Jan 10

PROJECT BENTO: Repurposing Leftovers for Lunch

in Bento Buddy, Vegan

Leftover Lentil Loaf Onigirazu Bento

Happy Hump Day Fuji friends!  It’s about this time of year when I start to feel like I’m n a rut when it comes to packing my kids’ school lunch bentos, or my work bentos.  My girls occasionally buy lunch at their school’s cafeteria (they have a baked potato bar that I am 100% on board with), so at the beginning of every month I pull up the lunch menu and we plan out which days they will be buying, so that I know I don’t have to pack lunch on those days.  This month’s menu made me stop in my tracks.  On January 30th the menu says that the main dish will be cinnamon rolls. CINNAMON ROLLS.  Now I have nothing against cinnamon rolls…they are delicious!  And I have nothing against my kids eating cinnamon rolls…every once in a while for a special treat.  But the thought of my girls fueling their bodies mid-day with sugary refined carbohydrates made me feel lightheaded.  That moment, in combination with the burst of motivation I get with the beginning of a new year gave me a bit of extra motivation to recommit to bento packing!  One of my favorite techniques is to work smarter, not harder, and repurpose dinner leftovers into something new to go into our bento boxes.

I put together a video showing how I turned a dinner of a rice lentil loaf with mashed potatoes and green beans into a bento the next day.  I also show how to make a Japanese onigirazu, which I’ve written about before here on LFM! Click here to watch!

BENTO Repurposing Leftovers for Lunch Video

You might have noticed that I’ve been doing more video…I’ve got a YouTube channel that I have occasionally published a video on over the years, but I’ve decided it’s time to start using it regularly!  So if you like video, pop on over and subscribe to my channel!  If there’s something you’d like me to do a video on, let me know!


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Shane January 11, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Amazing combination!


La Fuji Mama January 17, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Thank you!


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