Scrounging Together

I’m super close to my food budget for the month, so I don’t have much money for things like produce right now. Right now, it’s just more irritation at myself and determination to stick to my budget.

In this bento I have a fancy forbidden rice which had been sitting on my shelf for ages and decided to pull out and use up. I added a fair amount of Earth Balance to make it palatable.

I am also using up the rest of those mushrooms I bought last week, simply boiling them with the squash and carrot. They’ll be pretty good with a decent amount of salt, since I lacked the motivation to do much else with them, and the squash had frozen from being placed too close to the freezer part of my mini fridge. Cooking the squash any other way likely wouldn’t have turned out right and taken significantly longer.

Last, but not least, was the seitan. This stuff smelled so good when I was preparing it, I started eating some of this stuff right out of the pan!


I made this bento last Tuesday using some incredibly fresh ingredients from the Tuesday Farmer’s Market.

I made more of those vegetable infused mashed potatoes, topped with a slice of Tofutti vegan cheese, detailed with nori for the ears and eyes. I then cooked up some Gardein and a part of a king trumpet mushroom and laid them atop a bed of steamed kale. Yummy!

Vegan Bento Daily Lunch #14 and Update


So my internet detoxing is going pretty well. I did take a little time to play around online and was inspired to make pack an awesome vegan bento after being sick and taking a break from really bento-ing. Vegan Black Metal Chef is hilarious and vegan. If you’re into metal or have an open mind about music, I’d highly recommend checking out a video or two of his.

This bento has mashed potatoes, apple sauce(with cinnamon!), baby carrots, Gardein’s Szechuan Beefless Strips, and asparagus. I’d been putting off preparing the asparagus because I had it in my mind that I had to boil it. I ended up cooking it in the pan right after the Gardein goodies and boy are they tasty!

So what else have I been doing when trying to take a break from the internet? I unsubscribed from most of the Youtube channels I followed, read books and short stories, finished reading the (small) pile of unread comic books, helped a friend with her novel, finally bought windshield wiper fluid, read a few articles from VegNews, organized my desk, tended to (and killed) a Tamagotchi, read a chapter of my Geology textbook, uploaded two videos to Youtube(recorded offline and was studying when they uploaded), uninstalled over 40 apps from my phone, made a bento, did homework, classwork, the paying jobby-job, and slept more. I don’t understand how it but it’s working, I’m so much more well-rested, it’s amazing. Time just feels like it’s abundant now and I love it!

I think I’m going to learn how to make a green tea latte because I’d really taken to matcha before I got really sick a couple of weeks ago(my queue of posts ran out). I think it’d be fun to make. I’ve gotten pretty good at making soy/almond chai lattes, why not matcha? I bet it’d be even better.  Sure it’d require internet use to find recipes but as long as I go about it intentionally, I’m sure I’ll find a worthy recipe and have a good time of it.

Speaking of metal, the friend who is going to teach me how to play bass and I have actually scheduled when we’re going to get together for me to actually get my first lesson in! I’m pretty excited! m/

Vegan Bento Daily Lunch #11


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!

Skully Wully Bento


My last Gardein meatless meatball thawed out so I reshaped it to be more like a skull. Then I tried to do the details out of carrot. It did not go so well, hehe.

Youtube Bento!


This bento is featured in my next YouTube video! Keep your eyes on the channel!

In this bento are mashed potatoes, edamame, scrambled tofu, asparagus, beets, and Gardein’s Chick’n Scallopini.