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Meatless Monday

Posted on August 30, 2011 by Debra

I know it’s not Monday, but “Meatless Tuesday” just doesn’t quite have that same ring. :)

Yesterday was our monthly #twitterfoodparty with the theme of lemons, limes or yuzu so I took advantage of this late summer flavor for today’s vegetarian bento lunch.

I made coconut tofu nuggets (koya dofu, egg-dip, dredged in corn starch/shredded coconut, fried)  the process was a rough one and I need to experiment a bit  to streamline  the recipe.  I think it’s the frying, which I dislike but is a necessary evil.

Despite wrestling with the ingredients, I think they turned out great—and with the sauce—OMG!

The lemon-theme comes into play with the sauce, which was way easier… fresh lemon juice, butter, sugar, salt, and cornstarch for thickening.    I know, right?  Butter!!!

The other items in today’s bento are just as yummy: bamboo and brown rice mix, steamed long beans tossed in sea-salt, champagne grapes, and of course —a touch of the all important red color—beni shoga.

Our #twitterlemonparty was surprisingly without any desserts!  Maybe next month’s #twitterfoodparty theme will satisfy our sweet-toothed followers.  The theme hasn’t been selected yet.

Do you have a suggestion?  Everyone is welcome to suggest and participate.

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6 to “Meatless Monday”

  1. Heather says:

    That looks amazing in your bento! You have to get the process down pat so you can share with all of us, lol. I could eat a bento like that every day.

  2. Jenn says:

    Looks delicious!!

  3. Karin says:

    I made the coconut tofu square and the lemonsauce tonight. Both turned out really great. I used the juice of two lemons, 2 tablespoon sugar, a pinch of salt and a knob of butter. Heated it and added some corn starch to it. Together with the coconut tofu it was extra yummy. One part will go with me to work tomorrow :-)

    • Debra says:

      Hi Karin, Wow, that is so awesome that you gave it a try. Wasn’t it delicious?! I can’t wait to make another batch. Thanks for sharing.




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