It’s no secret that I’m in college. That makes my lack of free time go without saying. I don’t usually have a lot of free time to just sit and make bento, so most of what I make is just stuff that’s microwaved.
I made fresh mashed sweet potatoes by washing, piercing a sweet potato with a fork, nuking it for 5 minutes, and after it came out, cut it up, added a little Earth Balance and salt. Then, I mashed it up with that same metal fork.
The cucumbers with hummus dip was super easy. I simply sliced up some of a cucumber and then halved the slices. In the silicone cup is a dallop of hummus to dip the slices in.
The Gardein is plain and microwaved, but tasty and a quick protein source, and the broccoli was nuked too, to get rid of some of the extra moisture so it wouldn’t make a ton of extra condensation in the box before lunch the next day. Also, pro-tip: Frozen vegetables tend to be a little bulkier than their soft, heated counterparts. It lets you stuff more food in your box if you heat it up before packing.
All in all, it was a really simple bento to make, and it’s made of pretty tasty stuff. You don’t need to have access to a full kitchen to eat a decent meal, all I needed was a sink, a cutting board, and a glass plate to microwave my food on before arranging it.