Lazy night soboro bento (Bento #341)


When I’m having a really lazy night but don’t feel like ordering out, soboro is the perfect quick meal. Plus, it’s easy to make a big batch so you have enough for lunch the next day. If you haven’t made soboro before here are some good recipes from Just Bento and No Recipes. I don’t really follow a recipe, just toss things in and taste as I go. For this batch I used ground beef, the leftover carrot bits from making the flowers, onion, garlic, soy sauce, mirin, and cracked pepper. I like to make mine a little intense and super flavorful.

In the bento: soboro over rice, carrot flowers sitting on cute silicon leaf baran, strawberries, daikon and carrot pickles, and cucumbers.

I actually filmed the steps to make these carrot flowers yesterday. Now I have to figure out how to get it edited, lol.

Happy Bento-ing!


Soboro and home-grown salad bento (Bento #336)


I know everyone is still trying to recover and regain some normalcy after the terrible events in Boston yesterday. So I’m going to keep this post short and sweet.

In the bento: rice topped with ground beef, onion, and mushroom soboro, apple bunnies, cucumbers, and a home-grown salad of black cherry and yellow pear tomatoes with green beans.

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Simple star soboro (Bento #298)


I know this bento seems super simple, but that’s what I love about it. All it has is brown rice, soboro, scrambled egg, apples, cheese, and snow peas. Like I said, super simple. But, insanely delicious.

Along with a super simple bento comes a super simple post. Have a great Monday!

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Easy soboro bento (Bento #277)


I love soboro! I love how easy it is, how filling it is, and how tasty it is! Mmmmmmmm soboro. I never follow an exact recipe when making it, but if you’d like one, there’s a great recipe over on Just Bento. Seriously, give it a try, you won’t regret it!

For dinner last night I made the soboro, brussels sprout and bacon hash, brown rice (under the soboro), and spicy green beans with tomatoes. For lunch I just packed up the leftovers and added some grapefruit slices. I also got to pack it in my brand new Steeltainer full size bento box! If you haven’t heard, I’m giving away one of their snack bentos.

August is fast approaching and I’ve been seeing all of the ‘back to school’ gear in the stores. So, I thought I’d do my part and today I launched the Back to School Bento Sale! :) Going back to school shopping with my mom was always one of our favorite pastimes, so much so, that even though I’m well beyond ‘back to school’ age, we still go sometimes! What are your favorite ‘back to school’ memories?

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Warm autumn colors (Bento #219)

The cool weather is starting to crop up more and more often these days. We are still getting hot and humid afternoons but the nights and mornings are delightfully cool. Here in mid-south Florida we don’t see many fall colors. Palm trees don’t tend to turn orange and red, lol. So I’m getting my Fall colors bento style.

The majority of this bento is delicious fried rice. Hubs says my fried rice is one of his favorite things to eat. I think he must be buttering me up for something. Hmmm. I wonder what he wants? :)

Along with the fried rice is a cup of soboro, persimmon and kiwi wedges, a few celery sticks, and a cauliflower.

Have a great Friday!

Happy Bento-ing!

Protein, protein, and more protein (Bento #202)

This is a seriously protein packed bento. I didn’t mean for it to be, it just turned out that way. We had soboro for dinner so I packed it on a thin bed of rice with scrambled egg, apple slices, cucumber slices, some nuts for snacking, and a baby spinach salad with some amazing aged parmesan.

I made the soboro pretty basic but tasty by cooking the ground beef with tons of onion, garlic, and lotus root. The lotus root doesn’t add much of anything in the way of flavor but the texture is unbeatable. It was all cooked and seasoned with soy sauce, mirin, and a bunch of fresh ground pepper.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for our new science building is tomorrow. There’s even going to be a tour and I think I might get to show off our lab. Speaking of which... I need to go clean the lab!

Before I go, I wanted to show off the new picks I put up in the store. I’ve never had the opportunity to have a good bento pick selection so I’m really excited about these. I hope you enjoy!

Have a great week!

Happy Bento-ing!