Yeah, the purple container the stew is in has a lid, and the little red one the dressing is in does too. Also, I carry it flat as much as possible and lay it in the fridge flat. Although, when my coworker grabbed it for me today she flipped it upright, and it was unharmed. The lid closes tightly, and if it's packed in well there should be minimal shifting.
For tomorrow: more lentil/veggie/alphabet/tomato stew, veggies, steamed brussel sprouts w/ grill seasoning, roasted red pepper hummus, dried apples and half a dried pineapple ring. I particularly like the colors in this one.
I am feeling better, thanks Roxy. I went camping this weekend and am exhausted, so packed tomorrow's lunch from what was dying in the fridge: snack mix & trail mix left from camping, steamed cauliflower w/ grill seasoning, last of the stew, baby carrots w/ dilly ranch, broccoli & grapes on the side.
Pretty much what pavo said. Put the oven around 400/425 F, coat the brussels with olive oil, salt, pepper, whatever else you want, cook for 20-25 minutes till they're getting brown & crispy on the outside. Shake em around after 10-15 minutes to get even browning. I tried them halved this time, but they dried out a bit. I prefer them whole.
All very impressive guys!
Doesn't the chopped fruit and veg dry out before you eat it? I've noticed some of you pre chop avocado - doesn't it go brown?
And does it lose any nutrients from being chopped in advance?
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At last! My bento box (laptop lunch box actually!) arrived. Unfortunately I stayed late at a friend's house yesterday so didn't have time to prepare anything for it in the evening. I'd also bought some yummy stuff to put in it (first one, and all that) only to get home at just past midnight and find that I'd left it all in her fridge So it was made up of whatever I could dig out of the fridge/cupboards and did not end up as impressive as planned
Anyway here it is:
From top left:
1. Sliced yellow pepper (top) and sprouting salad plus mixed alfalfa/broccoli sprouts with a balsamic and garlic dressing (underneath).
2. Baby carrots and pomodorino tomatoes.
3. Kiwi and 2 squares Montezuma dark chocolate
4. Rice/quinoa/amaranth crackers plus a roasted red pepper hummous dip
The bag at the side is my granola for breakfast
Marrers - the sliced yellow pepper stayed fine but it was in a box with a lid which probably helped. Having said that, the whole lunch box seals quite tightly so it might have been ok in another compartment
Est, nice job on your first bento, even if it was last minute.
Marrers, I haven't had any problems with drying out or weirdness, and I made my lunches the night before. My last avocado was kind of dying anyway, and after I took the picture I put plastic wrap closely over it, so it doesn't get much worse. I actually cover quite a few of the compartments after I take a pic...a couple days ago my cookie tasted like the strawberries that were next to it...
Tomorrow: "tuna" noodle casserole, steamed kale, vanilla soy yogurt over strawberries & blueberries, carrots & green pepper.
I've just ordered another one for OH! *He will like it or else*
@cedarblue - mine is from Becky & Lolo, a Laptop Lunch Box, and it has lids for one big compartment and the small dip compartment. The food in the open compartments didn't roll around or get mixed up or anything, in fact the lid of the lunchbox seems to pretty much seal them (though admittedly I don't think I'd put anything too runny in an open compartment!)
You could definitely wrap film round the compartment before putting it in its place in the lunchbox If I start doing mine the night before then I'll probably do that.
Ive just bought a bento box - and it's hello kitty for pure entertainment
As of today i have 60 days until my 21st birthday - EEk. Right now, im quite unhappy with how i am - so, for 60 days I will make up an all healthy, creative bento box for the day and hopefully this will have me one step closer to being a little more confident on my 21st
Good luck ladyaprille! I know that true confidence etc has to come from within, but your profile pics are beautiful You will shine at your 21st birthday whatever happens between now and then.
I think that bento lunches will definitely help you stick to your goals though - they are so nice to eat, and because it's all separated and arranged, it's easy to eat slowly so you feel full faster.
I've only done one bento lunch box so far, and I thought it didn't look like much food, but I was stuffed by the time I'd finished it!
I was so impressed I've ordered another lunch box for my boyfriend and hopefully he'll be converted to the benefits too!