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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 in Bento, Eggs, Fish or Seafood, For Kids, Gluten Free, Pasta or Noodles, Poultry, Salad | 4 comments

Tarako rolled egg lunch + 1

Tarako rolled egg lunch + 1


My ISP has been on the fritz since last week and I haven’t been able to upload (grrr…), so here are a couple of old lunches. First is one that I shared with my son. It’s got tamagoyaki with tarako and green onions (step-by-step tutorial here), a salad and ranch dressing, and cherries with extra orange bell pepper “trees”. My son was excited about the trees, but rejected the salty/savory egg unless it was dipped in Lizano sauce (yum, magical Lizano sauce!).

Tarako egg lunch お弁当

The second is another toddler lunch packed in my new 495ml three-tier box from Daiso. Each tier is small, but once you look at the total capacity (written on the packaging and usually on the bottom of the box) you can tell that it holds a pretty standard amount. A rule of thumb in Japan is that when a box is packed in the standard manner without candy or junk food, calories correspond directly to capacity (i.e. a 500ml box holds a 500-calorie meal).

Sausage pasta lunch for toddler お弁当

  • fusilli pasta with Italian sausage, ricotta cheese and tomatoes
  • chicken salad from Costco, and a little cheese
  • cherries, blueberries and grape tomatoes




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  1. Hmmm! Didn’t know that about the calories, and that’s an interesting rule of thumb. Very clever. Kate F.

  2. KateFord from Flikr, right? Hey there! Yeah, it’s a good rule of thumb — now you know why I always measure & refer to bento box size in milliliters!

  3. May I ask, what is Lizano sauce?? Is there a recipe I can look up? Or is it solely purchased at a grocerie store?

  4. @3 from TyR: Mmmm, Lizano sauce is a savory Costa Rican sauce that’s used almost like ketchup there (good on rice & beans, tamales, eggs, etc.). It’s not really spicy at all, and everyone I’ve pushed it on personally has come away enthusiastic (yes, I’m a Lizano sauce evangelist). If you can’t find it in a local Latin American food market, you can mail order it from online stores. Wikipedia entry is here: