I also love eating out, but I'm in a support group for that (too many calories and too much money).
As I continue to look for ways to pare down my life, I decided to focus on my meals.
Portion sizes are a huge problem for me - and many folks, I would think.
So how do I reduce my portion sizes while still eating well and not feeling deprived???
I'm trying to remember when I first started thinking about bento.
Was it Molly Ringwald's bento lunch box in The Breakfast Club?
Was it the bento box at the Japanese restaurant where I first tried sushi?
Once I started searching bento in the blogosphere, I found some amazing go-to sites.
Just Bento is a great site that provides a lot of basics on getting started making bentos as well as on losing weight and buying all kinds of cool bento accessories.
What's For Lunch At Our House is a great blog written by a mommy who is preparing bentos for her kids - so CUTE!!!
Bento Fun is full of adorable bentos - again many of which are non-rice based.
Not Exactly Bento is probably my favorite blog because it incorporates all kinds of yummy leftovers and palate pleasers into the bento box itself. That means yummy + portion control. PERFECT!
I also found some inexpensive bento boxes to start with on a recent trip to FIT, a Japanese $2 (and a little higher) store in Houston. My bento boxes were only $3 each there!!!
Aren't they cute? They are double layered, and they are held together with a bento belt (a stretchy elastic band).
I also purchased the small white silicon forms that hold runny foods or foods that shouldn't combine (dessert, for example).
So here is my first bento breakfast:
Alexia seasoned potato wedges (left over from dinner) and a sliced boiled egg with blackberries, a clementine, and red seedless grapes.
And this is my first bento lunch:
Spicy three-pepper hummus and baby carrots with a whole wheat ham, red pepper, and light cream cheese wrap and grape tomatoes.
Give bento a try. It's YUMMY!