*Welcome to Bento Box Saturday! Most Saturdays, I post photos of some of my bento lunches and breakfasts that I’ve made recently. I use a Laptop Lunches bento box for my lunches and I love it because it helps me to reduce the amount waste I create. I also love how it makes for perfect portion sizes. And my lunches look pretty cute too:) To learn more about how I pack and carry my Laptop Lunches bento, check out this post. I use a Lunchbots Trio and Quad for my breakfasts*
- Braised beef shanks (recipe coming soon!)
- Romaine, grape tomato and olive salad
- Carrot and celery sticks with olive oil mayo (via Well Fed)
This lunch gave me a chance to pair one of my new recipes with my other lunch regulars. I made braised beef shanks in my pressure cooker, and while they came out tasty, the recipe still needs some tweaking. I plan on writing this in the next couple of weeks or so as one of my Spring 13 goals – writing two recipe posts. (I already posted my recipe for kombucha)
- Salmon cakes and olives
- Romaine and grape tomato salad
- Roasted cauliflower (via The Primal Blueprint Cookbook)
- Fried plantains
You may or may not know it, but Cuban culture plays a big part in Tampa. It’s a part of our heritage as Tampans, not matter what our race is. My family is white, but I still grew up loving cuban sandwiches, flan, chicken and yellow rice, and of course, fried plantains. Yet aside from picadillo, I really don’t cook Cuban food as often as I should. So, when I saw super ripe plantains at a farmer’s market, I scooped them up for some platanos fritos. All you have to do is slice them up and fry them in coconut oil or ghee. Yum! (Note: I recognize that plantains are not an exclusively Cuban dish – I’m just giving context).
- Chopped up burger
- 1 avocado
- Spinach and sauerkraut
- Chopped hard boiled eggs
Nothing too complicated here – just a tasty, protein rich breakfast.