When you make karaage for dinner, allocate a portion of the bite-size Japanese fried chicken for bento lunch box! This Karaage Bento is packed along with tamagoyaki, broccoli, tomato, spinach, and onigiri rice balls. A delicious and well-balanced lunch to go!
Ever since I started Bento posts, a couple of my mommy friends had asked me how I make bento everyday. I get questions like “Do you cook bento in the morning?”, “What time do you wake up in the morning?”, “Does he eat everything?”…and so on. I thought you might be curious too, so here are my quick answers.
Do you cook bento in the morning?
No, normally I don’t “cook” in the morning, except for someday (like today) when I just needed one more dish to fill in some space in the bento box. So I sauteed pre-blanched spinach and that only took 3 minutes.
I do “re-heat” the pre-cooked food. For food safety, we usually re-heat the food before packing them into a bento box (Why? Read here.). I take out the food from the fridge (leftover from the previous dinner) or some frozen food (that I packed individually for bento) and put them in the toaster oven or in a frying pan and reheat them thoroughly.
What time do you wake up in the morning?
I think a lot of bloggers tend to sleep late, especially mommy bloggers because our “working hours” start after kids go to bed. My night job usually starts at 8 or 9 pm and lasts till past midnight. So, waking up in the morning is not so easy – I usually wake up at 5:45 or 6 am, and start preparing bento around 6:30 am. By 7 am, we’re sitting down for breakfast so we can leave before 7:45 am. My lunch packing takes about 15 minutes, at most 20 minutes.
Does he eat everything?
Good question! My son and I have been working on this. I have decreased the amount of lunch because he doesn’t finish all his lunch in time. He has 30 minutes to finish his lunch AND play with his friends until the bell rings. You can guess which part he spends more time…
…So that’s about it for now. If I get some FAQ’s, I’ll write my answers next time. So let’s go over today’s bento!
Previous Dinner was:
This is very easy to make and I freeze the leftover in small separate containers. Each container has enough Karaage pieces for one bento box. This method saves a lot of time in the morning when I am packing my son’s lunch.
Lunch Next Day:
- Karaage Bento
- Water bottle
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I “cooked” one dish today, and it’s Sauteed Spinach. This is my go-to add-on dish for bento. If I need one more dish, I quickly saute some colorful vegetables!
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- Take leftover Karaage out of fridge and bake for a few minutes in a toaster oven until it's warm.
- Meanwhile make Onigiri and put it in the bento box.
- Saute spinach and corn and pack in the bento box..
- Place Karaage in the bento box.
- Put Tamagoyaki in the box.
- Wash tomatoes and pat dry. Place nicely in the bento box along with thawed broccoli.
- Cool down completely before closing the bento box.
Broccoli: How to freeze food for Bento, click here.
[Please read FOOD SAFETY TIPS .]
If you are using a thermal bento box like Thermos, you do not need to cool down before closing lunch box.
This lunch is for my 6-year-old son.
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