It seems that bento boxes for lunch are becoming more and more popular these days.  I personally use bento boxes for my kids’ lunches because I love that they are not throwing away plastic sandwich bags or extra packaging that would just be adding to all the garbage piling up in the world.

But what to put in bento box lunches?  I asked Yoko and Mike in our office to make a bento lunch and take pictures for us.

Yoko made Pasta Alfredo and a side of potatoes.  Yum!



Mike (or actually, his lovely wife, Linda) made this – looks like some rice with mentaiko, tamagoyaki, some mushrooms and an onigiri on the side!

Nice job Yoko and Linda!

I’m going to work on mine and see if I make it as nice as theirs!  Mine usually consist of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Very boring.  The saddest part is that I even have this lovely Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh at home!  I’m going to look through this book and get back to you!

BK1022You can also find Makiko Itoh’s blog at Just Hungry

If you’re looking for other Japanese recipes, you should also check out:

No Recipes

J Simple Recipes

and if you’re looking for bento recipes for kids:

Happy Little Bento


What is your favorite thing to make for a bento lunch?


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