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    Thanks ladyaprille!

    Cedar you are so right, if I just took lunch in a bag I would never get excited about 2 chestnut mushrooms and some apple slices (boorrring) but in my bento box it becomes interesting and cute and nibbly!

    My OH's bento box arrived this morning after I left for work, and he texted me to say, "Another of those weird boxes has arrived, what's it for?"
    LOL

    I broke the news and promised he can have more of the tortilla chip type stuff and less of the beany salads (one step at a time ladies, one step at a time...)

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    Who says you can't have choco chip cookies and salsa together?

    Lookin' good, Est.

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    I think I should make lunches like these...seen as I have to starve.

    I wouldn't know what to have though!
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    Est, where do you buy those rice crackers? I can't get them off my mind now!
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    Tomorrow's lunch, dinner leftovers: tempeh wingz, onion rings (broken up to fit), iceberg salad w/ celery & carrots, homemade ranch, avocado in the plastic wrap, cucumber & more carrots for the salad on the side.


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    Est, where do you buy those rice crackers? I can't get them off my mind now!

    I know I'm not Est, but I think they sell them at holland and barrett. They do teriyaki ones too.

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    Quote bryzee86 View Post
    I know I'm not Est, but I think they sell them at holland and barrett. They do teriyaki ones too.
    Oi!!
    Yeah bryzee is right, H&B do them and also Sainsburys do the black sesame ones (next on my hit list to try). I got the Tamari and Garlic ones, and the Miso ones, from my local independent health food shop. I'll find the brand name and post it tomorrow

    Bryzee I haven't seen teriyaki ones before, must hunt them down and eat them!! Sound great!

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    These are the nicest rice crackers ever!
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    Today's lunchbox:



    Clockwise from top left:

    1. 2 Tamari and Garlic Japanese rice crackers, 2 Miso Japanese rice crackers, raw sugar snap peas

    2. Sliced kiwi, handful of dried fruit (mango, mixed berries, banana)

    3. Broken-up garlic and coriander poppadum

    4. Mini pittas filled with organic hummous, raw baby sweetcorn

    Down the side: Sainsburys Free From shortcake and choc chip cookie (both vegan)

    EDIT jamboxrocks I forgot to say yours looks lovely (as always) and I might include some onion rings in soon as my OH likes those too - good thinking!

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    Thanks, I must have a look for the rice crackers today!
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    Tomorrow's lunch, dinner leftovers: tempeh wingz, onion rings (broken up to fit), iceberg salad w/ celery & carrots, homemade ranch, avocado in the plastic wrap, cucumber & more carrots for the salad on the side.


    You are going to post "wings" and "homemade ranch dressing" WITHOUT A RECIPE!?
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    Hahaha, sorry Haniska. I posted the ranch recipe over in the pictures thread, but here it is again. I got it from these boards a while back, it was posted by ConsciousCuisine.

    Re: How can I get my husband to turn vegan?

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    Here's one of my Vegan 'Ranch' Dressings:

    1/2 cup Soy Mayonnaise (Vegenaise is the BEST)
    6 oz. Firm silken tofu
    3 green onions, chopped
    1/4 cup plain soymilk (unsweetened)
    3 T. lemon juice
    1 T. chopped fresh parsley
    1 T. chopped fresh dill
    1/2-1 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder
    1/3 a tsp. salt (or less/more depending on taste)
    A few grinds freshly cracked pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper


    Mix the lemon juice and soymilk together, stirring and let curdle.

    Combine the remaining ingredients in a food procesor and pulse. Add the soymilk and lemon mixture and correct seasonings as desired. For an extra-rich dressing, add 1/3 cup vegan sour cream with the soymilk and lemon mixture. Add unsweetened soymilk to thin to desired consistency.

    (I usually use dried herbs, 1 tsp to each Tbs fresh called for. I used fresh dill once and used a ton as I wanted super dilly ranch, but it all turned green and didn't taste so hot.)


    And the wings are Tempeh Wingz from Don't Eat Off The Sidewalk zine, but the author has kindly posted some sample recipes, including this one.

    http://donteatoffthesidewalk.com/?page_id=68

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    Tomorrow: spelt spaghetti marinara w/ almond parmesan, steamed broccoli, "cheddar" crackers, grapes, cranberry trail mix


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    yum!

    ur grapes look like blueberries.
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    I am gonna make bentos too now! Once I start working. I've admired them for a couple of years and made a few but I haven't really had time/a good reason until now.
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    Wow, you guys are so creative! I can't be bothered doing that I always eat plain sandwiches - jam or avocado & salad if I am lucky

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    today: the makings of a buffalo tempeh wrap (multigrain wrap, unsauced tempeh wings in the foil, buffalo sauce, iceberg in the plastic wrap, sliced tomatoes on the side), veggies & ranch. this was so good, even cold.


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    tomorrow: chickpea tahini casserole (still frozen, will hopefully thaw by tomorrow), broccoli florets, salad (iceberg, carrots, celery), avocado in the plastic wrap, balsamic vinaigrette in the container and grapes on the side


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    You're a freakin Bento Queen, jambox!! Your lunches always look so yummy!

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    is there a recipe to share for the casserole, jambox?
    I've been very lazy about bentoing the past couple of weeks, but here's one I'm proud of:

    mixed salad (baby spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and mixed seeds) and seitan gyoza

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    that seitan looks good too. i'll have to try some!

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    I am sooooo impressed by the creativity! I have been longing for a laptop lunchbox since I have been reading this blog:
    http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/

    I am going to order one next payday!!

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    All these lunches look wonderful! Hopefully I can post some soon- I've just ordered a laptop lunchbox! I normally have tupperware with mini-tupperware inside, but it's a pain to arrange them all and make them fit, this looks so much better!

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    Day 4!



    From top left:

    1. Chargrilled vegetable antipasti with a herb dressing

    2. Japanese rice crackers (black sesame flavour)

    3. Kiwi fruit

    4. Baby sweetcorn and mange tout with a plain hummous dip
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    is there a recipe to share for the casserole, jambox?
    It's called Creamy Chickpea-Tahini Casserole, on vegweb. Try this: http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6080.0

    Although, I didn't eat it that day. It had been frozen and apparently frost-bitten, because the texture was really gross. I hadn't really thawed or heated it though. It's great fresh!

    I'll take Pavo's gyozas and Est's grilled veggies please!

    Today: bbq tempeh sandwich w/ onions & peppers, grilled corn, carrot & celery sticks, roasted garlic dressing, grapes down the side


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    yum... bbq tempeh!
    ta for the recipe.

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    my new lunchbox and the contents for enjoyment tomorrow:



    Cucumber, peppers, red onion and cherry tomato salad
    3 veg spring rolls
    Serving of wholewheat noodles
    Baby carrots and rasins (in the little boxes)
    (516 calories)

    And the mini tub has soy sauce Simple, but hopefully nice!!

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    these all look so ace! ^^

    what i don't get is how you can put all that stuff together and take it to work or wherever..and then when it comes to lunchtime, all the nicely compartmentalised stuff isn't all jumbled up together in one fantastic globulised mess
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    Quote emmapresley View Post
    these all look so ace! ^^

    what i don't get is how you can put all that stuff together and take it to work or wherever..and then when it comes to lunchtime, all the nicely compartmentalised stuff isn't all jumbled up together in one fantastic globulised mess
    each bit has its very own little lid

    P.S. someone buy me one for my birthday/wedding

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    Not every compartment has a lid, just one larger one and the teeny one. The lid of the box closes pretty tightly though, so unless there's something runny in there or you're playing hacky sack with your lunch, everything will pretty much stay in place.

    Today: the makings of a taco salad - leaf lettuce, cilantro, refried black beans, salsa & nacho sauce layered, baked multigrain tortilla chips, guac



    Tomorrow: wheat orzo w/ marinara, broccoli steams & toasted pine nuts, sauteed broccoli, half an apple, apple fritter, grapes


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    Mine seems to have survived the journey to work, even the noodles

    In case any UK people were wondering, I ordered mine for 13 from http://www.beckyandlolo.co.uk/, and I got it the very next day!

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    And for tomorrow:



    560 cals this one.

    Lentil Dahl, 2 veg samosas, pitta bread slices, Bahji, tomato / carrot/ cucumber and in the little pot are some rasins

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    Quote pavotrouge View Post
    yum... bbq tempeh!
    ta for the recipe.
    I think you're asking for the recipe? It's not a recipe really, I made bbq sauce (still tweaking that recipe), bought the tempeh pre-sliced, marinated in the sauce for a half hour or so, then grilled it.

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    And for tomorrow...



    Cucumber stars & hedgehogs, peppers, lettuce
    Pitta, dino carrots, Cherry tomato
    4 Spring rolls
    Orange
    Little pot = salad dressing

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    Dino carrots! Cute.

    Tomorrow: bbq tempeh pizza, garlic snail, broccoli, marinara & roasted garlic dressing for dipping


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    wow, your pizza looks so yummy I haven't tried using BBQ sauce on a pizza since being vegan, I have no idea why. I bet it's lovely with all those veg. mmm. *adds to list of things to try*

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    i'm in love with this thread, i almost wish i had a job to go to which involved taking a packed lunch!

    did you use cookie cutters for those veggies !! ?

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    Yep, little mini ones. They were from cccshop.co.uk, they have buy 3 get one free sale thingy at the moment

    There's no way I would have the patience to carve carrot sculptures, LOL!

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    @ !! - I think your bento boxes look ace Great idea with the cookie cutters.

    Waiting to upload my next piccie.

    Jamboxrock, I *know* this is going to be a silly question somehow but... garlic snail...? How do you make one of those?!

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    Est, I kind of made them up hoping for good results. Stretch out a small piece of pizza dough into a long, thin rectangle, spread with minced garlic, roll up like a cinnamon roll, and bake alongside the pizza. They would have been way better with some eb or almond parmesan on the inside, but I was rushing.

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    Well it looks fab, I may experiment with this

    So here's day 5 (Thursday):



    and day 6 (Friday):



    (Roasted red pepper hummous in the dip tub and a few squares of Montezuma dark choc with orange down the side!)

    Each day I took a few vegan choc chip cookies for morning and afternoon tea breaks.

    Several other delegates on the course have taken the web address for becky and lolo to buy their own lunch boxes! They thought mine looked v healthy and delish. I also managed to share some of the benefits of being vegan and they seemed interested and asked quite a few questions. You never know what these boxes may encourage them to try!

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    Today: brunch leftovers - roasted asparagus bundles, a roasted potato, spicy italian sausages, mini spinach tofu quiches on top, ginger pear waffles, fruit salad w/ agave lime dressing, mini muffins, coffee cake (I'll do a big post with more info in the pictures thread in a few days.)



    I made a companion makeshift bento for my coworker who couldn't attend.



    Tomorrow: more leftovers, piece of flav & fiber bread, grapes, the richest chocolate tofu kahlua pie, chocolate covered strawberries



    eta: Neither of us even came close to finishing at lunchtime.

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    Gosh, Jamboxrock! Have you ever thought about running a lunchbox takeaway? You could make a fortune!
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    Haha yeah, I actually have. It's the logistics I can't figure out.

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    Next 2 boxes:





    Next week I'm going to try to be more creative as I only have 3 boxes to do (Mon-Wed) then I'm on holiday from Thurs. So I'll make them as interesting as possible!

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    The rice and the kiwi look really good.

    Tomorrow: calzone, grapes and more chocolate tofu kahlua pie


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    today: pb&j on flax & fiber bread, roasted asparagus, "cheddar" crackers, the last of the chocolate kahlua tofu pie



    tomorrow: cream of asparagus & white bean soup, chickpea cutlet fingers w/ ketchup, marinated mushrooms, mashed potatoes, grapes


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    Once again jambox, you have excelled!

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