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Fried rice lunches, multi-broiling
Posted By Biggie On June 8, 2007 @ 2:41 pm In bento, eggs, for kids, glutenfree, lactose free, recipe, rice, tips, vegetarian | 9 Comments
Contents of Bug’s meal: Fried brown rice with red bell peppers, frozen peas, mushrooms (brown and enoki), eggs, shallots, green onions and Korean kochujang sauce. Roasted enoki mushrooms with butter and soy sauce, roasted asparagus and grape tomatoes.
Morning prep time: 15 minutes, using the  multi-broiling technique (described below with recipes) and leftovers. I made a big batch of brown rice earlier this week for dinner, so the refrigerated leftovers went into today’s fried rice. Frozen peas and  frozen pre-chopped green onions sped up the prep for the fried rice.
Packing: To speed up cooling for the warm fried rice, I first spread it out over the entire bottom of the bento box to increase surface area. After a few minutes when it was cooler, I pushed it all to one side and packed the rest of the lunch. Cooling the food before packing it helps reduce condensation on the inside of the box (which would create a vacuum effect and make it more difficult for little hands to open).
To speed up lunch prep, I used the multi-broiling technique shown above (introduced in  this post). Aluminum foil on the baking sheet makes for fast clean-up. The enoki mushroom cups are a classic flavor combo in Japanese cooking, and a favorite among non-Japanese as well.
Broiled Mushroom Cup Recipe
1. Place two foil muffin liners inside each other for extra stability, then put on a baking sheet. You can also use shallow,  extra-thick foil cups for baking.
2. Add a handful of mushrooms (mounded high, higher than in the photo), top with the butter, soy sauce, salt and pepper.
3. Put under broiler (or in a toaster oven) for 4-5 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped parsley.
Roasted Asparagus Recipe
These meals were actually dinner for all of us last night when we were out, so my husband has one as well. Contents are the same, with the addition of cheese triangles, grapes and a half strawberry.
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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/
 Packed lunch food safety: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/08/food-safety-for-packed-lunches-updated/
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