Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Light Tuesday Lunch

I was surprised when I added up the points for my bento today. I usually try to keep my lunches between 5 and 6 points, but then I realized that my daily points allowance just dropped to 19, so I guess a smaller points lunch is in order. We'll see how much it fills me up, though. My bento comes to 3.5 points.

This bento contains:
1 cup Ginger Sesame Cabbage Salad (1 point)
1/2 filet of Ginger-Wasabi Glazed Talapia (2 points)
1/4 serving of Beet & Orange Salad (.5 points)
1/2 cup green beans with garlic and soy sauce (0 points)

My husband's bento comes to points 6 points.

This bento contains:
1 cup Ginger Sesame Cabbage Salad (1 point)
1 oz hard salami (2 points)
1 slice Cheddar cheese (2 points)
10 baby carrots (.5 points)
1/2 cup edamame (.5 points)
1/4 of an apple with sugar and cinnamon (0 points)

While I have been very very good at planning out all of my bentos for the week, the fact that my husband now wants bentos has thrown me off. I find myself scrounging around for things to put in his bento, while trying make sure that it's well-balanced. Doing this adds about half and hour to my prep time, which is just way too much time. I usually make mine while I'm making dinner, and then finish it up in maybe 5 or 10 minutes after dinner. But last night, I was still in the kitchen half an hour after dinner trying to find things to put into his bento. Of course, looking at his bento, you probably wonder why it took me so long. :) I just need to find a better, and faster method for making both our bentos. Any tips or suggestions?


eilismaura said...

Can you do more bentos where you have basically the same meal but adjust accordingly for separate needs?

ebundri said...

Yeah, I think I will start doing that. I just may have to make slightly bigger dinners because sometimes he eats what was intended for leftovers. :)

Flying Lily said...

Husbands are bento-destructors; they eat the special bento items (like mine will snack on babybel cheeses just because it's handy and tasty, rather than slice cheese for himself). you must hide your bento food! :)

And making up a bunch of stuff over the weekend helps me out. Meatballs, rice balls, coleslaws, etc.