I am on a quest this year to take better care of myself. I would like to lose some weight, and do it in a healthy, this is the last time, way. As the universe would have it, Bento entered my life a few months ago. And also designed by the universe, my dear friend Jodie from meringue halfway around the world has come to the same conclusion.
Bento is simply the Japanese word for lunchbox. Originally made of lacquer, then tin; they are now plastic so you can even heat them up. But it is so much more than just food. One of the main points is that "the eye also eats". For me it will be portion control, healthy and being good to myself.
Traditionally bento boxes contain a 4:3:2:1 ratio of starch (rice or pasta), protein, (meat or a vegetarian substitute), vegetables and a condiment or dessert. As the year goes on, I hope to share my Bento meals as well as some of what I've learned.
For now, here are my bright shiny new bento boxes that just arrived from Japan. The next time you see them, they will be filled. Hope your New Year will be filled with good health.
If you have any Bento tips or photos to share, I'd love to see them.