All posts tagged: lunch

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 …

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 …

Bento Series #6 — Finger Sandwiches

As you might have gathered from my posts, I tend to run a little short on time some days, which causes me to come up with recipes that are delicious but fast to make (Ain’t nobody wanna spend the night in the kitchen). These Finger Sandwiches are one of the quickest lunches I can whip-up. Now you might say: “Silvia, all sandwiches are finger sandwiches, you eat them with your fingers, duh!” To you I say, WRONG! Finger sandwiches are smaller in size which makes them great as appetizers, for tea time (so sophisticated), or perfect to put in a bento. Ha! I have silly conversations with myself sometimes -_- Bento Components: Egg Salad Sandwich Spicy Ham Sandwich Cheese Sandwich   Egg Salad Sandwich– Ingredients: -6 hard boiled eggs (makes two sandwiches) -1/4 cup mayo -1 tsp Dijon mustard -1/2 tsp sesame oil -1 tsp soy sauce -salt and pepper to taste (salt might not be needed) -1 tsp lemon juice -1 Tbsp sriracha mayo or spicy mayo -1 green onion chopped -2 slices of a …

Bento Series #5 — Egg Noodles and Ginger Pork

This is a very Asian bento. All the components are things that could be found in a Japanese bento, however they are extremely easy to make here in the U.S.A., the ingredients can be found in your nearest grocery store, and I have adjusted them a bit for a taste that our palates would enjoy. (Did not want a repeat of the pickled radish incident). These dishes take no time at all to cook, so they are great for a busy weekday night. Bento Components: Egg Noodles Tossed in a Salty, Sour, Nutty Dressing Ginger Pork Steamed Carrots Simmered Mushrooms Ramen Quail Egg Today I will be sharing my recipes for the noodles and the ginger pork. In the future I will share how to make a ramen egg, soft boiled or hard boiled, in a post where I have a better picture of the egg, the inside and the outside. Call it vanity but these little eggs did not look that pretty, they looked average in this picture which makes no justice to the amazing flavor …

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 …