I LOVE LOVE LOVE bentos! One of my challenges in life is I have food ADHD, meaning I must have variety, it must be visually appealing and of course it must taste fabulous. Growing up in Hawaii, a bento box, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, is made up of small portions of food that comfort your soul, make you feel loved, and oh so happy to eat.
Even today, although my meals may not come in a cute bento box, when I am dining out with friends we all enjoy ordering 5 – 7 appetizers and creating our own version of a bento box. There is no reason for us to eat huge portions of food, our bodies don’t require it. What is does require is a sensible portion, that fills our stomach and makes us feel satisfied. There is a health science to this and if you wish to learn more about it I suggest watching a few documentaries, such as Forks Over Knives on Netflix.
A vegetarian or vegan bento box can provide a plant-based diet that delivers all of the nutrition we need for our bodies. The recipe below is just one option, but you can do this with your favorite mini portions and create your own version of a bento box. It will feel like Christmas has arrived. Enjoy! 🙂