Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pasta bento with salami and cheese- two ways

Please note: this post contains pictures of two lunches from two different days. These bentos have almost the same contents, so I decided to lump them together.
In both bentos:
  • Leftover pasta
  • Salami
  • Basil Oil
  • Cheese (above, 2% medium cheddar, below, 2% provolone)
I found these cute Halloween picks at home, and decided that they looked perfect in this.
The provolone cheese tasted much better than the cheddar in the bento. Something about the cheddar just tasted....not quite right for the bento.Too sharp? I think the cheddar might be better for melting purposes.
 Above: Bell peppers and baby carrots. These were not mixed in, but probably could be
Below: Leftover beans. They were from some frozen steamy package, so they were very...juicy and slightly mushy. That's why they have their own little container.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Snack bento with israeli couscous

This bento contains:
  •  Leftover Israeli couscous
  • Genoa Salami
  • Provolone cheese
  • Sliced bell peppers
This bento was not intended for a full-sized lunch, but as a snack of sorts.
The box is the top tier of a two-tier bento.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mexican-inspired bento with carnitas

In this bento:
  • National-brand "Mexican flavor" rice dish (leftovers)
  • Carnitas (leftovers)
  • JalapeƱo Chutney (from the farmers market)
 The chutney is very sweet, and not spicy at all.

In the side dish:
  • Sliced baby carrots
  • Sliced bell peppers
Sometimes I like to eat the side dish separately, but this time I decided to mix everything together, and add the chutney on top as needed.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pasta bento with leftover chicken strips and bell peppers

In this bento:
  • Leftover pasta
  • Leftover chicken strips
  • Red bell peppers
  • Basil oil
The chicken strips are from a national-brand line that carries frozen, ready-made meat products. They were called "Crispy Strips"

I mixed everything together in the bento dish, with a few drops of basil oil.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pasta bento with salami and provolone

In this bento: 
  • Leftover pasta with "Italian Seasoning" spice mix
  • Genoa Salami
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Basil Oil (to put on the pasta)
 The salami and provolone circles were cut in half, layered, and speared with a toothpick for a more decorative effect.

And in the side dish:
  • Bell Peppers
  • Baby Carrots

I mixed together all the pasta, salami, and cheese in the bento box and drizzled a little bit of the basil oil on top. The side dish(bell peppers & carrots) and tomatoes were eaten separately.

Overall, a tasty, filling bento.