Healthy, Quick and Easy Bento Box, a review by Tanya

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Healthy, Quick and Easy Bento: Over 60 Simple Recipes for 30 Lunch Box Meals Under 500 Calories

Ophelia Chien

Amazon | Goodreads

Available August 3rd!

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About the Book:

Make mealtimes healthier and more mindful with beautiful, balanced bento boxes.

A carefully assembled bento box can bring joy to even the most stressful day. Learn the craft of bento, eat well, and save money with this introduction to the Japanese style of boxed lunch. With a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and fusion Bentos, there are recipes to appeal to every palate. Prepare one of 30 bento box meals, or mix and match over 60 different recipes to create your own bento box combinations. Helpful tips for prepping ahead and making efficient use of kitchen time means you can have beautiful Bentos packed and ready to go quickly each morning.

• Something for everyone–includes meat, poultry, and fish Bentos as well as vegetarian and vegan options.
• Easy to prepare–simple recipes with clear instructions and easily sourced ingredients
• Low cost–save money by preparing bento meals at home instead of eating out
• Calorie-conscious–built-in portion control with fewer than 500 calories per bento box meal


My Review:

OK. I’ve decided I need a personal chef. And I want them to cook me everything in this book!

There are so many great ideas here for preparing healthy lunches.  I love how the book provides 30 separate bento box ideas that are equally split: 1/3 protein / 1/3 starch / 1/3 vegetable.  And with everything being broken out in separate recipes, you can mix and match different items to tailor to your food preferences or allergies.

Chien even uses Tofu. Beyond Burger and Chickpeas so there are many options for non-meat eaters!  There are also Asian flavors as well as Western flavors, so truly something for everyone.

Every Box is photographed beautifully so you know what the recipe should look like. Recipes are easy to read and follow.  There may be a few specialty ingredients that are needed but they appear to be easily purchased at the grocery store in the International Foods aisle.

For the creative cooks in your life, this Cookbook along with a cute Bento Box and a few other supplies would be an excellent gift idea for the upcoming holidays!

Thank you to #Alpha and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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