I was watching a television show on the NHK channel in NYC yesterday. The show featured non-Japanese bento which made me start to think about my bento selections. With a change in work schedule, I have started taking two different bento to work. Because the second bento will be for my dinner (around 7 PM), I need to take things that can stand up to several hours without being refrigerated.
For lunch today, I decided to make another chopped salad with fixings. I already have salad dressing at work so I didn't find the need to take up space by bring dressing with the bento. I have shared this green bento box before and it is one of my go-to boxes since it seems to carry just the right amount of food. In the bottom level, I used store bought chopped greens. I also included olives, fresh mozzarella balls, gerkins and grilled chicken. I was in the market the other and noticed that there are brands of pre-grilled and cooked chicken. Although I made my own, it is nice to know that if I am in a bind, I can buy this pre-cooked chicken. I was going for the sweet (gerkins), sour (olives), bitter (salad greens) and salty (mozzarella).
I was in Bed, Bath and Beyond the other day and found this collapsible meal kit which is designed like a bento. The kit contains a sauce container and spork in the lid. The top and bottom are non-divided spaces that collapse. There are four locking clips that lock into the bottom level lip. This system is made my Smart Planet. I found that the bottom level collapses very easily and needs to be filled very full otherwise it collapses with carrying. To rectify this, I placed a divided Sistema clip container in the bottom layer to keep it sturdy. In the top layer, I put soft foods that would be protected.
|Meal Kit by Smart Planet|
As you can tell, I am trying to eat more vegetables and trying to find ways to do so.