Monday, February 27, 2012

My first stab at kinpira and *another* WW bento

So I'm an avid reader of Just Bento, and I saw that Maki posted her parsnip kinpira recipe and I've been dying to try it since. I love parsnips and I was *so* happy that these were flipping delicious. I had to stop myself from munching all of them down before I could get them into tomorrows bento box!

You'll notice that I do my bentos the night before. This is because I honestly do not have the mental coherence in the morning to put together a lunch, nevertheless wake up early enough to cook for it. I have a lot of time the night before, so that's when I make my morning easier by packing lunch, getting tomorrows clothes ready, etc. It's easier for me.

Tonight I made my own Turkey Sausage with Peppers & Onion recipe, which was super simple and came out flipping delicious.

Open-faced omnomnons, say what?
So I had that for supper and made my bento for tomorrow!

It's a super simple one. Strawberries in the far cup, on the left there's the kinpira, quail egg, greens and whole wheat croutons. On the right was the leftovers of sausage and peppers. I know it's not a super colorful lunch but it will be delicious tomorrow!

I also have an extra bag of strawberries because I stay late for meetings on Tuesdays so I want something to snack on during the conference call.

Hope everything has a wonderful week!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Start of a loooong month bento!

So Monday marks the start of a month of a six-day work week. With Weight Watchers, I'm going to be needing to bring my lunch even more so than I did before. Instead of bringing in large portions of take-away food or anything like that, I'll be bringing in some of my WW cooked meal mixed with 0 point food or Power Foods! It's a good thing I find all this stuff delicious!

I wanted to make quinoa to put into this bento, but I have a ton of leftover basmati rice from when boyfriend and I went for Indian food on Friday. So Mondays bento is Tex-Mex Chicken [w/ zucchini], basmati rice, strawberries, and a salad garnished with a quail egg and homemade whole-wheat croutons.

I'm looking forward to posting more of my bentos for this week. I hope holding myself accountable here will help!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunday Dinners, Weight Watchers and 2012!

Whew! I better blow the dust off my blog!

So 2012 has started off pretty well. I have a wonderful boyfriend, a job I like and life is just nice in general. It's so different being in Connecticut rather than Brooklyn, but I must say I'm pretty pleased with how things are here.

The only downside to moving to Connecticut is that my walking has been almost all cut out. Aside from the running around I do at work on a daily basis, I don't do the same walking that I had time for in NYC. An hour lunch break makes a huge difference when you're trying to eat and be active during your only free time.

So I've gained a lot of weight in a small amount of time! Last week I decided to join Weight Watchers, and tomorrow is my first weight in! I'm a bit nervous but I think I've stayed the same if not lost a little bit. I hope I haven't gained.

I've found that my bento are barely ANY points! I finally found quail eggs here and that's 0 points (compared to 2 points for a hard boiled egg), plus all the fruits and most of the veggies are 0 points as well. I haven't thought to take a picture but I'll snap one of my lunch on Wednesday.

I did snap a photo of what I made tonight, though! Tex Mex Chicken with Zucchini. YUM!

Boyfriend has been working Sundays lately, and it kinda sucks to be frank. We work opposite shifts so the rare occasion we can eat dinner together is always special. I've decided that Sunday dinners are especially important.

While boyfriend works I make dinner (Weight Watchers meals now!) and have it ready and hot when he gets home. It's nice to play housewife sometimes ;) We sit at the kitchen table (which never gets used except for Sunday dinner and Dungeons and Dragons) and discuss the week and watch some television. It's a nice time and it's important family time that we need together.

So enough gush about this stuff. I hope to start posting my bentos again this coming week and that I get great news when I weight myself tomorrow!