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Baked Mahi Mahi Bento 5

Posted on April 17, 2011 by Debra

Today’s featured bento was for Saba Man’s lunch yesterday.  I had forgotten that he had to work this weekend  so when I saw him prepping to leave I had a minor panic attack.

A bento is needed!   Thank goodness I had already defrosted a mahi mahi fillet for his dinner.

Lightly seasoned with sea-salt, cracked pepper and a quick brush of olive oil, the fish was ready-to-eat after 15 minutes of baking.

While that was in the toaster oven, I zapped a packet of frozen brown rice and sauteed brown mushrooms in garlic-butter with a splash of sake.

These are the times when I’m glad that I have a postage-stamp sized kitchen. Everything is within arms reach.

But, something’s missing.  “I need green!”, muttering to myself….

Yay! Leftover roasted asparagus to the rescue!

The nori details and deco were added while the contents cooled— a speedy bento can still be charming so a red strawberry completed the look.

I handed Saba Man this bento, he grabbed his coat and keys then out the door he went!

I think this bento took less time to assemble than to post!  :)


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Speedy Bento Box 5 16

Posted on March 10, 2010 by Debra

At first glance this looks like another shoyu tuna bento… but it’s not!

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Speedy Bento Box 4 14

Posted on March 08, 2010 by Debra


Another speedy bento of  the series  that will only take you 15- 20  minutes to prepare using leftovers.

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Speedy Bento Box 3 14

Posted on February 26, 2010 by Debra


This third speed bento of  the series will only take you 20 minutes to make when you have pre-cooked  frozen rice in your bento-stash.

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Speedy Bento Box 2 10

Posted on February 25, 2010 by Debra

Continuing our series of speedy bento boxes with this uber-quick lunch preparation!

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Speedy Bento Box 1 14

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Debra

I’m going to start a series of speed bentos in response to  those friends and family members (who will remain nameless :P ) that “pooh pooh” the notion that packing a healthy bento doesn’t take “forever” to make.     I agree that a sandwich and a piece of fruit is quick and easy but a bento box can be too!

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