23 Aug / Ten-Minute Bento by Megumi Fujii, translated by Maya Rosewood
Since school lunch is not an option at our kids’ school, every weekday (early) morning we make two meals at the same time: breakfast and lunch. We’re constantly searching for quick, healthy, filling options as the kids quickly grow tired of the same-old, same-old. Ten-Minute Bento is full of toothsome, healthy ideas we’ll be trying too soon (how did summer whoosh by so quickly??!!).
“Just cook up some rice, and add a topping and your Ten-Minute Bento is done!” promises trained nutritionist and celebrated Japanese chef Megumi Fujii (who’s published some 40-plus cookbooks already!). She certainly makes the process look easy: a bed of rice with one or two toppings in one container and you’re done!
The good chef offers endless combinations for toppings (with minimal ingredients for non-talented kitchen crew like me, ahem!), that range from favorites like Korean bibimbap, chicken teriyaki, and even a hamburger, to healthy veggie sides and rice combinations, and pasta and bread bentos and more. The enticing photos (complete with various, fun packaging options from a Cool Whip container to Tupperware to takeout boxes) on every page just beg for a pair of chopsticks.
If this is the way I can get fed, maybe it’s time for me to think about going back to school and finally finish my abandoned almost-PhDs! Anything for a good meal, huh?