Monday, February 28, 2011

Lunchbox 33: Lentil Rice Bowl

Brown rice, canned lentils, peach slices, strawberries. I find that when I add the sauce at the last minute, it tastes better, so I put the soy sauce in a dip container.

Still keeping it simple. Lentils agree with my digestion and clear things out a little, so I am hoping this will help smooth out my little IBS flare-up.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lunchbox 32: Wild Rice


Lunchbox 32: Wild Rice
Originally uploaded by ficbot
My stomach is a bit sensitive right now, so I am packing a very plain and easily digestible lunch for tomorrow. It's a packaged wild rice mix with peach slices and a small cup of jello. I packed the jello in a little container so I could easily remove it when I want to heat up the lunch.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lunchbox 31: Risotto


Lunchbox 31: Risotto
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Risotto of leftover bits and pieces, sliced strawberries, little treat.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lunchbox 30: No-Cook Bento


Lunchbox 30: No-Cook Bento
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Had a hard day and wasn't hungry for much :) Banana and strawberry sections, cheese string, cereal.

The cereal was an experiment for me to see how I did with a wheat thing that wasn't bread. The answer was 'not that well' so I am using it up and that will be it for the cereal :)

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lunchbox 29: Faux-Fredo


Lunchbox 29: Faux-Fredo
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Diced chicken and rice pasta with faux-alfredo sauce, peach slices, strawberries.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lunchbox 28: Veggie Burger


Lunchbox 28: Veggie Burger
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Finally found a veggie burger free of my top allergens, so I am trying it out! Veggie burger, potato wedges, mango cubes.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Lunchbox 27: Pasta & Peas


Lunchbox 27: Pasta & Peas
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Rice pasta with tomato sauce and frozen peas, fruit custard cup, mango cubes.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lunchbox 26: Pasta Primavera


Lunchbox 26: Pasta Primavera
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Rice noodles with vegetables in tomato sauce, breadless nuggets, strawberries.

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Lunchbox 24: Sesame Chicken


Lunchbox 24: Sesame Chicken
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Sesame chicken, steamed rice, steamed broccoli and strawberries.

A lot of take-out food lately. Sorry about that! At least I am minimizing the damage by halving the portions and adding fruits/veggies. I got some new cookbooks today so I plan to start preparing things ahead a little better, and feature more vegetarian meals. I dislike cooking, but am really trying to work on it.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lunchbox 21: Spicy Chicken


Lunchbox 21: Spicy Chicken
Originally uploaded by ficbot
School lunch yet again :) Spicy chicken, quinoa, carrots, pineapple.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Lunchbox 20: Kashmir Beef


Lunchbox 20: Kashmir Beef
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Today's school lunch :) "Kashmir" beef, basmati rice, apples. I got double apples because the vegetable was green beans and I am allergic so I did not have any :)

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lunchbox 19: Butter Chicken


Lunchbox 19: Butter Chicken
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Chicken with jarred butter chicken sauce, brown rice, sliced orange and green grapes.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lunchbox 18: Cheese & Crackers

I took a sick day yesterday---I am allowing myself one of those a month. I'm still feeling under the weather and don't have much appetite, so this will cover me for dinner: 4 ryvita crackers with soy cheese slices, fresh grapes and the last of the canned pineapple.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lunchbox 17: Sweet Potato Mash

This was today's school lunch: sweet potato mash, tomato fish and broccoli. I am not a big fish fan so I asked for less fish and more sweet potato. I wound up with too much sweet potato! I ate half of this and saved the rest of the sweet potato for another time.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Lunchbox 16: Sri-Lankan Chicken

This was today's school lunch, which I am saving for tomorrow. Sri-Lankan Chicken with brown rice, melon and frozen peaches. I added the peaches to fill out an empty spot in the box---today's vegetable was green beans and I am allergic, so I declined them.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lunchbox 15: Leftover Thai Food

Went out for dinner with visiting family, and had some leftover Thai noodles. Added some tofu cubes, and pineapple/mango on the side. Yum!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Lunchbox 14: Sweet & Sour Tofu

Sweet & Sour Tofu and cabbage slaw on a bed of brown rice, canned pineapple, green grapes.

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Lunchbox 13: Chicken Nuggets


Lunchbox 13: Chicken Nuggets
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Breadless nuggets with dipping sauce, half a sweet potato, canned pineapple and fresh orange slices.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Answer to a Burning Question

A few people have written/commented to ask me about how I am handling hot and cold foods in the same lunchbox. The answer is, I have a microwave at work :) Usually, I pack two fruits in the side compartments and eat one for a morning snack, so come lunchtime it's only the main dish and one side item. It's pretty easy to just scoop out the side item while I heat the lunchbox!

If it's something like soup, the answer is that I don't pack it in the lunchbox. I find soup too messy and spill-prone for that type of container, so I pack it separately and use the main dish spot for my afternoon snack. You could use a thermos if you don't have microwave access; I have a ton of students who bring thermoses at lunchtime.

I do wish that the Easy Lunchbox people made a liner you could use for that one big square, so you could microwave a main dish and still have your little side items. I tried using the laptop lunch bento buddies square, but it was too high to fit. I also wish they made separate snack containers for easy packing---the kids at my school have both a morning and afternoon snack, and there would be no way to get all that in one Easy Lunchbox. On a typical day, I find I can get by with the ELB and one other container---either a soup container (and my afternoon snack goes in the lunchbox) or a snack container (and my lunch goes in the lunchbox). But I have yet to find a one-container-for-everything solution.

The minor inconvenience of having to pull out the grapes before I heat my lunch is better than the major inconvenience of having everything in separate containers and having to wash all those tupperwares and lids!

Lunchbox 12: BLT Wrap


Lunchbox 12: BLT Wrap
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Indulged my periodic sandwich craving with a wheat-free BLT wrap, cole slaw and mango cubes.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lunchbox 10: Greek Takeout


Lunchbox 10: Greek Takeout
Originally uploaded by ficbot
The local Greek takeout place serves huge portions, so I bring them home and divide them in half! Spicy potato, rice, lettuce and shawarma is rounded out with some grapes for desert.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lunchbox 9: Tofu & Lentils


Lunchbox 9: Tofu & Lentils
Originally uploaded by ficbot
Tofu and lentils over brown rice, mango cubes, green grapes. This lunch took about 6 minutes to assemble---super-easy! See? I'm trying to eat less food from a box!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lunchbox 8: Baked Beans & Rice

This was a school lunch. Baked beans, rice, mango cubes, broccoli & cauliflower.

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