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Patriotic Bento Lunch Box

4th of July is just around the corner!
What are you planning to do on the holiday?
If you going on a picnic, how about taking these cute bears with you?😍

I created mini burgers with mini tomatoes, basil mozzarella cheese!
Yes, these bears are vegetarian😉

For dessert, I made  Blueberry Bran Muffins and packed with strawberries and cherries that I bought at a local farmers market.

Cornbread Bear Bento

Cornbread (2 full squares and a slice)
Thick Chili Filling of your choice
A slice of cheese
A piece of nori seaweed

  1. Prepare 2 squares of cornbread and slice them in half. Scoop out center area to create a small bowl. Stuff chili filling inside.
  2. Place the top half back on top.
  3. Cut out leftover cornbread slice to create ears and hands for bears.
  4. Apply them to the cornbread to make bears.
  5. Cut out from a slice of cheese and a piece of nori seaweed to create eyes.
  6. Optional: Slice mini tomatoes in half and make tomato, basil and cheese sandwiches!


3 colors Animal Bento

My 3 colors Animal Bento was featured in Japan Up! Magazine June issue!

3 colors Animal Bento

30g Beef Soboro*
30g Scrambled Egg (About 1-2 eggs. Cook with a pinch of salt and sugar)
30g Blanched  Spinach (drain well and sprinkle a little soy sauce)
Decorative pieces (radish, carrot, cucumber, a slice of cheese, a piece of seaweed)

*Beef Soboro

150g Ground Beef
1tbsp Soy Sauce
1tbsp Sugar
1tbsp Mirin
1tbsp Sake
1/2tsp Grated Ginger
-Heat a non-stick pan and cook beef, breaking up into small pieces.
-Add all the seasonings and cook until most of the liquid is gone.

How to assemble bento

  1. Prepare soboro, scrambled egg and blanched spinach.
  2. Place 50g of rice in each cup
  3. Put about 30g of the toppings in each cup
  4. Prepare face parts by cutting and slicing vegetables and cheese.