Browsing around the internet the other day and stumbled across a site called  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.

One Reply to “Bento!”

  1. I was trying to figure out who the hell was ordering all these bento boxes with my Amazon account.

    I will be interested to see if there’s any slimming effect. I note that you bought something like five bento boxes: eating a gigantic meal divided into five boxes is not going to work, I’m guessing.

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