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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Char siu or yakibuta - Chinese style roast pork7 May 2010 - 10:51Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
1 egg tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette)10 Jun 2008 - 14:37Recipe collection: Mains
A Frugal Recipe: Curried Lentil Risotto3 Apr 2009 - 04:45Guest Post Articles
A sushi roll bento, plus how to make sushi rolls without a sushi mat23 Jul 2010 - 07:41Recipe collection: Mains
All natural vegetable based green, pink and orange rice21 May 2008 - 15:20Bento decoration techniques
All-season shredded vegetable pickle-salad, plus migrating birds! 17 Feb 2011 - 19:58Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Balsamic Sesame Chicken13 Aug 2008 - 14:55Recipe collection: Mains
Basic meat and tofu mixture for mini-burgers, meatballs and more3 Mar 2008 - 16:57Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Basic meat soboro, a great bento staple31 Jan 2008 - 15:37Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Basic taco meat mix23 Sep 2011 - 10:33Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Beef and vegetable rolls (Yasai no nikumaki)7 Feb 2012 - 22:25Recipe collection: Mains
Bento box of the week: Fit & Fresh Breakfast Chiller7 May 2008 - 13:38
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'
Bento filler staple: Walnut miso paste for cooked vegetables 9 Nov 2010 - 03:20Johbisai 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: Blanched spinach with soy sauce or sesame sauce4 Mar 2008 - 14:18Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Cherry tomato and leftover vegetable gratin cup23 Jun 2008 - 12:07Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Classic Kinpira Gobo (burdock and carrot kinpira)24 Nov 2008 - 10:58Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Cucumber and Nashi (Asian pear) marinated salad 23 Jan 2012 - 16:16Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Easy sugarfree carrot kinpira6 Mar 2008 - 15:30Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: Fennel Salad (Fennel no Shiomomi)6 Feb 2009 - 08:10Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: French green beans with carrot and ginger29 May 2008 - 15:36Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Green asparagus and scrambled tofu7 Apr 2008 - 16:05Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Green beans and aburaage (fried tofu skins)23 Jun 2009 - 14:34Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: Orange Juice Carrots14 Jan 2009 - 15:15Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Parsnip kinpira25 Jan 2012 - 14:55Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Raw Asparagus, Radish and Parmesan salad28 Apr 2010 - 15:20Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Spicy miso marinated green asparagus27 May 2008 - 14:04Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Spring greens namul (namuru)1 Apr 2008 - 14:30Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Stir-fried cabbage with garlic, dried cranberries and balsamic vinegar11 Mar 2008 - 14:23Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento Filler: The Easiest Ever Carrot-Sesame Salad18 Dec 2008 - 12:25Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Vegan Japanese potato salad24 Mar 2008 - 14:17Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento filler: Zucchini flower blossom-end fritters28 May 2009 - 17:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento fillers: Forgotten vegetable kinpira4 Nov 2008 - 12:00Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento no. 16: A minimalist vegan bento for a tender tummy30 Jan 2008 - 20:46
Bento no. 80: Deconstructed banh mi sandwich bento 18 Feb 2011 - 11:58
Bento side: 3-minute omelette9 Nov 2009 - 22:27Recipe collection: Side dishes and space fillers
Bento sized mini cabbage rolls31 Aug 2010 - 19:32Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento Sized Mini Quiches12 Mar 2009 - 12:16Guest Post Articles
Bento sized mini-meatloaves4 Feb 2009 - 16:07Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bento staple: All-purpose winter vegetable mix for rice and more22 Mar 2013 - 17:43Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Bite-size chicken teriyaki for bento boxes18 Feb 2008 - 16:22Recipe collection: Mains
Brown rice porridge with azuki beans (azuki iri genmai gayu)5 Jan 2011 - 16:07Recipe collection: Mains
Buchimgae or Chijimi (Jijimi) with Kimchi2 Mar 2009 - 14:27Recipe collection: Mains
Budo Mame or Budoh Mame: Sweet-salty soy beans (Bento filler)7 Mar 2010 - 15:35Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'
Carrot rice two ways10 Apr 2008 - 21:51Recipe collection: Mains
Chana Dal with Fennel and Almonds 3 Mar 2011 - 13:37Recipe collection: Mains
Cheese and parsley microwave omelette10 Jun 2008 - 15:11Recipe collection: Mains
Chicken Nanban 2 ways 4 Mar 2011 - 15:29Recipe collection: Mains
Cooked to death hot and sweet peppers31 Jul 2008 - 18:28Johbisai or Joubisai: Building up a bento making 'stash'