Total calories (approx): 550 (how calories are calculated)
Time needed: 10-15 minutes in the morning
Type: Vegetarian, Japanese with a twist
This bento really reflects what’s available at the farmers’ markets around these parts at this time of year. The spring asparagus are just about over, especially the green ones (though the fat white ones from the north are still available in abundance), and the zucchini, or courgettes, are taking over in full force. Radishes are still available, but becoming a bit scarcer as they get pushed out by the summer vegetables.
This is almost vegan, but I couldn’t resist turning the zucchini blossom ends into little fritters, using beaten egg. You could make this vegan by just sautéing the blossom ends along with the zucchini fruit and flower petal tips, but I do love the crispy yet doughy texture of the fritters.
The baby zucchini that were attached to the flowers were sautéed separately with the flower petal tips, and simply seasoned with salt, pepper and soy sauce.
The only thing I actually cooked in the morning were the boiled asparagus tips and sautéed baby zucchini. The pickled radish was premade days ago, and the zucchini flower fritters and poached frozen tofu are intentional leftovers from the night before. (Intentional leftovers just means that I made extra and set some aside specifically for bento use!) So I could assemble this bento in less than 10 minutes with ease.
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