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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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Kamaboko Omelet Bento 13

Posted on July 27, 2011 by Debra

After packing SM’s lunch in my new Keep Cool Bento Box, I realized that not only is this box great for summer because of it’s ice-pack feature, but it’s perfect for  back-to-school too!

I’m making a mental note to feature this bento in future BTS post, although this could be considered for the same…especially if your child likes what’s packed!

Today’s lunch consists of noodles in the form of Korean Chapchae, white rice, kamaboko omelet, snow peas and a pan glazed lotus root!

Our summer weather is just now starting to heat up so this box will come in handy for sure!


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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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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.

Ham Omelet and Long Bean Bento 9

Posted on September 25, 2010 by Debra

Chinese long beans are yummy!  And no need for special prep, peeling, or exotic seasoning!  Really.

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Special Hiyashi Chuka Bento 16

Posted on September 04, 2010 by Debra

Shh…there’s an ingredient in this bento that Saba Man doesn’t care for.  Can you guess?

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Back-to-School Bento #2 7

Posted on August 15, 2010 by Debra

Today’s Back-to-School bento features a “no nonsense” approach to packing your child’s lunch.  No cuteness allowed?  No time to stock your “bento-stash”?  This bento style may help you.

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Quinoa Salad Bento Box 34

Posted on March 22, 2010 by Debra

It seems like I’ve been dragging my feet to uphold my end of the bargain and recreate the winning recipe from our recent “M4SB Giveaway” winner Lauren (Lumi)!    But I promise it was just me being a “space-cadet”… do people still use that “term of endearment”? :)

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Mardi Gras Bento Box 25

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Debra


“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

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Paperwhites Omelette Bento Box 5

Posted on December 19, 2009 by Debra

The paperwhites that I was trying to force… didn’t take.  The bulb did it’s best with a tiny green shoot that grew a bit  each day but never arrived at it’s full potential.   Only a couple of stubby stalks with sad little white petals at the tips.   Poor little  narcissus…done and gone before Christmas.   I’m going to try again with another bulb, maybe a different species will better for our dark and gloomy climate.   In the meantime here’s a small tribute to that brave little plant that sat on my kitchen counter for a brief couple weeks.

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Tuna Omelet Bento Box 6

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Debra


Whoa… the holidaze! The crush of activity is catching up to me and Saba Man!

And with that said… today’s featured bento is a quick one and so is this post.

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Good Morning Sunshine Bento Box 5

Posted on October 31, 2009 by Debra
Pancakes, veggie omelet with veggie sausages

Pancakes, veggie omelet with veggie sausages

Yesterday, I was fiercely craving pancakes and I could not get them out of my mind.  I finally gave in to the “call of the carbs”, grabbed Saba Man, and drove over to a nearby pancake joint to eat breakfast for lunch.  The restaurant totally piled on the food, (why do they do that?) which gave me the opportunity to create a pancake bento box, just  in time for Saba Man’s graveyard shift at work.  This means he’ll be eating his breakfast before the sun comes up, but it’s all good because I placed a little bit of sunshine in there for him.

Besides the pancakes, the veggie omelet is also leftover from our breakfast outing.  I added  tofu sausage, tomatoes and starfruit, which I dyed, as an experiment.  Last week, I featured sliced starfruit in another bento box lunch ,but when viewing the posted photos, the fruit looked a little washed out.  This time I soaked them in pomegranate juice ahead of time, in hopes of turning them a bright red or purple.  As you can see, it didn’t work as planned.  They did darken from their natural pale yellow, but not exactly in a attractive way.   Luckily, they taste pretty much the same in their altered color.   Oh well, if the starfruit doesn’t bright up his meal, the little smiling piece of roasted yellow bell pepper should do the trick as the “light” for  Saba Man’s breakfast in the dark.

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