お弁当 (Obento)

I will be leaving for a weeklong trip to Japan in 2 weeks, leaving my husband here to fend for himself  for meals (he’s probably thinking “Yes! McDonald’s here I come!”). I made use of my day off today to make some bentos that can be frozen and microwaved so he doesn’t have to eat take out every night.

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肉団子弁当 (Meatball Bento) on the left のりシャケ弁当 (Salmon Nori Bento) on the right.

I also used to mass produce bento dinners before when I was working crazy hours at  my other job and hardly had time to cook dinner. The trick is to cook your veggies just slightly less than usual so they don’t overcook when reheating.  Also, it’s best if the bentos are thawed overnight in advance, so they don’t take forever in the microwave. I also learned that tofu and konnyaku do not freeze well at all.

I love these Ziploc divided containers. They’re the perfect bento boxes and can be frozen and microwaved (with the lid on)!

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4 Responses to “お弁当 (Obento)”


  1. 1 mad chef February 25, 2009 at 2:23 am

    We’re hiring talented chefs like you. Pls put in a resume!

  2. 2 sachi February 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    すごいね主婦だねぇ~~~。
    尊敬のまなざし。

  3. 3 SIL4 March 10, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    i LOVE this post and you know why. our hubbies have not ventured into the land of fast food together yet but that’s simply because they haven’t yet hung out! 😉

    do the tupperware really come like that with different compartments? i’ve never seen those but they do seem perfect for a ready made meal, especially since i, too, will be leaving the hubby to go home… i’m going to have to look for them.

    • 4 honolulueats March 11, 2009 at 12:31 am

      Yes, they really do come with those compartments. I think they are for sandwiches. Have a great trip home!


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