Oh, boy—obento! These yummy, healthy lunches are all the rage in Japan, where mothers create them as expressions of love for their children. With Yum-Yum Bento Box, Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa devote an entire cookbook to these delicious and adorable meals for all ages! Learn how to craft your favorite foods into a variety of shapes—from caterpillars, cars, and puppy dogs to pretty flowers, princesses, and kitty cats. Yum-Yum Bento Box features chapters on Cuties & Critters, Fairy-Tale Friends, and Special Day Treats, plus a handy shopping guide, easy recipes for mini snacks, general tips and tricks, and so much more. Stop wasting money on pre-packaged lunches—and start making beautiful, healthy bentos!© 2013 Maki Ogawa / Quirk Books · Reproduced with permission.
Mix ketchup into the rice until it is an even
orange color. Use your hands or a bear-shape
rice-ball mold to form two fl at, tiger-shape rice
Line the bento box with lettuce leaves. Prop up
the tigers with other foods. Fold nori 3 times
and cut 6 sets of triangles for the stripes. Use a
punch or scissors to cut out noses, smiles, and
eyes. Add sesame seed eyelashes to the girl cub.
Green Beans & SPAM
Makes about 6 servings, enough for leftovers
1. Thinly slice SPAM and green beans. Warm oil
in a pan over medium-high heat. Fry SPAM
until it begins to turn reddish brown; add the
2. Continue frying until the beans become bright
green and tender. Season with the soy sauce
and pepper, and cook 2 more minutes.