Temari Rabbit 2-Tier Bento #109

Pineapple chunks (again--a single person versus a pineapple makes for a bit of a pineapple marathon), smoked almonds, cucumber slices, and TVP soboro and frozen vegetable stir fry over rice (which I promise is in there).

The TVP soboro was the taco meat gone wrong I made a while ago, which worked well for soboro. I froze about half of it so while I'm eating down my stocks (and feeling not up to much on this day) I pulled that out to go with these vegetables of somewhat unknown origin. I must have bought them sometime there was some kind of sale. Frozen veggies can be okay sometimes, but for this I think I would have preferred fresh. But I got fed, and pretty easily, so I can't complain. I added some rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil to the veggies and it perked them up significantly. They probably would have been prettier with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.

This one is gluten free, incidentally, which I did not realize when I packed it.


  1. I had never heard of soboro before, and I just googled it and now I want to make it! I am surprised that none of my vegan Japanese cookbooks have a version of it.

    1. That's curious! I used the TVP as soboro because I figured it would work that way, but Just Bento (which is my only Japanese cookbook, actually) has recipes for several vegan soboros--tofu, carrot, green bean...It's a pretty simple food, really, and I think anything seasoned well and in small enough bits would work.

  2. Looks like a nice, filling lunch!

  3. LOL on the pineapple chunks- also a single person here and I totally understand!!
    Sounds like a tasty lunch- and a good reminder to myself to get smoked almonds, love those and it’s been too long since i last bought some


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