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Mahimahi Bento

I know right now that the harsh weather on the mainland is terrible, but we’re suffering in our own way (though admittedly much more minor) out here in the middle of the ocean. A couple weeks back it was really rainy and we had another bout of rains over the last few days. As a result of that rain, we’re now suffering through a merciless onslaught of mosquitoes.

It’s not like we can just run into the house to avoid them either, they’re IN the house too. My son’s preschool posted a notice about their mosquito issues and Buddy’s legs are riddled with itchy red spots. While walking Baby Girl to school, we had to stop and take two scratching breaks. They bite me on my fingers at home while I blog and they bite my feet while I watch tv. They buzz in my ear when I’m just about to fall asleep and they bite my arms while I cook dinner.

I now cackle like a full-on maniac when I smash one of the damn things.

Mahimahi Bento

Since I forgot my camera at work yesterday, I had to charge the battery for my good ol’ point and shoot to take this photo. It was surprisingly easy to use after such a long time using my Nikon. I admit I almost didn’t know how to take a photo with a regular camera again!

I fried up the mahi mahi in olive oil after seasoning it with a little salt and pepper, then coated it lightly in flour. I fried the extra pieces for the weekend. The rice went in first, then the three pieces of fish. I put the kale leaves in to separate the avocado from the broccoli, cauliflower, and rice. The lettuce leaves are doing the same for the tangelo slices. The grape tomato I picked fresh from the garden.

Since my rice was scrinched in the corner, I didn’t have room for a full-sized ume, so I just ripped a bit off of one and put that in.

Mahimahi Bento Points Calculation

Total: 10 points

Weight this morning: 153.4 lb

Please try not to laugh at my silly graph, it makes me feel nice.

So far so good! I’ve been really good about my water drinking and have been drinking a lot of green tea as well to help with that. It’s a bit annoying having to go to the bathroom so much, but it feels good to know I’m getting my liquids.

Yesterday, when I heated my bento up very briefly, I had a bento revelation. After a quick 22 second nuke, I took it out only to notice that my bunny’s nose had taken on the most adorable puffy look.

Melted Bunny

I couldn’t believe it! It was like when my mom first showed me the glory of ironing puff paint on a t-shirt! I don’t know if it matters that the cheese was slightly squished from being packed, but the way the nose and ears looked after microwaving was just so freaking cute and so much nicer than it looked when I took the picture. From now on, when I’m using cheese for faces, I’m nuking them for a bit to achieve realistic curves!

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  • Your bento are looking mighty healthy and fresh lately. Grats on making good progress!

    Do NOT miss mosquitoes. SO ANNOYING!

  • Thanks Sheri!

    Were they around when you were still here? I can’t remember when it started, just that it was around New Year’s.

  • Drooooooooling over this picture. Love me some mahi!

  • haha I really enjoy reading your posts because you’re so funny! Oh tell me about those darn mosquitos! they’re pissing me off too! Yes I have bites but what bothers me is exactly what you said, they buzz when you’re trying to sleep and I can STILL HEAR THEM even when I covered my ears! …with a blankey *blush*

    I like the way you prep your mahi mahi, I’ll sure that! but how come dust with flour afterwards?

    Are you an absolute white rice kinda person? What happen to the Gen-Ji-Mai? you don’t like them?

  • Your bento looks so tasty! And thanks for the tip with the puffy cheese 🙂

  • Nah, I totally missed the masssive downpours. Whew. The worst is the nighttime buzzing in your ear, which they do to drive you insane!

  • HI! Just wanted to let you know that I awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award! Hope you’ll accept, the details are on my blog at

  • @Melissa I haven’t had mahi in forever, so when I saw it at Safeway for cheap, I had to have it! Mahi plate at Zippy’s is so freaking expensive. 🙁

  • @Mrs. P I’m not sure what you mean about the flour. I dust it after I season, then fry.

    I still love Gen-ji mai, but I haven’t had a chance to go to Marukai and buy a bag yet. Maybe this weekend! After we moved, I never bought another bag.

  • @Uniflame Thanks! And yeah, I hope lots of people can use the puffy cheese tip!

  • @Sheri I taught the kids about the buzzing and so now I think I have to go buy that kids book, “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”. Do you remember that one? lol

  • Thank you Stephanie! I’ll have to figure out what to do and maybe make an awards page.

  • Omg so sweet! It looks tasty and colorful, I’ll have to try this with some scallops I just got the other day. Crispy fried scallops yum! Saw a recipe in an old cookbook of mine that had stuffed baked avocado I’m sure you could do something tasty and eye appealing with something like that and keep it in your point range

  • Your bento looks so colourful that I would like to eat it. Congratulations for your weightloss, it isn’t silly at all, if it is important to you to feel good!

  • Wow Kelly that sounds yum, let me know if you find the recipe!

  • Thanks fossettes! I’m actually a little concerned I’m overdoing it now. I’m 152.7 today. It’s not supposed to be good to lose a pound a day! I’m not sure what I’m doing that’s causing my weight to drop so rapidly.

  • I just wanted you to know that I follow your site obsessively. 🙂 Your awesome work inspired me to start making bentos and having a photo-documentary site. I ordered your book as well, but amazon says that it may take up to a month to get to me!! So, I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re awesome. 😀

  • Thanks for such a nice comment Jessi! I know that Amazon has been out of stock for a while since the Christmas rush. Maybe take a Borders coupon and buy it at a store? Just a suggestion! 🙂

  • Too cute! Just found your site by way of twitter. Can’t wait to read more!

  • I figure that I’ll just wait on the book. It’s already ordered and paid for! 😉 Can’t hurt to stock up on a few more things before I get it and go crazy! 😀

  • I love your graph! Congrats on the steady progress, that’s awesome. Your bento looks so tasty and colorful, I love it!

  • RCFoodie

    They are now selling pieces of Mahi Mahi at TJ’s– good for bento, or WW points! So far, so good at tracking! Thank you for including all the points here for the new program! 🙂 Good job on the graph. 🙂

  • Mmm, go get some! 😀

    Thanks for the support!