Simpler Bento Box and Bento with Lots of Frozen Foods/シンプルな弁当箱と冷凍食品をいっぱい使った弁当

Japanese Food

Months ago, my son’s bento box partially broke, and recently my son said he wanted to have another one. Yesterday, we went to buy one, and here is the one he selected, with some suggestions from me.

I’m really happy that he selected a simple one!

My son kept saying that my bento was simple (as compared with the fabulous bento of some of his friends), and I finally gave in, suggesting that we buy some frozen foods suitable for bento. Here are my son’s selections:

Top: Spaghetti with grilled tarako (code roe)
Bottom: Omelets with meat in them
上: 焼きたらこのスパゲティ
下: 肉の入ったオムレツ

I was surprised to see that my wife bought additional ones:

Top left to right bottom:
Haru maki (spring rolls); simmered hijiki, komatsuna (a type of leafy vegetable) dressed with sesame seeds, gobo (burdock root) kinpira; beef korokke; and chicken karaage
春巻き; ひじき煮、小松菜のごまあえ、ごぼうのきんぴら; 牛肉コロッケ; 鶏のからあげ

Bento for my son that I made this morning:

The broccoli had been previously boiled and frozen by me, and the kinpira is what I made as part of supper last night. The grapes (Kyoho) in the separate container were from my father, and the tomatoes were from a brother-in-law.

I also had to make three different types of onigiri (rice balls) for breakfast (to be eaten on the bus).

Shirasu (baby sardine), aka jiso (red perilla), and salmon flakes.

I first wrapped each onigiri in a sheet of nori and then in a sheet of plastic wrap.

The remaining onigiri will be consumed by family members as snacks.

I am not very happy with using these frozen foods, but as long as my son is happy about them, I guess I should be happy, too. When he goes on to senior high school next year, I will consider improving my bento making skills so I won’t have to rely on frozen foods. (At most senior high schools in Japan, they don’t serve school lunches).

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