Allison Day


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About a month ago, Yvo from Feisty Foodie announced “Does This Make My Lunch Look Phat?, a contest on her blog. She makes a bento for lunch every day, so her contest is to create a bento box and blog about it. I was super excited when I heard about this… I have loved looking at all her different daily bento boxes, and have wanted to make my own for quite some time now. So of course I jumped at the excuse to make my own bento! 😀

The bento box I used was one I got for Son a year or so ago, that he uses to bring lunch to work sometimes.

Bento Box!
Bento Box!

On the top level, there is Japanese Potato Salad (recipe coming soon), Japanese Pickles (recipe at bottom), and grapes. The bottom layer has Stuffed Somen Salad and a crêpe from my Taste and Create III post. This one was filled with honey ham, steamed asparagus, and a cheese sauce (recipe at bottom).

Bento Box!

I love love loved the bento! If I could eat like this every day… yum! 😀

Ingredients
  • 2 Japanese cucumbers
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
Cooking Directions
  1. Wash the cucumbers.
  2. Slice the cucumbers thinly.
  3. Mix all ingredients, let sit for 10 hours or overnight.
  4. Sprinkle with red chili powder, if desired. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 cup Japanese Pickles

  • Calories: 115
  • Fat: 1g, 1% DV
  • Saturated Fat: 0g, 0% DV
  • Cholesterol: 0g, 0% DV
  • Sodium: 2866g, 119% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates: 24g, 8% DV
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g, 16% DV
  • Sugars: 20g
  • Protein: 3g, 7% DV
  • Vitamin A: 8%
  • Vitamin C: 30%
  • Calcium: 8%
  • Iron: 6%
  • Magnesium: 16%
  • Potassium: 22%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
Cooking Directions
  1. Stir all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until melted.
  2. Serve over steamed asparagus, or most any other steamed vegetable.

Serving Size: 3/4 cup Cheese Sauce

  • Calories: 611
  • Fat: 59g, 91% DV
  • Saturated Fat: 19g, 94% DV
  • Cholesterol: 85g, 28% DV
  • Sodium: 765g, 32% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates: 3g, 1% DV
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0% DV
  • Sugars: 3g
  • Protein: 16g, 32% DV
  • Vitamin A: 14%
  • Vitamin C: 0%
  • Calcium: 47%
  • Iron: 4%
  • Magnesium: 2%
  • Potassium: 3%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.

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Comments

  1. Yvo says:

    Oh that looks so good! I can’t wait to get the recipe for the Japanese potato salad- Mitsuwa wanted 12.99/lb. for it!!! And theirs was much more mayo-y, which is kinda not cool… I mean I like mayo but it’s a bit much. Anyways, looks delicious!!!!! Thanks for participating!

  2. Allison says:

    Thanks! 🙂 Yeah this one isn’t too mayo-y, although there are a few changes I would make to the original recipe. I’ll talk more about those when I actually post the recipe though… it’s coming soon! I had lots of fun making my bento box! 😀

  3. Alex says:

    I love the idea of a bento box thing to take to work but I’m afraid of microwaving it!

  4. Allison says:

    Luckily for this one, all the foods can (and mostly should be) eaten cold. I had it the next day, cold, and it was delicious!

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