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Packing a Lasagna Bento

Earlier in the week I had a breakthrough and either from sheer over excitement or possibly brain damage from over-exertion, completely forgot to blog about it.

I conquered The Deadly Hill of Doom.

Biking to work has been quite the trial for someone with a body like mine that immediately sends all unwanted fat cells to the thigh area, especially since my route starts off with a horrendously steep hill. Mr. Pikko, who used to bike back to the dorms all the time, told me that he simply built up a ton of momentum to get up the hill. However, since I am a Grade A Wuss, this hasn’t been very successful for me. Instead, I tried just biking up the hill so slow that I could have probably walked faster and amazingly enough, after days of stopping a third or halfway up the hill, I finally made it up to the top.

Today I did it again, so double go me!

Lasagna Bento

Since our brand new chest freezer downstairs suffered a meltdown due to some electrical issues, we’ve had to concentrate on eating everything in there so that I can defrost it and get rid of the gross defrosted-but-now-frozen-again chicken juice that came out of a bag of Costco drumettes. I’m pretty pissed about this because I had a lot of food in there and right now, the bag of chicken and box of waffles are frozen into the chicken liquid and I can’t even take it out. A Stouffer’s lasagna is one of the items we have to eat through.

By the way, I’m hosting a giveaway sponsored by Hometown Seeds for a kitchen herb pack. Head on over to enter so that you can have seeds to plant this spring!

Although writing about the points value of my bentos has been a good way to keep me on track, it’s been boring the everloving crap out of me and I’m sure it’s been doing the same for some of you. For that reason, I’ve decided to try to take things in a new direction and offer more packing tips. Let me know what you think about this.

To kick this new (or old, but revisited) direction off, I’ll give some tips on how to pack leftover lasagna in a bento box. My lasagna cuts were long and skinny, as this was just how I cut it to get 12 slices when we ate it for dinner. If you have the more traditional rectangle cut, you would obviously just use a wider bento box.

Now, while lasagna is yummy and gooey and tasty, eating it whole isn’t particularly easy, especially if all you keep at work is a bunch of disposable chopsticks. Trust me, trying to cut lasagna with a pair of chopsticks just plain sucks.

First of all, refrigerate your leftovers and pack this in the morning. The last thing you want to be doing is cutting warm or room temperature lasagna because it’s just too loose and gooey to get any kind of clean cut. So in the morning, take out your piece of cold lasagna and get a serrated knife.

Lasagna Tips 1

I say serrated because unless your knife is razor sharp, you might end up totally messing up your lasagna when slicing it. With a serrated blade, you can saw through cold lasagna knowing that everything will stay together. Cut the piece into slices. They don’t need to be exactly the same width, as you can see, I wasn’t able to do it and it didn’t matter.

Sliced Lasagna

In the end, you should end up with nice slices that you can now lean over onto each other.

Line a bento box with some lettuce leaves and gently place the slices into the box. This is where the lasagna being cold also comes in handy, because you’ll probably need to fiddle around with it a bit to get it to be low enough so that the lid can be placed on top. Since my slice was skinny, I had some space on the side. I added a wild yard tomato and some baby carrots.

Lasagna Slices Packed

Easy and fast to do in the morning! If you’re making this for kids you can cut out little shapes from cheese and top the slices for some added cheer.

I microwaved it at work before I ate it and the slices made for very easy eating with chopsticks!

In the other side, I packed a lady apple, some strawberry halves, and blueberries from Costco which are horrendously sour. So sad. I ate them anyway, but boy did that take effort. 🙁

Lasagna Bento Points Calculation

Total: 7 points

Weight: Exactly the same as yesterday. I blame the Walnut Squares. There’s a reason they’re called “Awesome” Walnut Square Bars!

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  • Xelia

    Enjoyed ur packing tips!

  • cutting cold lasagna with a serrated knife…clever…

  • Lori

    I enjoy hearing about the points! I am on WW also… sort of. So, do you take the lettuce and carrots out and heat up the lasagna in the pink container? Do things with tomato sauce stain that type of plastic? I eat a lot of spaghetti with meat sauce, and chili, and I am afraid to try this in my Mr. Bento because I hate when the plastic turns orange! So gross looking!

  • Demi-Plum

    I wish I could find apples that size! I always have to cut mine into slices, not that that bothers me. I give them a soak in salted water and they last for what seems like ever in the fridge so I can pop them into a bento when I’m out of ideas or need to fill space. Those are just super adorable and perfect size.
    I also like that you told us how you packed your bento. When I first started making bento I took things like this and found that, yes, it is so much easier to cut lasagna up before hand. I can’t wait to see your next one!
    And good for you getting up that hill!

  • Ardwynna

    Looks lovely and colorful!

  • hegora

    @ Demi-Plum: oh my god!! its soo clever to soak apple in salty water o_O each time i try to cut them to bring them at work, they become all brownish (ughh) but its the only way i can snack on cut apple! thanks for the usefull tip ^-^

  • Demi-Plum

    I learned that tip from a friend and it works so much better than lemon juice! It doesn’t alter the flavor and they taste really sweet after I do it. Just make sure to do a small pinch so you don’t get it too salty though. They will get slightly brown because that’s what happens, but it’s significantly less and I will never not soak my cut apples again!

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  • Lettuce! that’s a great idea! that way the lasagna sauce won’t get all over the bento box making cleaning difficult. I have been using wax paper. But sometimes when I’m super dooper lazy, I just spray the container with PAM before putting tomato sauce or curry in the container. Makes cleaning SO MUCH better! :p

    You are doing awesome with your daily exercise too! keep up the good work!!

  • Kitty-Kiki

    Hi, I’m a new reader, and in the last couple days I’ve read all of your blog posts, starting from the beggining. I really love your work and I love how you also talk about your life in you blog too, it’s very entertaining! I’m so happy that I’m now ‘up-to date’ on all your blog posts so that I can start commeting and actually trying to win the stuff you give away. I can not tell you how jelouis I was to look at old give away stuff I want. Anyway, I like this bento, how colorful it is and how nicely packed it is. And I don’t think you should be that worried about your weight, I’m sure you’ll reach your goal in no time! :3

  • RCFoodie

    Don’t take out your points! I enjoy them! They are good for me when I get a chance to copy your bento. OH! I found some cute panda bento picks today. Takai though– $4.99 can you believe it!??? I passed, but I did get some cutttttteee mayonnaise holders, equally a rip off. But I haven’t been able to find them anywhere else, so i’ll have to prioritize… They were also $4.99.

  • Thanks for the feedback Xelia!

  • Haha, more like, “I’ve ruined many lasagna pieces with a butter knife…”

  • Hi Lori, I actually heated it up with the lasagna and lettuce in the box. The lasagna helped keep the hot stuff separated from the plastic while the food still got hot.

    Usually I don’t have a problem with stains if it’s a particular container. If I’m not sure, I make sure I use a colored box.

  • Thanks for the encouragement, I need it! 😀

    They’re actually really easy to miss in the store because they’re so tiny!

  • Thank you!

  • Lemon water works too! 🙂

  • Oh wow, I never even thought of Pam, thanks for the tip!!

  • Holy cow, Kitty-Kiki! Thanks for such dedication in reading my blog! <3

  • Haha, ok, I’ll keep them in. 🙂

    Where did you go to buy them? I always see picks at Marukai I want now, but they’re about the same price you mentioned, 5 bucks a set. They used to be $1.99! 🙁 🙁 🙁

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