Twitter Tofu Party Bento (Bento #163)



This month’s theme for the #twitterfoodparty is tofu! I decided to go pretty basic and make some teriyaki tofu squares. They are delicious! The teriyaki sauce was just a mixture of soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, a little bit of garlic, and a splash of rice wine vinegar. I marinated the cut and drained tofu for about an hour, pan fried them, then reduced the leftover sauce until it was thick and sticky and coated the squares with it.

The one boo-boo I made was that I dredged them in a bit of mochiko and it just peels right off, oh well.

For the bento, I paired it with rice topped with plum flavored sesame seeds and a pickled plum, cucumber slices, cherries, blackberries, and some little tomatoes to fill the gaps.

Hubs isn’t a huge tofu fan, so this bento... is all mine!!! I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow!!!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Time flies (Bento #162)



Is May almost over already? It feels like it just started! Pretty soon Hubs’ school will be out and I won’t need to make him bentos for the summer. That means I get the whole summer for “me” bentos!! I’m trying to use it as an excuse to want to go to work, lol.

For today’s lunch I made Hubs a pasta salad with broccoli, bacon, and onions and packed it with celery, rolled up salami, an egg, tomatoes, and some green olives.

Happy Bento-ing!
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Pork chop bliss (Bento #161)



It’s been a while since I’ve used my old 2-tier boxes and I like it :)

We had some amazing grilled pork chops for dinner. I marinated them in soy sauce, garlic, and ginger for about an hour before grilling. They were super savory and salty and yum!

For lunch I packed them with furikake rice, fruit, broccoli, tomatoes, and little celery sticks.

This has to be a quick post because we’re watching the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Go Bolts!!!

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Kitchen sink spaghetti bento and the giveaway winner! (Bento #160)



I’ve been on a weird spaghetti kick lately. I used to only make spaghetti with ground beef but over the last couple of weeks we’ve had it with all kinds of different things. Honestly, I think it is a lack of “cooking energy”, spaghetti is just so easy to make. Today’s version turned out really good though. Hubs said it tasted like a gourmet restaurant, to which I asked if he’d ever actually eaten at a gourmet restaurant. ^_^

To make this one I chopped up some chicken breast into bite sized pieces, seasoned with garlic and italian herbs, browned it in the pan, added the sauce, and let it cook for a bit to make sure the chicken was cooked. Then I added a can of drained and sliced palm hearts and about half a cup of toasted almond slices. I let it simmer for another 15 minutes and served it with some amazing parmesan.

So, the best part about this bento, ... what? You don’t want to hear any more about the bento? Why not? Oh! That’s right! I have to announce the giveaway winner!!! I was blown away with how excited everyone was about this giveaway. Thank you all for participating!



Congratulations Ecumeg!!!

“I "liked" you on fb...megan smith!  I have been looking and wanting to start doing some bento lunches.  My hubby takes his lunch most days, so I wanna do something different and fun for him!  Plus we have 2 children, so always looking for new and fun things to do with/for them!  Oh and I follow your blog:)“   

I will ship out your goodies as soon as I get your mailing address. :)

So, what did she win?



Only the most awesome giveaway ever! ^_^ Lol! Congratulations Ecumeg, I hope you enjoy your new bento supplies!

If you would like a copy of the list of entries or of the original PDF of the random.org page just email me and I will be happy to send them to you!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Sometimes, you just need lunch (Bento #159)



Sometimes, more often than not, there just isn’t enough time to make a fancy lunch. Today was one of those days. It doesn’t mean it can’t be tasty though!

I threw leftover fried rice and grilled turkey sausage in a Lunchbots bento box along with a cup of fresh fruit.

After making it I realized that I picked up a lot of the colors from the bento bag I made yesterday so I threw it in the photo to make things prettier. I hope the rest of the week stays this bright! Happy Monday everyone!

Linked up to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

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Bento bag

I’m so excited! I made my first bento bag! Stinker kitty helped me take the pictures too.



The outer layer is quilted in yellow thread with a thin batting. The straps, binding around the top, and the liner are all in the same fabric. It has a small velcro closure at the top.

I made it wide enough to fit my Lunchbots boxes because I use them the most. It will actually hold two of them stacked on top of each other. Next project is a matching utensil pouch. ^_^







Happy Bento-ing!

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Mama cat (Bento #158)



There are a lot of stray and feral cats in our neighborhood, most all of them have been fixed and released, and we keep a bowl of cat food by the door for them. A couple of them are friendly and you love on them but most will run if you get too close. Then there’s Mama Cat. The woman who traps and gets them fixed said she was the hardest one to catch. I don’t doubt it.

Mama Cat rules the roost. She doesn’t care who you are or why you’re here. Humans are so beneath her. She won’t let anyone get close to her but she never runs away, she just saunters away annoyed and waits for you to leave.

Over the last couple of years we’ve formed a relationship with her. She’ll follow us to the mailbox and back, she lets us know when the food dish is empty by staring in the window, and she lets us get about 5 feet from her before she starts to walk away. Trust me, 5 feet is close for Mama Cat.

So last night I went to go out back to take these photos and guess who was on the back porch taking a bath? I didn’t want to bother her so I stayed as close to the door as possible and took my photos. She sat there the whole time and just watched me. I’m sure she thinks I’m nuts.

The bento isn’t much to look at, but it will be delicious! For dinner I made spaghetti with pumpkin and toasted almonds. It was wonderful! It needed a little fresh parmesan, but other than that, it was really good.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Hungry girl bento (Bento #157)



Have you entered the bento giveaway yet???? Check it out!!!

I was starving yesterday! I went to work without any food, yup, I’m a smart one, and by the time 2PM rolled around I was famished. I ran home and of course, there wasn’t anything to eat that didn’t require more cooking than I was willing to commit to. So I ate a piece of leftover cake from Hubs’ graduation party. Of course after having cake for lunch (it was a small piece, I promise) I laid down for a 20 minute nap... 4 hours later...

Needless to say, I didn’t cook yesterday. It was just “one of those days” so I decided we needed Chinese take-out.

In order to avoid the same thing today I got my butt in gear this morning and made a bento to bring to work for both breakfast and lunch. I packed a ton of fruit and leftover Chinese (sesame balls, a krab rangoon, beef with garlic sauce, and rice with pickled plum). I had to break the end off the krab rangoon so that it would fit right. I’ll probably eat most of the fruit for breakfast then polish off the rest at lunch.

I keep promising myself I’m going to cook tonight... wish me luck!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Giveaway time!!! Oh yeah.. and a bento (Bento #156)



Here is Hubs’ bento which just contains a lot of leftover takeout: ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, pineapple, carrots, and some sugar snaps. He doesn’t know it yet but I completely forgot to put the BBQ sauce in his bag this morning... oops.

I cannot believe it has been a full year since my first bento! Time goes by so slow yet so fast. Boy has my style changed too. I used to try to make cute bentos but they never really worked. Eventually I gave up and just made bentos that came naturally, cute or not. Here’s my first one...

Ahhhh the “under the sea” bento. I even had blue rice. I can’t do colored rice... it creeps me out, lol. I feel so nostalgic looking back at my old bentos. I’d like to try to regain some of that excitement and creativity again. Maybe I’ll try for some cute this week. :)

But.... the best part? Giveaway time!! I think giveaways are more fun for me than everyone else, lol! In honor of my one-year bentoversary I’m giving away...






In this giveaway:
- a handmade cotton utensil pouch
- a Lunchbots Uno stainless steel bento box
- 6 soy sauce containers
- 4 silicon cups
- a tamagoyaki pan
- animal themed cutters
- cylinder rice mold

Due to the numerous inquiries about the safety of the bento products in our store I feel the need to say the following: none of the products in this giveaway or in the Ohayo Bento store contain radiation. These products were not even in Japan during the earthquake/tsunami disaster. All products from the Ohayo Bento store were in the United States before the radiation concerns and they all currently live upstairs in my office in sunny Florida.

The details: this giveaway is only open to US residents because I don’t know anything about international contest rules. All entries must be received by 11:59PM Eastern on Monday May 23rd. This contest is only open to people 18 years of age or older. The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. Entries will be numbered in the order they are received.

I will keep a spreadsheet of all the entries as they come in. If you wish to see a list of the entries email me at heather(at)ohayobento.com and I would be more than happy to provide it.

You can enter more than once! Each of the following categories counts as a separate entry.
1) Tell us how your bento style has changed or, if you are new to bento, what kind of style do you think you will have?
2) Tell me that you are a follower of the blog or become a follower and tell me so!
3) Like Ohayo Bento on Facebook and tell me what your FB name is (if you don’t want your name public you can email it to me: heather(at)ohayobento.com). Or comment on the giveaway announcement post!
4) Be a follower of @ohayobento on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Super sweet friends from overseas will probably RT this giveaway for me :) so, after tweeting about it, send me a DM or come here and comment that you want your tweet entered into the giveaway.
5) Make any purchase at the Ohayo Bento Store. All orders received during the giveaway period will automatically be entered.

Added this bento to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Good luck and Happy Bento-ing!
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Hot-diggity-dog (Bento #155)



I was in a rush to take these photos and didn’t realize how close up I got. One should never be that close to a hotdog. Lol!

This is just a super simple small bento with octo-dogs, fried rice, kiwi, and black-eyed peas.

Last night we finally made it to my mom’s house and I gave her the Mother’s Day gift I made. I haven’t taken pictures of it yet but we’ll be back on Saturday so I’ll take some photos then. She had bought me a sewing machine for Easter so I thought it was only appropriate to sew her something. Before getting the machine I had never sewn so I made a bento belt and a utensil pouch then decided to make a 4 foot by 4 foot quilt. Yeah, I’m that brand of crazy. It actually worked though! There are a lot of mistakes but it’s not falling apart, lol. Anyway, I’ll try to post some pics of it this weekend.

Happy Bento-ing!
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Chicken/tofu teriyaki patties (Bento #154)



Yesterday Izumi posted a recipe for these patties over at Soul Soup Soap and they looked delicious! If you haven’t checked out her blog before... you are missing out! Anyway, I had a block of tofu in the fridge and as soon as I saw the recipe I wanted to make them.

I did a couple of things differently. I used ground chicken and mixed it with fork scrambled tofu, added scallions, and added a bit of Better than Bouillon chicken. They were so good! The tofu kept the texture nice and prevented them from getting dried out. Go check out her recipe and try them for yourself. :)

The rest of the bento was very basic. I made some quick freezer vegee pasta (frozen mixed vegees sauteed in a little butter then tossed with the cooked pasta and a little Better than Bouillon Vegetable) and packed it all with pineapple, peas, and carrots.

I have to admit, when I find a new ingredient I tend to obsess a little.... OK a lot! You’ll have to forgive me because right now my newest obsession is Better than Bouillon. I find myself adding it to almost everything to kick the flavor up. So far I’ve only tried chicken and vegetable but I’m going to try the others soon. Yum!

Happy Bento-ing!
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New Clearance and Sale

We have 3 new clearance items and they are all bento boxes! Yay! They are on Clearance because their packages were opened for taking photos.

I’ve also put one of the same boxes on sale this week. I love this box because it is the complete package! It has 2 tiers, chopsticks, a movable divider for the larger tier, and a matching elastic strap to hold everything in place. Plus... the top is just adorable.



Come check it out and don’t forget to take a peak in the Clearance section.

Happy Bento-ing!
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Speed queen (Bento #153)



Today calls for a super-speedy bento and a super-speedy post! I boiled some sweet potato pasta and I’m eating it with a pickled plum, tomatoes, and avocados. Then for dessert I have mango and kiwi slices.

Don’t forget about the giveaway coming up :) It’ll open on the 16th in honor of my first awful bento, lol! Until then...

Happy Bento-ing!
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Sushi and salads (Bento #152)



I have 3 different salads in this bento: seaweed, crab, and vegee. The vegee salad has tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese all packed in the Lunchbots Pico with soy sauce fishes and pickled ginger.

The larger bento has sushi made with crab, cucumber, carrot, and avocado. On the side to fill the gap I added crab sticks, pan seared tofu, and shrimp. See the little cup of wasabi? I found a whole package of itty bitty silicon cups! They are about the size of my thumb and so cute!

This weekend was really busy. Friday night Hubs graduated!!! It was really nice to watch him walk across the stage, it’s about time! Then on Saturday we spent the day on the beach in Sarasota. A bonus to going to the beach in Sarasota was that I got to pick up some macarons. I HAVE to learn how to make them!!

I’m wishing all of you a healthy, happy, and fun week ahead!

Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Red spinach and chicken stir-fry bento (Bento #151)



I found the most gorgeous red spinach at the market today and I had to try it. The color is amazing and the taste... well, I didn’t like it. It wasn’t bad, just not really good. It looks really pretty though, lol.

The rest of the bento is pretty simple: rice cooked with peas, corn, and carrots, seaweed salad, and a chicken and lotus root stir-fry.

The 16th of this month is the 1-year anniversary of my first bento! Aaahh!! Am I really a year older?!?!?!?! Nah, I decided to stop aging, lol! But the blog is a year older so I think we need to celebrate! Hmmmm... I’m thinking...... GIVEAWAY!! Tee-hee-hee I love having giveaways! Anyway, stay tuned, it’s coming up soon :)

Happy Bento-ing!
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Tuna salad (Bento #150)



Who says a bento can’t be healthy, pretty, and super fast? Not me! This bento took 5 minutes to make and didn’t take any more effort than a traditional tuna sammy.

I lined the box with purple leaf lettuce and filled half of it with tuna salad. Then I added a sliced tomato, pickle, and carrot and zucchini spears. To make it a little prettier I cut some cheddar cheese flowers.

The best part about it? No cooking! Tee-hee-hee.

Happy Bento-ing!
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The warm Florida sun (Bento #149)



I know this post says warm Florida sun but that’s just to lure you in. It’s been HOT! My poor air conditioner might not survive, lol!

Lunch today is mostly leftovers: furikake fried chicken, toasted chick peas with sweet potato, and rice with pickled plum. The leftover bento just seemed so bland so I made a second one with carrot, honey mango, zucchini, pickles, and a tomato to brighten things up a bit. Luckily these black one-tier boxes are easy to stack.

I thought I was through being sick. My whole family got this really nasty cold that lasts for days and days and days. So last week when I felt crappy for a day and a half with a sore throat and all, I thought I beat it. Yup, that’s what I get for thinking, lol. Hubs has had it for 3 days now and it started in on me last night. Boo-hiss-boo.

It’s time to rotate the weekly sale. This week, it’s the Lunchbots Duo and Uno bundle. Sweet!

Happy Bento-ing!
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Snack time (Bento #148)



This is just a quick snack bento for me for tomorrow. Hubs is staying home sick so he doesn’t need a lunch.

On the fruit side: honey mango, watermelon, grapes, and cantaloupe. On the vegee side: pickle spears, zucchini spears, carrot, a tomato, and a ham flower.



Hubs always complains that his clean forks hang around the bottom of his bento bag .... yeah, he’s a germaphobe. So I made a utensil pouch! I told him I didn’t have any boy fabrics, lol, so this one will be mine when I find him a better pattern. I’m also working on some bento bags and straps too.

I’m not very good at sewing yet, so don’t look too close, lol! My awesome momma got me a sewing machine for Easter and I’ve been playing with it every free moment I get, which is never enough time. It’s been a lot of fun to play around and actually make something usable. :)



Added to What’s for Lunch Wednesday!

Happy Bento-ing!
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