Bento of the Month Contest: Speed (1/09)

Post your bento for the monthly theme, and come back to vote in the poll to decide on the best! Winners receive a bento-related prize.

Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby gfbentomom » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:15 am

Here's my submission.

My Dh came in the bedroom this morning and asked if I needed rice for kiddo's bento. In my groggy state I said yes, so he started the rice cooker and left for work. When I woke up I realized that I had been thinking of tomorrow's bento plan. Today I had planned to make cheesy broccoli rice. I usually cook the long grain rice on the stove with the broccoli. But not wanting to waste the short-grain rice in the rice cooker I improvised with this speedy version. I set some water to boil and while it was coming to a boil,

I grabbed some cheesy 'lil smokies from the freezer and warmed them up in the microwave,
got out the container of broccoli bits that I had pre-chopped the night before,
and pulled out a banana muffin from the freezer and put it in the bento.

The water was ready so in went the broccoli. While it was cooking,
I then rinsed the blueberries,
got out salt and pepper and cheese and a bowl to mix the rice and other ingredients in.

Broccoli was done and got drained and rinsed under cold water and set to dry on a paper towel. In the bowl went the broccoli, hot rice, 'lil smokies were cut with scissors into the bowl, some cheese grated on and a few grinds of salt and pepper, a few good mixes and scooped into the box. Blueberries put in the cup along with a few mango chunks from the freezer. Done!
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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby veganf » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:43 pm

I had 3 good speedy candidates this week, but given the week's events, I chose this one: ... 0318-1.jpg

I bought a bunch of items on the weekend from the WF salad bar: orzo pine-nut salad, bell pepper strips, sesame tofu, tomatoes & olives, frisee lettuce for garnish.
Fresh items just needed a quick rinse: grapes, blueberries.
Nuked the edamame & green beans in water, drained, pat dry. Dressed the green beans with a few drops of soy sauce.
Nuked the frozen dumplings, allowed to cool for a few minutes. Added a dropper of sauce.
The only thing that took a few minutes was cutting nori letters.
A few food picks, and voila.

This week there was a need for speed because I was on my own for most of it with the 4 kids, so I had little time to cook.
Here's my complete week's bento post: http://disposableaardvarksinc.blogspot. ... -cuts.html
This bento certainly didn't take me more than 10 minutes.
mama to Ryan (6), AJ (5), Nate (2), Maia (1), all born at home. Kids vegan bento lunches:

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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby spottedcircus » Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:04 pm

Here is my entry it took me aprox 6min to make this morning
Ramen noodles tossed w/ oyster sauce & hot sauce (cooked in 3min)
Octodogs & broccoli flavored with the seasonings in ramen noodle packet--cooked at the same time with ramen noodles
The eggrolls were microwaved (3min) & a sweet & sour sauce container beneath them
cherry cheesecake bread--made earlier this week
It was quick & fast & yummy. Enjoy!!

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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby QChan » Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:12 pm

Great entries everyone I'd just like to remind everybody that submissions are due in 2 days on wednesday the 28th!

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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby DaemonNoire » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:43 pm


Valentine's Speed Bento.

Made using my Fit and Fresh container. 15 minutes from the time I first pulled the box out of the pantry to the time I was ready to take pictures. In the bottom a turkey and soy cheese grilled sandwich with "I <3 U" cut into it. Top right is raspberry Fig Newtons cut into heart shapes on a bed of cranberries with some conversation hearts. Bottom right is two strawberries on a bed of lettuce with some "XO" carrots.
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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby eventamy » Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:01 am

DD5's Bento for today: this took 10 minutes to put together last night while cooking dinner. Rice was in refrigerator, made the night before and carrots were cooked for dinner.
Heart shaped sandwich of cream cheese and high fiber bread, Bb cheese on bottom. On top is rice flowers & cube, soy sauce in bottle, black raspberries, cooked carrot nuggets
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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby bentolunches » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:00 pm

Here is mine! Took about 7-8 minutes to gather everything and pack it up!

Leftover sushi (if you add in the make time on this it would be an additional 10 minutes, with the rice
ready to go)
Sauce bottles - prefilled for easy packing
Jello - I make little cups to keep in the fridge for a quick "grab and go"
fruits & veggies - always have a stash on hand for quick chop
treats - easy to grab and tuck into small spaces

Kept this one simple and fast!
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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby Libby » Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:19 am

I'll be back later today to try to post a photo since I'm *cough* at work, but here's a link to my submission for now:

Update: here's the photo:

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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby KitchenCorners » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:16 pm

I could not figure out how to post a picture on here. can you help me? here is a link to my speedy bento that I published on my blog ... bento.html

(update: So, I still haven't figured out how to add a picture. I hope you still accept my submission from the url I provided)


Hope this helps.

edited by QChan to show images
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Re: Bento of the Month Contest: Speed

Postby Catherine Bennet » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:19 pm

Rice with black olives, onions, celery, and Italian dressing
Animal crackers, broccoli and carrots, and ranch dip. YUM!
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