I just bought one of the boxes from laptoplunches.com and I like it so far! It is a little more "Westernized" with small lidded containers inside a larger box, but that's why I chose it. It seems easier to get started with than the more traditional bento boxes.
current weight: 210.5
Fitness Minutes: (3,745) Posts: 125 8/8/12 12:08 P
I use the site at justbento.com for all my basics (including the best rice I've ever made) and bento safety tips. Makiko is my go-to bento authority, especially for Asian-inspired bento.
Lunch In A Box doesn't seem to be getting updated any longer, but she's got some good ideas for non-traditional bento items (especially those that use leftovers).
Jen @ Not Exactly Bento packs lots of non-traditional food as well. Recipes are included for many items.
Some key things that I do to make life simpler are to: -Make large batches of both brown and white rice and pre-portion them for lunches. Rice freezes and reheats just fine. -Build up a bento stash (Johbisai) by overcooking when I'm preparing dinners, etc. For example, make & cook extra meatballs without the sauce & freeze. Then you can just pull out when needed for lunch. Many items won't even need to be defrosted for packing if you're leaving your bento at room temperature. There's a list of ideas here: http://www.justbento.com/handbook/johbisai
Pounds lost: 22.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,664) Posts: 4 8/8/12 9:41 A
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.
Things I'm interested in learning are: Bento Safety New Recipies Creative ways to make bento Ways to save time Portioning out leftovers for your bento box
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