I have got to stop eating the croquettes! I can't help it, they're so good, deep fried YUM, but... but... freezer stuff is meant to be a backup supply of food for bento, not my only supply! Eek!
Also, I messed up the color scheme for the top tier... all brown. Dark browns, too (let the croquettes go for a few seconds too long, oops!)... boo.
Top tier: barbecue chicken thighs (2); creamed corn croquettes, well done, with tonkatsu sauce in the fishy
Bottom tier: bean sprouts, bok choi, apple/potato salad, edamame
I actually cooked the chicken thighs this morning. I realized I'd been carb heavy and protein light in my last few lunches, and wanted to even it out, and luckily, there was a package of chicken thighs (boneless, skinless) in the fridge, ready to be cooked! I took only 2 and slipped them into a pan with a dash of soy sauce, a few grinds of black pepper, and a pinch of kosher salt. After they were browning a bit, I squirted some bottled barbecue sauce on it, and a lot of red pepper chili flakes, and just stirred it around until the chicken was done. Let it cool on a plate, then cut it up for easier eating. Yummy! except I think I used too much chili flakes; I took a bite (it didn't fit in the container) and I was like, oh wow, that's a bit spicier than I'm used to eating...
I also slipped a plastic grass sheet between the chicken and the paper wrapper for the croquettes, so the sauce wouldn't soak into the sheet and sog up my croquettes. I have to say, though, putting anything slightly moist into the same tier as the croquettes seems to guarantee a soggy croquette, but worse, even if it's all fried/dry stuff (like yesterday's bento), it tends to sog up a little bit, I guess because the mashed potatoes on the inside are moist. Hmm.
Now, if I could only find cheese & macaroni croquettes.... heh!