Eat Your Greens

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This was the bento I made for the earlier half of the week. Granted, I should have taken the photo Sunday as opposed to Wednesday, because it would have looked way fresher and yummier, but here we are with my procrastinating and meal-planning self. I even have to leave for work in 3 minutes. *yanks curtain back into place*

This bento features Morningstar’s vegan chick’n strips with sauteed lima beans and brussel sprouts from the farmer’s market.

New Bento

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I got a new (to me) bento box. The listing said it was in “like-new” condition. When it arrived it had a massive crack down the side and bottom of one tier. I got a refund and went to order a replacement. Then, I stopped and wondered if I could repair it. What glues were food friendly after they dried?
I googled and found out that Crazy Glue is, so I bought a tube of that for a dollar(the sellers let me keep the broken box, no point in paying to ship it back, so I might as well be the one to dispose of it, right? I will note I didn’t think of repairing until after we went through the whole refund process.

Well the crazy glue worked. It’s not the most beautiful repair, but it works. I think this bento will now hold up for some time. I recorded my repair effort, so I’ll be editing a video to show you all how I did it sometime in the near future on my zero-waste Youtube channel.

 

Anyway, this bento features Gardein, porkless something or another with sauce, and an assortment of produce from last week’s farmer’s market including peppers, brussel sprouts, and onions.

Cauliflower

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At market this past weekend, I saw a yellow cauliflower and knew I had to have it. The main reason I never really use cauliflower but generally opt for broccoli is because I just never felt like it made sense to have a white veggie in the same dish as a very likely white carb.

That said, there’s yellow squash in this bento, and I doubt you can even tell, so it was a pretty much a total failure, haha. I also have some carrots from market as well. I’m really trying to get the hang of how to make beautiful dishes from what I get from market. They’re generally very tasty, but the aesthetics just aren’t there. And without all the packaged stuff I’ve been depending on, or guaranteed ingredients for certain pops of color, it leads to a bit of a learning curve.

Tofu and Rice

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I have been quite busy for the past few weeks, working on quite a bit of school stuff. I really need to stop saying hello to people I know, I keep getting caught up in conversations which eat away at the time I have to work on projects.

Well anyway, this was one of my moves at getting ahead of schedule. I wasn’t sure what I’d be doing last Wednesday, but I doubted I’d have enough time to cook much of anything, so I thought about what would hold up in the fridge to the microwave through lunchtime Friday. I ended up frying up tofu and making some rice. I’ve found that hot sauce helps keep things from wanting to grow. Like mold and such, not that I think this was entirely necessary since it wasn’t going to outlast the workweek, but still.

No produce, boo, hoo, I know. But I’m making up for it this week!

Top 5 Vegan Bento of the Week

Culling these down each week does NOT get easier! Ya’ll keep getting better and better! Even the newbies are really good!

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Top 5 Vegan Bento of the Week

Geeze, you can’t find solitude from this stupid election anywhere. WordPress just tried to get me to add a thing to the site to “encourage” you all to vote.

As I watch all of this unfold it only really just stresses me out. I greatly dislike both candidates and will be voting for a third party. I greatly dislike the fear mongering on both sides and always just want to go take a nap any time people start “talking” politics. People get vehement when you don’t agree with them. They get angry at the media and I overhear people “discussing” politics around me all the time and I’m just tired of it. I beleive that it’s two terrible people running and I can’t, in good conscious, vote for either of them, so I’ll vote for someone who I think can legitimately do a good job, even if they have no chance of winning.

And that is all you will hear about me on this election, and trust me, there won’t be a political themed bento because guess what? Election day is two days after my birthday. So I’ll likely be listening to Mesuggah(among other metal bands) in line for early voting and reading, and you know, making a birthday themed bento and whatnot.

Holy crap, that’s a wall of text! I’m so sorry! Onto the top 5 vegan bento of the week!

There were many spectacular looking meals this week! In my initial look, I saw 12 I adored! Ahhhh, cutting down to the best is soooo hard!

Chickpeas and Rice

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I’m pleased with how this bento turned out. I seasoned the chickpeas with a mixture of cayenne pepper and Old Bay, the rice with a vegan friendly beefsteak-plant furikake, and added in some home made pickles and cherry tomatoes. Simple but yummy!