Tuesday, April 22, 2014

How to Make Easy Bento Lunches from Leftovers

Bento lunches in under 5 minutes...
(See my original post for simple instructions for How to Make Super-Easy Japanese Bento Lunches)

 Nearly two years ago I told you about how lazy I am about making my husband's bento lunch...
...every morning.
Unexpectedly, that post ended up becoming the most popular on my blog.
What does this mean?

Perhaps it means that there are a lot of people, just as busy as I am!
We still want to make delicious and healthy bento lunches, but don't want to spend more than five minutes on it.

I'm not a crazy bento mama.  I don't get up at 4 am to make decoben.
(I don't know how anyone can find time to do that and live a normal life!)

I just save heaps of time and money by packing my husband's lunch.

One of the easiest ways to make a bento lunch in 2-5 minutes is to just pack leftovers.  Here are a few photos of things I have used in my husband's lunches.  
(I will be doing posts for all the recipes, so stay tuned♡)

Top:     Teriyaki Chiken Bento with shredded cabbage
Does it get any easier than this?  I often make a large batch of chicken teriyaki and freeze half of it to use in bento lunches, pizzas, salads, anything! Recipe coming soon!

Nagoya Tebasaki Bento
My husband is from Aichi so this is one of his favorite dinners, and bento!  (And one of mine too)  
Recipe to come soon!

...I hope I'm not looking to lazy here...

Calamari Bento with Mini Hamburg/ Hambaagu

Tonjiru and Meatball Bento
 Tonjiru means "Pork Soup".  Those two silicone cups are filled with Tonjiru minus the broth (drained on paper towel).  Soup is NOT a bento food, but I just included this one to show you can turn anything into bento filling!  And those are asian style meatballs from the freezer, just to make it too easy.


  1. Hi, can you make more bento recipe , because i work everyday and i don't eat fast food , and your ideas have helped me to make my lunches and take them to work and eat healthy!

    1. Thank-you for your lovely comment! I'm so glad you have benefited from reading about my bento adventures!

  2. Ohaiyo gozaimasu shinobu-san~ ;3
    Your bentos are suteki desu, they don't look lazy at all! Zenbu wa oishiso desu~ ;3

  3. All your bentos looks so homey and delicious - I love them all :) :)!!

    1. haha thanks, CG! That's right, and done while you blink ;)

  4. Looks delicious, will be watching out for your chicken teriyaki recipe. I like the idea of freezing some for lunches too.

  5. Hi I was just wondering if you have a recipe for the Teriyaki Chicken with shredded cabbage, I've only just stumbled across your blog and would love to give it a go :D

  6. Looks delicious, will be watching out for your chicken teriyaki recipe. I like the idea of freezing some for lunches too.
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