Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bento & Bookworms

We had a nice break this weekend from all the rain so I took my super cool bento box packed with lunch and snacks to the park, found the driest picnic table and hung out with nature for a few hours. Deep breaths of fresh air is sometimes the best medicine.

Pink Box (top left): Shelly's Grilled Eggplant Roll-up
Green Box (top right): Roasted Chickpeas
Blue Box (bottom left): Roast Beef & Cheesestick Roll-up
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Tropical Sunrise Protein Mini Muffins

Shelly's Grilled Eggplant Roll-up

Grilled Eggplant Slice
Fresh Basil Leaves or Baby Spinach
Equal parts Herb Goat Cheese and Cream Cheese

Brush eggplant slices with olive oil or spray with a little non-stick spray. Grill on BBQ or indoor grill till softened. Cool. Mix cheeses together. Spread about a tablespoon of the cheese mixture onto each eggplant slice. Add a basil or spinach leaf or two. Roll-up.

Roll-ups are a great post weight loss surgery friendly meal. Some of my favorites:

Turkey, Swiss, Green Chili or Avocado
(these are super yummy heated)
Roast Beef & Pickle Spear (or Mozzarella Stick, pictured above)
Turkey, Swiss and Cranberry Cream Cheese
Ham & Cheddar (also yummy heated)

More Eggface Bentos

When it was raining and gray I got a little crafty and made a bunch of little cloth napkins for my super cool bento boxes out of material scraps I had on hand. I love the little daisy napkin pictured above.

Oh and check out the library book bag. I was sitting on hold the other day doodling and here's the result...

Listening to: "Breakeven" The Script


Anonymous said...

Man Michelle(or should I say Martha), you are sooo creative! Love the bag. I quilt, but it's with someone elses patterns. I love that you did your own thing. As always, love the site!

Erin said...

oh my gosh, that is the cutest bag ever. did you hand stich that or use a machine? love it!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

TY guys. Sure beats the plastic bag I was carting my library books in :)

I draw the patterns on a paper bag free hand or LOL using lids for circles, etc. and then cut out the felt/material. They are blanket stitched on.

baby cribs said...

Your Roast Beef & Cheese Stick looks really yummy and same goes to the Mini Muffins. I would love to try one of those.

Kelly said...

That bag is just adorable! Did you make the tote itself, too?

I think I am going to need to get myself a bento soon. I'm on purees now and not back to work yet, but in a month or so, it would be really great for taking lunch to work. :)

Miriam said...

This librarian loves your bookworm book bag!

Di said...

As always, I am loving your craftiness. You need to make a Bento Cozy! Seasonal....or one to match the contents. How cute would THAT be!?!

I think I am going back to college (a girl can never have too many I think I am going to need a super-cool-Bento for meals on the go (ok...just another way to justify the coolio flower-bagged Bento).