Mame-bento

I made this bento last Tuesday using some incredibly fresh ingredients from the Tuesday Farmer’s Market.

I made more of those vegetable infused mashed potatoes, topped with a slice of Tofutti vegan cheese, detailed with nori for the ears and eyes. I then cooked up some Gardein and a part of a king trumpet mushroom and laid them atop a bed of steamed kale. Yummy!

Vegan Bento Daily Lunch #11

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Today’s bento features a deal that rarely happens! Last week Tofurky was on sale in Giant, for literally once in my life, and I have a $.75 off coupon. At Giant that’s wonderful because they double coupons under a dollar! I felt like I should be on an episode of Extreme Cheapskates as I walked out. They also had Gardein at buy one get one free, so you can guess what happened there.

Today I’m enjoying Tofurky’s slow-cooked goodies, corn, broccoli, and mashed potatoes!

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.

Sleepy Bear Bento

I don’t usually show off my lunches to my coworkers, usually I try to scarf down any kyaraben I make because I always feel like a weirdo when they see my lunches and comment on it(the last time this happened was when I was eating my Dio Brando bento). Yesterday was an exception.  I usually don’t have to wait for the microwave during lunch, but today I was, so I asked the coworker whose food was reheating if they wanted to see my lunch because I went a little bonkers when making it(since we were waiting and it was a weirdly awkward silence… I didn’t expect him to like it as much as he did, I was expecting to get teased, to be honest).

He wanted to take a picture to show his wife! I can’t say I’ve ever known of any instances of anyone sharing photos of my bento unless it’s a retweet by some vegan blog on Twitter or a specific site that basically steals my content and sharing it and basically touting it on their own website(which is why I started putting my site name on the photos, I need to get back to doing that).

Anyway, bear is made from rice, mashed potatoes, nori and one drop of green food dye and one drop of yellow food dye.