All posts filed under: Bento

Prepping And Cooking Ahead

Sometimes when I have free time (oh glorious day!), usually on a Sunday afternoon, I like to do some prep and cook a few things ahead for the week. It makes my life way easier later on if I can get all my veggies cleaned and cut, if I can portion and season my meats, and in some cases, if I can actually cook the dish in advance. Now for story time: something you need to know about my husband and me, we HATE leftovers… End of story (that was a short one). I honestly don’t know why that is, but we like our dinner to be freshly cooked, and sadly cooking ahead kind of falls in a grey area between fresh and leftovers. Therefore I don’t like to cook too many things ahead, just the few things that I feel will not lose a lot of their deliciousness. That being said, I don’t have anything against prepping the food ahead of time and then freezing, or seasoning it ahead, as long as most of …

Bento Series #11– Spring Rolls

With spring around the corner, I felt it was time to post my recipe for SPRING Rolls (see what I did there?) With winter finally starting to fade (not really up North, and no real winter down here in Florida -_-) it is time to make some healthy food that will help us get in shape for bikini season, a.k.a. summer. This recipe is perfect for that, full of fresh veggies and delicious crab meat, it will satisfy the tastebuds while being gentle to your body. It is also great for a bento since everything goes inside the wrapper and you can eat it with your hands, no silverware necessary. Grab, dip, and enjoy! Bento Components: Spring Rolls Peanut Sauce Spring Rolls — Ingredients: -1 container (8 oz.) of fresh crab meat (can be found in the fish counter). -2 carrots -1/2 cucumber with all the seeds removed -3 green onions -1 cup cooked rice noodles -1 tsp sesame oil -1 Tbsp lemon juice -spring roll wrappers -salt and pepper to taste The first thing you …

Dumplings: Delicious Pockets of Goodness

Dumplings, oh how I love thee!! Little pockets of deliciousness that make my heart soar. Every country has a kind of dumpling: Japanese gyoza, Korean mandu, Italian ravioli, Chinese shumai, Spanish empanadas, etc. It is very versatile, and since there are so many recipes from all around the world, the combinations are endless! The best part is that they are a great freezer food! You can make as many as you want on a free day and flash freeze them to be enjoyed at a later date. Not only that, they can be cooked in so many ways: fried, steamed, sauteed, baked, etc! A couple of months ago I invited my family over for the weekend and had them help me make a huge batch. Ha Ha! Entrapment! *Cough* I mean, a great family activity! We made gyozas, shumai, and crab rangoons, then I flash froze most of them to be divided among both households, and had a lot of them for dinner that night. We were in dumpling heaven! Freshly made gyozas, right before being …

Bento Series #10 — Seafood Bake

This is a great idea for a weeknight dinner or for easy entertaining! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a baking sheet and, you guessed it, bake it. After a little while you have a “one pot” (in this case sheet) meal! The bestest (is that a word?) part is that it is great hot or room temperature. Therefore it allows you to spend time with your guests instead of spending time with your pots and pans (God knows we already spend way too much time with them). Seafood Bake– Ingredients: -1 lb deveined shrimp -1 package golden baby potatoes -4 corn cobs -1 package baby bella mushrooms -1 lemon -4 stalks green onion -1 tablespoon chopped parsley -salt and pepper to taste -1 tsp old bay seasoning -3 Tbsp olive oil -3 garlic cloves diced Set oven to 400 degrees. Cut corn into 2 in. pieces. Rinse potatoes. Toss potatoes and corn with 1 Tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Place in a baking sheet and …

Bento Series #9 — Turkey Pesto Sandwich

This year I decided I was going to put all rumors of “black thumb of death” to rest, and actually start a garden that lived for more than a month. So far I would say my efforts have been a wash. I killed my mint plant, but my basil plants are holding on to life. Sometimes vigorously, sometimes by a thread, but they are still alive! Therefore, I decided to enjoy the fruits of my labor by making homemade pesto. I used the delicious mixture in pastas, sandwiches, chicken, and fish dishes. It is super tasty and pack a flavor punch! For this bento I used my own pesto (recipe below) but you can use store bought as well and it will brighten that good ol’ turkey sandwich! Bento Components: Turkey Pesto Sandwich Raspberries   Homemade Basil Pesto– Ingredients: -2 cups of gently packed basil (just the leaves, no stems!) -1/2 cup parmesan cheese -1/2 cup almonds (the classic recipe calls for pine nuts, I use whatever I have at hand, like almonds, or walnuts.) -3 …

Bento Series #8 — Jalapeño Poppers Salad

Jalapeño poppers are a very easy treat to make. They are great for appetizers, as hors d’oeuvre at parties, as a dish to bring to potlucks or barbeques. They are little peppers filled with cheese wrapped in bacon. Now some people might be scared to try them because Jalapeños have fame for being spicy. However most of the spiciness is located within the seeds and ribs, so if you clean them really well there is nothing to fear! Some tips when handling Jalapeños. Use rubber gloves so that none of the capsaicin (the spiciness) gets under your nails, which will cause you some discomfort. Also DO NOT touch your eyes when handling the seeds and ribs or you will be in a world of pain and agony (queue sinister music). But other than that they are super safe ^_^ Bento Components: Jalapeño Poppers Salad Greens Sausage Octopus Radish Flowers Lemon Wedge Jalapeño Poppers– Ingredients: – 8 jalapeños (about 2 per person) -1 block of cream cheese at room temperature -3 green onion stalks, diced -bacon (1 slice per …

Bento Series #7 — Slow Cooker Brisket

A slow cooker can be a huge help on very busy days. Wake up a few minutes earlier, throw everything in there, set for the whole day and “Forget About It.”(<– with a New England Accent) Now you might say: “Wake up a few minutes earlier? HA, HA, HA!” Well, to you I say; you can also set it up the night before and you will have a cooked meal when you wake up, like the food fairy visited and left you a delicious meal while you slept, just remember to turn off the slow cooker before you leave for work. You don’t want to burn that meal the food fairy slaved all night making for you! In this particular instance I made a brisket. Brisket is a relatively inexpensive cut of beef and generally tough, so it benefits from that long and slow cooking process. Bento Components: Slow cooked brisket Vegetables Rice with peas   Slow Cooker Brisket — Ingredients: -4 lb brisket -5 carrots -3 stalks of celery -1 onion diced -salt and pepper …