This recipe is adapted from one in Bento Boxes by Naomi Kijima. It is scaled for a single lunchbox (bento box) sized serving. Add this to a big bowl of rice and veggies, maybe with some Japanese type pickles, and you have a great lunch! This recipe is not a quick recipe, though; cooking time includes marinating time. I would suggest starting the chicken in the marinade, then starting your rice, then fixing everything else while you wait for these two to finish.
Onigiri! A staple in the Japanese boxed lunch (bento), it adds character to otherwise plain rice. Makes it easier to eat when taking your lunch with you. Also great with Ramen noodles! Use your imagination on onigiri, there is no end to the variety available. A great way to get rid of left over rice from a previous meal. Practice this one, it may take a few tries before you learn to make a consistent shape and size each and every time. It should look like a triangle with 3 dimensions. Brings back memories of Shinkansen stations =).
This is a great change from the usual fruit dip recipes and it is so easy to make with only three simple ingredients. It is a recipe from my niece who got it from a friend who prepares fruit trays for a major grocery store. The preparation time is an estimate of the time it takes to prepare the fruit.
I got this recipe from Women's health. They had them listed as an appetizer, but we like to have them on top of salad or alone. The magazine has the servings listed as 12 for one pound of chicken. The nutritional information for 2 tenders is: 70 cals, 1.6 fat gr., 101 sodium, 3 carbs, 11 protein, no fiber.
This recipe is in response to my son's desperate pleas for those lunchables that are unhealthy, expensive, and full of ingredients I can't pronounce...lol. Since I refuse to buy them, I came up with this idea instead to compromise with him.
These tasty little morsels are so easy and versatile. I serve them as an appetizer or after school snack, but especially as a school lunch. I just make them ahead, freeze them and pop them into my daughter's lunch box frozen, and by the time she is ready to eat lunch they are all thawed out. There are never any left over! Hope you enjoy!