Out & About

It was 81°F here today. I know. January. 81°F. Crazy?! When you are given a gift like this beautiful weather you have to get outside and enjoy it.

Gone most of the day I packed my super cool bento box with lunch and snacks to help me from making poor choices while away from home.

Blue Box (top left): (in blue silicone cup) Pistachios and (in green silicone cup) Roasted Chickpeas
Green Box (top right): Cutie Clementine
Pink Box (bottom left): Shelly's Ham & Cheese Pea Salad
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Protein Pie (SF Pistachio version)

All the good stuff in a pasta salad without those useless white carbs. You won't miss it at all.

Shelly's Ham & Cheese Pea Salad

16 oz. package Frozen Peas, steamed
1 cup Cooked Ham, cubed (great use for spiral ham leftovers)
1/2 cup Smoked Mozzarella, cubed
2 Green Onions, diced
1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
1 teaspoon Dried Dill
dash of Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Steam peas and chill. When thoroughly chilled add remaining ingredients.

Pour dressing over and mix till combined. Chill at least an hour before serving.

It's supposed to be more of the same weather-wise today and although I would love to head outside on another adventure today I really need to de-Christmas my house. So the trunks and tubs are out and I'm spending the day wrapping favorite ornaments and cleaning. Oh joy! What's everyone doing this weekend? If you are in the deep freeze. Hop a flight.

Many hands make light work (had that as a fortune cookie once)

You can help me de-Christmas, we'll be done quicker and can all go enjoy this AWESOME weather ;)

Listening to: The Script "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" Love this band.


Libby said...

81?! The high here today is 14! with the wind chill about -14!!!!!

I'm California dreaming!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) said...

I love your bento boxes. I've actually linked to your site b/c I think you're so creative. My personal email inbox is filled with YOUR recipes that I've emailed to myself to make in future :-)

Love your new photo btw. I found you through Allie aka Pimp My Protein Shake.

Sunshine said...

Without fail, I always have to check and see what is in your bento box. Love your variety and creativety!


Chelsea's Mom said...

I'm not one for hot weather, but I would kill for 81 degrees right now. I'm in MN and woke up to -15 today (yes, MINUS 15). It's so cold my eyeballs freeze up! Maybe I should have a picnic inside with the treats from your bento box? The ham salad looks really good to me! Everything does!! I am going to be in CA later this month (hopefully) so hope the warm weather meets me there!

Kathi said...

Where did you get the silicone containers? I have been looking every where and can't find any have way decent sized ones.



adoll said...

Don't you LOVE living in SoCal? I don't think I could survive anywhere else.

Here's to warm weather and yummy food! :o)

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for your recipes... I'm almost 7 weeks post-op and have already made a few that were appropriate for my nut's dietary plan, and they turned out great!

Quick Q... what do you use in your bento box to keep things cold, like the pea salad? Another Q... do your bento box compartments all come with their own lid? In the photos I've seen on laptop lunch websites, it looked like only two of the four have lids. Just wondering if that gets messy?

Thanks again for the frequent food porn, great tips, and for the assurance that post-op eating doesn't have to be boring.


Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thanks guys. Hope you enjoy it... indoor carpet picnic maybe ;)


Hey Michelle,

I have a ton of different bentos. The older model I made bags for & use mini ice blankets. Here's what they look like:


The newer model has a bag that comes with and I use little ice tubes (sporting goods stores) to keep things icy.

The new model (link in the post) has a few more lids and you can buy more too. So far so good though on both models. No leaks. I wouldn't pack soup mind you but creamy dressing like this have been OK, pudding etc.


Michelle said...

Awesome, thanks for the information! Love the ice blanket idea. I've been tempted to buy the box for over a month, need to just bite the bullet :)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Kathi, Amazon.com. The link to the item is in the blog entry. They are Wilton brand. I have a few shaoes but I like the squares best two can fit nicely in the larger container.


If you guys are new me ever be sure to drop me a note. We'll do coffee.

TJ said...

What a great recipe! I have a pasta salad recipe with similar ingredients that I loved preband. I never thought to increase the peas and add a meat instead of the pasta. I will have to try this soon!

Anonymous said...

Nicole here....After looking at the forecast for Oklahoma for the next week, you don't know how tempted I am to hop on that plane LOL Sizzling summers, freeze your ass off winters...missing LA more and more.
Thanks for the food porn! Def gonna have to try the ham and pea salad!!! Especially after the crab bites went over so well on New Years Eve!

Jennifer Miller said...

yeah...that's a wee bit too warm...but it's only 20 degrees here xD

I requested a bento box for Christmas! It's a little alien laptop one xD so awesome!