Total calories (approx): 390 (how calories are calculated)
Time needed: 10-15 minutes in the morning
Type: Vegan, Japanese, rather macrobiotic
This bento, which is from Monday, is a quick-assemble vegan bento. I've already given the recipe for the main component, Natto Fried Rice, and of course the kinpira is a perennial favorite here. The crunchy texture and spicy flavor of the kinpira is a nice contrast to the rich, almost cheesy flavor of the rice. The rice was made from scratch (well, using frozen brown rice stash and some pre-made hijiki), and the kinpira was made last Friday, and I just briefly crisped it up a bit in a dry frying pan before cooling again and packing into the bento.
I thought it might be interesting to look at how this bento meets most macrobiotic (commonly abbreviated to ‘makurobi’ in Japan) guidelines. I am a bit skeptical about macrobiotics when it gets extreme, but I think it has some good ideas. So I pick and choose what makes sense to me and ignore the silly bits. Anyway, this bento does conform to a lot of macrobiotic rules:
Now, I do have some spice in the kinpira - macrobiotics generally doesn’t like spicy foods, which are considered to be too ‘yang’ or ‘hot’. But hey - like I said, I pick and choose from the general macrobiotic canon to suit me, when I want to.
An a practical level, I’ve used a fairly small (capacity 400ml) round bento box for this, since a whole grain one-‘dish’ item like the fried rice is quite calorie dense and easy to overpack. I used the bento box for Bento 50, which featured a quinoa salad.
And speaking of quinoa, Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini has recently posted a very tasty sounding quinoa recipe. Japanese cuisine is spreading like a spilt bottle of soy sauce all over! :)
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