Monthly Archives: September 2013

One Pot Bento

One Pot Bento

Sometimes the best meal derives from a one-pot meal. It doesn’t translate as well to a bento but saucing up the rice from last night’s one-pot meal, Chinese “clay pot” (I used my Le Creuset dutch oven) of chicken, bok choy, kabocha, daikon, shiitake mushrooms, scallions with ginger and garlic. When that cooks for an hour it makes the best sort of sauce for rice.

Menu: Chinese “clay pot” over rice with chinese sausage, and melon.

Bento by Baba

Bento by Baba

C requested that Baba-chan make her bento again. And tomorrow. I don’t blame her.

Menu: Rice (for Japanese stew in thermos), nori-maki, cucumber salad, plum and sausages.

Special Bento

Special Bento

My mother is in town so “baba-chan” prepared the bento today. The biggest difference is that my mother packs it fresh in the morning (whereas I pack it the night before). Which I’m sure does taste much better but unfortunately, I’m not a morning person.

Menu: Tamagoyaki (sweet Japanese egg omelet), strawberries, turkey and chive gyoza, and rice rolls with seaweed.

Chicken Karaage

Chicken Karaage

One of my favorite bentos my mother made for me included Japanese fried chicken, ‘tori karaage’. I cared more for that than a bag of chips. It was that awesome.

Here, I cheated a bit and used the TJ’s mandarin chicken bag and baked it as normal but instead of using the enclosed sauce, I drizzled Japanese chicken karaage sauce on it. Easy and delicious.

Menu: rice with furikake, chicken karaage, veggies and dip, and yogurt parfait (strawberries and bananas with vanilla yogurt).

Red kinda lunch

Red kinda lunch

Menu: Rigatoni with homemade marinara sauce (will have to post this recipe b/c it was amazing), fruit medley, apple-strawberry sauce, blueberry raspberry spelt cake.

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Vietnamese Herb Chicken Salad

This salad is refreshing because of the flavors of rau răm, or what some refer to as laksa leaves. I love putting it in my fresh rolls, or together with my grilled meat plates with noodles (bun) or rice – see last photo.

This salad would normally accompany a bowl of duck or chicken egg noddle soup. But making it on its own is satisfying enough. I healthified it a bit by replacing the usual shaved cabbage with shredded kale. I flash blanched it under hot water just to take away a bit of the earthiness of raw kale. It’s best to prepare it when you have some chicken on hand that you can shred.

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Starry Night Dancing Octopus

Alright. It has gotten out of hand. Honestly, I planned to make some pasta with red sauce. However, when I reached out to get the jar of pasta to cook, I realized I had leftover rice that needed to be used. What better way than to use it for fried rice. Not to mention, at the restaurant tonight, C’s request for fried rice was denied. I start rummaging the fridge for its ingredients… when the next thing I know, the pasta sauce doesn’t even make it out and this happens:

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I Heart Bentos

I Heart Bentos

I have noticed that on most days, C consumes most of her lunch when I serve her rice. When I used to prepare sandwiches, she would usually only eat half the sandwich. So I think I’ll be sticking with rice (also it’s MUCH easier to prepare. And occasionally throw in a non-rice meal here and there. I will soon post a video on how to properly cook Japanese rice as well! Stay tuned.

Menu: Steamed salmon (not a good move), broccoli with miso dressing, rice, and grapes.

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Lunch nibbles

Edible Lunchable

The only reason why I ever enjoyed taking lunchables to school is because it was neatly organized. Other than that, the food was sub-par. But their packaging made me realize that one could have a nice selection of little nibbles and still have it be delicious!

Menu: Assorted crackers, cubed cheese, grapes, freeze dried blueberries, veggies with Brianna’s ranch dressing.

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Bunny & Ocotopus

Bunny & Ocotopus

I decided to try and break my daughter’s bento into two meals since she didn’t have much of a breakfast this morning. So that during her first snack, she can refuel.

Menu: First tier- rice with furikake and lemongrass turkey meatballs (recipe from Hot Sour Sweet Spicy). Second tier- rice with “octopus” and hard boiled egg. Accompanied with fruit medley.

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