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Friday Easy Bento

After yesterday’s very labor intensive bento, I just wanted a very easy lunch that I could throw together in the morning with minimal fuss. Therefore today baby A. got an easy sandwich bento. The sandwich is made of brioche bread, home made hummus, ham and lettuce. I used a cutter to turn into a cute little piggie. As a side I made mini sausage “octopi” and just threw some berries in the container and called it a day. The hummus is what took the longest out of everything, and I threw that together fairly quickly the night before. I found these cute little cans of chickpeas that are perfect for making a smaller portion of hummus. I also made a very simple recipe since it was for a five year old, here it is: – 1 8oz can of garbanzo beans – 2 Tbsp of tahini – 2 garlic cloves – The juice of half a lemon – 1 green onion – salt and pepper Blend all of the above in a food processor, add …

Vegan Oatmeal

We actually like oatmeal in my house. We find it to be the perfect base for so many toppings, it is extremely versatile, and can be made to anyone’s taste. This one is a very simple vegan recipe. I like to boil my oats in milk, I find it makes them creamy and gives them more flavor. Ingredients: 1/2 cup oats 1-2 cups almond milk (depends how thick you want the consistency to be) 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla Pinch of salt Mix all of these in a pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until oats are the texture and consistency you prefer. Toppings: The list of toppings is endless, so many possibilities, in the above picture I used: Sliced strawberries Walnuts Agave syrup Other options that would make a great vegan oatmeal are: Mango Coconut flakes Almonds Agave syrup Add 1 tsp of cocoa when cooking oats Toasted hazelnuts Chopped dates Brown sugar Add 2 Tbsp pumpkin purée and 1/2 tsp nutmeg when cooking oats Pumpkin seeds (pepitas) Pecans …

One smoothie a day

Breakfast for the past week has been a smoothie. Now, I know it can get repetitive and boring when you eat the same thing every day, but that is the beauty of the smoothie, it is a magical concoction that can be whatever you want it to be that day! It is also a great way to eat a LOT of fruit and even sneaking some vegetables in right at the beginning of your day. The combinations are endless and they can be vegan, vegetarian, or not. Whatever you like them to be. I like to buy fruit in bulk and flash freeze them. That way I know my fruit are fresh and organic, and all of that (like to get whatever is in season also). However you can just buy the bags of frozen fruits and make your life easier if you do not have the time. So far my favorite smoothie is one that reminds me of my college days. It is a blend of tropical fruits and juice that is absolutely refreshing. Here …

Quickie Smoothie

For this recipe there is not a lot of foreplay *cough* I mean before prep necessary. It is quick and easy, which is exactly what I am looking for when I drag my semi-awake body to the kitchen Mondays at 7 in the morning. I don’t want to be awake yet, much less be cooking at this hour. Which is why this smoothie recipe is great to start your week. Now if you want to freeze your own fruit, milk your own cows, or press your own almonds (for almond milk, get it?) be my guest. However this recipe is about convenience and speediness. About the constant struggle of mankind against the clock, against society’s preconceptions of what adult life must be like, against the cruelty perpetuated upon the individuals that are made to wake up at an ungodly hour after having a sleepless night thanks to their toddlers deciding to practice bed karate in their sleep… But I digress. For this recipe all you need is the following: -1 cup frozen strawberries -1/2 cup frozen blueberries …

The Easiest Dessert EVER

So remember how I taught you how to bake a cake that was super delicious, super fast and super easy? Well this dessert is even easier and still super delicious. (Using a lot of “Supers” today -_-) For this one you don’t actually have to make anything. Yes you heard me right, you don’t make anything, you just assemble. So no I am not giving you a recipe, I am just giving you an assembly manual. You will need the following store bought items: Pound Cake Raspberries Whipped Cream In its simpler form you get two slices of pound cake and spread whipped cream on each side (a generous amount). Then you place the raspberries on top of one slice (make them stand up if you want to look like a pro at this), and then you just put the other half on top of the raspberries. That’s it! A deliciously sweet sandwich. You can garnish with a cute pick or a sprig of mint, and it will look great and taste even better. Now, you might say, “Pfff, …

Bento Series #4 — Soboro Bento

Soboro (AKA clean your fridge and pantry out in the most delicious way possible) is a very popular lunch dish in Japan. It is easy to make, keeps really well and just tastes delicious. You can think of it as a deconstructed fried rice. So I thought, why not make it popular here as well? If Soboro is too hard to pronounce or remember, then call it “Deconstructed Fried Rice” and now you are a fancy schmancy chef! So win-win! Basically in a bed of rice of your choosing (white, brown, wild, other grains such as quinoa or even couscous could also work) you arrange an assortment of toppings that can later be mixed in and enjoyed with the rice (make sure your toppings compliment your base starch). Bento Components: Soboro Tamagoyaki Sliced Pineapple Soy Sauce in container For this soboro I took a look at my pantry and fridge and just grabbed things I had. Like I mentioned this is a great dish to clear out your fridge at the end of the week. Any …