Mr. Bento you're a bloodthirsty foe, but your chicken is delicious!
October 15, 2007 11:34 AM Subscribe
I bit the bullet and bought
a Mr. Bento
lunch box and it is awesome. Now what?
posted by indiebass to Food & Drink (21 answers total) 97 users marked this as a favorite
I purchased Mr. Bento for a few reasons:
a) to save some money instead of buying lunches and Lean Cuisines (which is what I currently do) which has recently become more important
b) to eat healthier foods because I'm trying to shed a bunch of lbs, and what I'm doing now is OK but I think I could do better (plus, frozen foods have a TON of sodium), and
c) to help regulate portion size, because even when I eat healthy I do tend to have a lot of it, which is (let's face it) counterproductive, and I feel like only so much can fit into the bento compartments which means what doesn't fit doesn't come for lunch.
So now I'm looking to stock the kitchen with the things I'll need to make delicious and nutritious bento lunches. I have brown rice, natch, and Mirin but what else do I need to pick up? I got a jar of Giardiniara yesterday, which are italian pickled veggies (I understand pickled veggies are a common bento course) so I'm not necessarily looking to make traditional Japanese bento food every day, but I do love it so I certainly will be making some, learning how to along the way. The only requirements will be that it is, more or less, "healthy" and that it isn't overly complex to make. (I understand that's one of the Raisons d'être of the bento). I'm less interested in making everything 'cute', which seems to be the focus of a lot of the bento websites I've seen. I'm more concerned with the food itself than the aesthetics.
So, hive mind: you've never failed me before. Can you help me make a startup shopping list for my Mr. Bento lunch adventure?