Bento-Friendly Recipes Index

A sortable index of all recipes and how-tos on Just Bento. Click on the Title or Posted column headers to re-sort!

All the recipes on Just Bento are bento friendly. They are meant to be eaten cold (at room temperature), and do not need reheating at lunchtime unless specified otherwise. They also hold up well and do not spoil for a few hours. There are a few recipes or bento combinations for which an ice pack, or alternatively a thermal lunch jar or re-heating in a microwave is recommended, but that is clearly stated in the recipe.

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Fun with sweet mochi and fruit "sushi"13 Nov 2009 - 20:32Guest Post Articles
Bento side: 3-minute omelette9 Nov 2009 - 22:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Mini fruit fit for bento boxes21 Oct 2009 - 14:05Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Sarah's Take On Mabo Dofu, A Classic Tofu and Meat Dish19 Oct 2009 - 13:36Guest Post Articles
Making your own frozen kabocha squash, plus a simple recipe for simmered kabocha squash2 Oct 2009 - 09:50Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Miso, tahini and nut paste for broiled or baked root vegetables21 Sep 2009 - 08:19Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Japanese Scotch Egg21 Aug 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Mains
How to make chicken lollipops14 Jul 2009 - 13:00Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler and staple: Sweet stewed haricot, navy or white beans (Ingen no nimame)30 Jun 2009 - 10:09Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 11: Spicy radish leaves26 Jun 2009 - 11:14Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento filler: Green beans and aburaage (fried tofu skins)23 Jun 2009 - 14:34Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Two-Color Spicy Lentil Salad with Cucumber and Pickled Radish1 Jun 2009 - 19:53Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler: Zucchini flower blossom-end fritters28 May 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Vegan iri dofu (iri doufu) with garlic chives11 May 2009 - 12:50Recipe collection: Mains
Spring Pasta and Chickpea Salad and Bento-Friendly Pasta Salad Basics8 May 2009 - 18:33Recipe collection: Mains
Scrambled egg with green onion, or a deconstructed 1-egg tamagoyaki28 Apr 2009 - 10:39Recipe collection: Mains
Homemade furikake no. 10: Sardines and pine nuts22 Apr 2009 - 12:25Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Spring maze gohan: Green pea rice, Asparagus rice20 Apr 2009 - 09:14Recipe collection: Mains
A Frugal Recipe: Curried Lentil Risotto3 Apr 2009 - 04:45Guest Post Articles
Stuffed Pan Fried Hanpen, 'foxy' light fish cakes26 Mar 2009 - 15:09Recipe collection: Mains
Updated inarizushi recipe on Just Hungry25 Mar 2009 - 08:25
Miso Marinated Pork (butaniku no misozuke)18 Mar 2009 - 16:10Recipe collection: Mains
Travelling the world from your kitchen with bentos17 Mar 2009 - 11:47Guest Post Articles
Bento Sized Mini Quiches12 Mar 2009 - 12:16Guest Post Articles
My Version Of Spanish Tortilla (Omelette)6 Mar 2009 - 11:43Recipe collection: Mains
Buchimgae or Chijimi (Jijimi) with Kimchi2 Mar 2009 - 14:27Recipe collection: Mains
Shrimp Tatsutaage: Japanese Crispy Fried Shrimp19 Feb 2009 - 13:50Recipe collection: Mains
Vegan Mochi Tofu Nuggets16 Feb 2009 - 11:59Recipe collection: Mains
Miso Tamago (Miso Marinated Eggs)13 Feb 2009 - 18:29Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Very Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers12 Feb 2009 - 10:43Recipe collection: Mains
Bento Filler: Fennel Salad (Fennel no Shiomomi)6 Feb 2009 - 08:10Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento sized mini-meatloaves4 Feb 2009 - 16:07Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Vegetarian Cake Provençal With Kinako30 Jan 2009 - 16:12Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Spicy Lentil Snacks With Sesame Seeds27 Jan 2009 - 21:33Recipe collection: Mains
Natto or Tempeh Fried Rice27 Jan 2009 - 19:09Recipe collection: Mains
Root vegetables and tofu stewed in miso sauce (a vegan one-pot meal)23 Jan 2009 - 20:17Recipe collection: Mains
Ham Negimayaki (Green Onions Wrapped in Ham and Panfried)22 Jan 2009 - 16:29Recipe collection: Mains
Grilled Garlic Chicken Tenders and Yogurt Dressing19 Jan 2009 - 14:52Recipe collection: Mains
Vegan Turnip Cake or Daikon Radish Cake15 Jan 2009 - 18:43Recipe collection: Mains
Bento Filler: Orange Juice Carrots14 Jan 2009 - 15:15Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili13 Jan 2009 - 10:38Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Sweet-Sour Red Wine Vinegar Chicken12 Jan 2009 - 18:04Recipe collection: Mains
Bento Filler: The Easiest Ever Carrot-Sesame Salad18 Dec 2008 - 12:25Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Poppy seed encrusted green pea mini-burgers16 Dec 2008 - 14:17Recipe collection: Mains
Sho-yu Tamago (Soy sauce eggs)4 Dec 2008 - 13:42Recipe collection: Mains
Tips for using Thanksgiving leftovers in bento lunches28 Nov 2008 - 04:40
Bento filler: Classic Kinpira Gobo (burdock and carrot kinpira)24 Nov 2008 - 10:58Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento fillers: Forgotten vegetable kinpira4 Nov 2008 - 12:00Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Sesame flavored beef24 Oct 2008 - 14:19Recipe collection: Mains
Gomashio Cookies21 Oct 2008 - 17:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'