Basic Vegan Bento

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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.

5 thoughts on “Basic Vegan Bento

  1. I’m trying to do more vegan bentos, myself. I’m definitely an omnivore, but I think it’s a good challenge to do vegan lunches now and then. I made one recently that you could do in a dorm: http://foodfordissertating.blogspot.com/2015/10/temari-rabbit-2-tier-bento-49.html

    Plus, like me, you can do the marinated tofu and the cucumber/carrot salad the night before.

    I’ve actually been looking for your blog for a while now; I’m embarrassed to say I’d forgotten the name! I’ve linked you now in my blogroll of useful lunch packing blogs so I can keep track of you, but for some reason it’s not showing up publicly. I’ll have to figure out what’s happening there.

    • Nice! But yeah, the whole fact that it’s a challenge to make a vegan bento just feels so foreign to me since I’ve never made a non-vegan one, haha. The dorm style ones are a little more challenging, however, but I’ve been trying. I haven’t made much in the way of bento these past couple of weeks, I’ve been souping it up with this cold. :(

      I’m not sure why it’s not showing up but I do have a follow via email option. I subscribe to it myself to ensure it shows up right and goes out, so I promise that way works.

      And I’m glad you were able to find it!

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