Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
- I love all the stars in this cute bento lunch! It's an easy and perfect way to add some sparkle to your lunch.
- I giggled when I came across these adorable Santa and Rudolph chicken nuggets, click the link to see how they are made. Too cute.
- It's hard to resist an adorable Snowman. The perfect shape for a sandwich.
- You have to check out all the cute holiday bentos over at Hapa Bento, lots of inspiration in the form of Rudolph, snowmen, presents and stockings . . . how fun!
- And we can't forget the Gingerbread Man with presents made of apples, we can't have Christmas without him.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Here's what you need to make 2 portions:
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
1 chicken breast
cumin and oregano
seems a lot but this is so easy to make.
Simply sprinkle about 1 tsp of cumin and oregano on your chicken and cook this on the hob with your white onion and red pepper (which you need to cut into strips). Whilst this is cooking, cut up the mango, tomatoe, avacado, garlic clove and red onion into small cubes add the juice of a lime and throw in a couple of jalepeno peppers - depending on how much heat you like. Mix this well, add some salt and pepper to taste. I also like to sprinkle on some chilli flakes! :)
When your chicken is done, add this to the tortilla, add a couple of spoons of salsa and sprinkle on the top with cheese. Roll it up and hey presto! I had some salsa left and love it so much added more on the side.
Also in this goodbyn: grapes and more mango, orange slices and 2 oat cookies
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sorry for the late post, but I've had a rough couple of nights and I've been draaaagging. And the frozen strawberry margarita to help me relax isn't helping. Well, actually, it's helping pretty well. :-D
All righty then, my Goodbyn bento for the day, chock full of yummy chicken nuggets and egg noodles. So easy to cook up in the mornings!
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, carrot cake cupcake, strawberries dusted in sugar, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, greenbeans.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
What you will need for my Meatloaf Cupcakes:
salt and pepper
Here is where we sneak in veggies....
1 smallish carrot shredded
5 or so mushrooms minced
1/2 C shredded zucchini
Basically you just mix all of that together and fill muffin tins with the meat mixture. Bake at 350 for about a half hour or until the meat is fully cooked through. You can adjust the recipe to your liking, increase it for larger families or use your own meatloaf recipe. (Photo courtesy of Food Network Canada)
The change up for this recipe is that you can use the meatloaf recipe just to make meatballs for lunches as well. Most kids like the dippable factor. Here I used meatballs and served them with roasted potatoes, green salad with ranch dressing, snickerdoodle cookies, strawberries, orange slices and a couple of dill pickles.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Today I wanted to do a review on a wonderful little product called the Wean Cube.
Now, I found the Wean Cube because Stacy, my good friend and fellow Goodbyn Girl, posted a lovely link on facebook a while back to their facebook page, and I instantly fell in love. Anyone who knows me will know that I am a sucker when it comes to almost any healthy alternative for the environment, my family, and my wallet. And that is why I initally fell in love with the Wean Cubes. And then they turned out to be even more awesome than I imagined!
We are often asked what we do about food in our Goodbyn that needs to be reheated. We all have different methods (some of us have kids who prefer cold/room temperature food, but that doesn't work with DH! lol) and my solution was a glass container that I have that fits perfectly into one of the main sections of my Goodbyn that I can fill with whatever DH needs to reheat so that he can simply pull it out, reheat it, and we are both happy.
Cue the Wean Cubes:
Saturday, November 27, 2010
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It's a great time to pick up your first Goodbyn, or an extra one.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Secondly - I would like to share my goodbyn for Nancy's "restaurant inspired challenge".
I adore Indian cuisine, I like spicy food ! My favourite restaurant is an Indian chain called the Red Chilli. It didn't take me long therefore to decide on my menu for my "restaurant goodbyn"
I have Chicken Tikka with rice as my main, poppadoms and mango chutney as a side, I've added sliced pineapple as a fruit and a lemon cheesecake slice for desert. A little extravagent for a Thursday Goodbyn but totally delicious - and after all , today is thanksgiving! LOL
Here's how I made the Chicken Tikka, it's super easy.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
So my restaurant inspiration comes in my top two compartments. In the top compartment I have my own take on these fantastic lettuce wraps that they serve at a pub I used to work at (random that they serve lettuce wraps at a pub, yes, but that is why it is "asian fusion" lol). All you need for these is some romaine hearts - I used the ones from close to the middle of the lettuce heart - they have more of a "C" shape that makes it easier to pack in a lunch. If you are serving them at home you can use any of the leaves, as you are eating them right away.
The filling is cooked cabbage, green onions and rice with ground round. Flavored with a bit of garlic and soy sauce. I have made them with ground turkey as well and they are delicious. But I was feeling a vegetarian flavor to this. I sprinkled some shredded cheese over top just to add a bit of extra flavor.
The second compartment, traditionally where you would put the drink, was the perfect size for quartered green onion cakes. Which are surprisingly easy to make. My family loves this simple addition to a stirfry or soup. To make green onion cakes you will need:
- 3 cups bread flour
- 1 1/4 cups boiling water
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- sea salt and pepper and garlic to taste
- 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Use a fork to mix flour and boiling water in a large bowl. Knead dough into a ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap; let dough rest for 30 to 60 minutes.
- Evenly divide dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/4 inch thick circle using a rolling pin or your hands. Brush each circle with oil, season with sea salt, pepper, and garlic and sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of green onions. Roll up, cigar style, and pinch open ends together to form a circle. Then roll the dough in your hands to form a ball after that; then roll each circle flat to 1/4 inch.
- Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet. Fry cakes until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
Hope you enjoyed my post and it inspired you a bit for you own lunches this week! There isn't much time left, so don't forget to enter our contest to win your own Goodbyn!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
They love the sliders from the burger joint we like to visit down there. Jamie and I love them too, they are mouth-watering. Unfortunately, we realized after a visit last weekend that our favorite little hole in the wall down near the boardwalk has closed. We are pretty darn sad about that. So this challenge came at just the right time, because we apparently need to learn to make our own delicious sliders and waffle fries.
By the way . . . we forgot the waffle fries for the bento. D'oh!
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, chips, lettuce and tomatoes, orange slices, and strawberries dusted in sugar.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I also love a big salad. Recently, they added some Saladworks restaurants close to where I live. At first, I thought it was too expensive, but then I bought one of their salads and I was hooked. You get enough salad for about 2 meals.
The Big Salad is kind of a diet buster though. By the time you add the meat, the cheese, the egg, the dressing...well, let's just say you have consumed enough calories.
My favorite salad at Saladworks is called the Bentley. It has ham, swiss, turkey, eggs. I substitute crispy chicken and avacado for the ham and turkey. The other night, I made some oven fried chicken, and so I thought I would try to make my own version of this salad.
My version has a lot less calories, simply because less of it fits in the goodbyn. I had some cheese, some crispy chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, and my beloved avocado. I halved the avocado and wrapped it in Saran Wrap, and put it in another compartment, so it wouldn't get brown before lunchtime. I included some fat free salad dressing, and of course, the best part of a SaladWorks meal: a nice, soft whole wheat roll with margarine. Good eats!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Some people are worried about using food storage thinking it isn't always healthy and it's not very appetising or its a chore / mundane. Not so!
Check out my Goodbyn Today:
I have canned pears to which I have added some dried apple chunks and a handful of sultanas.
Left over rice from dinner with a little leftover salad
Homemade (with food storage) Oat Flapjack
It has a really Autumnal Feel about it and was totally delicious. Over the coming weeks I will be looking at food storage products in more detail.
In the meantime, why not check out our challenge and you could win yourself your very own Goodbyn!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Next, spread the bread with Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise. Then add cheese (I use shredded cheese, which can get a bit messy, but I like the taste of it better) to one piece of bread. Next, add a tiny thin layer of mayo or butter on top of the cheese just to get the meat to stick to it, and add your meat. I usually use ham or turkey.
Next, you will want to put the other piece of bread on top, slightly askew, and roll it up. You'll want to have a piece of plastic wrap at the ready so that the rolled sandwich doesn't fall apart. Roll it in the plastic wrap and you'll want to throw it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the sandwich and the plastic wrap and cut into equal pieces to make the pinwheels. The trick is to cool the sandwich enough that it won't fall apart when you are cutting it. So trust me, keep it in for the entire 30 minutes or you'll end up eating most of the sandwich off the cutting board! lol
Also included in the bento, a simple fruit salad with kiwi, mandarin orange and green grape. A vanilla yogurt with a little container of granola on the side; a KoolAid Jammer; Cheese cubes, Swiss & Marble Cheddar; and a Chocolate Chip Cookie.
One of my favorite things about the Goodbyn is that lovely little section next to the drink compartment. I will use it to add a little love note, or, on days like today when there is a lot of dairy in DH's lunch, I will throw in a couple of lactaid pills. I find that if it is right in the lunch, it won't be forgotten, whereas even though DH has a bottle at his desk at work, he tends to forget to take them. I am sure the case is the same with most of your kiddos. So just a quick thought - if your kids have a medication they have to take at lunch, adding it to that cute tiny little section of their Goodbyn is a wonderful way to ensure they remember to take it!
With that I am off! We'll see you next week! Happy lunching!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
1 box Yellow Cake Mix
2 cans Crushed Pineapple
2 sticks Butter
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
Mix the brown sugar into the crushed pineapple. Dump mixture into a baking dish (7x11 or 9x13, dependent on how thick you prefer your cake). Dump the cake mix over the pineapple mixture completely covering it. You'll only use about half of the cake mix. Melt the butter and then pour over the cake mixture until it's completely covered. Bake in a 400°F oven for approximately 30 minutes or until the top of the cake is golden brown.
I prefer pineapple, but this recipe could be used with any fresh fruit, compote, or chutney. This is an incredibly quick dessert and is super rich, so a healthy spoonful over a scoop of vanilla ice cream is more than plenty to satisfy your sweet tooth.
These wraps were super easy to make with browned ground beef. I mixed a bit of ranch dressing in some cream cheese to spread on the tortillas, sprinked the seasoned ground beef and chopped green onions and rolled. I love what convenient vessels tortillas are. I made sure to send a fork though . . . just in case they were messy.
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, grapes, orange slices, strawberry, cucumber, celery, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip and strawberry star pastries.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In my family we have a traditional cake that we eat at this time and it's a tradition that has been handed through my family. I believe it was my great grandmother who started the tradition and the family story is that having little in her kitchen cupboard she wanted to create something special for her family to celebrate the lives of those lost (quite a few in our family alone), the first world war being over and she had a very sweet tooth (something I have definately inherited!) and fancied a cake for pudding that evening!! :)
She decided upon a cake with the consistency of bread - for two reasons (1) she was very religious and believed in the symbolisim around bread and (2) she had a lot of kids to feed and a stodgy cake went a lot further and filled those hungry kids up!
It is a tradition on Rememberance Sunday in the UK to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in London, I am proud that many of my relatives take part in the March as they are still active members of the Royal British Legion.
You will need: 1 can of pineapple rings, some glace cherries, 10oz/275g brown sugar, 1lb/450g of flour, 4oz/100g butter, 2 eggs (or powdered eggs if fresh not available), 1tsp nutmeg, 1tsp cinnamon, 8fl oz of milk
I apologise for the old school English measurements but you can convert them here if you need to!!
Melt 2oz/50g of butter in a pan. Add in 4oz/100g brown sugar and a tablespoon of pineapple juice from a can. Stir and pour the mixture into the bottom of a baking tin
On top of the syrup in the tin, add pineapple rings to cover the base. The pineapple ring represents the poppy wreath and the red cherry in the middle is a symbol of the blood spilt in the war. Set the oven to Gas 4/180c/350f
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Last night we had our second snow of the year - and I think this one is sticking around. We were lucky enough that our first big storm thawed within a few days, but this one doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. *sigh* So I packed something to warm my DH from the inside out for his lunch today:
Today's lunch includes a delicious leftover Greek Chicken breast from last night. You will notice I popped it in a cute little glass pyrex dish to make it simple and easy for DH to lift it out and microwave it if need be. Carrot sticks, yogurt & granola (sent in a small container separately so the granola doesn't get soggy) an apple, a KoolAid Jammer and some cold pasta salad. My pasta salad is SUPER easy to make. I just cook up the pasta, or use leftovers; cut up whichever veggies I want in it - usually carrots, peppers, a few baby tomatoes - and toss it in some Kraft Greek Feta and Oregano dressing. Voila! It is delicious and I get a ton of compliments on it. Now all my friends will know my secret! lol
I also sent a thermos with some Corn Chowder I whipped up last night when it started to snow. It is a super easy and very delicious recipe and I thought it would help keep DH's toes warm.
Don't forget that you only have about 3 weeks left to enter to win your very own Goodbyn! Hop on over to our contest post here. Or click on the link in the tabs above!
Have a great Remembrance Day to my fellow Canadians, and a good Veterans day to my US friends tomorrow. Take a few moments to remember those who have done so much for us and given us the freedom and liberty we enjoy and sometimes take for granted!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Depending on who you are packing your lunch for, you can very easily incorporate last night's dinner into your lunch the next day. It doesn't matter if you are using a Goodbyn or even packing bento style or not. It is easy to use your leftovers!
This lunch was inspired by the previous night's meal. We had Swedish meatballs, roasted potatoes and salad. My son loves these items room temperature so there is no issue with reheating. I refrigerate over night and pack them cold in the morning. There is always the option of removing the items from the box and throwing them in the microwave for 30 seconds as well.
I packed meatballs (I omitted the sauce), roasted potatoes, small container of ketchup for dipping, a salad with ranch dressing, dill pickles, orange slices, strawberries and snicker doodle cookies. This lunch not only used leftovers but is also totally litterless. I included a big water bottle on the side to get him through the day.
1lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2C finely chopped onion
3/4 C bread crumbs
1 egg beaten
1/2 C milk
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Soak bread crumbs in the milk for a couple of minutes. Mix all of the ingredients listed above and form into meatballs. Place on a sheet pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, turning frequently.
1/4 C veg oil
1/4 C flour
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 C boiling water
3/4 C sour cream
Cook first five ingredients together to make a roux. Cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Whisk in the hot water and sour cream. Mix until smooth and the sauce thickens a bit.
Put the meatballs into a casserole dish and pour the sauce over. Bake an additional 20 minutes at 350.
These meatballs without the sauce freeze wonderfully. This way you can make a big batch for your freezer and will only have to quickly whip up the sauce for a quick supper and a tasty lunch for the following day!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Anyway, time was important this morning because I decided to make homemade pizzas for our lunches and I needed to wake up about a half-hour early. Jamie set the automatic timer on the oven to turn on at 5:30. Only thing is, he forgot to change the clock on the stove. So at 4:30 AM we're up trying to figure out what that smell is.
That smell is . . . an oven that needs to be cleaned. But I digress.
Dough is so simple to make I decided to make it from scratch this time, which I did before I went to bed so it would be ready to roll out, load up, and bake. I can't eat processed tomatoes anymore, so Jamie has been perfecting his tomato skills. He roasted some cherry tomatoes--added salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, thyme, and oregano--to create a homemade sauce for our pizzas. After adding some fresh chopped tomatoes, pepperoni and mozzarella this morning, I threw them in a 500°F oven and baked them for 8 minutes and voila!
They are delicious. If I do say so myself.
I know people will think I'm crazy for waking up early to make pizza. But it's really quite easy so please don't be intimidated if you want to give it a try . . . whatever time you make it!
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, grapes, orange slices, strawberry, cucumber, celery, and carrot sticks with Ranch dip and pineapple dump cake.
And just a reminder, don't forget about our giveaway. CLICK HERE TO WIN A GOODBYN BENTO!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am so so so excited to be able to announce The Goodbyn Girls' VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY! That is right! In honor of our "grand opening" we have decided to giveaway a Goodbyn to one of our lucky readers!
So... how exactly can you get your lovely hands on a fun new way to pack your lunch? Simple... Our first challenge: The 3 Cs!
So here's how it works:
- Have fun packing your lunch bento-style. I am not saying you need to already have a goodbyn to participate in the challenge. There are tons of ways to pack a lunch bento style. Think of a Japanese bento box. When we originally started planning this blog I didn't have a Goodbyn myself, but I had several glass pyrex storage containers that I used to pack my DH's lunch in. I still considered it "bento style." Basically, think "inside the box" (bahahaha!) and try to make it as eco-friendly as you can! Let's see how creative you can be!
- Your bento lunch must include each of the 3 Cs: Cucumber, Carrots, and Cheese.
- Take a photo of your bento lunch and post a link to it using the button at the bottom of this post. It can be a blog entry, a facebook photo (please use the "public link" found at the very bottom of the page when linking us to a FB photo so that we can see it regardless of your privacy settings/whether or not we have facebook ourselves); or whatever else you can think of - if we can see it, you get an entry!
- Post your the link here before 1 December, 2010, after which we will be doing a random drawing from all entries. There will only be 1 entry per person. Thanks!
peaches, bacon crisps and vanilla cake.
Strawberries dusted with sugar
Cucumber spears and cherry tomatoes with ranch dip
Cheese ravioli with a Brussels sprout/pecan/bacon topping
Red and Green Grapes.
Danino yogurt drink
Baby Bell cheese
Raw green beans
So there you have it! You have the entire month of November to come up with something fun and different for your lunch and the chance to win your very own Goodbyn! And of course, be sure to become a follower and check back here throughout the month for more fun lunch ideas!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
This Goodbyn is full of carbs so I decided to forgo the buns and wrap the hot dogs in tortillas. What can I say, we're from Texas . . . it works for us. The kids love corn on the cob too, so I made sure to cut them in manageable pieces for the quick lunch they have at school. I also made a pastry with a store bought pie shell. The stuffing was made from scratch with fresh strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Jamie liked it so much he said I should make a gallon of it. I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen. :-)
I used a star shaped cookie cutter to make the pastries. I think these would have worked fine if I had used a larger star. As it was I couldn't seal the sides very well and ended up with "bleeding starfish". Yummy? Well, they weren't great to look at, but they did taste good.
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, grapes, orange slices, cucumber and carrot sticks with Ranch dip and cherry tomatoes.
Friday, October 29, 2010
A made him a simple deli sandwich, but used a groovy ghost cookie cutter to give it a little more character. I also made some pretzels that I covered in white and milk chocolate and covered in Halloween-colored sprinkles. They were simple to make and absolutely delicious (I won't lie - I made a few extra to eat myself!).
My favorite little addition was the Candy Corn Pizza Bread. I used the Quick Mix from my blog to make a simple pizza dough, spread some ranch dressing over it and put mozzarella cheese in the middle and orange cheddar around the edges. I made it look like candy corn by cutting it into wedges.
The middle section where your drink container fits I used to put an orange and some carrot sticks. As well as some dip for the carrots, and some Reece's Pieces on the side compartments. I also sent him with a small container of mixed fruit. A simple and fun lunch, but one that made him smile with the addition of a silly little Halloween joke tucked in the corner.
I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween weekend! Thanks for stopping in for our Ghostly Friday Goodbyns! If you are wanting the recipes for either the chocolate pretzels or the Pizza dough you can find them both on my blog, Thoroughly Modern Me.
Cute and yummy.
Also included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, grapes, orange slices, strawberries lightly dusted in sugar, cucumber and carrot sticks with Ranch dip and marble cake.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I take my lunch to my work, in an office. This is my desk and where I eat my lunch! Lunch is the best part of my working day!
I have found since I have owned my goodbyns that people are more interested in what I eat for lunch everyday! My colleagues ask me what I have, ask how I made things etc. It's a real talking point and as soon as I slip the lid off someone is peeking in! Most of the time they express how disappointed they are in with their own lunches, ooh and ahh over mine and I just smile and tell them to get a goodbyn!
Anyway, I digress! I am here to share my Halloween themed lunch with you!
For my sweet I have a small key lime cheesecake. Lime is a great for Halloween because of the bright green colour. I've also added a paper napkin with a Halloween design on. It's the little things that make lunch that little bit extra special!For my main I have samosa which is filled with potatoe, spinach, peas and green beans with lots of lovely Indian spices. Again I chose this because it is mainly green and fits with my theme. The little Happy Halloween sign I picked up really cheaply - it is actually a cake topper but the perfect size to fit in the goodbyn. I also got some pumpkins and skeletons too and plan to use them for the rest of the week. Again, its a simple little touch that I think elevates my lunch from the "normal" and kind of states plainly what I was trying to achieve!