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Anyone here pack bento lunches?I started recently and it's so fun/rewarding/delicious. I love looking at pictures of peoples bentos to get ideas for my own, but so many of them are non veg, I'd love to be able to get recipes and ideas from fellow veggies.<br><br>
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Tomorrows bento<br><img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/breakthenight/DSCF3422.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/breakthenight/DSCF3424.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br>
This is my bento all constructed. I got a little lazy so the decorations are supposed to be a bell pepper star and carrot moon and sun. Also just noticed they are crooked.<br>
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Veggie shepherds pie<br>
four sweet and sour veggie "meat" balls on skewers<br>
raw carrot and pepper slices<br>
white rice<br>
an edible lettuce divider<br>
mini soysauce bottle on the side.<br><br>
So please share your veggie bentos!
 

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I don't have any authentic. I bought a locking type and it works nice.<br>
I love packing my bento. I do it the night before, and I have a lot of fun being creative and deciding what to make, cute ways to arrange and decorate them and wrapping it up for the next day. One of my new favorite things. I even make bento boxes to eat at home when
 

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Definately. I need another veggie bento maker to talk to. And it IS super fun.(Also, your bunny is really cute. I love the black eye patch)
 

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Looks like a great lunch!! Would you mind passing on your recipe for the vegetarian sheppards pie?<br><br>
The pictures are making me hungry.
 

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They look really fun! I've never heard of bento boxes before, what's the idea with them? Just portions of pretty things? (Sounds like a good idea to me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ) Maybe we should use this thread to share menu ideas, I wouldn't know where to start with one!
 

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I tried to look for a good definition for a bento box and I couldn't find one. So i'm just going to explain it how I explained it to my friend(bear with me-I'm no expert!). Firstly, it's essentially a type of boxed lunch that originated in Japan.<br><br>
" In terms of what a bento is, it's just a certain way of packing a lunch really, so that it's... healthy and appealing to look at. It's packed in a comparatively small container than most people pack lunches in, and it's supposed to be packed around 3 parts grain, 2 parts veggies and 1 part proteins. The whole thing is supposed to be completely full of foodpacked tightly(no empty space). Mine has some empty space just because I didn't want my veggies getting a lot of sweet and sour sauce on them."<br><br>
Some bento's are very decorative(cartoon characters and cute things made out of food) and others are more like mine, just small portions of foods jumbled together in a semi attractive manner. I like to do a little of the decorative bits on occassion. It's just nicer to look at that way. The containers are usually smaller because when a bento is completly full and normally packed it tends to end up with the ml capacity=calories. Mine are usually less than the mls, because I use lots of fresh veggies, and veggie proteins tend to be less calorie dense.<br><br>
Shepherd's pie: I think the name I used is a little misleading. Basically I boiled two big potatoes and made creamy mashed potatoes with cheese mixed in(it could be easily veganized). Then in a frying pan I cooked some green peppers in "butter"and then added a can of corn and a can or peas. I spiced it lightly with paprika,pepper, salt and garlic. I spooned the veggie mixture into muffin papers in a muffin tin, and then topped them with the mashed potatoes. I piped the mashed potatoes on, so that it would be more attractive but obviously that's not required. I sprinkled them with paprika and cooked in oven at probably 425-450 for 20 minutes. I froze the extra ones.
 

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Also, as a side note, I'm eating my bento as I type and it's actually delicious. SO yummy. Everything turned out really well. THIS is how I spoil myself.<br><br>
p(p?)s...<br>
Bentos are usually meant to be eaten cold/room temperature(normally). Theres a lot of cute special boxes you can buy for them. And yes, it is for the most part a lot of small portions of pretty yummy things all packed together tightly. You can really do whatever you want with them. I would LOVE for people to get in on sharing menus, recipes and pictures. I find them really inspiring for packing my lunch!
 

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For sure, the small box size can fit a bunch of food. I'm actually quite full afterwards, though if it's a long day at work I tend to bring a quick snack for the end of the day anyway, like a little bit of oatmeal. But it's wayyy more filling than you'd expect. I do use eggs for my protein often enough in my bentos, but there are a lot of great options(like the sweet and sour veggie meatballs *drools* so delicious....)
 

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I bought one a while ago but it was a bit small and a bit faffy to pack so I havent really made much use of it.<br><br>
Actually, I'm trying to remember if I cleaned it last time I used it, kind of scared to open it now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":sick:">
 

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<img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/breakthenight/DSCF3430.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Pineapple fried rice<br>
another veggie shepherd's pie<br>
two little grilled pineapple skewers<br>
raw veggies<br>
and a horribly made one egg Tamagoyaki(So as I was making this I started to smell burnt plastic and as I was trying to locate the source I ended up overcooking it, and I didn't roll it together in time so instead of being fluffy and layered... it got kind of seperated <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">)<br><br>
I wish it was prettier. I need to pick up some new colourful veggies. My guinea pig seems to devour them all so quickly before I get a chance,lol. Also if you are wondering the swords are for holding my maimed tamagoyaki together and the one in the veggie pie is to keep it from moving and getting squished against the top of the box...The gray thing hanging down ruining my pretty picture is the cord from my camera...LOL.
 

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i love looking at cute bento lunches. i'm not very good at making them<br><br>
what are those meatballs? are they store bought or did you make them from scratch?
 

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The meatballs are store bought. I don't know the brand right now...but they come in a green and white bag in the freezer section. They are plain though, so I cook them in the sweet and sour sauce. They are really, really good especially cold. WAY better cold. But generally amazing.[They are Au naturel]<br><br>
Also I don't think theres really a being good at making bentos. It's just yummy food packed into a box! You should totally make bentos and post pictures on here. I love looking at yummy pictures too, and getting new ideas for my lunches. Mine aren't amazing and beautiful, but they are tasty and I like sharing what ideas I've come up with or whatnot.
 

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Bumping this up with today's bento:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y226/breakthenight/DSCF3436.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Mini wraps with curry mayo<br>
Three spinach nuggets<br>
Veggies(carrots,sugar snap peas,radish slices,green pepper and button mushrooms)<br>
A little paper cup filled with blueberries.
 

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damnit! i have no self control. i must now go out and get me a cute bento box. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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damnit! i have no self control. i must now go out and get me a cute bento box. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"></div>
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For sure!. And post pictures and ideas! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br>
I just use a small sized locking lunch container though, which I purchased for 3 dollars or something at the grocery store. Before I even bought that I used little cheap sandwich containers, though I wouldn't go for something like that long term. It's awesome and super easy to get started- all you need is a box and food to put in said box.You don't need to get special materials or supplies to start out...though they are fun to collect on the long term...<br><br>
Also thank you fadeaway!I'm eating it now, so I can attest to the fact it's also yummy!
 

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my grandpa used to use these. the old metal ones. yours are really cute.<br><br>
omg: Hello Kitty Bento boxes!<br><br><a href="http://www.bonanza.com/booths/click4itnow/items/Japan_Sanrio_HELLO_KITTY_Bento_Lunch_Box_Case_4pc_set_B" target="_blank">http://www.bonanza.com/booths/click4...Case_4pc_set_B</a>
 
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