Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

red_the_opinionated
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My family tends to eat a lot of Mexican and Eastern European food, and I like to make healthier versions of things - and now to utilize the leftovers for bentos. Here's a fave of ours.

Tofu Pumpkin Potato Scramble (AKA Veggie Chorizo!)

4 Potatoes, cooked (I usually microwave them, but if I have time I roast them.)
1 Can of Pumpkin Puree
1 Package of Tofu - Firm and Crumbled!
2 TB Achiote Seasoning (This comes in little boxes in Hispanic Markets - I like El Mexicano, it costs less than a dollar)
2 TB Mexican Oregano
2 TB Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
Oil - or a good nonstick pan! (my choice)

Chop up the potatoes into bite size pieces. Brown them in your skillet, then add in everything else, and keep on low for a while to evaporate moisture and to let the flavors meld together into a blissful but funky looking dish. Feel free to add shredded cheese, eggs, sour cream, whatever.

Yeah....it may look a bit funny, but it is oooh so tasty. I'm actually packing some tomorrow with some black beans, brown rice, salsa and veggies. Whoopee!

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Courtney
Bento-ing from: London › UK
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

This sounds nice! What would you recommend as a substitute for the Achiote seasoning if you can't get it?

red_the_opinionated
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

The closest would be a bit of taco seasoning with some vinegar added.

Courtney
Bento-ing from: London › UK
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

Cool! Will try that! Thanks! :)

オタク
Bento-ing from: › North Carolina › USA
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

Achiote is also called anatto, and is used to color cheddar cheese orange.
Try marinating a beef roast over night in achiote, lime juice, salt, and garlic. Wrap it in two layers of banana leaves, then roast slowly at 200 degrees F until it falls apart. It should take 8 hrs minimum. Pull it apart and serve with Arroz Verde.

I hardly ever do fusion type food, but this is just divine. Note: My chicken salad is a little different than most folks', so results will vary depending on the leftovers. I'll probably post it, but I'm awfully forgetful, so it could be a while.

Chicken Salad Onigiri

Leftover Chicken Salad
Cooked Sushi Rice
Mixed Black and White Sesame Seeds, Toasted
Yuzuiri Shichimi Powder

A teacup or onigiri mold lined with plastic wrap

I'll post instructions sometime after 3:00 Pm.

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pii_bii
Bento-ing from: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

This sounds absolutely delicious! I wonder if I can find achiote in the UK though? May have to go for the taco seasoning + vinegar option! Will post my results.

オタク
Bento-ing from: › North Carolina › USA
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

That roast is a classic Yucatan style BBQ item. The recipe is about 400+ years old. With the Green Rice it would be similar to a donburi. The achiote is more for color than flavor though, the meat is bright red when done cooking. Try a cheese-making shop for the anatto/achiote.

Now for those promised instructions for my Onigiri:

Wet hands and press rice into the plastic wrap lined cup or mold so that there is an even 1 cm layer all the way around the inside and bottom. Then add Shichimi to the chicken salad and stir. Then add the chicken salad to the cup, add more rice & cover with plastic wrap and press to seal in the filling. then remove it from the cup and round out with wet hands and roll in toasted sesame seeds.

Serve two or three on a plate or put them in a bento box.
It goes well with greens or steamed spinach.

-オタク

PS:
Around half my family is Mexican, and none of our family ever use taco seasoning. We put cumin, key lime juice, salt, garlic, and homemade chile powder in our taco meat. It marinates a bit and is then BB-Q'd or seared and chopped fine. IMHO, putting taco seasoning on a roast would kinda ruin it.

Stephanie
Bento-ing from: San Lorenzo › California › USA
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

I agree taco seasoning never seems quite right to me. But since I don't eat meat and no one else I cook for is nearly that discerning I do tend to use it on meat, saving my time and effort so I can season my portion of the meal the way I like it.

オタク
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

Vegan Taco Filling

1 C Minced Portabello Mushrooms
1 C Minced Maitake Mushrooms
3/4 C Cooked Black Rice*
1 Tbs Minced Garlic
1/4 C Diced Yellow Onion
Salt and Cumin to Taste

Saute the above in Olive Oil until 'shrooms are thoroughly cooked. Put in homemade corn tortillas`.

*I use this kind:
www.lundberg.com/products/rice/rice_nf_japonica.aspx

`Corn Tortillas are just corn masa and water pressed or rolled into rounds and cooked in an iron or clay pan called a Comal.

Jiza
Bento-ing from: Madrid › Spain
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

i love mexican food :) But well i never eat the real thing as i've never been to mexico! ;)
I'll definetely try this, thanks for the recipes otaku-chan! ^^

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オタク
Bento-ing from: › North Carolina › USA
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes
Jiza wrote:

i love mexican food :) But well i never eat the real thing as i've never been to mexico! ;)
I'll definetely try this, thanks for the recipes otaku-chan! ^^

No hay de que.

Otaku-chan? Geez, I'm not that young, my Avatar is a character in a novel I'm writing, not a representation of myself. Otaku-sama would be good though. My ancestors did rule most of Western Europe at one time. So I'm kinda qualified for that honorific if you're going to use them. Or just -san will do.

オタクーさま

Folly
Bento-ing from: San Francisco
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Re: Non-Japanese Bento Recipes

Wow, this looks simple and tasty! I'm going right out to the store to pick up the ingredients. Hmm. Black rice. That would sure help in getting five colors into my bento!

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