Bento: Color and Shapes

I have stayed loyal to my bento baon goals for the last couple of months.

However, I have cheated on the weekends.
It shows on my evil digital scale.

#kvpinmybelly : More #bento good times! #picstitch #fb
The Good: I’ve pumped up the vegetables in my bentos. I have scaled back on the meat. I added tofu and other protein substitutes. I also stayed true to the “baon” nature of this project by incorporating more leftovers.

The Bad: I still haven’t figured out when to stop eating when dining out. I clear my plate without thinking about it. I know there’s a cue from my belly when my hunger is satisfied. It’s a subtle one and I end up ignoring it because I love the flavors in my mouth and how the food makes me feel. Now, I’m trying to sub-out the fries and fatty side dishes with salads. A damn shame, since I love fries.

The Ugly: I’ve slacked off on running.

I had to buy an ankle brace after I tweaked it on a 4-mile run. I suspect it goes back to my skating days when I needed acupuncture for it. I remember binding my swollen right ankle in herbs and ace bandages before I slipped it into my boot. Now I’m trying to get used to running with a black brace chafing my heel and arch.

Here are some of my favorite bentos, so far.
#kvpnewsroom : My reward after #Oakland #fire coverage. #Bento with focaccia, cheese tortellini and tomatoes #fb
This bento was carb heavy, but also very cute. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter on the sandwich.

  • Leftover cheese tortellini wit spinach
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Heart-shaped focaccia sandwich with roast beef

#kvpinmybelly : My #birthday #bento with chicken dumplings, rice, arugula and tofu. So cute! #fb
I call this one my birthday bento. This is the first time I used cookie cutters on tofu.

  • Jasmine rice with edamame and furikake
  • Trader Joe’s chicken cilantro wontons
  • Pickled broccoli stems (I love this NY Times recipe for pickled stems! It’s even better on cucumbers. I need to do another blog about my pickle adventures, soon)
  • Baked tofu (teddy bear and horse shapes) over more edamame

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My chopstick skills are weak when it comes to rice. Michelle Kwan’s mother tried to teach me how to use chopsticks like a proper lady. I failed miserably. That’s why the idea of eating rice balls appealed to me.
I did some web research on onigiri. My first one looked pretty….but fell apart since I used Jasmine rice. This one kept its ball shape since I used sushi rice. The problem with sushi rice: heavy on the calories.

  • Morning Star Vegetable Patty in animal shapes
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Italian zucchini
  • Onigiri with an olive tapenade

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