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Leftover Remake: Pasta frittata & multi-grilling
Posted By Biggie On May 14, 2007 @ 10:09 pm In bento, eggs, equipment, fish or seafood, for kids, leftover remake, pasta or noodles, recipe, tutorial or how to | 277 Comments
Contents: (upper) Mini frittata made with leftover pasta (recipe/tutorial below), hard-boiled egg  shaped like a car, and grapes. (lower) Leftover grilled shrimp with wasabi bread crumbs, cherry tomatoes, grilled zucchini and butternut squash, and cheese triangle.
Morning prep time: 15 minutes. The zucchini and squash were already cut and prepped from a Mother’s Day picnic; I microwaved them in a covered bowl with a splash of water first to speed up grill time (no-cost substitute for a  microwave mini steamer). A friend made the shrimp on Mother’s Day, so that was leftover too. I’d made a batch of eggs before, so it was waiting in the fridge in the mold. The frittata was the most labor-intensive thing in the morning.
Packing: Lettuce can also act as an edible food divider (instead of hard-to-find plastic food dividers). I cut the tails off the shrimp for neater eating.
Japanese bento cookbooks often show the speed technique of cooking different kinds of food together in the same  pan,  pot,  broiler pan, etc. This is a variation: multi-grilling on a stovetop grill. Similar to a Japanese fish grill, this one has finer mesh on the top so that vegetables don’t fall through, and is marketed as being the right size for bento lunches. Just put it on your stove, heat, oil the grate and grill food (veggies, meat, fish, etc.) as if you were outside — much faster than firing up the outside grill in the morning (yeah, who’s going to do that?). Mini stovetop grill bought for US$1.50 at Daiso (Japanese dollar store with  stores internationally). Amazon carries a slightly larger Japanese  stovetop grill here. (Edited to add: Don’t put in the dishwasher as the white coating on the bottom will flake off.)
Contents: Bug had a mini pasta frittata, grape, leftover grilled shrimp with wasabi bread crumbs, and little skewers of leftover grilled zucchini, butternut squash, green bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.
Morning prep time: 15 minutes. The shrimp and the vegetables were leftover from a Mother’s Day picnic, and the pasta in the frittata was also leftover. The only dish made especially for this lunch was the mini frittata.
Packing: Lettuce can also act as an edible food divider (instead of hard-to-find plastic food dividers). Little Anpanman-character picks make it easy for little hands to manage the grilled vegetables, and the blue pick is for the slightly messy shrimp. I cut the tails off the shrimp and halved them to make it easier for Bug to eat. The lone grape acts as a gap filler to keep the lunch from shifting during transport.
Pasta Frittata Recipe
I threw both lunches into the blue “Polarer Bear” insulated lunch bag below (gotta love the Engrish — my bear is polarer than your bear!). Both zippered bag and lunch wrapping cloth (furoshiki) are lined with insulated material to keep food cool or warm. The 41 x 41 cm lunch cloth holds up to a 600ml two-tier box, with an easy elastic & button closure. I quite like the insulated lunch cloth — it’s compact and keeps multiple boxes tightly wrapped, so I can toss the whole secure bundle into my diaper bag. Bought for $1.50 each at Ichiban Kan in SF.
I also picked up a larger bag made of insulated material with an adjustable buckle. Holds larger boxes up to 1000ml: either a one-tier (max. size 21 x 16 x 5 cm) or a two-tier (max. size 20 x 9 x 8 cm). These kinds of products are indicative of the trend in Japan toward insulated lunch bags and better  packed lunch food safety.
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 shaped like a car: http://lunchinabox.net/2006/06/22/williams-sonoma-for-egg-molds/
 microwave mini steamer: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/02/13/speed-bento-techniques-frozen-spaghetti/
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 pot: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/31/curried-quail-egg-lunches-multi-boiling/
 broiler pan: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/04/speed-cooking-technique-multi-broiling/
 stores internationally: http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/storeinfo/
 stovetop grill here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001Z8PDS?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=178
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 packed lunch food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
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 Need for speed: A mommy’s lunch manifesto: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/04/23/need-for-speed-a-mommys-lunch-manifesto/
 How to pack a bento lunch and use “gap fillers”: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/11/guide-to-bento-packing-and-gap-fillers/
 Choosing the right size bento box: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/
 Biggieâ€™s list of top speed tips, tutorials and equipment reviews: http://lunchinabox.net/top-tips/
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