Top tier: cabbage; green beans; broccoli rabe
Bottom tier: black bean tortilla wraps - recipe will be posted tomorrow on Feisty Foodie!
I'm such an idiot... I've been rolling these up and then squishing them into the box because I couldn't figure out why the method I saw Rachael, Giada, whoever using... didn't work for me. This morning, I logged into my Google Reader and briefly skimmed the other bento blogs that I read and found this post from Mer, read someone's comment, and realized... because I WAS DOING IT WRONG.
For some reason, I thought it was "fold sides, fold bottom up then fold top down voila." No dearies, it's fold bottom up, THEN tuck the sides over that, then roll. DUH. I'll have to try that... next time I make these. D'oh! Hopefully my wraps won't be so darn ugly then!
---not completely food related and some of you might find this gross---
So, I am encountering the first issue with this meatless thing. I don't want anyone to worry about me - I am, in general, a fairly healthy kind of gal - I mean, I don't experience many issues (not more than your average person), nor do I have any big known issues currently. Nothing that isn't being dealt with anyway. But here's a little quirk: I've always been borderline anemic, and as I gained weight (from back when I was severely underweight to now), the doctor stopped mentioning that little bit in our checkups. I do occasionally thirst for iron aka a big steak, usually after a lot of blood loss for whatever reason (you can take that as you will). I've dealt with my near-anemia also by eating quite a lot of red meat over the years, encouraged by my parents who knew this. Okay.
Growing up, I've tended to have occasional nosebleeds, random, no-reason (I wasn't hit in the face with anything, I didn't pick my nose and scratch myself) nosebleeds. Eventually, it became clear that this happened often after I'd sat in the sun for a while, but beyond that, we never figured out a medical reason. This slowed down a lot as I got older, although last year, when we were in the rainforest in Argentina, I got a bad one while waiting in line for the boat ride that takes you through the waterfall (the sun was pounding down on us). And this morning, while showering, my nose began gushing and gushing - a worse nosebleed than I've had in a while - and I lost quite a bit of blood.
Anyway, the point is, I'm used to this, and how I dealt with that is really to eat a big steak. Iron out, iron in, makes sense, right?
OBVIOUSLY, I cannot do that right now, so I have to ask: any vegetarians out there who deal with anemia or the need for iron without resorting to supplements and/or meat subtitutes? (I am avoiding those unless or until it becomes unavoidable that I need those nutrients.) I have been feeling a teeny bit lightheaded/faint and hungrier tody than usual, so I need to know... What do you guys usually do when this happens? Any solid recommendations? (First person to say, "Go back to eating meat," gets a fist in the face :) oh, and I've been feeling a lot more violent today than usual. Interested in causing bloodshed instead of being the one to shed blood.)
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Well, HAPPY BENTO~!!! No bento tomorrow, I'll be at the gym, so have a great, gorgeous weekend!!!