Vegan Franks and Rice
2 Vegan Hot Dogs, split (I used Tofu Pups by Lightlife Foods)
Vegetable Oil Spray (I used PAM)
1 cup short-grain brown rice, cooled (make the night before)
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash (Original)
Toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling
2 sprigs of parsley for garnishing
Optional tool: watermelon baller
Spray a fry pan with the vegetable oil spray. Pan fry the vegan hot dogs until slightly charred (or use a grill pan for nice grill marks). Place hot dogs in fridge for 10-15 minutes or until cool. While the vegan hot dogs are cooling, mix Mrs. Dash with the rice. Use the larger end of a watermelon baller or a tablespoon to scoop 8 small mounds of rice in a 7x5x1.5- inch unbreakable lunch container. Use your fingers to shape the rice into balls if necessary. Sprinkle each rice mound with toasted sesame seeds (I bought them already toasted). Place the cooled and split vegan hot dogs in the center of the dish. Tuck in parsley at each end of the container.
Don’t I have my nerve giving split baby carrots and cherry tomatoes a name? This little salad IS bright and crunchy, and they are both finger foods. Besides, I’ll say anything to get my kid to eat his veggies. Do I really need to write out a recipe for this part of the lunch? Ok, I’ll do it for the sake of consistency:
5 baby carrots, split
8-10 cherry tomatoes
1 small lettuce leaf or sprig of parsley
Carefully split baby carrots and place them on one side of a divided lunch container. Place the lettuce leaf or parsley on the right side of the container. Place whole cherry tomatoes on top of the greens. Arrange the pointed end of the tomatoes in the same direction.
I loved the look of this lunch so much that I made one for myself as well. Have you tried making a vegan bento lunch–or any kind of bento lunch? Do tell! Please leave a comment and share your ideas or your impressions about the Easy Bento Style Vegan Lunchbox.