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Meatless Monday Bento 7

Posted on August 15, 2011 by Debra

I swear Mondays come around more often than any other day of the week!

And here it is again.

The upside is that I get pack a vegetarian bento for Saba Man.  Today’s lunch, or I should say dinner because Saba Man is working an oddball shift today, is a melange of previously fried tofu, asparagus, carrots, sesame, shoyu, mirin, ginger and garlic.

I’ve separated this mix from the hapa-rice with plastic baran; something I don’t normally use but glad to have because I’ve run out of fresh lettuce of shiso leaf.

Champagne grapes, cherry tomato and a pinch of beni-shoga complete this meal-to-go!
 
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Back to School Bento 6

Posted on August 13, 2011 by Debra

Another Back-to-School bento idea for today’s post.  How about ravioli and sausage? Yes!!!

And packed in one of my most favorite Elph boxes from Japanistic.

Today’s bento is filled with mushroom ravioli, vegetarian sausage, asparagus, carrots, bit’s of smoked mozzarella and a cherry tomato.

If you decide to pack a similar bento just remember to keep things light and not add too much sauce.  And you can add almost any type of vegetable if asparagus in not a favorite.

For more ideas visit my Back-to-School page for tips and suggestions.

Also, I’ll be announcing a contest in a  few days where you will have a chance to win a cute bento box from our friends at Japanistic!

 

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In-Flight Bento 17

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Debra

It’s a melancholy moment when I pack an in-flight bento.  But happy memories overshadow the sad good-byes especially when I include foods that are reminiscent of the fun-filled visit!

Salmon is de-riqueur for a Seattle-style lunch and Rainier cherries from our trip to the farmers market evoke happy flashbacks of a enjoyable vacation!

That alone should conjure desires for return trip…and to seal-the-deal…I added baked chicken, sautéed asparagus, steamed carrots, tomato, white rice and a luscious chunk o’ purple sweet potato!

 

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Smoked Trout Bento 4

Posted on June 30, 2011 by Debra

Something very different for Saba Man via one of his long-time friends and co-workers.

We don’t fish but luckily we have many outdoorsy friends who kindy supply us with locally caught salmon, shrimp and trout…like this one in today’s bento lunch.

Freshly caught and smoked too!

Saba Man is saved from yet another tuna burger bento. Heh…

Complimenting the heady flavors of smoked trout are sweet teriyaki lotus root, sesame egg omelet and asparagus.  The hapa- rice (half brown, half white) is topped with furikake.

There seems to be an overflow of cherry tomatoes at the market and I think I found the most perfectly round, ripe and luscious orb…just for this lunch.

Enoki mushrooms are more than garnish.  Their non-flavor will mellow out some of the stronger items.

And that’s it for a Fish Friday bento!

Have a fantastic weekend.

Be safe and have a marvelous Independence Day celebration!

We are going to check out some fireworks…how about you?

 

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Mandarin-Mango Rice Bento 6

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Debra

I have a basket in my pantry that holds all my non-perishable bento-stash.  And currently, The Stash only held numerous baggies of different kinds of rice, not enough to cook on their own and needed to be blended to make it worthwhile.

I also had an oddball can of mandarin oranges which for the life of me can’t remember why I bought it. Maybe Saba Man picked it up for something.

“Hey Saba Man…did you buy this can of mandarin oranges?”

“No.”

:)

So I took a chance and boy and I glad I did.  It smelled wonderful when it all got  heated up.

After the “ding”,  I mixed in a bit of sweet mango butter, almonds, and a splash of rice vinegar all the while wishing that I had cilantro.  Darn.

Anyway, it turned out great.

Tangy.

Which complimented the salty, sesame-ness of these Asian-style tuna burgers.  :)

Recipe will be posted later but think garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, shoyu, mirin….you get the idea.

“Hey, Saba Man…do you want butter on your asparagus and the scallions caramelized?”

“Yes, please.”

 

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Meatless Monday Bento 3

Posted on June 13, 2011 by Debra

First off, look how cute and tiny those potatoes are!  They’re smaller than even the cherry tomatoes!  Baby (extra baby) red potatoes.

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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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Salmon and Yakisoba Bento 4

Posted on April 14, 2011 by Debra

Saba Man has been on a veggie diet for a few days now so before he turns into a block of soybean curd, I better  fix up some fish.

These salmon patties fit the bill and I quickly pan seared in mirin and ginger to give it a nice glaze.  That done, I realized that I had no rice left in my bento-stash!

But wait!  There’s always yakisoba to the rescue.

It’s just a little extra effort but so worth it.

I popped the asparagus in the steamer while I tossed and stirred the noodles. By the time the yakisoba was done the spears had  already cooled down.

The satsumaimo was a surprise  when I discovered that Saba Man had roasted a couple of them for an afternoon snack.  Love it when that happens.

Threw in a grilled mushroom and the wakame salad is a leftover.  There was just a tiny bit left from yesterday’s dinner and you know what?  A tiny bit is all you need for bento!

I wonder if he’ll notice that there’s no tofu in his lunch?  LOL

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Meatless Monday Bento 19

Posted on March 21, 2011 by Debra

This is the bento I made for Saba Man today, it’s for Meatless Monday so it could of been mine!  And after assembly was completed, I totally wanted to keep it for my own!  Read the rest of this entry →

A Tribute to Japan 21

Posted on March 19, 2011 by Debra

Today’s bento features white rice with red umeboshi which symbolizes the iconic Hinomaru, (日の丸) the Japanese flag.  

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Chicken and Veggies Bento 12

Posted on February 16, 2011 by Debra

I received an email asking if a “real” bento box is required to qualify as an official bento lunch?

The simple answer…no!

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Chicken, Noodles and Veggie Bento 3

Posted on February 04, 2011 by Debra

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I love veggies.

I wish, I wish, that I had loved them when I was a kid. All those wasted meals, staring at a plate of glorious carrots, string beans, or bell peppers. Wishing that we had a family dog that would “clear my plate.”

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