We've been a bit busy recently teaching Summer School, but we found time the other day for a quick picnic in the park before we had to head off to work. Despite getting eaten to death by ants and goodness knows what else, it was lovely to enjoy some of the sunny weather we're having at the moment. And, of course, a picnic meant a bento!
We had some Shirataki noodle stir fry left over from the night before. Shirataki noodles (and konnyaku, which is the same thing in block form rather than noodle form) are made from the konnyaku (or konjac or devil's tongue) plant. Although they're called noodles, and are generally used as a carb, they're 97% water and 3% fibre. Which means they're insanely healthy. A serving fills you up, while only giving you 5-10 calories. Not bad, hey?! I'm not trying to loose weight at the moment, but I really like their slightly chewy texture, and if the main course is based on these, that's more calories allowed for pudding!
In this bento we combined our leftovers with rice, which meant we had too many carbs really. We don't usually, but we didn't have enough leftovers for that alone, and rice was the only carb we had in the house.
Top tier: Prawns fried in a little chilli oil with black pepper, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce, shirataki noodle stir-fry with carrot, pepper, red cabbage, chickpeas and tofu
Bottom tier: Rice and spicy curry peanut furikake
John's bento was the same (minus the cucumber), but a lot more messy!