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Recipes that you can make extra and freeze for later speedy-bento prep are marked “Bento Stash”.   Most of these recipes are ideal for packing  your  bento or for any meal.


Main Ingredients

Baked Mochiko Chicken

mochiko, chicken

Baked Falafel

falafel mixBento Stash

Coconut Rice with Azuki Beans

glutinous rice, coconut, azuki beans

Butter Mochi

sweet rice flour, butter, coconut

Chapchae-Korean Noodles

beef, vegetables, dangmyeon

Chicken Karaage

chicken, cornstarch

Chicken and Mushrooms

chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers

Chicken Tsukune

chicken, ginger, green onions

Chickpea Pancake

chickpea flourBento Stash

Corn Butter-Mochi
sweet rice flour, corn

Coconut Sweet Potato Mash

coconut, sweet potato

Deconstructed Smoked Lomi Salmon

smoked salmon, tomato, onion

Eggs with Garlic Chives

eggs, Korean Garlic Chives

Five Spice Chicken

Chicken, Chinese 5 spcie

Furikake Tuna Burger

Tuna, egg, breadcrumbs, cornstarchBento Stash

Mock Meat Jun

tofu, eggBento Stash

Mock Medallions

vital wheat gluten, falafel mixBento Stash

Gingered Carrots

carrots, ginger

Hurricane Popcorn Balls

popcorn, furikake, arare

Lemon Chicken

chicken, lemon

Mini Potato and Tuna Burgers

tuna, potatoBento Stash

Mini Salmon Quiche

Salmon,eggs, cheese crustBento Stash

Pumpkin Butter Mochi

Mochiko (sweet rice flour) pumpkin, butter, eggs

Mock "Huli Huli" Chicken

smoked salt, chicken


chicken, renkon, egg, shoyu, carrots

Orange Chicken

seitan or chicken

Quick Seaweed Salad

wakame, sesame oil

Mashed Yams with Coconut

yams, coconut milk

Roasted Lemon Chicken

Chicken, lemon

Roasted Miso Eggplant

eggplant, miso

Sausage and Peppers (vegan)

tofurkey, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes

Salt and Pepper Tofu
tofu, salt, pepper

Savory Caramelized Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoesBento Stash

Seitan, Homemade


Shoyu Chicken

Chicken, shoyuBento Stash

Shoyu Tuna

Tuna, shoyu (soy sauce)

Simmered Two-Bite Potatoes

Potatoes, garlic, spices

Sweet and Sour Wheat Meat

Wheat meat, seitan, pineapple, shoyu

Sweet Miso Roasted Chicken

Chicken, miso

Lazy Tuna Sushi

rice, tuna, egg

Tuna Salad Patties

tuna, mayo, corn starch

Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese

sweet potato, yams, goat cheese

Vegan Dashi

konbu, shiitake mushrooms

Vegan Adobo

wheat meat, seitan, shoyu, vinegar

Vegetarian Ketchup Fried Rice

rice, egg, ketchup

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