Rosemary Chicken and Pasta Bento

I'm tired this morning and I woke up with a headache.  As a result, I was a little more frustrated with this bento than I really should have been.  It is almost entirely made of leftovers.  The only thing I cooked this morning was some ramen.  To be sure, I dilly-dallied with it a bit.  I was slow and didn't have much of a plan.  Nonetheless, I think it turned out rather well. 

As you can see, we are back to the larger bento because DH snacked quite a lot yesterday.  To be honest, he was a bit of a piglet. This is the healthier option - a large lunch rather than a small lunch followed by a snack of burger, roll up, cheese, and later a full dinner including ice cream for dessert.  I think I'll spend less on groceries if I pack him the larger bento. :)   It's rather cute - he's looking ashamed of himself as I type this.


Ok.  The first course is slices of a ham and herb dip roll up.  I used about half of the roll up and can use the rest either for my daughter's lunch or as a snack for DH should he require it.  Boy, I hope he doesn't!  :)  There are also slices of carrot and mini bell peppers on this level.  I didn't give him any dip because I'm not sure it's necessary for so small a portion of veggies and frankly, after last night's excesses, I think he can forgo a little added fat. :)  Dessert is half an orange (sliced), some frozen strawberries, and two little Dove chocolates. 


The main course is ramen (which cooks perfectly if you just put it in a bowl of boiling water and let sit for 5 minutes) tossed with veggies, a little butter, and some rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.  There is about 4 oz of chicken as the protein today.  I baked a bunch in precut portions (by the way with the same spice mixture as is on the pasta) and then froze them individually.  Then, when I need a little chicken for a meal, I pull a piece out.  It's easy as can be and if you put the chicken in little snack sized baggies, you can then heat a portion (in the microwave) in about a minute without drying it out at all.  Per DH's request, the other side dish is mozzarella caprese made fresh this morning.  Instead of making skewers and a dip, this is just grape tomatoes, pearls of mozzarella, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and a little diced onion.  I threw all of it into a bowl and tossed lightly.

Well, we shall have to see how he does in terms of snacking today.  I don't think you can eat a lunch this large and still want more.   

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