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Strawberry Salad Bento (442)

Bento 442: Strawberry Salad

I woke up Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. and thought, “If I get ready really quickly, I can make it to the farmer’s market just as it opens.” Arriving just as it opens means I have top pick of the offerings for the week. I shook the sleep from my eyes, fed the dogs, threw [...]

Seafood Stuffed Pork Chop Bento (441)

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I left work last night a bit tired, a bit harried, and quite a bit later than I had planned. Amazing how time slips away from you when you’re focused and forgetting to look at the clock. As I was driving home, I was mentally convincing myself to grab a bit of something on the [...]

Soup and Homemade Crackers Bento (440)

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  Lately, I’ve had a real craving for cheese crackers. It all started with my wanting to make some chicken and wild rice soup this weekend. For whatever reason, I wanted to eat cheese crackers with my soup. I looked around at the usual culprits found at my local grocery store and none of them [...]

Mish Mash Bento (439)

A bento with a variety of things to eat

At my first job as a page in a library, my boss (and, incidentally, first mentor) used to bring to lunch what I always thought of as a “mish mash” lunch. She’d grab whatever was easiest to grab from her fridge: a container with the last bit of cottage cheese, a piece of fruit, maybe [...]

Spaghetti and Biscuit Bento (438)

Spaghetti Bento 438

Happy new Year everyone! I hope this post finds you enjoying the first few days of 2013 and getting it started off right, whatever that might be for you. ¬†For me, it’s setting what I want to accomplish for 2013. I don’t really make resolutions; I create goals. Some I accomplish, some I don’t. Last [...]

Apple & Brie Breakfast Sandwich Bento

Apple and Brie Breakfast Sandwich Bento

The sandwich in today’s bento box is the current apple of my eye (pun intended). It all started when my brother contacted me one weekend last month, “Have you eaten breakfast? You should eat breakfast. Breakfast is good for you.” Which is Jason speak for, “I want breakfast. Do you want to have breakfast with [...]

Sausage Pizza Bento (436)

Bento 436 Sausage Pizza Bento

Do you mind if I eat a pizza bento at least once a week? I Now that I know how to make the dough, and it is so easy, I find that I’m thrilled to have pizza back in my life. Basically it’s a big breadstick I suppose as I don’t eat marinara sauce¬†anymore. But [...]

Jambalaya in a New Bento Set (435)

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Today’s jambalaya bento is packed in a Litter Free Lunch set by New Wave Enviro. I mentioned yesterday that I received lunch boxes from New Wave Enviro to test and review here at Not Exactly Bento. This particular set comes with 4 boxes, and is supposed to be geared for kids. Well let me tell [...]

Breakfast for Lunch Bento (434)

Bento 434

Every so often I think to myself I need to make a breakfast for lunch bento again. Everyday I forget. When Sheri of Happy Little Bento posted her breakfast for lunch bento this week, it reminded me I really needed to to this again. I woke extra early to cook the meal for myself, let [...]