I got the idea for this bento box from a Weight Watchers app beginner meal suggestion. WW placed these simple ingredients on a platter, but I like putting it in a bento box for one reason: (1) the salad and the roasted peppers seep liquid, making things messy (and ruining the bread). I also put the hummus in a silicone cup to prevent the juice from the pepper from turning it into pepper-hummus soup!
I replaced WW’s suggestion of a hard boiled egg with smoked salmon because it’s prettier and because who doesn’t love smoked salmon! It not only adds a lovely color to the ensemble, but it adds a nice salty, smoky balance to the tanginess of the acidic salad.
I added the roasted peppers to WW’s suggestion because it melds with the flavor of hummus beautifully, plus it adds more vegetables to my day.
1/2 pita wrapped in cling wrap to prevent sogginess
Roasted bell peppers
Middle Eastern salad: 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber, a bunch of cilantro, juice from 1 lime, salt & pepper
Pro-tip for WW users: the only items in this platter that have points are the hummus and the pita bread!
Lettuce. You can treat indoor lettuce plants almost the way you do sprouts – let them grow a little, and cut the leaves when they’re young. And bonus points – they grow back. How’s that for the gift that keeps on giving! I plant lettuce seeds in a long, shallow pot and sit it on the windowsill… even on a north-facing windowsill.
You can grow root vegetables inside like carrots and potatoes. Potatoes are probably the easiest, since you’re continuously packing more dirt on top to encourage more upward growth, and therefore more potatoes, but the fact is, no apartment I’ve ever lived in have I had superfluous amounts of space to give up to potato grow bags. Frankly, I’ve never been tempted to give up living space to potato grow bags in any house I’ve ever lived in. But it can be done, if that’s your priority. If you want to give it a try, read this article.
Mushrooms. You can absolutely grow mushrooms since they need zero light. These are forest floor-dwellers, after all. But I hate mushrooms, blech! Besides, they look way fussy and not nearly as simple as growing sprouts!