Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

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Bento contents:

Total calories (approx): 460 (how calories are calculated)

Time needed: 10 minutes the night before; 15 minutes in the morning

Type: Traditional Japanese

I haven’t shown a full bento in quite a long time, so it’s about time I did! This is one I made a week or so ago, inspired by the fresh green peas at a farmer’s market. To go with the green-and-whiteness of the green pea rice, I made pink salted salmon, a favorite of mine as long time readers know; bright yellow scrambled eggs, and asparagus tips just dressed with a bit of rice vinegar and a tiny pinch of sugar. Cherry tomatoes and slivers of blanched snow peas fill the gaps, and carrot stars that I’d made and frozen previously complete the bento. A very springlike palette, don’t you think?

Pink, green and yellow spring bento

I originally set out to make onigiri with the green pea rice, but they sort of fell apart because I’d mixed in too many peas into the rice! So I just packed the crumbling onigiri into cupcake liners, which worked out well.

The green pea rice will taste best if you can make it fresh in the morning, but leftovers from dinner the night before will work just as well.

Mini-recipe for asparagus with vinegar

Just sprinkle a little rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar (a vinegar with a little sweetness in other words) on the cooked asparagus, with a small pinch of sugar.

Timeline and tips

The key to making this bento in 15 minutes or so in the morning is to reuse the vegetable cooking water to cook the vegetables successively. First you do the peas, then the asparagus, then finally the snow peas. The fastest way to do this it to have two saucepans on hand with a small sieve of colander. Put the colander on top of the empty saucepan, and drain the cooked vegetables in there. The still-hot water will drain into the pan, and you can proceed to cook your next vegetable in there. Top up as needed from your electric kettle.

If you make a bunch of carrot cut-outs and boil or cook them in orange juice, you can freeze any extras. There’s no need to defrost them even! Just put them in your bento, and they will have defrosted by lunchtime.

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Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

Hi!!! I just wanted to let u know that I love your blog! Everything u make looks adorable & yummy!!!

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

Maki!!! That is truly a work of art. I honestly would have had a hard time eating as it is just lovely.

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

Something so easy that I could pull off. AND SO DELICIOUS TOO!

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

This is such a cute bento! Did you cut out the carrot stars yourself or do you have a cutter?

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

The food looks great, the salmon is particularly inviting.
Most of all, I love the metal bento box.
I still have an old one that size, we use to put the bento boxes on top of the steam heaters :)
The food will be nice and warm at lunch time.
Maybe the stores locally will have some new ones!!!

Balifly

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

Thank you for your site. I am an American student living and working in Tokyo who loves to cook. But I was having difficulty finding ideas for all of the new ingredients that I'm surrounded by, since I have no one to explain what these mysterious items are. I just stumbled across your site and I have to thank you already for making it - it will surely help me to pack bentos that are healthy, affordable and delicious. Thanks!

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

I've been reading this for a few weeks now, and I love of all of the quick recipes with eggs and what not. I cannot wait for school to start, and now I cannot wait to try out all of these wonderful recipes when I journey to the library or study for a day and night.

Plus, when zombies invade these are perfect for on-the-go meals.

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

So nice bento! I'm beginning to felle hungry, I don't know why.... I like very much that japanese look!

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

Where did you make the timeline?! Its was a great idea!!

Re: Bento no. 65: Pink, Green and Yellow Spring Bento

I have a template I made for the timelines that I just fill out. I guess I will post a fill-outable one soon.

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