I’ve always been intrigued by bento box lunches ever since I started reading Vegan Lunch Box about three or four years ago. However, I can’t say I’ve actually ever owned a bento box. Sure, I have tons picked out if I were to ever buy one (example 1, example 2, and example 3) but instead I continue to use our old peanut butter containers to pack lunches.
When I saw an article on bento lunches, I jumped at the chance to make Soy-Lime Tofu & Rice. It would be the perfect lunch for Ryan, who is working 14-hour days and needs something he can just grab and eat while still working.
I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by the rice part. Most people know that although I’m a great cook, I just cannot seem to cook a good batch of rice. I blame it on my electric stovetop, but hey, maybe it’s just me. Sure enough, my rice was hard and crunchy when the timer went off, so I added some more water and steamed it until it was edible. Seems that it all turned out quite well; Ryan said it passed the “fork test” where he stabbed one of balls with his fork and it stayed together while being dipped into the peanut sauce. Go me!
The tofu turned out great too. I enjoyed stealing a couple pieces from the fridge as a snack throughout the day. It wasn’t too salty which is one of my biggest fears in working with soy sauce even though I use the low-sodium kind. Although I don’t do a lot of repeat meals, I think this one must live on and be made again! Now if only I had a bento box to up the cuteness factor…