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Edamame
Yakisoba (Stir-Fried Soba Noodles)
Grilled Salmon with Red Miso Sauce
Honeydew Melon
Glass of Milk

A bento is a divided box that originated in Japan. Bento boxes are made from a wide variety of materials, including lacquer, bamboo, plastic and stainless steel. A traditional bento meal includes carbohydrates (rice or noodles), protein (fish, chicken, meat, or tofu), vegetables and fruit. Foods are arranged in the box to display a colorful, healthy meal with a wonderful variety of flavors and tastes.

Grilled Salmon with Red Miso Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Red miso paste water
  • 1/3 cup Sake
  • 3 Tbsp. Chicken stock (or Dashi)
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 4 6-ounce Salmon fillets, skinned

salmonDirections:

To make the sauce, combine all four ingredients in a saucepan and stir to a smooth sauce. Place saucepan on the stove over medium heat and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens. Set aside and let cool.
Brush both sides of salmon fillets with miso sauce. Lightly oil and heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place salmon on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Brush with sauce, turn fillets over and brush with sauce again. Cook 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Steamed Edamame

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Edamame (about 10 pods per person)
  • Water
  • Pinch of Kosher or Sea salt

Directions:

Bring about 3-4 quarts of water to a boil and place the edamame in the boiling water. Cook 3-5 minutes. Drain. When plating, sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Have another bowl at the table to put the empty pods in.

 

Yakisoba (stir-fried noodles)

Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour and have a unique brown color. Yakisoba is a popular dish of stir-fried soba noodles and a variety of meats and vegetables. You can use any type of meat or seafood and any types of vegetables - including bean sprouts, green peppers, mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, celery, and broccoli.

Ingredients:

  • 8-ounce Soba noodles
  • 1 cup Bean sprouts, rinsed
  • 8-10 Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 8 Cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 3 Green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegetable or Peanut oil
  • Yakisoba Sauce (recipe below)

YakisobaDirections:

Prepare Yakisoba sauce. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add soba noodles, stirring to separate them. Boil soba noodles for 6-8 minutes, until tender. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

In wok or large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add shiitake mushrooms and stir fry 2 minutes. Add soba noodles and stir fry 3 minutes. Add the Yakisoba Sauce, shrimp and bean sprouts and stir fry for 2 more minutes.

Yakisoba Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tsp. Sake
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegetable or peanut oil

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.

 

 

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