I think the best fillers I’ve ever tasted in bento boxes were Japanese; flavors and colors complimenting each other. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an attractive, appetizing box using whatever you normally eat or have on hand. Chicken wings are so bento box friendly!
Parmesan Chicken Wings
1 1/2 lb chicken wings, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 -3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a bowl, then stir in the chicken wings, coat with the cheese and bake at 400 F for 20 minutes, turn and bake for another 15 minutes.
We really like tuna salad and this time I mixed in some canned salmon.
Tuna and Salmon Salad
1 1/2 cups albacore solid tuna
3/4 cups canned salmon
2 scallions, thinly sliced
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/3 cup mayonnaise or more if preferred
1 tsp mustard
Salt and pepper
Mix everything together and pack with a few cucumber slices, 2 cherry tomatoes and some mache.
This stir fry filler came together with odds and ends from the refrigerator and freezer.
Cabbage, Sausage and Peppers
1 lb Italian bulk sausage
2 tbsp butter
2 scallions, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 very small cabbage head, chopped
Salt and pepper
Crushed red pepper
In a wok, fry and brown the sausage, then remove and place on paper towels to drain. Wipe out the wok with a paper towel, then add the butter, scallions and bell pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the cabbage, season with salt and pepper, then stir fry for about 5 minutes. Put the sausage back into the wok, add 2 tablespoons of water, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes. Pack into the box and sprinkle with crushed red pepper.