Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rush Hour Bento

This morning I was in a mad dash! My friend Carina asked if I wanted to go to the farmers market with her (of COURSE I do!) and I realized I had to get moving if we were going to make it in time. So this bento was made with the utmost haste. But really, I think it turned out beautifully.

There's steamed corn from the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market, steamed edamame, an orange tomato and a red cherry tomato, inarizushi stuffed with plain rice, two turkey patties, and a few pretzels.

Bento Stash made this bento possible! I literally was able to throw this together and take a picture in 10 minutes. Yay! I also posted this on the What's For Lunch Wednesdays blog hosted by Shannon. Check it out for great bento ideas!

Here's the recipe for the turkey patties, which I modified from a post by Debra at hapa bento:

Recipe for Turkey Patties
4 oz ground turkey meat
1 pinch salt
1 quail egg yolk (or part of a chicken egg yolk)
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 green onion, minced
1 tsp sesame seeds
a few drops of toasted sesame oil
1 pinch powdered ginger
1/2 tblsp corn starch
vegetable oil for frying

Mix together all ingredients except vegetable oil in a bowl. Form golf ball sized balls and slightly flatten them from the mixture. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey patties and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes on one side. Check to make sure patties have browned a bit, then flip patties over and cover with a lid. Finish cooking for another two minutes or so, until patties are cooked through. Makes about 5 patties.


  1. it sure turned out beautifully! If you didn't say you were rushing this I wouldn't have thought you did. Very nicely arranged!! :)

  2. Thanks homekinegrindz! I was impressed myself! You should have seen me though: um, what to add, what to add?!? Oh, I know! Pretzels! LOL

  3. MRB to the rescue--this looks elegant and fresh, not frazzled! (Must make some mini turkey burgers for my bento stash!) The starry background is really cool:D

  4. Thanks bentobird! The background is from a cool set of scrapbooking paper I found at Michael's Craft store.

  5. Looks positively delish. Love the round box and the central tomato, shining like a star.

  6. Thanks Sheri! I keep coming back to this bento box because it is so easy to arrange. And it's not even a bento box! It's a tin with a plastic lid that I got at Daiso for $1.50. :)

  7. Beautiful food arrangement. No sign that this was packed in a rush! I love this container too. For me, the size is just right. I have them in all three lid colours - white, pink n blue. My fav is off course the pink one!! Hehe..
    cheers/ Karen

  8. Thanks Karen! Isn't this tin so great? I'll have to remember to get a few more the next time I go to Daiso.

  9. Oh yes, I have to agree that it came out beautifully! Sometimes, the more simple it is the better it will turn out to be!
    The tiny little cherry tomato is so cute!

  10. You're right Angeleyes! Sometimes we overthink the arrangement, and I didn't have time to overthink this one. :)

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  13. This definitely does not look like a bento made in a rush! It turns out beautiful! And most important one, it looks so yummy! :)

  14. That looks so good, I love the color variety. I think I need to try the corn on the cob like that for Faith. It looks great, she likes it anyhow, and maybe those front teeth will finally come out in the process. ;o)

  15. Hi! I'm sorry I'm french and I don't speack very well english but your bento blog is very well! So cute!!
    Thanks for all the recipe and bento! ^_^

  16. Hi Kids Dream Work! Thanks for the sweet compliment!

  17. Thanks Shannon! You can just cut pieces of raw corn this way and toss them in a baggie in the freezer. Steam them in the micro when you need one for a bento. Quick bento stash! And I love those gap tooth grins. :)

  18. Merci beaucoup, julybentos! Je parle un petit peau du francais. Ma mere et professeur du francaise. Merci pour votre visite!