Friday, January 15, 2010

Picnic Bento Box - Hope Rob's hungry! :)

Today Rob has an admittedly large bento for one person - I just had to do it! lol
I've been wanting to use this box for such a long time, and once I had decided I wanted to do a wrap, this was the opportunity.  None of the other boxes we have could accomodate the wrap without smushing it.

I bought these tortillas at Target because they are a healthy version and only 1 point on WW - they are not the big burrito size, but more like a fajita size (maybe just a little larger).  Since I had never bought this brand before, I didn't realize how soft/delicate they are - I just hope it holds up ok.

I have had these wrap pockets in a drawer for probably 2 years now and finally remembered them for this bento :)  Seemed like a perfect way to add color and interest to Rob's bento :)

So, the wrap is a Buffalo Chicken wrap:

3 oz Deli Buffalo Chicken Breast
2 Tbs. Marie's Lite Bleu Cheese dressing
1 Tbs Archer Farms Buffalo Bleu Cheese dip
Organic Spring Lettuce Mix
Shredded Cheddar
Hot Sauce

This wrap is something I often do for my lunch - using the deli chicken and using less dressing or no dip and adding a tsp. olive oil makes it a good lunch on WW - When I make it for myself (on the larger 1 pt La Tortilla wrap), I mix the lettuce w/ the dressing/dip and the olive oil so I can 'shrink it' a bit to fit a good 2 cups or more onto my wrap.

Once I had the wrap placed into the box, I added the salad on each side, then the shredded carrots and red cabbage and topped it with a couple wheat gluten cakes I got on our last trip to Mitsuwa - aren't they pretty? :)

The second tier contains my homemade Macaroni Salad (I'm loving the purple in it), a clementine on a little more lettuce, yogurt topped w/ a frozen strawberry. Lite Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in the cup topped w/ black sesame seeds, Wasabi almonds, 2 Hi Chews and White Chocolate covered pretzels (left over from Christmas) --- Whew - that's a lot!

I just spoke to him - he ate every bit of it :o  I really didn't think he would.

On to other things - I was lucky enough to have this award passed on to me by both Angi at Bento Junkie and Gamene at bento zen

The award comes with a couple rules:
Copy the award image into a post. List 10 things that make you happy. Tag 10 bloggers who brighten your day. Put in a link to their blog. Notify the award receivers. Recipients should link back to the sender's blog.

So, 10 things that make me happy - in no particular order:

---Horror Movies - yes, I thought of this first after reading Gamene's - I watch a ridiculous amount of them and love to watch them on Friday nights when Rob is gaming and have no problem watching them when he's on a business trip either :)

---Chocolate!  What woman isn't made happier by a great piece of chocolate - The BEST chocolates are from Holl's Chocolates - I am not an affiliate for them - I'm just a huge fan! :)
---My Keurig!  One of the best purchases we ever made - I do LOVE my Keurig - we have this one: Keurig B70 Gourmet Single-Cup Home Brewing System

---My family :)  Even when I complain about them, I know I am lucky :)

---I am thankful that we have Asian markets available in our area :)  I wish we had an Ichibankan and a Daiso, but I know we're lucky to have what we do close to us :)

---The Internet!  Seriously, how did we ever live without it!?

---Bento (of course!) - Bento has given me a creative outlet when I need it and it makes me happy to know Rob is eating better.  He used to eat a ramen style Tom Yum soup every day - all that sodium and bad fat!  He seems to have the 'afternoon crash' much less often since he's been eating better too :)

---Tazo Chai Concentrate :)  I hate milk and this has given me tasty way to get that milk in - sometimes I get so tired of yogurt, and I typically don't want a cold yogurt in the winter...

---Working from home.  While there are some downfalls to working from home, I do love it.  I miss the socializing and being able to communicate more easily and stay 'in the loop', but not the commute etc.

---My Sodastream :)  Nothing like never having to worry about being out of seltzer when I want a vodka and seltzer or some juice and seltzer :) Sodastream Jet Starter Kit

And now for 10 of my favorite blogs :)  I know many of you already got this award so won't actually be doing it again...

Again, in no particular order :)

Thanks to everyone for reading my blog - I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know that it's being read at all :)  I think when I reach 20 followers, I'll come up with some sort of contest or something :)

Happy Bento-ing!


  1. Hi Kashmirkat!
    A really interesting post! First, this is a beautiful bento, full of bright and tasty things! Your mention of Mitsuwa made me smile, as I'm heading back there in a few days, can't wait :) Also, like you I'm a Leo and love Chai--its probably going to make my top 10 list as well! I work from home 3 of 5 days a week and enjoy it :)
    Looking forward to writing about 10 sources of joy--thank you so much for sharing this award with me! Have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you so much :)
    We started out working from home a couple days a week - then our boss started thinking we could save a lot of $$ by getting rid of the office completely :)
    I love Mitsuwa :) It'll probably be week after next before I run up there - this coming week will just be the Hong Kong Supermarket in East Brunswick NJ :)
    You have a wonderful weekend as well :) Supposed to be a little warmer here this weekend :)

  3. Looks delicious! I love the little wrap pocket!

    What is purple in your pasta salad? :D

  4. Thanks Jenn :)

    Haha, I added shredded purple cabbage when I made it and I guess the little bit of lemon juice caused the color to bleed into the pasta too - I think next time I may add a little more of the purple cabbage since I like the purple - lol :)

  5. Haha! Thanks again for the award! Love your blog!

  6. Hi Kashmirkat! Thank you for thinking of my blog for an award! We have something in common... I hate milk too.

  7. You're welcome - your blog deserves it! :)
    My dad used to get so annoyed at me over the milk thing - lol - to this day I can't drink it unless I add something to it...

  8. Thanks for the Tag. Working at it in between posts. Still enjoying your bento posts!

  9. What??? Holy smokes. Someone as talented as you?? Seriously, major compliment. Thanks, bloggy are the bento bomb.

  10. Haha, thanks Robyn :) I love your blog! YOU are the one with talent! :)