Bento Boxes

On Sunday night I decided to prep some food for Monday’s lunches. I made myself and Bobby bento boxes! The ideas for these boxes were found at that fantastic site called Just Bento that has fabulous ideas for complete bento box lunches, and tons of recipes.

My recipes for these dishes can be found…

My goodies:

  • <1 cup brown rice, and 3 cherry tomatoes from my balcony
  • 1.5 cups carrot kinpira
  • 4 mini meatless burgers with organic ketchup
  • white kimchee (from 99 ranch)
  • an apple

Bobby’s bento:

  • a lot of rice (almost 2 cups probably?)
  • 2 burgers and 2 minis with tonkatsu sauce
  • 1/2 cup carrot kinpira
  • an orange
  • I also gave him 2 vegan trail mix cookies for a treat, which he ate later in the afternoon ūüôā

They were so good!  What are your favorite parts of a bento?

And, up later this week… Homemade Lara… balls! ¬†And more bentos, and maybe even some daily eats. ¬†Enjoy your Wednesday.

Healthy Meatless Meatballs

Remember how I raved about Just Bento yesterday? Another recipe that I wanted to try from Maki was the burger/meatball recipe. ¬†It was not vegetarian, but I made it so! ¬†Here’s the original. ¬†She has some other great ideas for different uses of the mix (stuffed mushrooms – yum!).

Here’s my take on it – Meatless Meatballs/Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 package veggie ground meat (2 servings; 110 grams) – or about 2/3 cup (optional – but adds nice meaty color – you can replace with extra tofu)
  • 1 package of extra firm tofu (14 ounces)
  • 2 slices of bread, toasted and made into breadcrumbs (use a food processor) – or 1 cup of premade breadcrumbs
  • 1 medium/large onion
  • some sesame oil
  • about 1/4 cup ricemilk
  • 1 egg + 1 egg white
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • oil (I used sesame) for pan frying

Directions:

  1. Make breadcrumbs.
  2. Chop the onion roughly, then finely dice it (the food processor works well here too).  Saute in a teaspoon or 2 of oil for 3-4 minutes, or until it starts to brown.
  3. Mix everything together.  You can use your hands to really mash everything into a nice paste.  Make sure everything is mixed well, especially smooshing the tofu.
  4. Form into desired shapes – I made several 1/4 cup burgers as well as a bunch of 1 tablespoon meat balls.
  5. Heat some sesame oil in a pan (medium high).  Cook the burgers/balls on each side for about 5 minutes.  You can roll the balls around instead of cooking them on each side if you want them to look more meatball-ish.  Mine looked kind of like mini burgers.
  6. Enjoy with Tonkatsu sauce or ketchup, or anything else you like!

These are very simple and you can easily make a big batch and freeze the extras. ¬†They are perfect for popping into lunches or even for breakfast or dinner. ¬†They are very versatile and we’ve been enjoying them all week.

Bobby and I had them in our lunches yesterday, and I had a few with dinner last night.  Bobby had them in his lunch today too because he liked them so much yesterday!  I doubt that I will have to freeze any because they seem to be disappearing quite quickly.

Healthy Carrot Kinpira

I found a fantastic blog this weekend called Just Bento.  She posts ideas for complete bentos, as well as many simple and delicious recipes.  I tried (and modified) one of them.  Here is the original recipe.

For mine I cut back on the oil, added more carrots, and some cinnamon. ¬†Here’s my version:

Healthy Carrot Kinpira

Ingredients:

  • 4 large carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • dash of chili pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a wok/pan over high heat.  Add the matchsticks and cook until they start to get crispy, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the chili pepper flakes and cinnamon.  Toss for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the soy sauce.  Toss some more.
  4. Add the sesame seeds and toss; remove from heat.

Whereas most kinpiras include sugar as an ingredient, it’s unnecessary here. ¬†The carrots are sweet on their own and the cinnamon brings out the sweetness even more.¬† I hope you enjoy it!

Bobby says, “It was very delicious!¬† But a little spicy.¬† But that probably means it’s increasing your metabolism!¬† I learned that from Maggie.”

Review of YogaToday

On Sunday night I got a chance to relax for an hour with a video from yogatoday.com.

The class: “Forward Bending Class” instructed by Neesha. ¬†Advanced level.

My rating: 3/5 stars.

Review:

I may be slightly biased here, because of the type of yoga that I normally do.  This video (57 minutes) started out quite slow.  Too slow for my liking.  I like to do more fast-paced yoga that leaves me sweating.  I like the intensity of a smooth flow with shorter holds and a great focus on the breath that creates an almost cardio workout.

This class spent a lot of time describing what the poses were, which was surprising because it was an Advanced class.  I wish that more time had been spent on pointing out common errors that people (especially people that have been practicing a long time) tend to make and how to fix them.

It’s a very visually appealing setting – the instructor and two students practice out in a field on the grass with some pretty trees behind them.

The instructor was very softspoken and even with my speakers on the highest setting there were many times that I couldn’t hear her, or her voice was drowned out by an airplane or the sound of a truck backing up (?!).

Overall I enjoyed my hour of yogatoday, but it wasn’t what I was expecting! ¬†Once I stopped wanting it to be a workout I enjoyed it more. ¬†However, I think I will stick with my audio downloads from yogadownload.com – they really push me and make me work for it. ¬†I would definitely try this again when I am in the mood for a very relaxing session though. ¬†It would probably be good for preparing to sleep or to awaken slowly in the morning.

Has anyone else tried YogaToday? ¬†I know Heather has (she recommended that I try it – thanks!!) – what are your thoughts? ¬†Are there more workout-y yoga classes there? ¬†Did I happen to pick one that was slower than usual? ¬†If anyone knows of a more invigorating and intense class/instructor on YogaToday I’d be happy to try it.

Hope you all are enjoying your week!  I do have several recipes and an exciting lunch post lined up, so stay tuned.

Be right back…

Posting will be sporadic this week.¬† Just wanted to give you a heads up.¬† I might be posting new recipes though.¬† And I’m sorry if my commenting is sporadic as well.¬† I’m trying something new.¬† Happy Sunday and have a great week!