Japanese Onigiri and Bento Box Recipe

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Japanese Onigiri and Bento Box
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  1. Cook sushi rice according to package directions. Do not add vinegar or sugar like we would when making sushi. We just want plain rice.
  2. Once cooled, dip your hands in the bowl of salted water and take a handful of rice. Mold it into a ball, triangle, or pack it (very tightly) into a cookie cutter, then unmold the shape. Or make a flat disc and put some leftover meat into the center. Fold up the edges of the rice disc to hide the filling, or add more rice on top and form into a ball or triangle. Keep your hands wet to keep the rice from sticking.
  3. Using cookie cutters or a paring knife, cut fruits, veggies, meats, cheeses, sandwiches, or anything else you can think of, into cute shapes. Stack them, line them up, or create scenes and characters with them.
  4. Silicone muffin cups are great for keeping foods separate that will either leak juice onto dry foods, or roll around like blueberries and peas.
  5. Use craft punches or scissors to make shapes out of the nori (seaweed sheets) and stick it on the onigiri. It'll stick nicely to the rice.
  6. For a great demo on making bento box lunches for kids, check out the alphamom website here: /family-fun/how-to-make-a-kids-bento-box/.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 225.5 Kcal (944 kJ)
Calories from fat 17.37 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.93g 3%
Cholesterol 46.49mg 15%
Sodium 648.89mg 27%
Potassium 275.02mg 6%
Total Carbs 43.87g 15%
Sugars 6.35g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g 13%
Protein 10.51g 21%
Vitamin C 9.1mg 15%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 3%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 69mg 7%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 75.01 Kcal (314 kJ)
Calories from fat 5.78 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.64g 3%
Cholesterol 15.47mg 15%
Sodium 215.84mg 27%
Potassium 91.48mg 6%
Total Carbs 14.59g 15%
Sugars 2.11g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1.06g 13%
Protein 3.5g 21%
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Iron 0.4mg 6%
Calcium 22.9mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 4
  • 6

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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