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Oyako Donbunny Bento (546)

Last night it started pouring around 10:30 or so and all I could think was, “Damn it, there goes my nice little garden.” I don’t know what it looks like now, but yesterday it looked all rain-splattered, and that was after light rains.

Still, I’ll take this over all that crappy white stuff you poor mainland people are enduring right now. You should know that I’d probably die in your shoes, as the other day, when it was 61 F, we were all shivering in our pjs.

Oyako Donbunny Bento

Today for lunch I’m having oyako donburi leftover from last night with a bunny in the middle. People were commenting about how it’s bad luck to celebrate Chinese New Year early, but let’s just look at these bunny bentos as anticipation rather than celebration. 🙂

This one is a bit heftier in points because apparently chickens have thunder thighs too (23 points per pound boneless/skinless). I had to create two different versions of my donburi recipe in the WW recipe builder for days when I actually use breast meat (which is what I’m supposed to do). However, I’d defrosted one of those boxes of frozen chicken the other day and I still had half of it left.

If it looks a little different than my usual donburi leftover bentos, that’s because I cooked it a little longer than usual. Or in my language, “forgot it was on the stove while checking email”. I added the edamame in when I packed it for a little color, as Mr. Pikko and the kids are all still mentally allergic to onions and green onions.

As you may have noticed, I’m having difficulties giving up rice this time around. With 29+7 points per day though, it seems I can afford it.

Spam Bunny

Here’s a close-up of the bunny, who is made out of a leftover piece of spam, white cheese, and nori. I used a pinched bubble tea straw to make flat ovals then cut off a tip for the ears. In the other tier, I have some rabbit food, or baby carrot sticks, celery sticks, and cauliflower. I have a single serving of hummus to eat with it.

Oyako Donbunny Bento Points Calculation

1 cup oyako donburi with thighs – 8 points
1/2 cup white rice – 3 points
1/8 cup edamame – 1 point
1/2 oz spam+cheese – 1 point
2 oz Sabra hummus – 4 points

Total: 17 points

Ouch!! The good news is, I have walked to work every day this week so far (1 mile each way), rain or shine. I’ve got 14 activity points to spend and I haven’t even touched my weekly allowance yet, so I’m still on track.

Snacks for today: sweet potato, banana, tangelo, and Korean pear (probably can’t eat it all)
Weight this morning: 154.2 lb

I keep meaning to do some tae bo, but being a born exercise hater, I keep telling myself that walking 2 miles a day is still better than nothing.

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  • Walking is definitely good! I think lack of exercise is my biggest problem, I wish I didn’t hate it so much! Lol! Your bento looks delicious! I’ve never had oyako donburi, do you have a recipe?

  • Oh, oops. Haha! I’ll edit the post to link to the recipe, but you can find it here: http://www.aibento.net/2007/09/14/oyako-donburi-bento-111/

  • Driver B

    I reeeeeeeally hear you on the exercise vs. walking! I’d much rather walk a few miles a day going to work or doing errands than some kind of workout video. 🙁 Unfortunately, deep down I know that I need more exercise than that to stay healthy.

  • I don’t know what I hate more, the actual exercise, or getting dripping wet sweaty. YECH!

  • Or the being sore after a hard workout! I hate all of those things. 🙁 Actually, I don’t mind being slightly sore (feels like I actually did something), but I hate being too sore to move. 😛

    That is it, I’m making a bunny made out of spam tomorrow. So cute.

  • such a kawaii usagi 😀
    it looks oishi too 🙂

  • @Rebecca C I get really red in the face and the heat just burns my cheeks. Hate hate hate that!

    @Sysyl Thanks!

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  • Liz

    Looks like a yummy bento! I just made my first bento this morning! Very excited to eat it! When will you have another bento contest!? I would love to enter whenever you have your next one.

  • Sorry, but i don’t speak english, but your bento is beautiful
    ^.^

  • Thanks Liz! I’m not sure when, hopefully soon!

  • Thank you for your nice comment ilomed!

  • Madeline

    I love that you can still make beautiful bentos, even on WW! i try to keep my family on track with bentos too. although, that’s a darn shame your family can’t eat onions, they’re so good for you! I’m pretty jealous of you, I’d kill for 61 degrees! (as of now, it’s 23 degrees!)

  • very nice, Pikko, as usual!

  • I know what you mean Madeline, I especially love sweet onions!

  • Thank you fossettes!

  • amazing bento! bento is one of the interesting things to make. I tried to make bento food for my lunch but got lazy making one. looking at your pictures makes me want to create bento lunch.

    your pictures are so pretty!

  • Thank you Rica! I wish you luck in finding the motivation to pack your bentos!