I got a pasta machine as a gift, and it turned out to be a perfect gift for me — I'm a big pasta lover and I have many ideas for thick and runny sauces, stuffings, and general pasta shenanigans :-)
And believe me when I say, that you can really feel a difference between home-made pasta and the one you buy at the store. It's springy, perfectly tasty, easy to prepare and so much fun. It's also a great basic ingredient that you can prepare on lazy evening, dry a bit, freeze, and use when needed during the week!
Tuna paste is ridiculously easy to prepare and makes a great no cooking bento, cutting the preparation time to less than 20 minutes, including rice cooking time! Now, that's what I would call cooking on the go! You can also use the tuna paste for a great tasting onigiri or sushi.
This simple recipe requires only 3 ingredients: sliced pork loin (already mentioned minute steaks or easy steaks), shallots and teriyaki sauce. It's also one of the lazy recipes — part of it you can prepare evening before, and finish it quickly before serving or packing your bento box. Plus, marinating for a long time allows increased flavors to transfer easily across the meat!
Bento is not only rice, but also other ingredients, like... pasta. This recipe came to life when I had some uncooked beef left-overs and just wondered what to do with them. Cooking them as a part of bento was a great idea!