Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Campanelle Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Peas - 272 calorie Bento

Hubbie wanted pasta, so I had made a bit more so I could have some for my bento. The basil is from my terrace 'farm'. I have so much basil that I think I'm going to zap some in the magic bullet and freeze it to be used in cooked foods.

Bento Content:
  • Campanelle Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes. Peas and Fresh Basil (250)
  • Grapes (22)

Total Bento : 272 calories

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chicken Shu Mai & Veggies - 198 calorie Bento

You know how you see things in the supermarket and you never decide to pick it up? Well, I made a discovery in Trader Joe's - Chicken Shu Mai. I am very happy that I took a chance and bought some. Very yummy! One of these days I am going to try to make them from scratch, but for now... frozen ones!

Bento Content:
  • Trader Joe's Chicken Shu Mai - without sauce (160)
  • Classic Mixed Vegetables (30)
  • Grape Tomatoes (8)

Total Bento : 198 calories

Monday, August 24, 2009

Egg White & 3-cheese Pinwheels - 262 calorie Bento

This was a very easy bento and surprisingly filling! I found these Tomato Wraps which taste yummy and filled one up with egg white omelette, Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning plus a bit of Trader Joe's lite 3-cheese blend. I sprinkled the cheese on the omelette while it was still hot, so the cheese would slightly melt - a little trick that helps with the rolling...the melting cheese acts like a binder in the wrap!

Bento Content:
  • Pinwheels (242)
  • Carrots (13)
  • Strawberry (7)

Total Bento : 262 calories

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tomato Couscous & Riblets - 229 calorie Bento

I used to like the Gardenburger BBQ Riblets and they disappeared. Can not find them anywhere. Then in the supermarket I see Morningstar Hickory BBQ Riblets. I gave them a try and they tasted very, very close to the Gardenburger brand. I have found a substitute! Love when that happens!

Bento Content:
  • Tomato Couscous with Corn Niblets (93)
  • 1/2 Morningstar Riblets cut into small pieces (110)
  • Cantaloupe (14)
  • Salad (12)

Total Bento : 229 calories

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spicy Mini Turkey Meatballs & Baby Lima Beans - 271 calorie Bento

During the weekend I made a few things to freeze for when I didn't have anything handy. One of these things were the Spicy Mini Turkey Meatballs. I froze them then I nuked them before putting them in the bento (I let them cool, because then my spinach would have wilted!).

The baby lima beans were from a frozen bag. I simply took the frozen baby lima beans, put in one of those microwave bags, added a cup of tomato sauce and a pinch of Pizza Seasoning. Nuked it and that was that! Very tasty!

Bento Content:
  • Baby Lima Beans in Tomato Sauce (117)
  • Spicy Mini Turkey Meatballs (138)
  • Campari Tomatoes (11)
  • Baby Spinach (5)

Total Bento : 271 calories

Monday, August 17, 2009

Cauliflower Bake & Vaggies (192 calorie bento)

I found a perfect baking pan - exactly the right size to fit in one of my bentos. This time I made a Cauiliflower bake.

Really easy to make: Steam cauliflower, with a fork make it into crumbles. Make a mixture of eggs & egg whites, season to taste (I switch from different Mrs. Dash combinations plus a pinch of salt). Combine egg mixture with cauliflower crumbles and bake until set.

Bento Content:
  • Cauliflower Bake (76)
  • Olives (48)
  • Taboule (56)
  • Carrots (13)

Total Bento : 193 calories

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Molded Egg & Wasabi Peas - 249 calorie bento

I didn't have leftovers last night and I had run out of bento fillers in the freezer, so I put something simple in a flash. I have a few molds for eggs - this one was a star. I love wasabi peas - they help me with the water intake!

Tonight I definitely need to go out food shopping!

Bento Content:
  • Molded Egg (77)
  • Cantaloupe (27)
  • Wasabi Peas (120)
  • Tomatoes (25)

Total Bento : 249 calories

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Flax Seed Pinwheels w/Avocado, Bean Dip & Alfalfa Sprouts - 274 calories bento

Today's bento was easy to do. I just smashed up some Avocado with a little lime juice. Then I spread Trader Joe's Balck Bean Dip on the the Flax Seed rollup, sprinkled Alfafa Sprouts and put the avocado mash on top of the sprouts. Then I cut into 6 pieces and stuffed my bento.

The blistered tomatoes are just grape tomatoes with Herbs de Provence, olive oil spray and a pinch of salt. Cooked on the stovetop for 2-3 minutes. Very easy, very tasty!

Bento Content:
  • Pinwheels (226)
  • Blueberries (20)
  • Blistered Grape Tomatoes with Herbs de Provence (28)

Total Bento: 274 calories

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Toasted Mini Ravioli - 206 calorie Bento

This bento was a twist on leftovers. I had made Mini Cheese Ravioli that come dry in a bag from Trader Joe's. So, I just spread them in a single layer on an oven-safe pan and stuck them in the toaster oven until crispy. For dipping, a bit of marinara sauce in the little red container.

Bento Content:
  • Toasted Mini Cheese Ravioli (120)
  • Marinara Sauce (14)
  • Cherries (24)
  • Pitted Black Olives (48)

Total Bento : 206 calories