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Yesterday was Palm Sunday, but unfortunately I had to work. :( Anyway, fish was allowed, so I made a tuna sandwich.

In the bento lunch is a half tuna sandwich, onigiri (soy sauce in the yellow bottle), tomato wedges, frozen fruit in the yellow box, boiled peanuts, and asparagus spears.


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Not a very inspired bento lunch for tomorrow, but healthy. :)
Small side car of grapes.
The main box has lettuce, tomatoes, sliced baby cucumber, cauliflower and baby carrots for salad. The brown thing is inarizushi.


From now on, I'm going to try to participate in Tammy's Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.

If you're like me, and forget to clean the microwave for embarrassingly extended amounts of time, you know just how difficult it is to get those crusty splatters off of the sides of the microwave.

A simple solution to this is to fill a small bowl of water about half way (it really doesn't matter) and microwave it on high for about 5 minutes, and then let it sit for a few minutes after that. The steam will loosen the gunk, making it easier to scrub away! You might need to do it twice if it's the first time to use this method or your microwave is really gunky.

I wash my hands of it.

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Today's bento was in a new Lock & Lock case. It came with that big box(600 ml), and two smaller side cars. It was about $6.00 at Wal-Mart.

In it is some white rice covering up a nasty mess of failed yaki onigiri. :)
There are some sakura watermelon pieces, green beans, and cooked carrots. It was really good!



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Left of the divider: salad with avocado slices, edamame, carrots, lettuce, water chestnuts. Right: vegan tomato and orzo dish.


Going green

Veggie burger
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Gah! So much green! Sorry.

We have: bread, Amy's veggie burgers (soooo much better than soy burgers imo), lettuce and garbanzo beans on a pick, mustard in a Hello Kitty container I found lying around the house, potato salad, and veggies marinated in a garlic-mint vinegar.

Vegan raisin pancakes.

Hokay, so over the week I grew tired of scrounging around in the fridge looking for something vegan to eat. Normally I'd end up with wasa bread, hummus, and carrots or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Now, I love pb&j just as much as any other blue blooded American, but after a week of alternating sandwiches and hummus? Well, the palate grows tired after a while. So, I scrounged around on the internets looking for quick vegan meals and came across vegan pancakes. Deciding that I would make some and freeze for later, I set about gathering ingredients. Then, with caution thrown to the wind, I mixed the ingredients and followed the recipe:

1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon

Beat in:

1 1/4 cups low-fat soymilk
1/4 cup raisins

Heat lightly oiled frying pan on medium-high. When pan is hot, drop on by tablespoons. Flip once when bubbles appear, and cook until golden brown on bottom.

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In regards to taste, they were really good. I loved the nuttiness of the oatmeal with the tartness of the raisins. They came out a little gummy, but that may have been just bad cooking on my part. I'll make a second batch with the real ingredients (whole wheat flour instead of the white I used *AHEM*)and be a little more careful next time to see how they came out.

The meal is also remarkably frugal if you think about it. Cans of oatmeal are slap cheap, about two to three dollars if you buy the store brand. Raisins are also cheap; I bought mine for about $3.00. Soymilk, flour, and cinnamon I already had, but those are also very cheap. I can make a huge batch and freeze them for later and not have to worry about buying a convenience food to fill its place. :D


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Left tier: vegan oatmeal pancakes, dried banana strips, grapefruit pieces, carrots, tomatoes, peanut butter.
Right tier: quick brown rice, "bushel" of asparagus tied with green onion, tomato sun.

Finally! A genuinely vegan bento lunch!

Admittedly, the pancakes look disgusting, but they're genuinely good.



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So getting used to veganism for lent is d-i-f-f-i-c-u-l-t. It wasn't until I snapped this picture, uploaded it, and started to blog it hat I realized the broccoli bites have cheese in them. :( Also the orange looks vaguely..uh..erotic. DAGNABBIT.
So left of the divider is couscous mixed with herbs and beans and corn. It is most delicious. Right of the divider is peanut butter on celery, VEGETARIAN broccoli bites :(, artichoke hearts, olive, garlic, and salad pepper on a pick. Then there's the erotic orange. :(

Man I fail.


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Top tier: wasa bread, olives, guacamole, cashew and soynuts, laughing cow cheese, apple bunny.

Bottom tier: quinoa mixed with curry tomato sauce.

Recipe for the curry tomato sauce: (altered from a recipe on about.com)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp basil + whatever herbs.
olive oil

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil until soft, add the tomatoes and herbs and cook covered over medium for about 15 minute, stirring frequently. Can be served over pasta or grain.

I mixed mine with quinoa and it is very good. I used 1/2 tsp cumin in the recipe but I found it a little overpowering so I changed it to 1/4 tsp in the recipe. You can also add mushrooms or whatever you want. It's a very flexible recipe.