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Meatless Monday Bento 3

Posted on October 25, 2011 by Debra

Tofu again!  Hey, it’s my “go-to” protein.    Quick, easy and absorbs any flavor that you throw at it.

This time…hoisin sauce.  I found a very nice vegetarian type and tossed it with baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, onions, fried tofu cubes then simmered until tender.

Brown rice topped with furikake with a slice of takuan.   Takuan (takuwan), pickled daikon, is risky for the work environment.  It’s very stinky.  He hasn’t mentioned it but I’ll have to ask Saba Man if his co-workers have commented on his odorous lunches.   I’ll let you know his answer.
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Meatless Monday Bento 9

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Debra

Today’s Meatless Monday bento is probably the easiest one I’ve  assembled to date!

A Tofu Soboro!

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Meatless Monday Bento 10

Posted on April 11, 2011 by Debra

After taking a short break from posting bentos, I’m feeling revitalized with many non-meat and fish recipes to share with you.  If you’re a carnivore, please don’t leave.  I’m not being preachy, just providing ideas!

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Mock Medallions 8

Posted on April 10, 2011 by Debra

Okay first off, Saba Man says these look like sausages.  This was not my intention.  I wanted them to look like medallions.

What do you say?

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Vegan Dashi Comments Off

Posted on January 01, 2011 by Debra

The core to Japanese food and cooking is “dashi.”  It is the heart and soul of almost all basic recipes including miso soup, stews like nimono, and even some sushi.

Without dashi, there is no Japanese food.   And in most cases katsuobushi or dried tuna flakes is a required ingredient.  Luckily for vegetarians and vegans there’s another dashi recipe using konbu (kelp) and shiitake mushrooms!

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Tofurkey and Hummus Bento Box 19

Posted on March 04, 2010 by Debra

Today’s featured bento demonstrates the use of  cucumbers  to separate your food items.

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Vegan Valentine Bento Box 16

Posted on February 14, 2010 by Debra

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  We are celebrating with  a heart-healthy vegan bento box.

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How I Made My Own Seitan 6

Posted on January 10, 2010 by Debra

A few days ago I packed a vegan bento with a seitan and bok choy stir fry.  Normally when I use seitan it’s store bought —which can be expensive.   Then I read somewhere of homemade seitan and I practical smacked myself…why didn’t I think of making my own seitan from scratch! Read the rest of this entry →

Vegan Bento Box with Faux Shrimp 3

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Debra
It's not shrimp or a prawn.

It's not shrimp or a prawn.

We are packing leftovers for today’s featured bento box.  Time has been running extra fast for us lately and we dined out a couple of times this past weekend.  One of those circumstances was because we were in the International District, stuck in traffic.  Luckily for us, we found ourselves driving past our favorite vegan Chinese/Vietnamese fusion restaurant Moonlight Cafe!

I have already reviewed this restaurant in this blog and by now you’ve probably ascertained, that we like eating there.   It offers delicious vegan/vegetarian foods along with the usual fare.  Saba Man is neither, so he sometimes orders from their “other” menu.  But on this occasion we stuck to the veggies and faux animal proteins which brings a question to mind.  Why  bother disguising the vegetable proteins to look like meat?  I am personally happy without any sort of ruse.  I suppose there are those who choose to omit meat, but still miss it, and find comfort with this realistic offering.  I on the other hand, found it a little unsettling and distracting, but to each his own, and what counts is that this dish was tasty.

Vegan bento box with Moonlight Cafe leftovers

Vegan bento box with Moonlight Cafe leftovers

The leftovers found their way into one of my favorite boxes, perfect for doggy bag items, no fuss, no muss!  Add a some takuwan and nori for garnish-sprinkle a bit of sesame seeds for color and we have a packed lunch ready to go!  The rest of the items, stir fried baby bok choy with garlic, curried vegetables with “beef” (another counterfeit), and brown rice.  The brown rice did not pretend to be anything else. :)   The box gets tied up in a furoshiki with a pair of chopsticks and placed on the top shelf of our refridgerator, as it’s the designated spot to alert Saba Man that this bento box belongs to him.

Not a Bloody Halloween Bento Box 4

Posted on October 14, 2009 by Debra


We had torrential downpour this morning and the rest of the day remained chilly with this season’s first real soaking. The Pacific Northwest easily releases summer without ever looking back. So along with the gray sky and wind, autumn brings comfort food. Too bad I didn’t have time to cook any… so we are settling on pizza! A vegan pizza, as sumptuous and comforting as a vegan pizza can get. Whole wheat crust with pesto, olive, pepper, mushrooms and artichoke hearts. I can’t eat enough of it and I struggle to tuck some away for tomorrow’s bento snack. Corn pudding, strawberry and an “acorn” fit’s in there too. Now, about the carrot pick… I actually stabbed myself in the finger with this horrible instrument of death, disguised as a cute bento pick, as I tried to poke through the last carrot. It drew blood, REAL BLOOD! Ouch. Talk about a Halloween trick! Don’t worry, no trip to the ER was necessary. It will be a struggle, but I think I’ll survive another day to pack more bento boxes. And before you ask… yes, I did switch out picks, because otherwise would be kind of gross, even if it is a Halloween bento box.

The Magic Round Bento Box Comments Off

Posted on September 21, 2009 by Debra

I thought I would post another past photo of the MRB , since it’ coming with me on the high seas. My plan to keep blogging may be thwarted by those same high seas, but we shall see, keep your fingers crossed that all anti motion sickness meds workfor me.
 
Keep those Bento Box contest entries coming. I’ll answer as soon as i can.

Nanaimo Bar Quest and a Bento Box 2

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Debra

I’ll get to the bento box shortly but first a quick mention about my search for a Nanaimo Bar.

Saba Man and I’ve been spending some time up north in Canada and discovered that Nanaimo Bars were from well, Nanaimo! Years ago when I moved from the islands to the Pacific Northwest, I discovered some strange sounding yet delicious foods like Geoducks, Aplets and Cotlets, lattes. I’ve tried most of these tasty treats except the Nanaimo Bar; it’s eluded me and for far too long. It is time. Time for a quest, a Nanaimo Bar quest. And not just any Nanaimo Bar. Stay tuned.

Ok, back to our scheduled programming.

Today’s bento box is vegan! Stirfried “wheat meat”, Singapore noodles with tofu, sauteed gai lan, blueberries, mango with yokan. Frequent readers will recognize the bento box as Saba Man’s main box which I pack on most days. It’s a quick and easy box to fill. The 4 equal sized compartments eliminates the need for seperators.

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