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Vegetable Yaki Udon for a Moon Viewing Bento

Squirrel’s second grade class has been studying the moon for the past couple of weeks, and she’s been charting the moon’s changes each evening at home as an assignment for her Chinese class.

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Japanese Mini Hamburgers

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When you say hamburger here in the US, the image conjured to mind is a meat patty, usually cooked on a grill, served inside a bun, sometimes with a variety of condiments or toppings.  When you say hamburger in Japan (ハンバーグ–”hambagu”), the image conjuired to mind is much different—a meat patty that is like a [...]

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Cookie Dough Dip from The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches On the Planet

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We are coming to the end of our fourth week of school here in Utah.  This is about the point where I start to run out of steam on lunchbox ideas and it’s time to re-motivate myself and make a plan for the four weeks to come.  Who else is running out of steam?  Raise [...]

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Spicy Cucumber Guacamole Sushi Roll—Getting back into a school routine

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You’d think that it would be harder for my girls to get back into their school routines, especially considering this is Bug’s first year of formal schooling as a kindergartner.

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Japanese Potato Salad

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It’s picnic season!  Are you as excited as I am?  I love eating outdoors, whether it’s taking a picnic to the park, or sitting out in our backyard while Mr. Fuji grills up something amazing.  Plus, we’ve got the Fourth of July coming up soon, which is a prime opportunity to serve a feast outside. [...]

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Honey Ginger Chicken Soboro Onigiri

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As I mentioned yesterday, I filmed a segment for Studio 5 that was all about onigiri.  I had an absolute blast.  Brooke Walker, the host, is a doll, and was a great sport making onigiri with me.  The first time you make an onigiri, it usually falls apart (it takes one or two to learn [...]

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Weelicious Stuffed Pizza Rolls + A Weelicious Lunches Cookbook Giveaway!

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In her newest book, Weelicious Lunches, Catherine McCord covers just about every possible hurdle you might face in packing a lunch for your kids to take to school.  Not only does she go over her “principles of the perfect lunch,” but she addresses how to stock your pantry to be better prepared to pack those [...]

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Shoyu Tamago, Japanese Soy Sauce Eggs

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Did you know that it’s National Food Safety Month? Well, it is!  I figured I’d talk a bit about food safety as it pertains to eggs, since I’m sharing one of my favorite egg snacks today.  Actually I’m revisiting one of my favorite eggs snacks—shoyu tamago, or Japanese soy sauce eggs—hard boiled eggs that have [...]

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Nutritious Kid-Approved Lunchbox Ideas from Lisa Drayer

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Now that we’re several weeks into the school year, all of my “fresh and fun” lunchbox ideas are starting to be not so fresh, meaning it’s time for me to hit the drawing board again and think up some new fun ideas for what to pack into Squirrel’s bento each day.  While it would be [...]

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Baked Chicken Katsu + Back To School Lunch Ideas E-book!

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Here we are again, getting our kiddos ready to go back to school (or in our case, already back in school)!  I always loved this time of year growing up.  I loved starting the school year with a new outfit, new pencils, a new binder, etc.  Now as a parent, I think it’s a great [...]

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