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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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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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Chicken, Rice and Ham Bento 10

Posted on October 02, 2010 by Debra

Does this bento lunch look familiar?

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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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More Makunouchi Bento 5

Posted on September 12, 2010 by Debra

Lest you thought I had run out of chicken karaage or mackerel…nope, here’s the last of it!

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Bento Lunch for Friends 10

Posted on September 11, 2010 by Debra

I get asked often if I sell my bentos.  No I don’t, but I do give them to friends or family that request a yummy lunch. Read the rest of this entry →

Karaage and Salmon Misoyaki Bento 12

Posted on September 06, 2010 by Debra

Today’s featured bento contains an unlikely ingredient…karaage or Japanese style fried chicken!

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Colorful Chard Bento 18

Posted on August 19, 2010 by Debra

Today’s featured bento shows off the bright and colorful chard that I bought from the farmers market way over in Sequim, Wa.

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Another Lazy Tuna Sushi Bento 9

Posted on July 28, 2010 by Debra


Saba Man seems to like the Lazy Tuna Sushi so I packed a few for him.  But for fear of carbo-overload, I modified the recipe a bit.

Instead of using all white rice I mixed it half-n-half with brown rice which I proudly named “hapa rice” then shaped each piece with extra tuna. 

“Less rice more tuna” is his new mantra! :)

Also in the bento box are snap peas, tomatoes (again) and broccoli (again).  

It’s a strange combo with the vegan sausauge, but we gotta eat our way through the bento-stash to make room for newer, fresher fare!

Baked Salmon with Sauteed Snap Peas Bento 19

Posted on July 18, 2010 by Debra

What  a difference a week makes…last weekend was a whirlwind with a house full of guests and this week there was only me (and 2 kitties) while Saba Man was out of town.  We’re kind of on a regular bento schedule again so I’m kicking off the next work-week with this baked salmon bento.

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How to Pack a Bento #1 29

Posted on June 11, 2010 by Debra

I’m starting another instructional bento series.   This first article demonstrates how to pack a 2 tier bento box lunch.

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Caprese Blossoms Bento 16

Posted on June 04, 2010 by Debra

The other day I posted a bento featuring tomato jellies for a caprese salad and I  wrote that I had regretfully cubed the jelly instead of cutting out flowers.  Well I made up for it with today’s version.

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