Friday, June 26, 2009

Vegetarian Bento!

Bento is a Japanese way of preparing lunch boxes. It is basically made up of rice, fish, meat, and egg. But now a days, bento has evolved, and it has lots of varieties. Japanese moms actually designed bento boxes for their kids in order to encourage them to eat a variety of foods. Also, it helps in tricking the kids to eat foods that they don’t like to eat at all, and one classic example is the greenly leafy healthy veggie. I used to religiously eat my bentos when I was at grade school, even if it includes the veggie that I totally despised before, the bitter gourd.
Lately, I’d been longing to make some bentos, but the only thing that stops me from moving my butt is my laziness. Then one day, my husband and I needs to go to Tampa for some business, and he told me to packed some lunch since it’s gonna be a long day (duh! he just hate to eat outside,LOL). While checking the cooler to see if what can I whip from our almost bare fridge, making bento lunch boxes pops in my head right away.
Making bento is actually easy. You don’t need to make it fancy and intricate as the Japanese folks does, but to have the basic things in making it is a big help. So, for the basics, you just need rice (sushi rice), nori (dried seaweeds/sushi wrapper), some veggies and fruits, small containers (like a small paper/cupcake cup). You also need some toothpicks to sometimes hold the food in place, and of course your bento box ( I just use the regular rectangular box). All of these are very easy to avail at your local Asian store. Once you have all of it, then you’re good to go.
When it comes on how to arrange your bento, there’s no pattern at all if which comes first. Whatever suits your needs, then go for it! All you need is your creativity and imagination, and just do things out of the box! You can make pakoras or samosas and have it arrange anyway you want. You can also put some accents for more colors, like cherry tomatoes, grapes, or even m n’ms will do.
If you’ve never tried making a bento box, now is that time to do it, hahaha! If you have problem with your kids on letting them eat some healthy foods, do it the bento way, and I’m pretty much sure it’ll work.
For more detailed steps and how tos in making a bento, I suggest to visit this site, If you have more questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m just a click away, and I’ll be happy to be of service.

Some of the simple bentos that I made for my husband :) .

Contents: Seaweeds rolls, onigiri, veggie balls, kiwi, strawberry, candy,cherry tomatoes, and grapes.

Contents: Rice balls, veggie dogs, tofu, vegetarian brownies, gulabjamon, cherry tomatoes, and grapes.

Contents: Rice rolls w/ cream cheese, tofu, veggie balls with broccoli and marinara sauce, edamame, and kiwis.

Contents: Rice rolls, zucchini pakora, broccoli, and veggie dogs.

Contents: Rice balls, steamed asparagus, spring rolls, and stir-fried noodles.

And that's me pigging out, LOL!

Here is also a video of cute bento boxes. I’m sure we can get an idea or two from this video.