Total calories (approx): 465 (how calories are calculated)
Time needed: 15 minutes the night before; 5 minutes in the morning
Type: Traditional Japanese, vegan
Donburi style bentos are so easy and quick to assemble, especially if you’ve made whatever goes on top of the rice in advance. The vegan iri dofu recipe is best made the night before; in the morning, you just need to pile it on top of the rice (cooked in a rice cooker with a timer, or made and frozen in advance), add some garnish, and you’re ready to go.
Nutrtion tip: When you are making a vegan bento, always try to use brown rice or zakkokumai (rice with mixed grains), for added nutritional value. The protein in the brown rice, coupled with the iri dofu, gives you as much protein as a meaty bento.
This bento is so easy, I’m skipping the usual timeline, but here are the assembly steps.
The box I used here is a hand turned wooden box made by a relative of my stepfather. It’s absolutely beautiful and so tactile. It goes well with the beige tones of the tofu.
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