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Miso Butter Mahi Mahi Bento 12

Posted on June 25, 2011 by Debra

Saba Man and I shared a rare weekday off together.  So we decided to drop the car off at the shop for a routine check-up.  Off course that was just too optimistic of us  because the shop called to tell us that our “whatchamacallit” was leaking… we had no choice but to get comfy in a loaner car.

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Meatless Monday Bento 6

Posted on June 20, 2011 by Debra

Don’t adjust your monitor, the color of this bento is truly the color of sunshine.

Robust and spicy flavored Oaxacan  Tofu—not my creation but bought from the deli— is cubed and cooled down with fresh mango, cilantro and tomatoes.   And as though I didn’t have enough yellow in this box lunch, I added saffron rice topped with fried scallions.

Red strawberry and orange carrots complete the warm toned palette.

Well… if the sun doesn’t want to shine over  Seattle, maybe I can give it a kick-start with this bento!



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Tuna Squares Bento 10

Posted on May 28, 2011 by Debra

Since Saba Man has stopped eating meat, his lunch bentos are frequently packed with “something tuna”!

Today is no exception.

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Easter Eggs for Your Bento 24

Posted on April 20, 2011 by Debra

Originally posted  on 4/5/10.   I thought it would be a good idea to re-publish, so go and  color as many Easter Eggs as you want… because you can re-shape them later for your bento!

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Easter is over so now what do you do with all those  colored eggs?   Add them to your bento of course!

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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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Another Stainless Steel Bento 3

Posted on February 10, 2011 by Debra

After a short pause, we’re bringing sexy back!   Stainless steel baby!

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Sweet Miso Chicken Bento 22

Posted on September 23, 2010 by Debra

Here’s a bento filled with a hodge-podge of items from recent articles.

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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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Fried Rice Bento 15

Posted on July 25, 2010 by Debra

What’s better than fried rice for dinner?  Leftover fried rice for the next day’s lunch!

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“Now and Later” Sandwich Bento 20

Posted on July 01, 2010 by Debra

We’ve been very busy of late so thanks to “Nature’s Pride” and the Foodbuzz Tastemaster program I’ve been able to pack lunches very quickly by making  sandwiches!

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Vegan Sausage Rollups Bento 7

Posted on June 23, 2010 by Debra


I know that I’ve been seriously neglecting my daily posting of bento photos. And there’s a “stack” of them just waiting for me. Like a lot of you I’ve been busy with household chores and my recent obsession with outdoor repairs and yardwork.  

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Mini Teri-Chicken Pita Bento 12

Posted on June 07, 2010 by Debra

I lingered in the bakery of a local grocery store a moment too long which in hindsignt was a good thing because I saw these cute mini pita breads!   “What a  perfect size for bento lunches”,  so I added the bag- of- a- dozen to my cart then “hightailed it” out that carb-laden department.   I can’t resist fresh baked goods.

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