Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Frugal Lunch for the Busy Professional

When you're at the office for 10-12 hours per day, a healthy and beautiful lunch brightens up the day. I've been uninspired to pack lunch, but Just Bento's  simple Rice Cooker Frittata recipe has me inspired to cook again!

Here's the simple dish fresh out of the rice cooker. I basically followed The Recipe Instructions by wilting the vegetables I had on hand (zukini, yellow squash, bok choy, asparagus, mushroom) and tossing them into the olive oil greased rice cooker along with 6 beaten eggs, salt, and pepper.

Soon after I easily extracted a delicious frittata with a nice spongy texture, better than oven cooked ones I've tried before.
Here it sits at the office, awaiting lunch time when it will be happily consumed with green tea. My "lunch bag"(first picture in this post) holds my bento lunches and accommodates a couple of fruits or other snacks, too. I love being frugal and packing my own lunch.

A Note on Thriftcore's Content: If you look at my projects list on my portfolio you'll see a rogue's gallery of ventures that keep me busy from 6AM to Midnight. My energy and optimism has fizzled and as I write this I feel my life force draining. The paramedics might find my skeletal remains soon, my bony fingers still gripping the keyboard, frozen in my last agonizing moments of living...

I have some good content on the way. Detailed frugal tutorials, inspirational room transformations, it's all coming and I've been working on it all behind the scenes for weeks. I can't wait to debut it all, so continue to check back because some good-ass articles with plenty of research and editing behind them are on the way!

This post linked at: The Happiness Project / New Nostalgia / Silly Little Sparrow / Today's Creative Blog / Review Retreat / Craft Edition / Tuesday Tagalong


  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Tuesday Tag Along and am definitely going to be following you! This fall my kids are going to start taking lunch to school every day owing to cost and the lack of good food available to them at school. I've got bento boxes on order from amazon and I'm really excited about them. Did you eat this lunch at room temp or warm it up?
    Also loved your thrift shop post below. Glad to see I'm not the only one who brings a camera into the shops she visits! :)


  2. For lunch I eat it at room temperature though it wouldn't be hard to heat it up in the work microwave. It heats up beautifully.

    Good thing you're packing lunch for your kids, I remember eating our fattening school lunch daily and gaining at least 5 damn lbs per year and ALWAYS being sick...

  3. love the lunch bag. new follower from FMBT

  4. We have a rice cooker but I haven't thought to make anything but rice in it. I'll have to try this. I'm all about yummy, tasty, easy to prepare food. We use tiffins which are like Bento boxes and that has made our life much better when it comes to eating on the go.

  5. Following now from FMBT:) Can't wait to read more! It is nice to read a blog written my someone who works outside of the home just like I do:)

  6. Love your blog! I am so fascinated by Bento lunches. it is such an art! New follower
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  7. Okay...yup, I'm following your blog entirely based on the fact that I'm slowly becoming obsessed with Bento Lunches. Hope you stop by my blog, too!

    Cheap Geeks Anonymous

  8. So clever to pack a little frittata for lunch, it's so filling but still fits in a compact bento. Most of the time I have to use a multi-tier box to fit in a full lunch.

  9. Oh that recipe looks good. Never tried this before. I'm following you from follow me back tues. Stop by when you get a chance: www.luvsavingmoney.info


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