Hello everyone!

zora
Bento-ing from: Nashville › Tennessee › USA
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 5 years 36 weeks ago.

Hi there! I'm Zora, from Tennessee. I've been bento-ing for my husband and myself for about, hmm, almost 3 years now... I originally started making bento after our honeymoon in Tokyo; we have always loved Japanese food, and after seeing all the different bento in restaurants, department-store food floors, cookbooks, etc. on our trip, I bought a couple basic boxes so I could give it a try.... and well, I got hooked! :)

I used to take photos of our bento everyday and post in a Livejournal bento group, but quit about a year ago due to laziness and a desire to sleep a few more minutes each morning. My bento-style is just "food packed into a box" as attractively as possible within my time constraints (I actually get up and cook our bento foods in the morning before we go to work, unless I have leftovers to use), but with the help of a rice cooker with a timer function and lots of Maki's tips on JustBento I've been able to cut my 2-bento prep time down to about 30 minutes. I'd really like to get a better freezer stash set up so that I can be even faster! :)

My goal is to make my bento healthier; I used to do well with that, but recently I've been putting too much junk in there! Oh, and smaller portions too. My husband and I have both put on a few extra pounds over the past couple of months so I'm hoping this will help get us back on track.

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Lorena
Bento-ing from: San Diego › California › USA
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Re: Hello everyone!

Hi Zora! Looks like you've got some great goals tied to the challenge. Best of luck! ^___^

Kath52
Joined: 12 Jan 2009
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Re: Hello everyone!

Hi Zora. I'm interested in the ways you've saved time. I, too, need to save some time in the morning without giving up the quality of my lunches.

zora
Bento-ing from: Nashville › Tennessee › USA
Joined: 6 Jan 2009
User offline. Last seen 5 years 36 weeks ago.
Re: Hello everyone!

Hi Kath!
The thing that helps me the most is trying to prep as much as possible the night before... not having to chop up 5 different vege for a stirfry at the crack of dawn really saves time! :) It doesn't always happen, though, but I think that if I planned out my bento for the week (I'm going to try using Maki's planner) I could also plan what I would prep in advance too.
And of course, if I'm cooking a bento-friendly dinner, I try to make enough to have leftovers to use.
I also keep a list of quick-to-make bento foods that I can whip up with things I usually have on hand, so if I stumble into the kitchen at 6 am without a plan I can usually still make a decent bento.
Also, if you make rice often, the rice cooker with a timer is awesome. It's probably my most-used kitchen appliance and such a timesaver.

Hmm... what would REALLY help me save time is if I could get my husband to do the bento box washing-up. Yeah, still working on that one.

Hope this helps! :)

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