Sean and I had a lot of errands to run yesterday, so I packed up a small snack bento for Sean to take along. I made him a musubi stuffed with seasoned kombu and decorated it with a precut nori motorcycle. I also packed a few chicken nuggets with a side of bbq sauce in the bottom tier.
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At the beginning of summer Paige and I started an herb and cherry tomato garden. The herbs include two types of basil, two types of oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay leaves, and shiso. By growing my own herbs, it won’t go to waste if I don’t use it right away. I just pick what I need to use for my bentos or for cooking.
Bread- with leftover bread, like the crusts, I store them in the freezer until I need to use them. I mostly use them for things like meat loaf, hamburgers, or meatballs. You can also find the pasta with meatballs recipe here
. I also sometimes pulse them in a food processor and use them for breadcrumbs.
Meats or kamaboko- I use them in omeletes as well as fried rice
Coffee grinds- I know this is not a bento leftover, but I drink coffee every morning and I sprinkle the grinds on our lawn or leafy shrubs because it makes everything nice and green. However, don’t sprinkle on flowering plants because they won’t flower.
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I was pressed for time this morning so Paige’s lunch today was simple. Chicken nuggets, rice, and veggies with a slice of Forelle pear. I got this Rilakkuma bento box at the Marukai Sakkura Zakka store the other day. It came with two inserts for the container, but I just used one today. Sorry for the short post but we have to run.