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Meat Loaf Bento (201)

I bet a lot of you have been like, ZOMG, where the hell are the bentos?! Maybe Bento 200 KILLED PIKKO! Ahhhh!!!!

Nah.

I’ve just had a slew of lunches this week. As I mentioned, Tuesday we went to a Thai restaurant. I ended up not taking any pictures because we ate family style and I didn’t know all of the people very well and I thought they might think I’m some kind of freak if I busted out my camera to take pictures of our food before they were allowed to eat it. Plus, the lighting in the restaurant was quite poor. The food was great though! Our waiter was very entertaining and at the end, he brought us out this heaping plate of ice cream on top of warm sticky rice. It was a truly wonderful dessert and we asked him what it was on the menu and he said he’d made it up right there, which I admit kind of disappointed me because I thought it would be a regular dessert I could get at any Thai restaurant. I was very happy that only a couple of the dishes were spicy. I can’t handle things that make me want to call the fire department on my mouth.

Wednesday one of my co-workers took me to a birthday lunch, which was really nice. We walked up to Manoa Valley and ate at a little Chinese restaurant called Asia Manoa. I had a Chicken with Vegetable plate that tasted really good. I don’t know why, but they served it with I swear, half a pot of rice. My eyes practically fell out of my head when they brought it to the table. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said it was around 4 cups cooked rice.

Thursday we had our monthly work potluck, which I have pictures for after my bento.

Meat Loaf Bento

Last night we had meat loaf, which I’ve found to be one of the most difficult things to bento. Then I realized that I could do this food TODDLER STYLE! Toddler style means you chop the food up into little itty bitty bits and mix it all up together with rice. This isn’t a bad idea for bento really, since you can mix it all up, add garnishes, and bing! Nicer lunch than you might have had with a hunk of hamburger. Though I dunno about eating the carrots to be honest. Carrots and ketchup just isn’t something that sounds good to me. Maybe I can just lick the ketchup off and then eat the carrots? Anyway, that’s what’s in the main section.

On the side I have cucumber kim chee, takuan sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds, and pickled eggplant.

On to the potluck!

Potluck Salad

First up is salad from The Boss, made with I think Nalo greens, avocado, and a Costco chicken! With the chicken I didn’t need any dressing, which is always a bonus in my opinion.

Wraps

Next, we have some ham and turkey wraps, which were REALLY good. I love wraps, but the meat in these were the thin sliced deli kind and were really tasty. I had two. >.<

Pork Tenderloin

Here we have some pork tenderloin, which was really good! I love stuff with black pepper, that’s one spice I really don’t mind.

Salad and Rice

This is a wonderful Salmon and Egg salad with cheese sprinkled on top. Really tasty! Next to that is my bowl of Healthy Rice. I brought my rice cooker in to work so that I could make it fresh here before the potluck. I ate way too much of this stuff. >.<

Veggies

Here’s a veggie platter alongside a cabbage/celery/apple salad which I really liked, though I hope the mayo was light! Next to the veggies was another salad and then a chocolate cake in the back from Safeway. That was good stuff! 😀

Banana Muffins

Lastly, we had some really good banana muffins. I’m not sure what the banana slice on the top meant, but I took one without and it had yummy bits of apple in the middle. Maybe the banana slice one had nuts! If so, I should have taken one, I love nuts.

This has been one heckuva bad eating week, but thankfully, I am still at around 130. This is still not good, but better than I thought. I’ve been thinking about making a gigantor batch of Cabbage Soup from the Cabbage Soup Diet to eat during the day to fill me up so I snack less.

Before people freak out, I realize that the Cabbage Soup Diet is only water weight loss and not fat. I did it once a few years ago and despite the need to use the bathroom every 15 minutes, I thought the soup tasted pretty decent and the recipe itself is basically all vegetables, so it’s actually all Core anyway. I just have to tweak the seasonings enough where I like it a lot and I’ll have a large supply of something to eat whenever I get salty tummy rumblings. Plus it’s not like I’m giving up bentos, this is just something to eat on the side.

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  • Anonymous

    hi pikko. just wanted to share that the vegetable soup in the weight watchers handout (the first one you get) is REALLY good. and according to that recipe, its 0 points. i ate that all the time. in fact, my husband loves that soup and the weight watchers tomato sauce (also in that pamphlet) and he’s a skinny binny that only eats cheeseburgers. great work. congrats on 200! love checking the site.

  • Pikko

    I did the online only WW program, so I didn’t get any handouts. I’ll look to see if it’s online though. Thank you!!!

  • Tami

    I just thought I’d tell you my suggestion for meatloaf and bento lunches ! I make up my meatloaf batch and instead of using the loaf pan to cook it in, I use the mini muffin pan or regular muffin pan. This makes rounded scoops of meatloaf. The mini ones work fabulous. cook at 450 degrees for 20 mins. (reg.size) and mini’s cook 10 to 12 mins.

  • Kat

    Hi Pikko, I love your site. I’m interested in getting started making bento and I was wondering where you buy your supplies. I live on Oahu, too, and I checked Shirokiya and the Pearl City Daiei but they didn’t have much. Thanks!

  • Pikko

    Hi Kat,

    I buy a lot of my bento boxes from Marukai 99 cent store! Either that or try J-List.com, there’s a link in my sidebar!

  • Yvo

    Heh, I feel you on the “I’m at 130 which isn’t as bad as I thought” – I’m not 130, but yesterday my aunt complimented me and said I looked thinner which took me by surprise since I’ve been eating really poorly for a few weeks now. Must weigh myself to check but that was nice to hear. Your potluck looks very yummy, I wish my office would do something like that, but I would definitely wind up overeating.

  • mbbored

    I tried the French Women Don’t Get Fat diet, which kick starts with a weekend of eating nothing but leek broth, and boiled leaks topped with olive oil & lemon juice. I lasted until 2 pm on Sat, with my SO made himself a grilled cheese. In the end, when I’m trying to drop a few pounds, I eat a healthy breakfast, largish, but healthy lunch, and then just vegetable soup or salad for dinner. I can handle being around the house & going to bed hungry, but never going through a work day.