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Polynesian Bento

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Finally a new bento! With the house move it's been hard to find a space in the kitchen to do any bento work. I'll apologize in advance for next week, i'll be traveling for work. I'll see if I can find some material to do some interim posts.

Without further ado: I found some great ideas and recipes for a high fiber Polynesian style bento. I was a bit afraid that the flavors were going to be too bland for my eaters. A lot of the flavor came in the sauce which didn't seem to soak themselves into either the chicken or the sweet potatoes. My audience seemed to like the box ok so I must have done something right.

We start with this Polynesian chicken. It's got a healthy dose of cilantro and green onions. The sauce is something like a teriyaki sauce, with a lot of ginger and a spike of star anise. Considering how much soy went into the marinade the flavor was very mild and the hints of ginger and star anise really came through.



Next up is a Sweet Potatoes and Bananas in …

Life is in the hyper fast lane

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Boo. Work is very busy, we're trying to pack up a house (we decided to move and picked out a house all in 2 weeks), and my wife's coworkers are all traveling at work, so no bentos for this week. But I leave you with a picture of a hibiscus flower that I took while in Taiwan, not quite a food post but relevant to the theme for next week's box which is Polynesian. There's some goodies in the next box I think the flavors will come out pretty good.

I scrambled again on these recipes and feel a little disappointed at myself for not being very organized this week. As a side note so I can tag this post under "yammering" I've had a great deal of difficulty re-designing my bentos. I thought it would be easier than low glycemic, but with low glycemic I was able to go off a list of low glycemic friendly food list which is how I could measure my recipes. I'll ponder upon this as I pack up the house tonight.

High Fiber Diets

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Welcome back! And thanks to all who visited me over the break. It's a new year, and finally I've been able to produce my first bento. Over the break we shifted gears towards a new diet, we're aiming for a high fiber, low fat diet, now this kind of falls in line with the existing low glycemic index diet but it releases a few restrictions on the carb side and changes some of the ingredients I can and cannot use. Basically it works like this, increase consumption of soluble and insoluble fiber helps with keeping your insulin level stable. This is pretty much simliar to the low glycemic diet's philosophy. The harder it is to break down foods the more even the release of energy into the body. Soluble fiber has a second benefit in that it's been shown to also help with increasing the good cholesterol. So all in all it requires me to be a little more vigilant about my recipes and rethink my planned menus a bit. Anyway for my first bento, I wanted to try to crank out …

Happy New Year!

Ok I'm 14 mins late. Happy New Year, I wish the best to all of you. Stay tuned as I've got some new ideas for bentos for the new year. Eat well, be happy, and of course enjoy life!