Total calories (approx): 420 (how calories are calculated)
Time needed: 10 minutes in the morning
Type: Japanese, omnivore (wieners!)
This is a quick-assembly bento (about 10 minutes in the morning) that consists mainly of seasonal vegetables. I did use a wiener sausage for the protein part because I was running low on other protein ingredients, but it’s just one so I don’t feel too bad about it, especially since the rest of the bento is so healthy! I cut the wiener into little fish, and arranged them so they look as they they are swimming upstream. I’ve described the wiener fish here - the tutorial (in Japanese, but with very clear photos) is on this page. You could of course just cut up the sausage into diagonal slices - but the fish are more fun! One sausage yields 4 fish. To keep the bento all-vegan, substitute some veggie franks, fried tofu or other vegetable protein.
The bamboo shoot rice recipe is here. The stir fry is made like the one on the same page, but without the bacon and with a couple of asparagus spears added.
The rice should be assembled and the timer set the night before - or just make it the night before and have some for dinner! If you can prep the snow peas at least the night before it would save you a lot of time in the morning. A couple of the snow peas are blanched briefly and used to decorate the top of the rice.
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