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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Homemade furikake no. 2: Carrot and sesame seeds21 Nov 2007 - 16:16Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 1: Radish leaves, bonito flakes and tiny shrimp9 Nov 2007 - 22:12Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 11: Spicy radish leaves26 Jun 2009 - 11:14Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 10: Sardines and pine nuts22 Apr 2009 - 12:25Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Hearty meatball and vegetable soup (that's almost a stew)12 Jan 2012 - 16:29Recipe collection: Mains
Ham Negimayaki (Green Onions Wrapped in Ham and Panfried)22 Jan 2009 - 16:29Recipe collection: Mains
Grilled Garlic Chicken Tenders and Yogurt Dressing19 Jan 2009 - 14:52Recipe collection: Mains
Green onion and thyme low-carb gluten-free muffins10 Sep 2010 - 16:40Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Gomashio Cookies21 Oct 2008 - 17:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Glazed Triple-Soy Loaf21 Jul 2008 - 16:59Recipe collection: Mains
Fun with sweet mochi and fruit "sushi"13 Nov 2009 - 20:32Guest Post Articles
Experimenting with frozen tuna salad, plus a tuna sushi rice sandwich5 Jun 2008 - 11:49Recipe collection: Mains
Eggs in treasure bags (Tamago no takarabukuro)28 Mar 2008 - 17:55Recipe collection: Mains
Earl Grey Tea Muffins24 Sep 2008 - 09:43Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Curried kidney beans and vegetables25 Mar 2008 - 10:09Recipe collection: Mains
Cubed Tofu and Broccoli with Miso and Kochujang (gochujang)29 Mar 2013 - 11:10Recipe collection: Mains
Cooked to death hot and sweet peppers31 Jul 2008 - 18:28Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Chicken Nanban 2 ways 4 Mar 2011 - 15:29Recipe collection: Mains
Cheese and parsley microwave omelette10 Jun 2008 - 15:11Recipe collection: Mains
Chana Dal with Fennel and Almonds 3 Mar 2011 - 13:37Recipe collection: Mains
Carrot rice two ways10 Apr 2008 - 21:51Recipe collection: Mains
Budo Mame or Budoh Mame: Sweet-salty soy beans (Bento filler)7 Mar 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Buchimgae or Chijimi (Jijimi) with Kimchi2 Mar 2009 - 14:27Recipe collection: Mains
Brown rice porridge with azuki beans (azuki iri genmai gayu)5 Jan 2011 - 16:07Recipe collection: Mains
Bite-size chicken teriyaki for bento boxes18 Feb 2008 - 16:22Recipe 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'
Bento sized mini-meatloaves4 Feb 2009 - 16:07Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento Sized Mini Quiches12 Mar 2009 - 12:16Guest Post Articles
Bento sized mini cabbage rolls31 Aug 2010 - 19:32Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento side: 3-minute omelette9 Nov 2009 - 22:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento no. 80: Deconstructed banh mi sandwich bento 18 Feb 2011 - 11:58
Bento no. 16: A minimalist vegan bento for a tender tummy30 Jan 2008 - 20:46
Bento fillers: Forgotten vegetable kinpira4 Nov 2008 - 12:00Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Zucchini flower blossom-end fritters28 May 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Vegan Japanese potato salad24 Mar 2008 - 14:17Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: The Easiest Ever Carrot-Sesame Salad18 Dec 2008 - 12:25Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Stir-fried cabbage with garlic, dried cranberries and balsamic vinegar11 Mar 2008 - 14:23Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Spring greens namul (namuru)1 Apr 2008 - 14:30Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Spicy miso marinated green asparagus27 May 2008 - 14:04Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Raw Asparagus, Radish and Parmesan salad28 Apr 2010 - 15:20Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Parsnip kinpira25 Jan 2012 - 14:55Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: Orange Juice Carrots14 Jan 2009 - 15:15Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Green beans and aburaage (fried tofu skins)23 Jun 2009 - 14:34Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Green asparagus and scrambled tofu7 Apr 2008 - 16:05Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: French green beans with carrot and ginger29 May 2008 - 15:36Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: Fennel Salad (Fennel no Shiomomi)6 Feb 2009 - 08:10Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Easy sugarfree carrot kinpira6 Mar 2008 - 15:30Recipe 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
Bento filler: Classic Kinpira Gobo (burdock and carrot kinpira)24 Nov 2008 - 10:58Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Cherry tomato and leftover vegetable gratin cup23 Jun 2008 - 12:07Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers