My Challenge Week 3 in a nutshell: Did pretty well, but exercise remains an issue. Spring couldn't come fast enough for me!
This week, I focused on trying to make budget bentos by making all of my bentos vegan or vegetarian. 4 out of the 5 bentos were indeed vegan. As a rough estimate, none of them cost more than 2 CHF (about US $2) per bento, despite the fact that I used a premiums brown rice, and expensive-for-me Japanese ingredients like natto and kouya dofu (free-dried tofu). The exception was Friday's 'bento' (more like an extended snack ^_^), which was not vegan.
Monday's bento, which is described in detail as Bento no. 59:
Tuesday's bento, also described in detail as Bento no. 60:
Wednesday's bento. Brown rice and gomashio go so well together! I'm still working out a few kinks with the 'mochi kouya dofu' recipe, but will post it soon. (I took the idea from the Mochi Chicken recipe posted by SojoMojo in the forum, and adapted it.)
Thursday's bento also has an item made with kouya dofu (mixed with regular tofu). I'll post this recipe shortly too.
Friday's 'bento' - well, what happened is that I got a sudden Urge To Bake Now around midnight, and made this savory cake. For lunch I just cut myself a piece, then another piece, etc... I ate about 4 pieces, which is 400 calories right there. It was so good, and very filling too. Because this has cheese and other not-cheap ingredients in it like pesto and sundried tomatoes, I think my lunch cost was around 3 CHF (around $3 US). Still a lot better than a storebought sandwich!
I am still having trouble exercising regularly. This week I only attempted it twice! I just do not seem to be taking well to indoor exercise...or it could be that I'm just bored with the WiiFit. (But I can't do any exercise DVDs at the moment since I've packed them away already, ready for the move!) I really can't wait for warmer weather when I can plug my iPod earphones into my ears and go for a nice long walk. On the other hand, packing for the Big Move may be giving me some exercise of the weight-lifting kind.
Still, I lost another 1/2 kilo / 1 lb or so. Overall I think it was a successful week.
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