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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Noriben, a true Japanese classic19 May 2008 - 18:22Recipe collection: Mains
Okara and crab salad20 Oct 2010 - 01:12Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Okowa: Sticky rice with all kinds of good things12 May 2008 - 15:00Recipe collection: Mains
One-pan braised kale with bacon and new potatoes22 Dec 2009 - 16:06Recipe collection: Mains
Oven-baked Spicy Asian Chicken Wings2 May 2013 - 09:10Recipe collection: Mains
Pan-fried crispy chicken or turkey nuggets with gobo (burdock root) or any root vegetable24 Nov 2010 - 05:01Recipe collection: Mains
Pan-fried lemon chicken nuggets4 Aug 2008 - 14:02Recipe collection: Mains
Panfried Komachibu - Vegan 'Scallops'6 Mar 2008 - 16:56Recipe collection: Mains
Poached frozen tofu and fried frozen tofu cutlets6 Feb 2008 - 17:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Poppy seed encrusted green pea mini-burgers16 Dec 2008 - 14:17Recipe collection: Mains
Pork (or beef) and mushroom roll-ups 30 Sep 2011 - 17:10Recipe collection: Mains
Potato Oyaki and Sweet Potato and Carrot Oyaki24 Nov 2009 - 07:02Recipe collection: Mains
Quick tip: Frozen fruit cups17 Jun 2008 - 11:23Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Quinoa with Green Peas and Dried Sausage28 Apr 2010 - 16:22Recipe collection: Mains
Quinoa, parsley and pepper salad12 Sep 2008 - 11:59Recipe collection: Mains
Really frugal ramen soup eggs 21 Feb 2011 - 12:55Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Recipe collection: Mains4 Mar 2008 - 14:14
Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers4 Mar 2008 - 13:24
Red Peppers With Maple Syrup and Chili13 Jan 2009 - 10:38Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables28 Jun 2010 - 15:11Recipe collection: Mains
Roasted carrot spread30 Apr 2008 - 08:40Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Root vegetables and tofu stewed in miso sauce (a vegan one-pot meal)23 Jan 2009 - 20:17Recipe collection: Mains
Sarah's Take On Mabo Dofu, A Classic Tofu and Meat Dish19 Oct 2009 - 13:36Guest Post Articles
Scrambled egg with green onion, or a deconstructed 1-egg tamagoyaki28 Apr 2009 - 10:39Recipe collection: Mains
Sesame flavored beef24 Oct 2008 - 14:19Recipe collection: Mains
Sho-yu Tamago (Soy sauce eggs)4 Dec 2008 - 13:42Recipe collection: Mains
Shrimp and tofu mini-burgers (tsukune) with red pepper sauce7 Oct 2008 - 16:01Recipe collection: Mains
Shrimp Tatsutaage: Japanese Crispy Fried Shrimp19 Feb 2009 - 13:50Recipe collection: Mains
Simply grilled or pan-fried salted chicken thighs12 Aug 2008 - 08:30Recipe collection: Mains
Soft Polenta For Dinner, Fried Polenta Cakes for Bento 9 Apr 2013 - 13:19Recipe collection: Mains
Spicy Lentil Snacks With Sesame Seeds27 Jan 2009 - 21:33Recipe collection: Mains
Spinach Tamagoyaki (Spinach-packed omelette) 4 Apr 2013 - 10:06Recipe collection: Mains
Spring maze gohan: Green pea rice, Asparagus rice20 Apr 2009 - 09:14Recipe collection: Mains
Spring Pasta and Chickpea Salad and Bento-Friendly Pasta Salad Basics8 May 2009 - 18:33Recipe collection: Mains
Stewed hijiki seaweed with carrots and fried tofu30 Jan 2008 - 15:06Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Stewed winter vegetables with kouya dofu (freeze dried tofu)5 Dec 2009 - 09:13Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Stovetop leftover vegetable frittata14 Apr 2008 - 06:12Recipe collection: Mains
Studentenfutter: Swiss student feed mix3 Jun 2008 - 10:54Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Stuffed Pan Fried Hanpen, 'foxy' light fish cakes26 Mar 2009 - 15:09Recipe collection: Mains
Sweet pepper and carrot confetti28 Sep 2010 - 12:03Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Sweet pepper and onion confit14 Jan 2008 - 12:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Sweet, sour and salty 'instant' radish pickles19 Apr 2012 - 16:22Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Sweet-Sour Red Wine Vinegar Chicken12 Jan 2009 - 18:04Recipe collection: Mains
The easiest always-moist poached chicken6 Aug 2008 - 13:46Recipe collection: Mains
The Guy's Two-Step Nikujaga (Japanese meat and potatoes) 6 Dec 2012 - 16:05
Tips for using Thanksgiving leftovers in bento lunches28 Nov 2008 - 04:40
Tofu and vegetable piccata 16 Jan 2012 - 18:34Recipe collection: Mains
Torihamu or Homemade Chicken "Ham"27 Jan 2010 - 09:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Travelling the world from your kitchen with bentos17 Mar 2009 - 11:47Guest Post Articles
Tuna soboro with ginger23 Apr 2010 - 19:21Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'