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Try A Bento Box For Lunch


A bento box is a fun and creative way to change up your boring lunch routine. The box typically consists of multiple compartments that can hold different types of food. Do a little meal prep the night before and you're ready for a delicious and easy lunch.


We've included some tasty ideas to fill up the compartments:


  1. Rice or Noodles: Use a portion of cooked rice or noodles as the main staple of your meal. You can season the rice with furikake (Japanese rice seasoning) or add some stir-fried noodles for variety.

  2. Protein: Include a source of protein such as grilled chicken, sliced beef, fish, tofu, or boiled eggs. You can marinate the protein in a sauce or season it with spices for added flavour.

  3. Vegetables: Add a variety of fresh, cooked, or pickled vegetables to your bento box. Popular choices include steamed broccoli, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, blanched green beans, or sautéed mushrooms.

  4. Salad: Include a small side salad with mixed greens, shredded cabbage, carrots, or any other vegetables of your choice. Dress the salad with a vinaigrette or a Japanese-style sesame dressing.

  5. Fruits: Add some fresh fruits like sliced melon, grapes, berries, or oranges for a refreshing and naturally sweet component.

  6. Pickles: Include pickled vegetables such as Japanese pickles (tsukemono) or Korean kimchi for added tanginess and flavor.

  7. Snacks or Appetizers: Fill one of the compartments with bite-sized snacks like sushi rolls, dumplings, edamame, spring rolls, or tempura.

  8. Condiments: Pack small containers of soy sauce, wasabi, or ginger to accompany your meal. You can also include a small packet of mayonnaise or salad dressing for dipping.

Remember to consider portion sizes and balance the different food groups in your bento box. Feel free to customize it according to your taste preferences and dietary requirements.


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