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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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Mayo Mahi Mahi Bento and Recipe 4

Posted on March 30, 2011 by Debra

Ah…mahi mahi.  It’s one of those fishes that can be fixed up to order!  Cooked and served up in almost any style.

Grilled, baked, breaded…whatever!  Have you ever had a mahi taco?  Mmm… a fish taco bento sounds divine.

But for now Saba Man is stuck with this mayo grilled mahi mahi filet.  Darn.

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Chicken and Mushroom Bento 3

Posted on March 10, 2011 by Debra


The use of fresh lettuce for baran, the barrier between food items, is becoming cost prohibitive.   With the recent rash of bad weather, fresh fruits and vegetables are now almost double in price!  What’s a bentoist to do?  Read the rest of this entry →

Chicken, Ravioli, Corn Pudding Bento 5

Posted on February 20, 2011 by Debra

Hi bento lovers!  Today’s featured bento is a no-cook lunch.   Because all the foods are “ready-to-eat”  from my neighborhood deli.  :)

Sometimes, especiallly on  the most hectic of days, I totally opt out of cooking. 

On this occasion I picked up  roasted chicken, ravioli salad, corn pudding, and roasted veggies.  

I added the  ”heart” as my own personal touch.  Maybe because I have teeny-tiny pangs of guilt?


Gotta run.  I’ll be back to posting some delicious bento-friendly recipes soon.

PS. If you’re in the Seattle area, and shop at PCC Natural Markets… you must try their ravioli salad.  So good.


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Furikake Tuna Burger Bento 14

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Debra

Less than a week away from Chirstmas and we are in hyper-drive to complete all tasks before— not one, but two— long weekends.  I’m so glad that both holidays fall on Saturday this year.

I’ll still be packing bento lunches though. Like many of you, Saba Man does not have the same luxury but at least he’ll have nutritious and yummy lunches to see him through.

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Yakisoba Bento 8

Posted on December 16, 2010 by Debra

Woot!  Introducing a new bento box.  Two-tiered stainless steel!   I loves this box.

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Sesame Seitan Bento 16

Posted on November 14, 2010 by Debra

Does this look like chicken?  Maybe teriyaki or barbecue styled?  Not even a little bit?

But lest you think that I’m trying to pull a fast-one,…Saba Man actually likes my wheat-meat (seitan) creations!

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Chicken Adobo and Rice Bento 16

Posted on October 24, 2010 by Debra

Wow, it’s been a long time since the last bento box post!   But vacations are now over and we are all back to work.  To ease his way back to the grind…Saba Man will be taking a “comfort food” bento lunch of chicken adobo and rice.

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Chicken Tofu and Cappelini Bento 10

Posted on October 14, 2010 by Debra

Today’s featured bento with the exception of the cucumbers was assembled with take-out foods!

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Teriyaki Chicken Bento 9

Posted on June 09, 2010 by Debra

Another quick post but this time with teriyaki chicken thighs from a large batch I cooked myself.

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Salmon Patty and Cucumber Bento 4

Posted on June 08, 2010 by Debra

Quick bento post featuring more “Costco-stash”…salmon patties.  Saba Man loves them!

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Tomato Jelly Bento 17

Posted on June 01, 2010 by Debra

Ah… summertime!   Well, it’s not quite here yet but it’s close enough so today’s bento has one of my favorite warm weather salads…caprese!

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