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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Scrambled egg with green onion, or a deconstructed 1-egg tamagoyaki28 Apr 2009 - 10:39Recipe collection: Mains
Spring Pasta and Chickpea Salad and Bento-Friendly Pasta Salad Basics8 May 2009 - 18:33Recipe collection: Mains
Vegan iri dofu (iri doufu) with garlic chives11 May 2009 - 12:50Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler: Zucchini flower blossom-end fritters28 May 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Two-Color Spicy Lentil Salad with Cucumber and Pickled Radish1 Jun 2009 - 19:53Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler: Green beans and aburaage (fried tofu skins)23 Jun 2009 - 14:34Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Homemade furikake no. 11: Spicy radish leaves26 Jun 2009 - 11:14Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
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'
How to make chicken lollipops14 Jul 2009 - 13:00Recipe collection: Mains
Japanese Scotch Egg21 Aug 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Mains
Miso, tahini and nut paste for broiled or baked root vegetables21 Sep 2009 - 08:19Johbisai 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'
Sarah's Take On Mabo Dofu, A Classic Tofu and Meat Dish19 Oct 2009 - 13:36Guest Post Articles
Mini fruit fit for bento boxes21 Oct 2009 - 14:05Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento side: 3-minute omelette9 Nov 2009 - 22:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Fun with sweet mochi and fruit "sushi"13 Nov 2009 - 20:32Guest Post Articles
Potato Oyaki and Sweet Potato and Carrot Oyaki24 Nov 2009 - 07:02Recipe collection: Mains
Stewed winter vegetables with kouya dofu (freeze dried tofu)5 Dec 2009 - 09:13Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
One-pan braised kale with bacon and new potatoes22 Dec 2009 - 16:06Recipe collection: Mains
Torihamu or Homemade Chicken "Ham"27 Jan 2010 - 09:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Budo Mame or Budoh Mame: Sweet-salty soy beans (Bento filler)7 Mar 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Homemade Sakura Denbu - sweet, pink, fluffy fish flakes21 Apr 2010 - 16:26Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Tuna soboro with ginger23 Apr 2010 - 19:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento filler: 3-color Spring Vegetable Namul with Crabstick23 Apr 2010 - 20:29Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Raw Asparagus, Radish and Parmesan salad28 Apr 2010 - 15:20Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Quinoa with Green Peas and Dried Sausage28 Apr 2010 - 16:22Recipe collection: Mains
Char siu or yakibuta - Chinese style roast pork7 May 2010 - 10:51Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Muffins for spring: Ramp Pesto Muffins and Carrot Purée Muffins17 May 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Just a bigger dorm room for the summer10 Jun 2010 - 12:02
Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables28 Jun 2010 - 15:11Recipe collection: Mains
A sushi roll bento, plus how to make sushi rolls without a sushi mat23 Jul 2010 - 07:41Recipe collection: Mains
Kinpira rice burger and how to keep the rice of the 'bun' together9 Aug 2010 - 08:28Recipe collection: Mains
Bento sized mini cabbage rolls31 Aug 2010 - 19:32Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Green onion and thyme low-carb gluten-free muffins10 Sep 2010 - 16:40Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Negimiso bento recipes: Misoyaki tofu, Misoyaki onigiri, Misoyaki rice 20 Sep 2010 - 17:19Recipe collection: Mains
Meatballs with lettuce in tomato sauce 23 Sep 2010 - 15:45Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Sweet pepper and carrot confetti28 Sep 2010 - 12:03Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Zucchini Basil Muffins revisited: Low-carb and gluten-free version 8 Oct 2010 - 17:09Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Low carb gluten-free freeze dried tofu (kouya dofu) fried sandwich 'bread'15 Oct 2010 - 13:10Recipe collection: Mains
Okara and crab salad20 Oct 2010 - 01:12Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Wafuu Quinoa - Quinoa with Japanese flavors3 Nov 2010 - 01:10Recipe collection: Mains
Bento filler staple: Walnut miso paste for cooked vegetables 9 Nov 2010 - 03:20Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Pan-fried crispy chicken or turkey nuggets with gobo (burdock root) or any root vegetable24 Nov 2010 - 05:01Recipe collection: Mains
Two-color namasu, a make-ahead daikon radish and carrot salad 17 Dec 2010 - 19:16Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Brown rice porridge with azuki beans (azuki iri genmai gayu)5 Jan 2011 - 16:07Recipe collection: Mains
All-season shredded vegetable pickle-salad, plus migrating birds! 17 Feb 2011 - 19:58Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento no. 80: Deconstructed banh mi sandwich bento 18 Feb 2011 - 11:58
Really frugal ramen soup eggs 21 Feb 2011 - 12:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Chana Dal with Fennel and Almonds 3 Mar 2011 - 13:37Recipe collection: Mains
Chicken Nanban 2 ways 4 Mar 2011 - 15:29Recipe collection: Mains