Bento Boxes and I was intrigued! I think for days (or even weeks) after reading her post I thought Bento Boxes were a 'special box'...but after doing some online research I found out it can be any box, really, because Bento Box literally means "Meal in a Box" or "Boxed Meal". (I don't know WHY I assumed that - Opal didn't mention that it was a 'special box' in her post! Eeeek! Silly Me!) To further the Peer Pressure I randomly stumbled upon a few bloggers who focus on Bento Box Blogging! How Trendy! I was hooked and I didn't even have one...YET! The only thing is since I don't have kids I don't think I would do the super creative CUTE and FUN looking ones that I have seen online thus far. Instead my REAL reason for caving is because I tend to bring leftovers or a dish I made the night before for my lunch the next day but I want to focus on incorporating more foods for a compete meal...and not just eating a whole bowl of one thing, I guess. Call it a mini goal if you will!
Well, this past weekend I was able to locate a great deal on a Bento Box of sorts that would fit my needs. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on one until I knew more about them and wanted to see if I would use it as much as I hope. I ended up finding TWO of the kits along with an insulated bag/carrier for about $30. Most of the ones I saw online were $30 for 1 of them and with less compartments. I figured IF I really got into it - I could always buy another one...a more involved one, you know!? So here is what the first one looks like! Along with my very first assembled Bento Box attempt! Woot! Starting at the top you will see 1/2 of a Tomato - diced, with Hemp Hearts/Hemp Seeds sprinkled on top. They are marinating in Balsamic Vinegar as well. To the right...simple Mandarin Oranges...the large container - at the top as a section of sandwich spread LEFTOVERS I made (more on that later today or tomorrow), below that is small triangles of Whole Grain Pita Bread, then in the center is leftover Pinjur that I finally finished, more triangles, and leftover rice towards the bottom. You may also see 4 small Apple Cinnamon "chips" in each corner leftover from my dehydrating attempts. Then on the other side is Corn that I added just a little bit of Basil Pesto Grapeseed Oil to with Cashews outlining the top. It was interesting because the moisture from the corn was soaked up by the cashews and they tasted wonderful!
I think this may have been RubberMaid Brand and if it wasn't it was a close knock-off of the brand. I also bought a salad kit one that I will most likely be blogging about tomorrow or the next day! Also as a mini goal I hope to blog about my adventures with Bento Boxes and Meal Portions often so you will probably see a lot more of these types of posts. Another thing I like about this set I bought is that the little compartments snap into place. It also fits nicely into this insulated bag carrier I found in the same row at the store. NOT Pictured here but included in each set is a freezer pack that snaps to the bottom (or top). As you can see in this photo there is plenty of room left over for additional items in the bag! This made me happy because I have been struggling with remembering to eat breakfast and I think I can account for that, too! So far I am very happy with this purchase as well as my first attempt!
Here you can see my Oatmeal packets (I just add water) and fruit cups. I know store bought isn't the best - fresh is - but I had them and am trying to use them and not waste them plus they are good in a pinch!
Apparently I had an insanely productive weekend because I have about 5 other things to post but I think I will wait until tomorrow!
Be sure to keep scrolling because I have a few other posts that might be of interest, today! Question of the Day...what are some of your favorite Adult "Brown Bag" or "Bento Lunches" for the office and/or workplace?