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Two Steak Bento

I woke up this morning feeling ambitious, so I started to cook one of the last two gigantor top sirloin steaks that Mr. Pikko bought for me at Costco last weekend. The pack cost $15 and the steaks were so huge that I could make two meals out of each one, which meant that I could have steak for basically 2 bucks a meal. Anyway, I made two bento, one for me and one for Mr. Pikko. With all the veggies and stuff, I’d say they came out to costing around $3 each. That’s a pretty awesome price for a steak lunch!

This one is Mr. Pikko’s. If you’re wondering why the noodles look so unruly and out of place, it’s because I put them in mine and decided that I should try putting some in his as well. Bad idea, it looks like a hairball! Since I’m still watching my carb intake (reserved for fruits and such), I didn’t cook rice. Plus, the corn counts in that area. To flavor the steak I used something I got from the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, Emeril’s Steak Rub.

I asked Mr. Pikko for his feedback on the taste of the product and being a man eating steak, he simply said, “I liked it. Tasty.” For me, I felt like I probably didn’t use enough of it. I also used salt. I’ll try it again with the last steak and this time I’ll add a lot more and let it sit for longer. I pan fried the steak on low-medium heat in a cast iron skillet. I cut half a corn cob in half so that it would fit nicely in the box, then tucked broccoli into the sides and started layering it out towards the middle.

Using tongs, I placed the sliced steak in a nice pattern and then topped with more broccoli. The tomato slices were for color and in the corner there’s some sliced takuan. The three green grapes are his “dessert”. It was rather funny when I bought these. They were on sale for 99c a pound and when I got to the register, the lady looks at it funny and says, “Are these red globe grapes?” If you could capture “…” in a look, that’s the face I made back at her. Eventually I found out that what she meant was the produce people were bagging the grapes in the wrong bag. Still, her saying that with a bag of green grapes in her hand just boggled my mind.

This is my bento, which has the same things in it except no takuan or grapes and half a boiled egg for added protein. I sliced the corn for this one to layer them nicely. They’re quite fun to eat this way! And now that I’m done talking about food, I’ll get to some wonders of parenthood.

I am going to have to look into what it would take to change Buddy’s last name from Watanabe to McPeester. This little twerp of mine, although so cute about it, peed in the bed AGAIN. Last week he did it four times, three times on OUR bed. We still have Pull-Ups in the house, but mention them to him and suddenly he’s on the floor sobbing, “NOOOO!” as if I’ve just told him that gummy bears have permanently gone out of production.

He’s very sneaky about morning bed wetting. Twice so far I’ve gone to the bathroom to find him standing in his room with a weird guilty smile on his face and he’ll be wearing underwear he wasn’t wearing the night before. When I ask where the other one is, he’ll point to the bathroom and say that it got wet. Wonderful. They have this wrap-around-zipper sheet that’s a mega pain in the ass to wash and put back on, too.

Baby Girl is still getting by with school lunch, though when I was reading her a book last night and the kids in it were holding home lunches, I made a point to tell her that home lunch is good. Her response, “That’s just a sandwich. You can make me a sandwich.” Well. I feel so honored! Anyway, I’m taking that as a green light. I’ll be packing some disgustingly cute sammie for her to take to school and I’m NOT showing it to her before school either! Wish me luck in this battle. I will win her over yet!

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  • Ohhh… man… do I remember those days when my son was going through this. (The doctor said it was a growth spurt and it would pass — and it did. After an awful lot of laundry!)

    I’m sending you a bucket of luck in the battle of “winning over” your daughter to homemade lunches! I couldn’t imagine not wanting one of your yummy bentos. I’d feel so loved. 🙂

  • This is too cute. Well, the bedwetting not so much, but your prose makes it funny. And don’t deter! Stick to your guns! I, too, have faith that you will win BG over yet.

  • Sara

    I found with my son that if I started out with plain old un-threatening sandwiches and such, and sloooooowly branched out that gradual positive ‘oh wow, that looks good…’ from his friends made him happy to take home-packed lunch. This year he’s in junior high… we’ll see if I can find a way to keep a healthy lunch non-threatening!

  • Liz Anderson

    Sorry to hear that potty training in only happening during the daylight hours. Two things come to mind:
    A)Take him to the bathroom when you go to bed. Don’t worry about being awake, just sit him on the pot. He must be sleeping hard and doesn’t realize he needs to go. I know I’d wake up if I were wet, but maybe that’s just a girl thing.
    B)Buy up a bunch of cloth backed table cloths and use them underneath his bed sheet. They are cheap, waterproof, and much easier than stripping down anything with a zipper. Leave that one on to protect the mattress, but let the cheapies stand in until he gets this going. Oh – and Martha Stewart says it’s OK to not use a fitted sheet on the bottom – she just tucks in a flat sheet. Maybe a trip to the Thrift Store for a couple of spare sheets would help, too.
    Hang in there!

  • Susan

    My husband and I can sympathize with you about the potty training, we’re going through the same thing too. Love the McPeester name, too funny.

  • Yummy!! I love steak bento!!

  • I like to have steack in my bentos sometimes. Nice colours

  • Aimee S.

    We just potty trained our daughter…but not the night time training. God help us. LOL

  • Now that is a manly bento. Keep it up.

  • I love the look of both bento boxes . The spaghetti in Mr. Pikko’s kinda looks like it’s trying to escape.

  • Rebecca

    I think the hairball gives it character. =P

    Good luck getting through the trials of potty training.

    Question! On your site and others I’ve seen corn on the cob that has been cut down enough to fit in a bento. Hubby and I both adore corn on the cob, but had no luck trying to cut it. Couldn’t even get halfway through. Do you do it before or after you cook it? Do you use a specific knife? I feel silly having to ask!

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