Saturday, February 12, 2011

#33 - Speed Bento!

I've spent my day being rather productive. And then kind of unproductive. I think it evens out. I got up at the crack of dawn this morning to pick up my produce basket. It was a good one this week. I love walking in to the pickup site and seeing all the gorgeous colors in the baskets... This week I received: cantaloupe, strawberries, apples, blood oranges, bananas, lemons, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, orange peppers, mushrooms, and carrots.

I think the best part is going grocery shopping right afterwards. I always walk through the produce just to check prices of the things I got that day. And the total usually comes out somewhere between $40 and $50 dollars.

I spent the day breaking down produce to make it easier to use. The spinach is ready for a salad and the lettuce is ready to line my bentos. The broccoli, which I have yet to enjoy fresh for some reason, is ready to steam. My apple container is full. And my fridge is just stuffed.

I've also been cooking. I had to make banana bread to make room for the new ones. Had to. There was no choice. I put chocolate chips in it. Then there's the pepper and zucchini stir fry to use up the rest of last weeks' veggies.

I'm really enjoying the fresh produce. I have to take it for lunches or I'll never get through it before it turns, so I'm eating healthier. I'm snacking on fruits and veggies instead of snacks. I'm being introduced to new foods. And I'm learning how to cook new things. Dinner tomorrow, for instance, will likely be spinach pesto and pasta. Or mushroom risotto. I dunno. They both sound really good.

Best part though... I'm losing weight. As of this morning, I'm down to 177.4 from 184.2 a few weeks ago. I can imagine that when I start keeping with my running regime, it will come off even easier.

What? Start running? I know. I should have been running all along. But A. It's cold and I'm a wimp, and B. I've been working overtime the past couple of weeks. The next two weeks will slow down. And I'll behave myself and get to the rec center. They have an indoor track. And I work for the city, so I get in free. :)

Anywho. The reason you are all here. This is a bento I packed in only 5 minutes! I'm so proud!

It contains: A bear egg, turkey rosettes, cucumber and celery, grapes, apple, pomello, and cantaloupe. There's no carb because I had just made and eaten a bunch of sushi before packing this. I figured I was good there. I'm rather proud of the apple baran. That's just the way the apple slices wanted to lie and I thought it would be a great separator for the fruits.

I had the box open at work later that night and an employee came in and saw the cantaloupe starts... He loudly exclaimed, "They come in shapes now!?" And then I had to explain the food cutter thing. He though it was pretty cool. Which I appreciate.

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