SparkPeople Bento Buddies Team Messageboard This is a SparkTeam to unite all lovers of bento! Click on the Team Image to go to our Photo Pool on Flickr. SparkPeople Bento Buddies Team Messageboard quick techniques for bentos One of the hardest things about making our own lunches is finding the time to do it. Sometimes trying new recipes adds to the time, but we can share shortcuts here to help us pull together a healthy, tasty, and nurturing meal for ourself. <BR> <BR> What are your favorite tips and tricks? Sat, 29 Jun 2013 19:30:41 EST Bento Clueless Hey everyone. As the title states I'm bento clueless, and am currently stuck bringing dehydrated noodle bowls to work as my lunch and peanut packs for breakfast since it's fast and easy. I'm hopeing you guys can help me on the path to figuring things out since I'm really tired of my somewhat boring habit. <BR> <BR> Things I'm interested in learning are: <BR> Bento Safety <BR> New Recipies <BR> Creative ways to make bento <BR> Ways to save time <BR> Portioning out leftovers for your bento b... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:41:16 EST Hello bento newbie here Hi I have never made a bento before, but it looks like fun! I love anime and manga, so this team looks like a natural fit for me. Making bento looks like a fun way to control portion sizes and take a lunch to school at the same time. I go to art school and spend long hours there, and I am worried about buying food at school during the school year, I think that making bento might be a good solution to this problem. I look forward to talking to all of you in the future. Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:54:35 EST Hiya Bento Buddies! This is my first team posting on Spark so I apologize if I mess this up. ;) I was really happy to see that there is a Bento enthusiasts group. I've been watching and it seems a little quiet over here though... <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So, I thought I'd stop in and say hi! I just posted a blog about my adventures in Bento that I thought you might enjoy.<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=4964787 <BR> <BR> I've been making Bento for about a year ... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:12:29 EST Challenges? So, I got a welcome message when I joined, which is always nice. It said there were daily and weekly challenges. I like the idea of having bento challenges, but it doesn't seem there have been any for two years. I'm guessing my welcome message is just automatic, and when I tried to reply to it to ask about challenges etc. I got a message that the team captain doesn't accept sparkmail. Is anyone else interested in challenges, or inspirations? Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:33:19 EST Back to Sparkpeople, bento newbie Hi All, <BR> <BR> I have to re-lose some weight, and have recently gotten into making bento boxes, thought that these could dovetail pretty well. I really think that the focus of making a bento box for my lunch gets me to take care of me better. <BR> <BR> I look forward to reading about and seeing everyone's creative ideas! <BR> <BR> I started off with some more tupperware type boxes from IKEA--they have some nice shallow ones that can work as single layer bento boxes, but receintly recei... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 12:18:12 EST Public Nutrition Tracker? What are some bentos you've tracked? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:37:05 EST Paleo Bento or Tiffin ideas? I know - sounds sacreligious - protein, veggies, fruits, and or healthy fats - avocado, nuts, seeds... <BR> <BR> No breads, grains, beans, dairy, sugar, or processed foods... <BR> <BR> I'm great with a skillet, healthy fat, protein, and two veggies... But my Ms Bento could use a little help <em>4</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:13:48 EST Hello Spark People. Just wanted to give a quick hello to everyone. I'm sort of new at all this but everything has been great so far. Lots of inspiring people and motivation techniques are on this site and I'm truly glad to know that I'm not on this journey alone. Good luck to everyone on your journey to a new healthier YOU!!!! Tue, 17 Jan 2012 17:44:05 EST *waves* Newbie~ Hello! I'm not quite new to bento making, so much as I am to Sparkpeople or ... cooking in general. Haha. I literally joined this site yesterday, and had the app the day before that. This place is really involved and it is quickly becoming my favorite site. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my name is Audrey and I love to cook, play with herbs (making tinctures & brews), tea, and Asian culture. I found Bento through anime, like a lot of American fans have, and I really enjoy how much it helps with losing w... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:37:27 EST Angry Bento <link> </link> <BR> Not mine but seriously cute. Fri, 4 Nov 2011 10:45:23 EST Make your own box There are so many possibilities this opens up: <link><BR>ch-containers-785113/ </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 23:38:27 EST New to Bento! Hiya, <BR> I just recently discovered the idea of packing a bento lunch. I can't wait to make my first one - just waiting impatiently for Amazon to deliver my bento box!! <BR> I don't know how pretty mine will be, I'm not that creative usually, but I'm loving the idea of a completely portion-controlled lunch with a lot of variety. The possibilities are endless! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to sharing ideas with (and stealing ideas from) all of you, lol! <BR> <BR> Happy bento-ing!! Sat, 10 Sep 2011 08:12:54 EST Not a bento but so little and SO cute <link><BR>ood-sculptures-kim-burke </link> Thu, 8 Sep 2011 22:01:46 EST Starbucks goes bento! Well they're calling them "Bistro Boxes" but a little box with a fun assortment of different nibbles for under 500 calories, we know that really is, even if they're not cute. You can see more about it at <link><BR>king/chi-starbucks-adds-bistro-boxes-f<BR>or-lunch-new-iced-coffee-20110713,0,18<BR>00599.story </link> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:16:37 EST Need Ideas -- Share Pix of Your Prettiest Bentos? Here are my rules: No cheese/egg sheet cut-outs. (I'm temporarily vegan.) No characters. No food dye. <BR> <BR> I can spend up to like three hours bento-making. This is my hobby, not something I necessarily do everyday. I want something MORE than apple bunnies and turning everything into faces.... Can you share with me some of your awesome bento pix? Here are mine: <link><BR>0467546089.2192313.42807555 </link> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:40:16 EST Shinzi Katoh Bento in the UK If there's anyone on this forum that knows a supplier of these bento boxes in the UK I'd be happy to know it. Supposedly the website is but that seems to be out of commission. I'd appreciate knowing any brick and mortar as well as online sources. Thanks! <BR> <BR> P.S. I already have which has some really nice ones Tue, 11 Jan 2011 06:15:07 EST Bentos are cute :3 Hello, just joined Sparkpeople TODAY :O I've always thought bentos were cute and I've had a couple of bento boxes that I've gotten from anime conventions and decided that doing bentos for lunch would be a good way to save on money and lose weight. Looking for help on how to get started. I kinda made up something today and it was tasty so I figure as long as it's stuff I like and more healthy than fast food I'll do fine :D <BR> Sierra Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:37:26 EST Hi, I'm new Not so new to SparkPeople, I've been here for just over a month. <BR> Not so new to bento, I've been doing that off and on for about a year. <BR> I look forward to school starting tomorrow so my daughter and I will get back into bento for lunch. It is fun for us to figure out what to put into it, and how to make it special. She's a junior in high school, but it doesn't bother her to pack a lunch even though technically she can leave campus this year and go have fast food. <BR> I'm almost ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 16:52:25 EST Bento Summer School I somehow missed that this was going on. Check it out! <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The lessons seem more aimed at bento for kids, but any inspiration is good inspiration, right? <em>100</em> Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:13:23 EST Is white rice really a good idea? Hi, I realize this group isn't very busy at this point but I hope someone can answer my question about Bentos. I have read a lot on and about the ideal ratio being 4 rice, 3 veggies, 2 protein, and 1 fat/other/etc. Do other Sparkers really eat that much white rice? I realize the other types of rice probably won't form into the molds that some of you are using. <BR> <BR> Since I am trying to lose weight I am trying to avoid white rice, white bread, etc. I am not even eating... Tue, 13 Jul 2010 02:56:49 EST Easy Japanese Cooking: Bento Love I've just started experimenting with bento, and came across this book at my local Borders Books. It's a great resource, and I refer to it for making lunch/dinner for my whole family, not just packing bento. I also find the recipes inspire me to come up with my own concoctions. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-Bento-Love/dp/193428758X/ref=cm_cr_pr<BR>_product_top </link> Sun, 6 Jun 2010 13:43:29 EST Itadakimasu Hi, I've been a member of spark for some time now, but I'm just getting into bentos. I was lurking on one of my favorite forums when someone posted a link to and I was fascinated. I just ordered a bento box off Amazon and I'm looking forward to getting it and starting to make them! <BR> <BR> I was also very happy to find this team, and I hope that together all of us can make beautiful, healthful bentos together! Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:31:07 EST Is there anybody out there? I see a great deal of activity in team from KARLYNCANDOIT but not much activity otherwise... well besides blogs... Just wondering if this team is dead and or dieing? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 11:33:46 EST Prizes for bentos!!!! The best bento of the week will get a prize, post picture in blog on on your page and tell me where it is!!! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:34:47 EST Did you make your bento today!!! How was it? Mine was great!! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:32:38 EST What is in your bento today? Today I had romaine lettus, rasberries, blueberries, mushrooms, couscous, vegi patty, carrots, and annes organic dressing!!! <em>267</em> <BR> It rocked!!! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 17:22:06 EST hello Hi, Im new to the group. My name is Amanda, 30 and have four kids. Brandon my oldest is almost 13, Ashlie actually turned 8 years old today, Aidan is 6 and the baby Kaelin is 4. We just recently moved to the west coast of FL all the way from Boston. So this is my very first winter without snow. I have been making modified versions of bento lunches (without the bento box lol) for a while. another member suggested the group to me. I can't wait to get some new ideas! Anyone else vegatarian? Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:12:28 EST I made my first bento box!!! How did I do? Check out my blog form today!!! Fun fun fun!!! Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:48:33 EST Looking Forward to Making Some Bento Hi, I'm new to the group (obviously). I bought a bento box some time ago and never ended up using it very much. It was a nice little I. Kotoba bento that I got on <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I'm not sure where it actually is now, so I may end up having to buy another one. I know where the bag it goes in and the chopsticks that came with it are, it's just the box part that's missing...anyway, that one was very, very small, which is probably why I didn't end up using it much. So ... Thu, 7 Jan 2010 04:00:41 EST Christmas Bento Goodies? Did anyone else get a fun bento gift for the holidays? A sweet friend of mine got me a cute new red bento box ( <link><BR>4799.jpg </link> ). And I got myself a punch that lets me make lots of faces. Anyone else get something good? Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:11:23 EST Bento Game I found this neat little bento flash game today. It lets you set up a bento with various traditional foods and tells you how many calories are in that bento. (It also does something with CO2 emissions and something else.) <BR> <link><BR>rt=B </link> <BR> <BR> There's an English version too, but it has fewer options: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Happy bentoing! Sun, 22 Nov 2009 21:53:54 EST Sweet Bento Check this out-just found it on the web. SO CUTE! ^_^ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticles/fun-sweet-mochi-and-fruit-sushi </link> Tue, 17 Nov 2009 06:57:01 EST new to the team! I'm new to the team but not new to making bentos :) I went one exchange to Japan 4 years ago (oh my god I just realized how long it's been..) and was lucky enough to have a homemade bento from my host mom everyday for a year, and loved it. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm back home I still make my own bentos sometimes. You can see some of my bentos at my Flickr: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Nov 2009 13:01:51 EST Newbie Hey everybody! I'm a secondary school English teacher in the UK, and I have been gradually coming over to the bento way of thinking. <BR> <BR> Today I made lollipop sesame seed chicken and Egg tamagoyaki which was SOOOOO good. I'm hoping to get a bento box sometime soon and I need to find somewhere to get proper onigiri rice-I LOVE the idea of onigiri. <em>41</em> Sat, 7 Nov 2009 15:45:17 EST Bento newbie! So, I got randomly and impulsively inspired to get a couple of bento sets online. I got a Zojirushi stainless thermal set ( <link><BR>00UESOZY/ref=oss_T15_product </link> ) and a simple bento box with chopsticks ( <link><BR>-Bento-Lunchbox-Chopsticks/dp/B001NLV1<BR>EO/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&q<BR>id=1257292333&sr=8-20 </link> ). <BR> <BR> I also bought some vegetable cutters and rice molds. <BR> <BR> I'm reall... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 20:20:04 EST Soggy Cookies So in a few recent bentos (which you can see on my album if you like) I've included little harvest cookies for desert. One my local supermarkets carries them and they're great, a perfect spicy little cookie and hey they have sugar sprinkles. One is like 33 calories but one is all I need with a glass of milk to feel like I had a treat. The problem is if I include them in my bentos, even if they're not touching anything else, they absorb the moisture and the flavors of the cut veggies. So t... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 18:59:26 EST New to group new to Bento Hello from Fairbanks Alaska! <BR> I am on another team with mirdream's and loved her profile pic and asked about it. I'm down with cute. Who knew cute and lunch could go together?! I have much to learn. Any links would be appreciated! Fri, 30 Oct 2009 05:01:07 EST Bento Planning Resources I expect everyone knows about Lunch In a Box and Just Bento, but I thought links to these particular articles would be helpful to new people and I don't see a place where they've been mentioned before. I really like the Just Bento planners (and haven't really been using it but sort of keeping it in mind for packing my lunches) but I thought the Laptop Lunch PDF linked from LiaB could easily be applied to a two-tier bento. <BR> <BR> Anyway, links ahoy! <BR> <BR> Lunch in a Box Laptop Lunch ... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:34:24 EST Taking Baby Steps to Bento I discovered bento a few months ago and started researching online avidly. I just bought a bento box set and a few molds and such but have yet to use them. I have however started to make and take lunch and snacks to school/work but so far its just hastely made sandwiches in cellophane and a carton of yogurt tost in my bag. I hope joining this group will motivate me to actualy plan and make my bento's. Also, it would probably help if I cleaned my kitchen. Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:52:51 EST New to team, new to bento! Hi all! My name is Lisa and I'm from Massachusetts. I just recently got interested in bento and I want to learn about it. I am a foodie through and through and love cute things, so it seems like it would be good to both of those interests! I plan on hitting up a small japanese merch store nearby when I can - I guess they carry cheap bento boxes. If anyone has any websites, books or other resources I can consult for ideas, I'd be very grateful. Thanks! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:41:14 EST Looking for suggestions to put in my bento Lately I've been hitting a wall around 2pm .. I'm not sure if I'm not eatting the right stuff or what ... so .. any low-ish cal stuff that I can put in my bento for energy? I can't do artificial sweeteners or caffeine so coffee/coke zero is out of the question. <BR> <BR> You can see what I've been making on my Flickr group site <BR> <link><BR>ts/72157622023827614/ </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> ~ V Wed, 12 Aug 2009 19:03:50 EST microwave chip makers My husband is missing chips but was alarmed to find out that a bag of his favorites are almost a whole days calories. <BR> <BR> I'd seen the Japanese microwave chip makers while looking for bento boxes. Has anyone used anything like this? Does it produce something chip like? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Aug 2009 08:41:15 EST Just discovered Bento this week WOW, I just discovered bento and I love the idea. I take lunch to work during the school year and I'm usually stuck on the sandwich and chips. I love veggies, and rice although I'm not experienced with real asian cuisine but I'm going to learn. I've made two bento lunches they are posted on my page. I love reading the posts with this spark team. Hope you have a fantastic bento today!!! <em>104</em> Sat, 4 Jul 2009 11:40:59 EST Ironthunder's Bentos I figured I'd try to get something going on this team by reposting any bentos I post to the LJ bentolunch team <BR> <BR> The one in the photo was for my husband but mine was very similar... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/00031qs9/g16 </link> <BR> <BR> Main course is a stir fry of back bacon, peas, rice and a ton of mushrooms. The salad layer contains a mini tomato aspec in the middle surrounded by spicy pickled veggies. The dessert layer is apple slices and ch... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 16:35:19 EST New member here Hi there! <BR> <BR> I'm a new to bentos and new to this group :) I got a new job where I'm going to have to bring lunch in and I thought that bentos would be the perfect solution as I'm trying to lose weight as well. <BR> <BR> I made gyoza and sushi rice for the first time today and they came out pretty good (if I do say so myself) Mon, 22 Jun 2009 23:05:08 EST Hey there! Just dropping in to say hello. I've got all of the bento stuff (2 boxes, the picks/dividers, molds, etc) and was all gung ho but never made anything all cute and then got lazy with it. I joined up hoping to get some ideas as I may use bento more in the future with more weight coming off. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great week! Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:29:25 EST A bento Beginner This is my first bento ever, I'm not sure I'm doing it right, and now sure where to go from here for tomorrow. I made some more hard boiled eggs for another day I suppose. Normally I just eat Peanut butter and Jelly's every day! <BR> Any ideas or help would be great! I'm kinda pick and not very creative when it comes to food (which is why i eat PBJ always). <BR> (picture behind the link) <BR> <link><BR>s/3542367677/ </link> <BR> <BR> From Left to righ... Mon, 18 May 2009 12:53:38 EST Hi from Gettingfit1961 (Lisa) Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a Sparkpeople member for a while, but my involvement tends to wax and wane. I lost 10 pounds on Weight Watchers between Nov 1 and Jan 1 last year. I've maintained my weight, but now I'm motivated to tackle another 5 pounds by the first week in June. I know what I need to do, and didn't want to pay for Weight Watchers again. SparkPeople really helps fill the void and provides a method for tracking my food and calculating nutritional information. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 6 May 2009 12:42:20 EST New group member Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been on SP for a while now but I'm pretty new to bento making. I'm a stay at home mom so I don't get a lot of chance to practice. But I'm looking to get back into the work force and I intend to make a lot more bentos when I'm working. Sandwiches never did much for me as a lunch and bentos seem like a really nice way to make lunch a little bit special when you're away from home. So in the mean time, I've been collecting up an arsenal of recipes,ideas and equipme... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 17:44:57 EST "American Bentos" So while perusing one of my Nick Jr. Family magazines i saw an article about healthy lunches and what schools and parents are doing to help teach children about healthier choices.. and i came across this website.. <BR> <BR> in essence they've transformed your traditional lunchbox into a bento! it looks AWESOME! and seriously.. something we here could adapt the idea to our budgets if one can't afford a 'traditional' bento box.. which i STILL want to get for all my family... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 14:40:35 EST New to Group, not bentos I was so surprised to see a group on S.P. for bentos! I am an expat from Japan (native German-American)and make bentos each day of the week. I love the art of bento making, so smart are the Japanese. I would love to share recipes and bento photos with anyone interested! I do tend to make traditional Japanese items though so beware if you don't like Asian food. Fri, 3 Apr 2009 10:36:50 EST Hello, another Newbie! My Name is Tia, I am in Central PA. <BR> <BR> I had been tossing the idea around on getting Bento gear for a year or so now. <BR> <BR> This past summer I was Diagnosed with PCOS Polly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome & put on Meds, for High Cholestorol, High BP, & a BC pill to try & regulate my ovaries. In order to get off these meds I need to loose weight....well things got pushed to the side & here it is the new year. <BR> so like many, I made reslolutions <BR> <BR> #1 Take the darn Meds! I went ... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 10:21:28 EST NEWBIE Hi! I'm new here. I'm using bentos to help me with portion control. Hubby is getting bento-ed as well. I'm not good at making anything fancy, just trying to make something that tastes good and is nutritious Wed, 11 Feb 2009 00:35:53 EST Tiffin Boxes? Tiffin boxes are from India, I think, but has anybody used those? (They are 2 or 3 tiers, all held together with a handle. Looks similar to some bento style boxes I've seen doing websearches, except made of metal). <BR> <BR> I'm possibly going to be buying one tomorrow, depending on the price at World Market. Tue, 27 Jan 2009 19:37:39 EST Other Bits of Japanese Culture You Like I was just wondering how everyone here got into bentos and what other parts of Japanese culture you might find fascinating. I think the first time I wanted to make one was when I was watching Kyoko Otonashi give Godai a bento with a hot dog octopus on Maison Ikkoku. It was just so adorable. *Sigh.* I can't wait to get back to the states to buy some decent vegetarian hot dogs.... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:50:54 EST What bento's have you done lately? There haven't been any new posts in a while, so I might as well write. <BR> I finally got my (first and only) bento picture off my digital camera. I will post it on my sparkpage photo album if I can figure out how to do so. <BR> <BR> Have any of you created new bento's lately? I'm going to make my 2nd in the next week or two. I went shopping at one of our local oriental markets, and they had these cool (non-ramen brand) ramen noodles in re-usable containers. I just purchased some star-shaped... Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:37:01 EST &#12356;&#12383;&#12384; &#12365;&#12414;&#12377; Hi, everyone, I'm a 21-year-old art student living in Switzerland (I'm from CA). A few years ago my sister got obsessed with anime and manga (still is), and got me into it, too, but I ended up wanting to learn more about the culture and people, and especially the food. I love the ideals of Japanese food: simplicity, variety, color and beauty. Happy to be here! Sat, 22 Nov 2008 06:45:11 EST New here! Hello! <BR> <BR> I've been on spark for a while but I'm new to this team, and definitely new to bento! I LOVE Japanese food and would love to try making (and eating!) some of these dinky creations! Looking forward to meeting the team and getting some bento inspiration :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>200</em> <em>179</em> <em>148</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2008 06:43:24 EST Ichiban Kan Has Restocked!! That is all. :) Lots of new bento goodies. Fri, 29 Aug 2008 09:10:54 EST New Member Hi, I'm Merki. I've been packing a bento off-and-on for about a year now and I've been on SparkPeople for longer, but now I can bring them together. :) <BR> <BR> I have a 2-tier bento. I usually pack a salad on the bottom tier and my protein food and another veggie on the top. Anyway, good to meet everyone. Sat, 16 Aug 2008 22:48:20 EST New to this forum & bento Hello! Don't ask how I learned of bento... I really can't remember. I came across it sometime last year browsing the net, I think. It totally caught my attention. December 31st I wrote my "Year of Doing Big, Fun, Scary Things Together" list (it's through (National Novel Writing Month)), and added "Make a bento box for myself at least once" to the list. I still haven't made one. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks back I was all set, even started getting one together, but I wanted a "heart... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 11:13:21 EST Just joined and really excited Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I found this site last week, researched bentos over the weekend and decided to begin pack bento lunches for my family to save $$ and to eat better. <BR> <BR> I have a very 7yo picky eater. I would pack stuff for him, but at the end of the day, I would discover he didn't eat anything except for the snacks. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to Daiso (japanese discount store) and got several bentos and accessories and let him pick out which items to go into his bento. He wa... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 15:35:27 EST When's your birthday? Just a little quick thread to find out when your birthday is, so we can send you love and sparkgoodies on your special day! <BR> <BR> Mine's February 22nd, the day before my hubby's. Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:19:04 EST Bento newbie here! :) Hi! I'm Adrienne. I just happened to stumble across the team yesterday and couldn't help but check out all the wonderful pics you have on your Flickr site. They inspired me so much to start making my own bentos. <BR> <BR> I work full-time and have been usually just bringing a lean Cuisine frozen dinner everyday, but the sodium and extra non-healthy stuff in them made me decide to start creating my own lunches...but I didn't want to get in a sandwiches-day-in-and-day-out rut. Bentos are so fa... Fri, 25 Jul 2008 13:06:28 EST Getting back on the train I am new to the group. Trying to make myself stick to getting healthier with weight loss and eating right. A friend of mine introduce me to bento making and I started doing it for my daughter and myself. She and I have lots of fun together making plans for bento lunches. <BR> Here is a link I would like to share for meal planning. <BR><BR>-lunch-planner-from-doof-a-palooza/ <BR> <BR> I hope this is helpful to someone. Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:10:06 EST New newbie SO I joined this team not having ever made a bento, nor ever had one, but that doesn't mean that I don't love them. Thanks to ZIRCADIA, the person without whom I would be clueless that this group existed, I have found a new hobby and possibly a new diet, lol. I have already located my nearest Asian food store, since I want to make somewhat authentic bento, and hope to visit there soon. I can't wait to start "playing" with my food. ^_^ I attempted to make Onigiri today, and sadly you cannot m... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 14:43:35 EST New to the team, but not bentos! Hi there, Bento Buddies! I've been on Spark for a while now, and I'm finally getting in gear and *using* it. My husband and I both love to do bento lunches and snack packs, and I was so glad to find this team. Always looking for new ideas and recipes, and ways to make daily bentos prettier and more fun! Thu, 17 Jul 2008 16:22:20 EST Accountability Partners? Hey team! <BR> <BR> I'm back in the saddle today, ready to buckle down and get things done. Hrm, guess that means I need to tackle the house too. Anyway... <BR> <BR> Some of the other teams I participate in have set up accountability partners within the team. I got crazy lucky with my first one, and she's become a dear friend, a fantastic motivator, and sometimes slave driver. But she's what kept me going when things got rough, and was the first person I sought out when I came back from hia... Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:42:03 EST How can we increase team involvement? It's been pretty quiet around here lately, and I'm just stumped. <BR> <BR> On a different team, someone asked what makes you leave a team. On the same note, I'm curious to know what makes you stay on a team? What kind of involvement are we looking for in our teams? <BR> <BR> I'd like to incorporate those into the team here. So, what can we do to encourage more involvement in the team? Wed, 18 Jun 2008 11:00:54 EST Change to team goals! I'm super excited about this change. Thanks to popular demand, SP has made checkboxes an option for team goals. No more having to put in numbers if it's a check off sort of goal, like making a bento so many times a week. <BR> <BR> So if you look, you'll see I've changed the current team goal to allow for checkboxes instead. Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:55:13 EST Favorite Bento Item? Of course you can stick anything in your bento if you want, but I was wondering what everyone else liked in theirs? <BR> <BR> I loooove edamame, tamagoyaki or flavored tofu cubes. Those are nice for my protein. Sticky rice is a must. Snap peas and carrots for my veggies. Tempura fried broccoli or sweet potatoe good too, but that's once in a while. Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:03:38 EST New Challenges? Ok, team, I know we can reach our goals if we all stick together! <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> What goals are we interested in setting as a team? And challenges that particularly appeal to you? I've set one team goal for making 3 healthful bento per week. What else would you like to see for goals or challenges? Water drinking? Eating fruits and veggies? Fiber goals? Fitness goals? Walking challenges? <BR> <BR> Respond here with your ideas for team goals and for challenges you'd like to partic... Mon, 26 May 2008 23:32:00 EST So salty! Ok, so I have a confession to make. Last week, I tried my first umeboshi. I had it tucked away into my bento with my rice. When I licked the juice off my fingers from packing it, all I got was sour, but a delicious sort of sour. So when I bit into the little plum at lunch... HELLO! I was not expecting it to be so salty! Wow! Anyway, it's great with rice, but I'd definately not suggest eating it by itself. It might pickle your tongue! Mon, 26 May 2008 12:13:44 EST G'day Bento Buddies! I'm so excited to have found this team! <BR> My kids have always had a bento style lunchbox and we are always looking for new ideas. I look at the variety of colors when it's done and wish I had lunches like that when I was in school, I got a cheese sandwich and an apple! Mon, 5 May 2008 21:36:42 EST New to This Team!! Hi my name is Sarah and I am so excited about this team!! I have been doing my own version of ghetto bento for a while with foods that I'm used to eating. I haven't been able to find a real bento box here yet, so I am going to order one off the internet as a reward when I loose a certain amount of weight. Other than that, if you have questions go ahead and ask! Thu, 1 May 2008 13:22:18 EST Hello from Wisconsin! Hi my name is Charlotte. I'm sort of new to Sparks; I joined in November, but I haven't really done anything here <em>2</em> But, I heard that other bento fans were here so I decided to join this team! :) <BR> I'll be honest, I have a hard time keeping up with message boards (I homeschool, have a website and blog to keep up, considering going back to school, and I'm working on a book - I don't have a lot of time.), but I'm going to try my best! <BR> Anyway, I look forward to getting to know... Mon, 28 Apr 2008 11:13:17 EST Hello! New to team! I'm new to the team and have recently gotten into making cute Bento boxes with my mother! We just started Thursday, however I have done this once or twice within the many years of getting my life and work organized. lol I had told my mom about bento creations Wednesday and she was instantly hooked! (I created a monster) I then found her in the basement digging for old containers or anything we could use to shape or divide with. This was failure so we went to target and found a stackable dishw... Sat, 26 Apr 2008 16:10:47 EST Hello! I am so glad that there is a bento group on Spark People. What fun! <BR> <BR> My name is Mer and I just made my 100th bento lunch not too long ago. I love the way it helps me pack more healthy food, and really controls my portions! When I started packing bentos, I thought there was no way they would fill me up... surprise! <BR> <BR> If you want to see pictures of my bentos, and read a bit more about them, I post at <link> </link> . <BR> <BR> Also, my Spar... Mon, 14 Apr 2008 10:17:34 EST Weekly Bento Plans Is anyone else prepping food for their bento? <BR> <BR> I'm making: <BR> <BR> - tabbouleh <BR> - hard-boiled eggs (for salads and soups) <BR> - chopped veggies <BR> <BR> What do you have for grab-and-go bento meals? Sat, 12 Apr 2008 19:13:32 EST Looking for Bento Buddies! Hi! I am new here, and creating fantastic bento lunches is my goal. I have done some already, but I need for this to become a healthy habit and am looking for inspiration and new ideas! Tue, 8 Apr 2008 22:23:12 EST new to bento I love the idea that you should get the size bento box that for how much calories you want to eat for lunch. I also love the idea of creating them so that when you go to open your lunch at work, you have to giggle at your own silly creation. I'm really new to all of this so I'm looking forward to learning everything. Mon, 7 Apr 2008 22:36:39 EST I'm a bento newbie! I came across this group while browsing sparkpages and I fell in love! Your flicker group led me to a bunch of awesome pictures and I'm totally psyched to make myself some lunches! I'm a college student and I think this will keep me from eating yucky student center food. (My college has a TERRIBLE food selection.) I do need to get myself a bento box but I will make do with some gladware containers until I reach a goal or two. If anyone has some beginner tips, I'd love to hear them! Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:23:08 EST Question about bentos I recently discovered Bentos and I really want to try them as a good source of portion control for myself. I work late hours 3pm-midnight. My question is, would it be too much to pack myself a 'lunch' bento and a dinner bento? I usually eat a lunch around 3-330 and my dinner is during my lunch hour at work, most night 6-7. Then I end up coming home and grazing which isn't good! I just don't want the double bento to be too much food. I don't think it would, if I use the 600 ML bento box and ju... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 18:38:40 EST Question about bentos I recently discovered Bentos and I really want to try them as a good source of portion control for myself. I work late hours 3pm-midnight. My question is, would it be too much to pack myself a 'lunch' bento and a dinner bento? I usually eat a lunch around 3-330 and my dinner is during my lunch hour at work, most night 6-7. Then I end up coming home and grazing which isn't good! I just don't want the double bento to be too much food. I don't think it would, if I use the 600 ML bento box and ju... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 18:36:45 EST Dozo Yoroshiko Onigaishimasu! Konnichiwa! I am a new Bento Buddy. Watahshi-wa America-jin Gunjin Shufu-desu. I am an American housewife, living in Tokyo suburbs. I joined SP last April, am just figuring out how to join team, LoL! <BR> <BR> Yes, I love bento, AND the food that comes in it. When DH packs them for sightseeing trips, I love opening my box to see what the heck he packed in there. When I pack them, I usually include a kawaii character for the kids (think of waterproof sticker), and they enjoy guessing wh... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:47:29 EST *wave* Hello! In the interests of losing weight, saving money and saving the environment, I'm back to bento. :) <BR> <BR> I joined the Flickr group (my Flickr page is here: <link> </link> ). Heck, I even started a bento blog: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A little bit about me. I was a foreign exchange student in Tokyo for 7 weeks when I was 17. I lost probably between 10-20 lbs between my host mom's super-healthy cooking (and bentos!) and... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:39:44 EST I'm completely new to this stuff!! But I've been doing alot of research on the internet and I'm super excited to get more involved in making bento boxes!! It seems like a good way to help me with portion control and to learn to appreciate my food as I'm eating it instead of scarfing it all down as fast as possible and then subsequently over eating because my body doesn't realize its full! Wed, 2 Jan 2008 14:25:02 EST I love my Bento Hello, <BR> <BR> I just got one for my christmas <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> this afternoon I'm going to go and see if I can find stuff to go with it. <BR> <BR> have a great day <BR> Wed, 26 Dec 2007 11:23:50 EST Recipie Site I was on a message board yesterday and we got on the topic of Bento and someone posted this site and I thought I would share it. <BR> <BR><BR>tm <BR> <BR> Saw some interesting things on there. Enjoy. Fri, 26 Oct 2007 09:55:11 EST Hi Everyone! Hi! I have been so enthralled by bentos for quite some time! I just joined spark people, and was so excited to see a bento group! Wed, 17 Oct 2007 07:18:15 EST Looking for Inspiration I'm looking for some inspiration/motivation to make bento. Where do you go for bento eye-candy? What motivates you to make a bento, or even make a lunch, for the day? Sat, 13 Oct 2007 09:29:49 EST What's Your Favourite... Out of the bento items you own, what's your favourite... <BR> <BR> Bento Box? <BR> <BR> Mold? <BR> <BR> Sauce Bottle/Cup? <BR> <BR> Divider/Cup? <BR> <BR> Food Pick? Sun, 16 Sep 2007 09:46:53 EST Elle Lunch Bag I just picked up a great new lunch bag today - it's the Madison Lunch Bay by Elle. It's perfect to fit my bento in, plus an apple or small container of nuts. It also fits a small tri-bento I have (I like to pack cut fruit in it for a snack) and is thermally insulated so I can throw a cooler pack in to keep things cold. Three of my bentos came with bags, but they aren't insulated, so the cooler pack does nothing. <BR> <BR> You can see that bag on It was only $15 Canadian at a loca... Wed, 12 Sep 2007 17:43:17 EST New to the Team....and to Bento Hey Everyone~ <BR> <BR> I just joined the team today and thought I should introduce myself. <BR> <BR> My name is Keri, I'm 30, and have fallen in love with bento boxes. I fell in love with them quite some time ago while cruising eBay, and decided that I must have one. <BR> <BR> In August, I had procured and started working a new job at yet another call center to supplement my income as a Massage Therapist. <BR> <BR> The job and its pay had me all geared up for bentoing as I would be go... Sun, 9 Sep 2007 09:21:48 EST Online Bento Resources I've found some fun & informative websites for packing bento boxes. Do you have any to share? <BR> <BR> Cooking Cute <BR> <BR> <BR> Lunch in a Box <BR> <BR> <BR> Recipezaar Japanese Lunch/Snacks Recipes <BR><BR>teg=japanese%2Clunch-snacks <BR> <BR> Vegan Lunch Box <BR> Sat, 8 Sep 2007 09:03:42 EST Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go Does anyone have the book "Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go" by Naomi Kijima? I was looking at purchasing it and was wondering how useful the content is. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day, <BR> Melanie Thu, 6 Sep 2007 09:13:00 EST Where did you buy your bentos? I thought maybe we could start a topic where we would post stores we've purchased bento goods from. I know I don't have any local shops so I purchase my items from eBay sellers, and would love some recommendations from everyone! <BR> <em>30</em> Wed, 5 Sep 2007 12:49:06 EST Noob. Hi there. I'm Kristen, 28, mom to two-under-five. <BR> <BR> I was turned on to bento lunches by the Vegan Lunch Box blog and cookbook last year, but not until this week did I buy any bento lunch boxes for our family. <BR> <BR> I finally decided to take the plunge when my son started back to preschool this year. The school asks that the kids bring HEALTHY snacks to eat in the mornings, and apparently most parents' ideas of "healthy" includes cookies and potato chips. Well, of course, my son... Wed, 5 Sep 2007 09:48:51 EST The best thing about bentos besides the automatic portion control, is that ever since I started taking my lunch in them I have been eating more fruits and vegetables. If I am going to the trouble of packing a bento and taking pictures of it to put on flickr then I don't want it to be full of beige food! It's kind of funny that the only reason I eat them is because they are pretty, but I guess any reason is good enough if it works. :) Fri, 31 Aug 2007 23:26:39 EST Cheap Box! I'm not sure where to put this post, so if it needs to be moved, let me know! <BR> <BR> I was cruising through the drugstore yesterday and found some really cool little boxes with the clicky sides and a rubber seal. Not as cute as some of the bento boxes I've seen, but a pretty cheap fix for getting started. They were at Kerr Drugs (don't know which states have these stores) and they are $1.99. i got a blue one that is about 5x8" and 2" deep. I was so excited! Unfortunatly it didn't survive ... Tue, 7 Aug 2007 16:57:50 EST my self-intro Hi! Hope y'all don't mind me joining in! I have a Mr. Bento, and I LOVE to use it, but I have trouble thinking of good, healthy, creative things to take for lunch. I'm hoping I'll find some interesting ideas here! I *thought* I had a good idea, fixing tortellini with a couple of tablespoons of pesto for the main dish, but then I checked the calories and fat and was floored! <BR> <BR> Are there any other vegetarians in this group? Tue, 31 Jul 2007 22:25:55 EST New here . .. and to bentos . . Hello to everyone! <BR> I am Gen and have recently joined up here at Spark, and have been doing research on japanese cuisine and ran across the bento box concept about a month or 2 ago. I have yet to get one, but I hope to soon. I love the presentations and creativity that bento lovers show. I also like the idea of cool lunch boxes that can hold the perfect amount of goodies! <BR> I will be keeping in touch here and hopefully be set up and posting pictures of bentos soon. <em>4</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2007 16:31:35 EST Sorta new to team I joined a little while ago, but i haven't been active. I love bentos, but I have been lax in making them lately. Any good veggie ideas? I just got 2 new bentos and need to start using them again! Mon, 16 Jul 2007 11:17:31 EST New!!! (YAY) Hi!!!!!!!!! Just wanted to say hi!(did I just say that???? ^_^) Well I really like the idea of Bento and I have a box I am just having a hard time figuring out what to put in it! Mon, 2 Jul 2007 12:07:58 EST New to team and Bento boxes Hi, my name is Julea and have been doing sparks since the begining of the year. I have been lurking and not participating for over the last couple of months. I have not given up hope but need desperately to get back on track. I love bento boxes and need to get myself a cute one, actually one of my rewards for weight loss. Lunch at work is really tough. I think I do worse at work and then the day is shot. looking forward to getting some ideas and support. Tue, 19 Jun 2007 09:40:51 EST 100MILLBUT FLYS-intro Well i'll only put a blurb here since i've got my spark page filled out too ;) <BR> <BR> I'm 27, married and have 3 children. i was invited over to this team and i LOVE IT! tomorrow (6-19-07) will be day two of my modified bento box lunch. not exactly japanese cuisine but modified to fit what i do have ;) it's helping alot! <BR> <BR> so thanks for the invite! <BR> PS, you can see my very first attempt on my spark page ;) <BR> ~V Tue, 19 Jun 2007 01:34:31 EST Bento Wishlist What kind of bento-related things do you want? <BR> <BR> Currently I have a small bento box, but I would like a bigger one. My small one is good for portion control, but if I want to make a bento with a lot of fruit it wouldn't fit. <BR> <BR> I would also like a family-sized celebration bento box so I could make things to share. :) <BR> <BR> I have an onigiri shaper that I like, but I also want some weiner shapers! <BR> <BR> Here are some: <BR> <BR> http:... Thu, 14 Jun 2007 22:57:26 EST My Bento Today My Bento today consists of... <BR> <BR> A bed of green peppers, sweetcorn, lettace presented in three columns with tiny slivers of cheese seperating them and then 3 chicken nuggets(Birds eye BBQchicken) on top of that with two cherry tomatoes on Har Rock Cafe sticks (the ones they put the cherries on in your cocktail). <BR> <BR> I also brought a tub of fruit with a layer of mango, then strawberries, then grapes and melon. YUM <BR> <BR> I will be attempting Onigiri for the first time on Sun... Thu, 10 May 2007 08:15:30 EST Introductions - say hi! Hi my name's kirsty and i have recently (month or so) become interested in Bento lunches, traditionally a japanese packed lunch. the difference between a packed lunch and a Bento lunch is the appearance. bento lunches should be aesthetically pleasing and generally make use of colour or themes. <BR> <BR> I love knowing what other people have for lunch mostly because i'm nosey so i though we could use this group for ideas, themes, recipes and bento supplies. <BR> <BR> I also though (if we att... Thu, 10 May 2007 08:08:33 EST