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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Really frugal ramen soup eggs 21 Feb 2011 - 12:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Quinoa, parsley and pepper salad12 Sep 2008 - 11:59Recipe collection: Mains
Quinoa with Green Peas and Dried Sausage28 Apr 2010 - 16:22Recipe collection: Mains
Quick tip: Frozen fruit cups17 Jun 2008 - 11:23Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Potato Oyaki and Sweet Potato and Carrot Oyaki24 Nov 2009 - 07:02Recipe collection: Mains
Pork (or beef) and mushroom roll-ups 30 Sep 2011 - 17:10Recipe collection: Mains
Poppy seed encrusted green pea mini-burgers16 Dec 2008 - 14:17Recipe collection: Mains
Poached frozen tofu and fried frozen tofu cutlets6 Feb 2008 - 17:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Panfried Komachibu - Vegan 'Scallops'6 Mar 2008 - 16:56Recipe collection: Mains
Pan-fried lemon chicken nuggets4 Aug 2008 - 14:02Recipe collection: Mains
Pan-fried crispy chicken or turkey nuggets with gobo (burdock root) or any root vegetable24 Nov 2010 - 05:01Recipe collection: Mains
Oven-baked Spicy Asian Chicken Wings2 May 2013 - 09:10Recipe collection: Mains
One-pan braised kale with bacon and new potatoes22 Dec 2009 - 16:06Recipe collection: Mains
Okowa: Sticky rice with all kinds of good things12 May 2008 - 15:00Recipe collection: Mains
Okara and crab salad20 Oct 2010 - 01:12Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Noriben, a true Japanese classic19 May 2008 - 18:22Recipe collection: Mains
Negimiso bento recipes: Misoyaki tofu, Misoyaki onigiri, Misoyaki rice 20 Sep 2010 - 17:19Recipe collection: Mains
Natto or Tempeh Fried Rice27 Jan 2009 - 19:09Recipe collection: Mains
My Version Of Spanish Tortilla (Omelette)6 Mar 2009 - 11:43Recipe collection: Mains
Muffins for spring: Ramp Pesto Muffins and Carrot Purée Muffins17 May 2010 - 15:35Johbisai 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'
Miso Tamago (Miso Marinated Eggs)13 Feb 2009 - 18:29Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Miso Marinated Pork (butaniku no misozuke)18 Mar 2009 - 16:10Recipe collection: Mains
Miso chicken (tori misoyaki)13 Aug 2008 - 15:27Recipe collection: Mains
Mini fruit fit for bento boxes21 Oct 2009 - 14:05Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Mediterranean flavored green vegan burgers27 Aug 2008 - 13:32Recipe collection: Mains
Meatballs with lettuce in tomato sauce 23 Sep 2010 - 15:45Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
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'
Make your own instant vegetable soup concentrate29 Feb 2008 - 12:17Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Make your own instant miso soup balls14 Dec 2007 - 16:27Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Lower-calorie, lower-cost, beef and bean sprout burgers31 May 2011 - 02:20Recipe collection: Mains
Lower-calorie higher fibre inarizushi with hijiki17 Jul 2008 - 14:57Recipe collection: Mains
Low carb gluten-free freeze dried tofu (kouya dofu) fried sandwich 'bread'15 Oct 2010 - 13:10Recipe collection: Mains
Lazy easy tea eggs24 Jan 2008 - 13:29Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Kinpira rice burger and how to keep the rice of the 'bun' together9 Aug 2010 - 08:28Recipe collection: Mains
Just a bigger dorm room for the summer10 Jun 2010 - 12:02
Japanese Scotch Egg21 Aug 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Mains
Japanese dry curry with soybeans or tempeh5 May 2008 - 13:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Iri tamago or tamago soboro, another standard Japanese egg recipe5 Feb 2008 - 14:02Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Individual portion frozen shepherd's pies (or any kind of casserole dish)29 Apr 2008 - 11:08Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
How to make shuumai / shumai dumplings9 Jul 2008 - 14:01Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
How to make chicken lollipops14 Jul 2009 - 13:00Recipe collection: Mains
Homemade Sakura Denbu - sweet, pink, fluffy fish flakes21 Apr 2010 - 16:26Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 9: Green tea10 Mar 2008 - 14:14Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 8: Hijiki and chirimenjako (tiny tiny fish)11 Feb 2008 - 15:07Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 7: Salmon furikake (or Sake flakes)7 Feb 2008 - 14:28Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 6: Gomashio, sesame salt20 Oct 2008 - 21:15Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 5: Sweet bacon28 Jan 2008 - 16:16Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 4: Spicy curry peanut11 Dec 2007 - 18:47Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade furikake no. 3: Noritama30 Nov 2007 - 19:32Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'