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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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Back to School Bento 6

Posted on August 13, 2011 by Debra

Another Back-to-School bento idea for today’s post.  How about ravioli and sausage? Yes!!!

And packed in one of my most favorite Elph boxes from Japanistic.

Today’s bento is filled with mushroom ravioli, vegetarian sausage, asparagus, carrots, bit’s of smoked mozzarella and a cherry tomato.

If you decide to pack a similar bento just remember to keep things light and not add too much sauce.  And you can add almost any type of vegetable if asparagus in not a favorite.

For more ideas visit my Back-to-School page for tips and suggestions.

Also, I’ll be announcing a contest in a  few days where you will have a chance to win a cute bento box from our friends at Japanistic!


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Meatless Monday Bento 3

Posted on June 27, 2011 by Debra

Can you believe it’s Monday already?   And that means it’s time for another meatless meal.

So without further adieu…insert drum roll… Seitan Katsu!

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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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Mushroom Meatless Monday Bento 8

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Debra

So far, so good with our Meatless Monday bento boxes.  Saba Man doesn’t mind the exclusion of meat in his lunch! Yay!   Read the rest of this entry →

Vegetarian Chowmein Snack Bento 13

Posted on October 26, 2010 by Debra

This vegetarian bento could be mine for the taking, but Saba Man liked it so I packed it in his lunchbag!

Shoyu chowmein garnished with ginger and green onions, fried tofu and what’s left of the baked amber cup squash.

I really should cook more than one squash at a time.  We go through it so quickly.

The chowmein is another addiction!  Hello?  Can’t stop eating noodles since yesterday’s #twitterpastaparty!

I’m so carbed-out… but that won’t stop me from participating on November 1st #twittersushiparty!

Please join us on Twitter!

Cake Noodle with Fried Tofu 6

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Debra

It’s #twitterfoodparty Monday!  Every last Monday of the month some twitter foodie friends share a photo of the that month’s theme.  October is pasta or noodles!

My  dish is “Cake Noodles with Tofu!”   Double-cooked chowmein noodles, lightly boiled, then fried into a cake, cut into squares and topped with a savory mix of fried tofu, carrots, onions, shoyu, and vegetarian hoisin sauce!

It’s crunchy-on-the-outside then soft-on-the-inside sensation is tantalizing and  I can’t stop eating it.

We are using the  hashtag #twitterpastaparty if you’d like to follow or contribute!  No pressure to do so but it’s a lot of fun!

My id on twitter is @hapabento

Won’t you join us?

Kongbap-Delicious Mix of Rice and Beans 19

Posted on October 03, 2010 by Debra

You may of noticed that lately I’ve been packing our bentos with kongbap.  A Korean mixture of rice (brown or white) along with beans and grains.   Read the rest of this entry →

Back to School Bento #7 13

Posted on August 28, 2010 by Debra

Did your teen-ager declare herself a vegetarian and refuses to eat food bought from the school cafeteria? No problem, pack her a meat-free bento lunch!

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Back-to-School Bento #3 27

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Debra

I don’t create many cute bento box lunches, but if I had a little tyke, I’d probably pack a school lunch like this one!

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