As I make one trip to the grocery store a week, Friday's meals are either leftovers or freezer finds. To make today's lunch I had plenty to work with: the last bit of rice (packed flat to fill the extra space), purple cabbage coleslaw (Cabbage, celery, orange bell pepper and green onion dressed with honey mustard dressing - this was better than it was last night!), half a cucumber for cucumber stars, cubed pork tenderloin and some frozen fruit. Add some black sesame seeds and flower picks and voila - a starry night lunch!
Two weeks into bento-ing and I have learned a lot:
- More is not more when it comes to dishes - I should try to focus on 1 vegetable, fruit and starch and 1-2 protein items.
- Dedicating 5 minutes each morning to packing my lunch saves me at least $30 a week! The above box cost at the most $1.50 - and I'll admit, some of the dishes may have gone in the garbage. I was spending anywhere from $7-9 a day for a quick, semi healthy lunch.
- Variety is key, but overloading at the grocery store is not necessary - again more is not more!
- The square boxes from my tupperware collection were fine in a pinch, but they were incredibly hard to pack....more proper boxes are on their way!
And as a little happy Friday moment, can anyone spot my helper? Annabelle is excellent at supervising, but I did not realize she was sneaking into the photo ;)