rice. Yum!
My first two weeks back, my first two weeks of bento (minus a few lunches with friends). Super bonus: I walk to work. It’s about 1.5 miles each way, and I try to walk both ways – except when it’s freeeeeezing, which I guess it has been a bit the past two weeks. But it’s a start, in terms of getting my weight back on track. I’m not entirely happy with where it is right now.
Any suggestions or requests for what to put in my bento next? All options considered!