Bento-Friendly Recipes Index

A sortable index of all recipes and how-tos on Just Bento. Click on the Title or Posted column headers to re-sort!

All the recipes on Just Bento are bento friendly. They are meant to be eaten cold (at room temperature), and do not need reheating at lunchtime unless specified otherwise. They also hold up well and do not spoil for a few hours. There are a few recipes or bento combinations for which an ice pack, or alternatively a thermal lunch jar or re-heating in a microwave is recommended, but that is clearly stated in the recipe.

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Oven-baked Spicy Asian Chicken Wings2 May 2013 - 09:10Recipe collection: Mains
Soft Polenta For Dinner, Fried Polenta Cakes for Bento 9 Apr 2013 - 13:19Recipe collection: Mains
Spinach Tamagoyaki (Spinach-packed omelette) 4 Apr 2013 - 10:06Recipe collection: Mains
Cubed Tofu and Broccoli with Miso and Kochujang (gochujang)29 Mar 2013 - 11:10Recipe collection: Mains
Bento staple: All-purpose winter vegetable mix for rice and more22 Mar 2013 - 17:43Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Yuzu scented winter vegetable tsukemono (pickles) 14 Dec 2012 - 04:54Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
The Guy's Two-Step Nikujaga (Japanese meat and potatoes) 6 Dec 2012 - 16:05
Sweet, sour and salty 'instant' radish pickles19 Apr 2012 - 16:22Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Beef and vegetable rolls (Yasai no nikumaki)7 Feb 2012 - 22:25Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler: Parsnip kinpira25 Jan 2012 - 14:55Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Cucumber and Nashi (Asian pear) marinated salad 23 Jan 2012 - 16:16Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Tofu and vegetable piccata 16 Jan 2012 - 18:34Recipe collection: Mains
Hearty meatball and vegetable soup (that's almost a stew)12 Jan 2012 - 16:29Recipe collection: Mains
Pork (or beef) and mushroom roll-ups 30 Sep 2011 - 17:10Recipe collection: Mains
Basic taco meat mix23 Sep 2011 - 10:33Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Lower-calorie, lower-cost, beef and bean sprout burgers31 May 2011 - 02:20Recipe collection: Mains
Chicken Nanban 2 ways 4 Mar 2011 - 15:29Recipe collection: Mains
Chana Dal with Fennel and Almonds 3 Mar 2011 - 13:37Recipe collection: Mains
Really frugal ramen soup eggs 21 Feb 2011 - 12:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento no. 80: Deconstructed banh mi sandwich bento 18 Feb 2011 - 11:58
All-season shredded vegetable pickle-salad, plus migrating birds! 17 Feb 2011 - 19:58Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Brown rice porridge with azuki beans (azuki iri genmai gayu)5 Jan 2011 - 16:07Recipe collection: Mains
Two-color namasu, a make-ahead daikon radish and carrot salad 17 Dec 2010 - 19:16Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Pan-fried crispy chicken or turkey nuggets with gobo (burdock root) or any root vegetable24 Nov 2010 - 05:01Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler staple: Walnut miso paste for cooked vegetables 9 Nov 2010 - 03:20Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Wafuu Quinoa - Quinoa with Japanese flavors3 Nov 2010 - 01:10Recipe collection: Mains
Okara and crab salad20 Oct 2010 - 01:12Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Low carb gluten-free freeze dried tofu (kouya dofu) fried sandwich 'bread'15 Oct 2010 - 13:10Recipe collection: Mains
Zucchini Basil Muffins revisited: Low-carb and gluten-free version 8 Oct 2010 - 17:09Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Sweet pepper and carrot confetti28 Sep 2010 - 12:03Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Meatballs with lettuce in tomato sauce 23 Sep 2010 - 15:45Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Negimiso bento recipes: Misoyaki tofu, Misoyaki onigiri, Misoyaki rice 20 Sep 2010 - 17:19Recipe collection: Mains
Green onion and thyme low-carb gluten-free muffins10 Sep 2010 - 16:40Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento sized mini cabbage rolls31 Aug 2010 - 19:32Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Kinpira rice burger and how to keep the rice of the 'bun' together9 Aug 2010 - 08:28Recipe collection: Mains
A sushi roll bento, plus how to make sushi rolls without a sushi mat23 Jul 2010 - 07:41Recipe collection: Mains
Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables28 Jun 2010 - 15:11Recipe collection: Mains
Just a bigger dorm room for the summer10 Jun 2010 - 12:02
Muffins for spring: Ramp Pesto Muffins and Carrot Purée Muffins17 May 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Char siu or yakibuta - Chinese style roast pork7 May 2010 - 10:51Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Quinoa with Green Peas and Dried Sausage28 Apr 2010 - 16:22Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler: Raw Asparagus, Radish and Parmesan salad28 Apr 2010 - 15:20Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: 3-color Spring Vegetable Namul with Crabstick23 Apr 2010 - 20:29Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Tuna soboro with ginger23 Apr 2010 - 19:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade Sakura Denbu - sweet, pink, fluffy fish flakes21 Apr 2010 - 16:26Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Budo Mame or Budoh Mame: Sweet-salty soy beans (Bento filler)7 Mar 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Torihamu or Homemade Chicken "Ham"27 Jan 2010 - 09:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
One-pan braised kale with bacon and new potatoes22 Dec 2009 - 16:06Recipe collection: Mains
Stewed winter vegetables with kouya dofu (freeze dried tofu)5 Dec 2009 - 09:13Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Potato Oyaki and Sweet Potato and Carrot Oyaki24 Nov 2009 - 07:02Recipe collection: Mains