Archive | January, 2012

“HaHaHa” Onigiri and Shoyu Hot Dogs

12 Jan

Happy Hot Dogs

Looking at this bento I get really happy.  I honestly think it’s just because of the fabric I used for the picture.  The bento is pretty simple – shoyu hot dogs, happy onigiri’s, carrots, beans and cantaloupe.  Nothing fancy, and pretty easy to make in the morning.  But the happy fabric, just makes you smile.  LOL.  The fabric is actually an apron that my aunt made for me.  She made Ms. Little Bubbles and Ms. Little Bubbles’ doll matching aprons too.  We have a complete family of aprons.  Soooo cute!

To make the hot dogs, I quickly tossed them in a pan with a splash of shoyu (soy sauce) and mirin (sweet cooking rice wine). Super simple and super easy.

Contents:  shoyu sugar hot dogs, happy onigiri’s, carrots, beans and cantaloupe

Chicken Parmesan MEATLOAF! Oh… so… good!

11 Jan

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

Okay, you might just think I’m crazy, but this is what we had for dinner last night and it was so good.  I found this recipe on “What’s Cooking Chicago” blog.  I had to think twice about this recipe, but it was really good.  You have to check out Joelen’s blog and this wonderful recipe.  Honestly, it’s delicious.  I added homemade mashed sweet potato and I can’t tell you how much my family loved this dinner.  Even my Little Sweet Pea loved it.  🙂

Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf (Recipe by What’s Cookin’ Chicago)

  • 1 lb ground chicken (ground turkey can be substituted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • minced parsley for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, thyme, oregano, basil, garlic, onion, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. To not over handle the mixture otherwise it will get tough. Place the mixture in the greased loaf pan and form into a loaf. Top the meatloaf with pasta sauce.

Place filled loaf pan on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and sprinkle the top with the remaining shredded cheese. Place the meatloaf back in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.

Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving/slicing. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Soup Bento Bowl Box with Nishime

4 Jan

Nishime Bento

Happy New Year Everyone!  Wow, I can’t even believe it’s 2012.  My goodness…. my mom use to say that as an adult, time flies and she is right.  My daughter will say time takes forever, but seeing how fast she has grown up makes me sad.  She will no longer be Ms. “Little” Bubbles in a few years.

As we do every year, my husband made nishime for the new year.  Growing up, this was a dish my grandma made and although I’m 100% positive that it was delicious, I didn’t eat it.  (Everything my Grandma made was GOOD!)  As a kid, I didn’t like Japanese food.  Kinda strange, considering it is my favorite type of food now.  In fact, in 2nd grade, my mom took me on a two week trip to Japan and I didn’t eat during the entire trip because they didn’t serve cheese burgers!  I think my mom says I only ate rice for two weeks.  However, I do remember that when we drove into Tokyo, the tour bus passed by McDonald’s and every person on the bus tried to remember where the McDonald’s was and immediately rushed to it during our stop. I distinctly remember eating a lot of cheese burgers that night.

Times have changed and I definitely love Japanese food now, especially nishime. For Ms. Little Bubbles bento, I packed her red bean rice and nishime. Although, you cannot see the nishime as it is behind the green divider and apples. However, the highlight of this lunch is not the nishime (surprisingly!).  Rather, it is the container.  It is supposed to be a soup container, but I think it works without soup too.  Don’t you think it is just the cutest?  Mr. LoveInABento got us matching soup bento boxes.  🙂

Soup Bento Boxes

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