Meatballs and gold kiwi

Meatballs and gold kiwi salad lunch

Packed in my Nissan Stainless thermal lunch tote to keep all the salad stuff cool and not wilted.

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July 6th, 2006 | Categories: lactose free, meat, salad, thermal lunch jar | Print This Post Print This Post | Email this post Email this post | Comment now »

Tiny, flat peaches

I recently found some Saturn white peaches — they’re small, flat, very sweet, and fit perfectly into a bento box! Packed in my Lock & Lock bento set without the juice container and case (my husband thinks they’re too cute to take to work with him).

Saturn Peach & Roast Chicken お弁当

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July 5th, 2006 | Categories: bento, dumplings or buns, eggs | Print This Post Print This Post | Email this post Email this post | Comment now »

Fritatta recipe & Laptop Lunch

Pulled out the mini frypan for this one.

Fritatta lunch

I love Lizano sauce!!! It’s like the national sauce of Costa Rica — they have bottles of it on restaurant tables like there are bottles of ketchup in the U.S. Great on beans/rice, vegetables, meat, and (my favorite) eggs. Green heroin — yum. Packed in our Laptop Lunchbox.

Mini-frittata recipe (serves 1)

1/2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 large sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 Tb vegetable oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper
1 Tb aji amarillo puree (Peruvian yellow chiles — not that hot) (optional)

  1. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, pepper, and aji amarillo puree (and any herbs you want to use). Set aside.
  2. Turn on your broiler (or salamander) with the oven rack in the top position.
  3. In an 8″ nonstick mini-frypan, heat the vegetable oil on medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and sausage (or whatever other fillings you’d like to use), and saute until slightly brown and the zucchini is cooked through. I added a 1/4 cup of water and covered for a couple of minutes to speed the zucchini cooking, then removed the lid and cooked the water off.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and add the egg mixture to the pan. Stir with a rubber spatula until large curds have formed, then stop stirring and reduce heat slightly.
  5. When it looks like the bottom has set up (about 1 minute later), put the frypan under the broiler until the top is puffy and turns a golden brown.
  6. Remove from heat and let it sit for 3-5 minutes off heat. Residual heat will continue cooking the eggs and help the egg release from the pan.
  7. Use the rubber spatula to gently release the frittata from the pan. Turn out on a cutting board and cut into wedges with a sharp knife. Trim the wedges as necessary to fit them into your lunch container. EAT!

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June 29th, 2006 | Categories: Laptop Lunchbox, eggs, meat, recipe, sandwich or wrap | Print This Post Print This Post | Email this post Email this post | 8 Comments »

Steamed bun bento for toddler

Having sent my husband off with the speed bento, next came my son’s lunch.

Steamed bun bento for toddler

Chinese steamed bun, orange grape tomatoes, octo-dogs, over-easy fried quail’s egg (on its side), and blueberries. And of course, my son rejected the cute quail’s egg (but devoured the octodogs, as usual)!

Tip: When frying quail eggs, don’t try to break them along the middle with your fingers like you would a chicken egg. The membrane is quite thick and you’ll end up with broken yolk. Open it more like a soft-boiled egg: tap around the end with a sharp knife and peel off the small cap of shell. Turn the egg upside down and shake it out of the opening you’ve created.

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June 28th, 2006 | Categories: bento, dumplings or buns, eggs, lactose free, meat | Print This Post Print This Post | Email this post Email this post | Comment now »

Gyoza and broccoli lunch

This is my “roll out of bed and realize I haven’t planned today’s lunch” bento.

Gyoza and broccoli lunch

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June 28th, 2006 | Categories: bento, dumplings or buns, lactose free, onigiri or sushi, rice | Print This Post Print This Post | Email this post Email this post | 3 Comments »

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