Bento for One

A Listmania! list by Mei Mei 50 "Mei Mei" (Madison,WI)
The list author says: "I started making simple bento lunches as a way to save money, have healthy meals and to make cooking for one person more interesting. A great side effect is that I've also lost 20 lbs and counting - so I'm a bento convert. I've listed things I use in my bento boxes at least several times per week."
Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer
1.  Zojirushi NS-LAC05XA Micom 3-Cup Rice Cooker and Warmer by Zojirushi
The list author says:
  "This rice cooker is the perfect size for one and can cook any grain and most beans, lentils and dried peas as well. The best feature is the timer - I set it up at night or in the am and I have rice or porridge ready when i wake up or come home from work.  Magic!"
$128.99   Used & New from: $91.53
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,097 customer reviews)

Wilton 415-9400 Easy Flex Silicone 2-Inch Reusable Baking Cups, 12 Count
2.  Wilton 415-9400 Easy Flex Silicone 2-Inch Reusable Baking Cups, 12 Count by Wilton
The list author says:
  "I use at least one silicon cupcake cup in every lunch I make - a good way to neatly add a small salad or side. The cups can also be used for freezing fruit cups or savory muffins: Freeze the baked or prepared food, then peel off the silicon muffin cup and pop the food in a ziploc freezer bag."
$8.68   Used & New from: $7.08
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)

Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Natural Flying Cats
3.  Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Natural Flying Cats by Kotobuki
The list author says:
  "This bento box is a good example of a great size for a more sedentary adult - a lunch of about 450-550 calories, depending on how you fill your bento.  I use a bento like this almost every day, kept closed by a matching elastic band."
$19.60
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Royal Bamboo Knot Cocktail and Hors' D'oeuvre Pick, 4-Inch, Green
4.  Royal Bamboo Knot Cocktail and Hors' D'oeuvre Pick, 4-Inch, Green by Royal
The list author says:
  "I like these picks because they are a little more natural looking, and avoid the sometimes overly-cutesy look of some  specialty bento picks. They may be a bit long at times, but can easily be shortened with a good pair of kitchen scissors (cut on the angle to keep the point)."
$5.62   Used & New from: $2.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)

Soy Sauce Container -15 pcs in a Bag.
5.  Soy Sauce Container -15 pcs in a Bag. by eKitron
The list author says:
  "These are great little bottles to tuck into your bento box- just pour a little sauce into a shallow cup or tiny bowl,  take the lid off of one of these and squeeze, then submerge the end in the sauce and release to fill.  I use them for soy sauce, ponzu, maple syrup or olive oil."
$4.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

Stainless Vegetable Cutter, Large, 6 Assorted Shapes
6.  Stainless Vegetable Cutter, Large, 6 Assorted Shapes by Kotobuki
The list author says:
  "I use these cutters several times per week: usually I slice carrots lengthwise, and then cut out the shapes from the "planks" of carrot. It is surprising how much the cut-outs add to the visual appeal of your bento."
$13.46   Used & New from: $6.75
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

12-oz. Squeeze Bottles 3 pk. - Clear
7.  12-oz. Squeeze Bottles 3 pk. - Clear by Kitchen Supply Company
The list author says:
  "I use one bottle for soy-sauce - it allows me to have  a lot of control in my aim and distribution of soysauce in a small bento -and another for sesame oil, which is a very common seasoning element in my bentos. I cut the tip off another to widen it and keep the bottle filled with toasted sesame seeds for garnish or recipes."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.17
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

Frontier Natural Products Sesame Seed, Og, Blk Whole, 2.01-Ounce
8.  Frontier Natural Products Sesame Seed, Og, Blk Whole, 2.01-Ounce by Frontier
The list author says:
  "I love black sesame seeds as a garnish on lighter colors in my bento, and I've also seen them used on carrot flowers and as eyes on fish-cake rabbits and mini-sausage octopii. The taste is quite distinct and adds something to the small-portions of foods in the bento."
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The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go
9.  The Just Bento Cookbook: Everyday Lunches To Go by Makiko Itoh
The list author says:
  "This is a great book for getting started with bento boxes: the writer also has a great website, justbento.com. I refer to her book several times per week, and religiously follow her instructions on washing my rice before cooking."
Used & New from: $5.10
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)

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JFC - Wasabi Fumi Furikake (Rice Seasoning) 1.7 Oz.
10.  JFC - Wasabi Fumi Furikake (Rice Seasoning) 1.7 Oz. by JFC
The list author says:
  "This is my personal favorite of the many varieties of furikake rice seasonings.  This one contains wasabi, a hot, mustardy-tasting horseradish. I use it as a garnish or inside maki rolls (sushi rolls)."
$4.76   Used & New from: $2.35
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Global G-5 - 7 inch,  18cm Vegetable Knife
11.  Global G-5 - 7 inch, 18cm Vegetable Knife by Global
The list author says:
  "This knife is handy for cutting veggies or maki sushi (rolls) because the handle is specially designed for use in a wet environment, but it is my all-purpose knive: I use that blunt end to stir food in pots, as a spatula, a spreader and countless other ways. Expensive, but it really is the only knife I use."
$117.95   Used & New from: $100.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Bamboo Rice Paddle - 9 Inch
12.  Bamboo Rice Paddle - 9 Inch by chefgadget
The list author says:
  "I've been using a rice paddle of one kind or another for 25 years. I love them! They fit the hand well, transfer your motion more directly to the pot, are much more effective than the bigger, more traditional (and awkward) wooden spoon. Bamboo doesn't warp so it can go in the dishwasher without a thought, and it is both inexpensive and a renewable resource."
$4.95   Used & New from: $0.01
1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Yamamotoyama Roasted Seaweed for Sushi 0.88 Oz (10 Sheets)
13.  Yamamotoyama Roasted Seaweed for Sushi 0.88 Oz (10 Sheets) by Yamamotoyama
The list author says:
  "I usually buy this brand of Nori - it has been solidly good, inexpensive, available just about everywhere and hasn't had any funky off-tastes that I've come across with other brands. I's prefer to buy organic (Eden) but this is a reliable second."
$7.99   Used & New from: $3.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Cooking Korean Food With Maangchi - Books 1&2: From Youtube To Your Kitchen
14.  Cooking Korean Food With Maangchi - Books 1&2: From Youtube To Your Kitchen by Maangchi
The list author says:
  "Maangchi has a great website centered on Korean cooking - with some fun home-made videos illustrating a wide variety of recipes.  I've made many of her recipes including "doshirak" or bento dishes.  If you like spicy food try the kimchi (but don't take it to work with you in your bento...)."
$16.32   Used & New from: $11.77
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Zojirushi Classic Bento Vacuum Lunch Jar
15.  Zojirushi Classic Bento Vacuum Lunch Jar by Zojirushi
The list author says:
  "I got this Vacuum Jar for my brother - he commutes by train every day to downtown Chicago, and is very much one of the Carhardt crowd.  This particular vacuum jar comes in a tough, cordura-like bag with a shoulder-strap that looks manly enough that he is willing to be seen with it."
$54.47   Used & New from: $45.97
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Mei Mei 50 "Mei Mei" (Madison,WI)
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Last updated: 7/2/11
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