Ask many people what they had for lunch at work today and they may struggle to remember. Lunch ‘on the go’ would probably be the most likely answer. A supermarket sandwich, hurriedly eaten at their desk, or perhaps a ready made salad or soup.
Instead of reaching for the same boring lunch options, why not try making a Japanese style packed lunch in the form of a bento box. Traditionally these compartmented lunch boxes contain rice, fish and/or meat, vegetables and pickles, but there are hundreds of variations.
While there are some incredibly elaborate bento boxes, the recipes below could not be simpler. Most of the recipes serve two, apart from the rice which serves four, as it is easier to make a larger quantity. If making a box just for yourself, you can always enjoy any leftovers the next day. If you are really pushed for time, decant some good quality shop-bought sushi into your bento box and add some pickles and maybe a little homemade salad.