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Baked Salmon Bento 8

Posted on January 10, 2012 by Debra

Here we go… starting off 2012 with a relatively healthy bento: baked salmon, egg omelette, fried brown rice, and broccoli.  Embellishments include a sprig of kaiware (radish sprouts), black sesame seeds, nori, and beni shoga (pickled red ginger).

I consider this bento healthier than not because  I used sprouted brown rice,  just a dash of olive oil and low salt shoyu for the fried rice.  The two-egg omelette is missing one yolk. :)  And the mayo on the broccoli is made from grape seed oil.   The baked salmon is… um…baked! :)

Most of the ingredients are organic as well!

We try our very best to eat the better options, a practice that we abandoned during the holidays.  So now with the new year we are focused and ready tackle our cravings with smarter choices.

I hope to keep it up to at least through February.  Do you think we’ll make it? Ha ha!


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Shoyu Chicken and Rice Bento 1

Posted on March 12, 2011 by Debra


Short post.

Saba Man’s bento is filled with shoyu chicken, broccolini, sprouted rice, beni shoga (pickled ginger), takuan (pickled radish) and nori (toasted seaweed).

Notice that I ran out of lettuce?  Also, I couldn’t find my camera so I took the photo with my phone which didn’t turn out as well as I like.

I also feel a little awkward posting a bento without mention of the Japan earthquake.   But I can’t find the words.  It’s all so shocking. 

If you are on twitter, I recommend following @makiwi (Maki of Just Bento) as she has been translating Japanese news for us.  Her efforts are incredible; timely and succinct messages that are nothing short of amazing.

I applaud her tireless efforts to pass along factual information along with personal notes.  What an incredible woman.

She recently tweeted ” for bento fans: scenes of tons and tons of onigiri being handed out to survivors…” 

That tweet really touched me.


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Char Siu Bao Bento 4

Posted on March 01, 2011 by Debra

This quickly assembled bento features something new for Saba Man, a pan-fried char siu bao!

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Meatless Monday Valentine Bento 12

Posted on February 14, 2011 by Debra

It’s a  double-whamy of love today!  A meatless bento for heart-healthy awareness plus a Valentine theme.   A very subtle  tribute to love with a heart-shaped radish slice. Read the rest of this entry →

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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Omuyakisoba Bento 4

Posted on December 18, 2010 by Debra

The stainless steel and yakisoba love continues with this holiday themed bento.

This one is not new but it is a favorite and I suspect if we counted, this box would win as The Most Featured Bento Box on this blog!

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Udon Salad and Salmon Bento 8

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Debra

I think I’ve already complained (in earlier posts) about being too busy too cook  so I’ll spare you the moaning and groaning.  Let’s skip the dirty details on my long days and get to the bento!

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Chowmein Omelet Bento 2

Posted on October 27, 2010 by Debra

Our carb-fest continues!  :)

You can make an omelet out of almost anything… why not an omu-chowmein?

Shoyu chicken and the last (for now) of the amber cup squash are perfect compliments.

And since it’s  near Halloween, I placed a token “Jack” cut from a watermelon radish.

Green onions and nori provides the finishing touch.

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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Shoyu Chicken and Kongbap Bento 13

Posted on September 13, 2010 by Debra

The rice in this bento is very tasty and my current favorite!

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How to Pack a Bento #3 18

Posted on July 06, 2010 by Debra

As you know, I lost all my media in the recent “failure to back up” pc fiasco!  But I won’t dwell except to say that the new “movie maker” application on my new pc is much easier to use…so let’s move forward with another video on “how to pack a bento”!

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“LOST” Bento Box 18

Posted on February 23, 2010 by Debra

Today is Tuesday and that means “LOST” is on tonight!  This is my first attempt at a television show bento.

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