Browsing around the internet the other day and stumbled across a site called www.justbento.com. Pretty interesting site about how creating bentos – not necessarily Japanese bentos, but really, portioned controlled lunch – can help you lose weight and eat healthier. I’ve decided to try it out for a few weeks. One can put together these menus in 20 minutes in the morning (assuming you’ve got the rice ready to go with a timed rice cooker, and have done a little prep prior). I can attest that if you don’t care what shape your veggies are in – the site shows these wonderful pictures of animal shaped carrots and cucumbers – you can do it in quite a bit less time than that.
Of course, on Monday, when I took my “bento”, the only container I had was a fairly large tupperware with snap on lid. In order to fill the tupperware, it must have been like … 2 bowls of rice along with my tamagoyaki, sauteed garlic spinach and peas. Probably too much. I ordered a bento box off of Amazon (which, hilariously, was labeled at MSRP 420 yen – read: ~4 bucks), which should help the portion control.
Tonight, I made some Momofuku pickled carrots to go into my bento tomorrow, as well as some broccoli to blanch and some chicken marinating in the fridge. We’ll see how that goes.