Vegan Bento Daily Lunch #11

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Today’s bento features a deal that rarely happens! Last week Tofurky was on sale in Giant, for literally once in my life, and I have a $.75 off coupon. At Giant that’s wonderful because they double coupons under a dollar! I felt like I should be on an episode of Extreme Cheapskates as I walked out. They also had Gardein at buy one get one free, so you can guess what happened there.

Today I’m enjoying Tofurky’s slow-cooked goodies, corn, broccoli, and mashed potatoes!

A Hot Mess Bento

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I forgot to take the picture at home, so I snapped a quick photo at the lunch table at work.

This bento was made from a bunch of stuff I was trying to finish off. There’s corn, some sort of sweet pepper stuffed with rice, jalepeno and the last of the tofutti cheeze. There’s seitan covered in the Gardein BBQ sauce and eggplant that was steamed and marinated in Earth Balance. There’s also rice topped with some of my poorly made anko.

Bunny Vegan Kaarage Bento

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The photo didn’t come out how I would have liked, and I even managed to get it in the daylight! u,u

That said, I’m super excited for this bento, it’s got all kinds of comfort foods in it!

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy- check.

Fried Gardein Chick’n- check.

Corn- Check.

Peas… Well they’re there. Canned peas are meh. I prefer them when they’re frozen and then cooked, they’re nowhere near as mushy.

>w< Onigiri Bento

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Today’s bento I threw together haphazardly last night. The only thing that went into this bento with forethought was starting the rice cooker up before I hopped in the shower!
This bento is a bit of a hodgepodge, it’s got edamame, baby carrots, celery, Gardein’s Crispy Tenders, baby corn, Gardein’s Beefless Tips, and an onigiri with a half an umeboshi inside. I’m still trying to acquire the taste of umeboshi and it’s going slowly, but it’s basically the same way I grew accustomed and eventually to love Black Licorice. A little bit here, a little bit there and then suddenly I’ll be hooked.

The Use it All Up Bento

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Today’s bento is just me using up everything that I can before the weekend. I had leftover mashed potatoes and gravy, leftover green beans, leftover cucumber slices, leftover fried okra, leftover corn and I also used up the rest of the Boca Vegan Chik’n Nuggets.

It looks so yummy, I can’t wait to eat!

Childhood in a Meal

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The bento I made last night is a combination of some of my favorite foods as a kid, albeit veganized.

Some of my favorites of my childhood were sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, deep fried steak, fried chicken, fried okra, and mashed potatoes with gravy. Know that the bento features veganized versions and if you don’t want to follow me on the trip down memory lane, then this is all you need to read until tomorrow’s bento. :)

I went vegan during the fall semester of my senior year of high school, so a few of my childhood favorites kind of gross me out now. Little known fact, the non-vegan variant of one of these dishes is what made me go vegetarian because I got horrible chest pains after eating it.

I prepared the Gardein Beefless strips the same way as I used to fry steak up- at least as much as I can remember. This was the chest pains dish. Every. Single. Time. I. Ate. This. It was awful and I got fed up and decided that since it was my absolute favorite that I would just go vegetarian because I knew a few vegetarians and they were a lot healthier than me. I even made a huge powerpoint of why vegetarianism was better than being an omnivore- just in case of a parental power struggle I’d be backed with research right then and there. I just hope the veganized version doesn’t give me chest pains too.

And I have added another veganized version of a favorite of mine as a kid, fried chicken. My dad used to compliment me on how good I could fry up the hens. I’m just glad that since I’ve made the switch that I am not contributing to the taking of a life. When I first went vegetarian I wept profusely over the birds losing their lives for human consumption(I was a baby veg-head and my eyes were just opened, it’s only natural). I breaded the Gardein Chick’n Strips with Panko bread crumbs and fried it up to make a guilt-free version for this bento!

Fried okra was another one of my favorites, and I actually turned to this a lot when I first went vegetarian. My mom had bags and bags of this stuff in the freezer, pre-breaded. I would get home from school, heat up the skillet with oil, and while these were cooking, I’d wash dishes. I’d sit down and watch a little bit of television eating these like popcorn.

And of course, mashed potatoes and gravy!

I know this bento is nowhere NEAR the pinnacle of health. In fact, it’s probably the opposite, despite being vegan. Of course, you can be a vegan and eat nothing but Oreos and french fries all day, so just going vegan won’t necessarily make you healthier. But there is an online bento community whose theme this week is comfort foods, and what’s more comforting than one’s childhood?