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Soy-Lime Tofu & Rice Bento Lunch

Soy-Lime Tofu & Rice Bento Lunch
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Tofu, rice and vegetables are classic bento ingredients. Make extra rice for dinner and roll leftovers into balls for lunch. To keep green veggies vibrant and crisp, cook them briefly and immediately dunk them into a bowl of ice water. You can also use cubed store-bought baked tofu in place of the roasted tofu.

Prep: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
  • 1 14-ounce package
    extra-firm, water-packed tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup
    reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup
    lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons
    toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon
    prepared peanut sauce
  • 1 tablespoon
    “lite” coconut milk, (see Tip)
  • 2/3 cup
    cooked short-grain brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons
    rice vinegar
  •  Pinch of
  • 2 tablespoons
    black sesame seeds, (optional)
  • 1 cup
    steamed sugar snap peas
  • strawberries, hulled
  • orange wedges
  1. To prepare tofu: Pat tofu dry and cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch cubes. Combine soy sauce, lime juice and oil in a medium shallow dish or large sealable plastic bag. Add the tofu; gently toss to combine. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 4 hours, gently stirring once or twice.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Remove the tofu from the marinade with a slotted spoon (discard marinade). Spread out on a large baking sheet, making sure the pieces are not touching. Roast, gently turning halfway through, until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, combine peanut sauce and coconut milk to make dipping sauce and fill a small container with it.
  5. To prepare rice balls: Combine rice, vinegar and salt in a medium bowl and mash with a fork until the rice is a little sticky. With slightly wet hands, press and squeeze the rice into 4 balls. Sprinkle each ball with sesame seeds, if using.
  6. Pack 1/2 cup of the tofu, the rice balls and snap peas in a medium container. (Cover and refrigerate the remaining 1 1/2 cups roasted tofu for up to 3 days.) Nestle the container of dipping sauce in the same container.
  7. Pack strawberries and orange wedges in another medium container.



Tip: Refrigerate leftover coconut milk for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 2 months. It will appear separated when thawed; simply mix until smooth.

Nutritional Information

Makes: 1 serving
  • Calories393
  • Fat11 g
    • Saturated fat3 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Carbohydrates58 g
    • Dietary fiber9 g
  • Protein17 g
  • Sodium293 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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