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Taco Rice Bento (572)

Every year for the last few years, I wake up one morning and think to myself, “Oh crap, I forgot about Girl’s Day!!” I usually make a mad dash down to Shirokiya and buy a card and some mochi, slapping myself on the face for leaving my treat shopping for the last minute.

Shockingly enough, this year I remembered more than a full week in advance, thanks to a lost contact lens and Marukai’s newsletter stamped very clearly with GIRL’S DAY all over it. Saturday we went to Home Depot and a movie and on the way home our car was so stuffed with stuff that I had to carry Baby Girl’s Hello Kitty lamp from Grandma J on my lap. On a bump close to home, the box hit me in the face and my contact went sailing out and I heard a little, “Wheeeee!”

It was never seen again.

I spent Sunday through Tuesday squinting one eye shut until my eye doctor gave me a temporary contact this afternoon. It feels so much better, even though it’s a soft lens. After that, I went to Marukai and loaded up on pink and purple goodies to make girly bentos with. My credit card is still sobbing in my purse.

Taco Rice Bento

Today I’m having something completely new, a taco rice bento! I made some turkey taco rice last night for dinner and so today I packed some in a flat Winnie the Pooh tupperware container for lunch. It was extremely fast, though a bit of time should be accounted for in regards to the rice cooling off. I simply added the rice and then took Baby Girl to school. When I got back, it was cooled enough to pack the rest of the ingredients.

Using my baby rice paddle, I added about 1 cup of rice and flattened it out and pushed it to the side. Next, I spooned in the turkey taco meat.

Adding the Turkey

Using the back of my spoon, I carefully nudge the turkey meat over to one side. Then, I just dropped the lettuce in and topped it with tomato, then sprinkled some Mexican cheese blend on the meat. The cheese is a must! It make the dish complete!

Taco Rice Bento

For some optional finishing touches, you can add some cute carrot cutouts. I thinly sliced a carrot and microwaved it in water in a Pyrex for about a minute and a half, then cut it with cutters. It added a nice and quick cute element to my lunch.

Taco Rice Bento Points Calculation

Total: 9 points

Weight: 146 lbs!

Whee! I’ve officially passed 10 pounds lost! I’d say it’s time to celebrate, but I actually passed the milestone last Friday and believe me, I already celebrated, LOL! I’m not entirely sure why I’m still losing weight even while polishing off my Valentine’s chocolates, but I suppose it could be from increased metabolism due to the daily biking. I used to have crazy metabolism in high school and I’d always thought that besides being young, it had to do with me going and working myself haggard at aikido twice a week.

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  • Those carrot shapes add such a nice touch to the bento!!

  • I super love your blog!

    Love love love!

    Everything looks so yummy!

  • by the way, I did aikido for 5 years too! ^^

  • kathleen

    hello i’m from holland. Your bento’s are very inspiring. I am trying to make bento’s to. Not so cute. But for now it will do.
    Keep up the good work!
    Greetings kathleen

  • Love this festive bento and your detailed step by step info, very fun and informative! The carrot accents add so much charm.

    Congrats on getting closer to your weight loss goal :D!

  • Kitty-Kiki

    Oh gosh, I’m madly in love with this bento. I don’t really know why, I probally wouldn’t eat anything besdies the rice in it (I’m a picky eater and don’t really like ground beef or salad), but the colors are nice. You’re right, the cheese on top really does complete it. It would look slightly more blah wihtout it.
    I also really like the butterfly cheese, I’m a butterfly fantic and that’s what I’m planning on making my Halloween costume this year, a butterfly/fairy. (I’m so glad I’m young enough to go trick or treating, but not old enough for most people to look at me werid ^.^)

  • This looks delicious! 🙂 I have to say that I’m a huge fan of your blog and have recently started following it. I’m back reading your old posts, too! Although I don’t think I’ll ever make lunches as cute as yours, I’m definitely starting to make my own bentos now! 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Thanks Cliff!

  • Thank you so much for the nice comment Mari Mari! <3

    What belt did you get up to?

  • Thank you so much for the nice compliment Kathleen. Everyone starts somewhere, if you go back and look at my old bentos, I didn’t do much cute back then either. 🙂

  • Thanks for the encouragement and compliment Jenn!

  • Haha, I actually meant taste-wise it makes it, but I guess you’re right too, it would look a bit strange as just the meat.

    The butterflies are made out of carrots, but cheese would work well too as long as I fully cooled the rice. Sounds like you’ll have a great costume!

  • Hi Nicole, thanks for the nice comment! I’m happy to hear that you’ll be starting on making bento too. Feel free to ask me any questions if you need answers!

  • Thanks so much Pikko! 🙂 I’m sure that I’ll have questions here and there for you.