Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lenten Bento Prep!

The Beginning

A little about your author:
I'm an 18 year old Senior in high school (no, I will NOT be mentioning my state in here..) and I'm Greek Orthodox. I love Japanese culture, and the idea of bento boxed lunches has been on my mind for a while now, therefore with Lent coming up I decided to put myself to the test, and take out two birds with one stone, I'd start my own blog, and try something fun with food! I'm also quite busy with school and my FIRST Robotics team, so if I don't get around to posting every day, that would be why. I also decided to create this blog to help out the moms in my parish (and hopefully the other parishes in the area) to keep them from going crazy with finding good fasting options for their kids. It used to drive me crazy when I was little and would be trying to fast from meat, and then not be able to find any good school lunch options, Therefore, I'll finally be fasting, the fun way!

Now, onto the bento!

     I've officially begun preparing for a bento lent, and my embarkation on my first ever blogging adventure! I ask you to bear with me as I get my bearings about this whole blogging thing, because I tend to ramble.. or not have enough words. Anyways, tonight I went shopping for bento fixings, and, until I get an actual bento box (coming soon!) a suitable Tupperware container to use. So, after a Target run (and a kitchen table full of grocery bags) I've come up with some of the things I'll be using for my first attempt at meat and dairy free bento lunches for myself and my sister. 

  • Whole Grain White bread (Yay  Wonder bread!)
  • Blackberry jam
  • Lemon curd jam (it looked fun ^_^)
  • Jif creamy peanut butter
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Whole Grain goldfish
  • Baby Carrots
  • Green Valley Organics Lactose free yogurt (yummier then it sounds! I promise!)
  • Soy based fake meat products (also better then they sound!)
  • Bananas
So by this point, you can tell that most of the bento items I've purchased are things you would have in your everyday brown bag.. we're just going to be more creative, and find ways to make lunch more fun then the perpetual brown bag pb&j sandwiches. Using simple household items (cookie cutters anyone?) because I like things that are fun and different.. but I'm very lazy.

This was your first post!


  1. I've had Lemon curd before, it's amazing!
    Same with the yoghurt =P

    Fake meat products? In my experience they're usually foul-tasting and nothing like meat. If you're looking for protein, I might be able to offer advice, but it seems like you're looking to replace meat with something that's as meat-like as possible.

  2. Actually, I normally go for the "Boca Burgers" products, I've found that with teriyaki sauce or ketchup, they're quite good. I don't think of them as meat when I eat them.. just a more flavorful version of tofu ^_^

    That said, any comments or advice is welcome! Please shoot me an email!

  3. I only like their All-american flame-grilled burgers, microwaved then put in the toaster oven to dehydrate the outside. Doing the same thing to a Morning Star Griller patty is awesome. That's how I get almost all my protein =P

    E-mail? Pshaw! What's wrong with this?

  4. Fantastic! I've started following it ^_^ thanks for the link!