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New-to-Me Everywhere (392)

This weekend, I flubbed another recipe.  Badly.  I mean really badly.  So Saturday’s would-be dinner was instead filler for my trash can.  :(  Saturday night, I resolved to stop playing around in the kitchen and crack open a cookbook to see what I could find for lunch/dinner that night.  No more flubbed recipes.  No more trying to create my own recipe.  I needed a win.  And I got one.

Searching through my Cooking Light cookbook, I found a simple recipe for a beef stir-fry with a garlic lime dressing.  Deliciousness.  My main complaint with some sauces is the cornstarch used, making for a thickened sauce for which I don’t care.  This particular sauce was a simple mix of garlic, lime, soy, salt, and other seasonings.  So simple.  So light.  So, a new-to-me recipe that worked out.  Check.

Another new-to-me item back on my radar is edamame.  I tried this once before on NEB and after several attempts decided it just wasn’t for me.  This past Labor Day, I enjoyed lunch with my brother at a Japanese restaurant in Baton Rouge.  As an appetizer, he ordered a bowl of edamame and encouraged me to try it.  ”No, thanks,” I said.  ”I don’t like edamame.”  But my brother being my brother, nagged me a little bit and I caved.  And I then realized my edamame problem: all this time I wasn’t cooking it long enough.  The flavor of the edmame in the restaurant was that nuttiness I kept reading about I liked.  I like edmame snacks that are roasted and lightly salted, so for years I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t care for them steamed.  Now I know why.  And I feel a bit like a dunce for not figuring this long, long ago.

Today’s bento include garlic-lime beef stir fry over brown rice, yams, corn, egg roll, edamame, nut mix, and animal cookies.

I hope your lunch is as fabulous as my own today.  Be the bento everyone!

P.S. The egg rolls are the ones I mentioned I’ve been making with using a modified version of the pot sticker recipe.  I’m sharing the modification in a few weeks.


  1. Lia Chen says:

    Fabulous lunch indeed! I love stir-fry recipe just because so easy to prepare and not time consuming too. The egg rolls look yummy, I can’t wait to see your modified version :)
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  2. Kay says:

    The CL recipe sounds delicious! I get the magazine every month but I’ve been slacking on actually making the recipes myself, need to get on that haha.

    • Jenn says:

      I wish I could have linked to the recipe, but couldn’t find it on their website. I’m thinking of making a wee change and if it works will have to post about it.

  3. MOM says:

    Beef stir fry and egg roll to go please.

  4. sheri says:

    Yay! Love when I find a recipe that works. I love edamame too; such a vivid green, and a substantial satisfying snack to boot.
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    • Jenn says:

      Mine looked a little army green as I never take the time to blanche. Same on me. But, you are right. Definitely gave me great energy this afternoon.

  5. Heather says:

    Awesome! I love lunches full of exciting new things! Looks delicious!
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  6. Tamar says:

    Sometimes a good cookbook is your best friend. When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook at all. I just started reading cookbooks like one would read novels, tons of them and then started developing my own recipes but it took some work. Fortunately my failures have been few (like tahini soup, which actually came from a cookbook).
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