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Tuna Cakes

Tuna Cakes

Tuna Cakes

Roasted Red Pepper Dressing (enclose if container isn’t air /water tight)

Celery, Carrots, Tomato Chunks

Rosemary Raisin Crisps

Pork Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce

Pork Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce

Pork Katsu and Tonkatsu Sauce


4 (1/2-inch thick) boneless pork chops

2 tablespoons all-purpose or rice flour

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup panko (Japanese style bread crumbs)

Vegetable oil


Tonkatsu sauce:


1/4 C. ketchup

1/3 C. soy sauce

1/4 C. Worcestershire sauce

1 T. hoisin sauce or tangy bbq sauce

garlic powder to taste

black pepper to taste


Prepare sauce by whisking together all ingredients and refrigerating.  Between two sheets of waxed paper beat pork cutlets as thin as possible with a meat mallet. Season cutlets with salt and pepper. Beat the egg in a low bowl. Coat the cutlets first in the flour, then the egg, and finally the panko crumbs. Over medium high heat pan fry pork for approx. 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and no longer pink inside. Serve warm with tonkatsu sauce for dipping.

Tuna Summer Rolls

Tuna Summer Rolls

Tuna Summer Rolls


¼ cucumber

½ carrot

½ avocado

Juice of ½ lemon

1 scallion

¾ C. (75 g) bean sprouts

Two 6-ounce (160 g) tins of tuna in water, drained

½ C. (50 g) roasted cashews, coarsely chopped

5 C. (100 g) loosely packed spinach

½ bunch of cilantro, leaves only

6 rice paper wrappers


3 T. peanut butter

4 T. soy sauce

2 T. sesame oil

Juice of 1 lime


To make the rolls: Deseed the cucumber and cut into strips. Put them in a bowl and set aside. Cut the carrot into thin strips, put in a separate bowl, and also set aside. Scoop the avocado flesh out of its skin and slice into slivers. Put in a bowl with some lemon juice to stop them from discoloring and set aside. Trim the scallion and cut into matchsticks, put in a bowl, and set aside. Put the bean sprouts, tuna, cashews, spinach, and cilantro in separate bowls. Arrange all the ingredients in front of you. Fill a large bowl with hot water and briefly soak one of the rice paper wrappers. Carefully spread it on a plate. Start by placing spinach leaves in the middle, and then top with a few strips of cucumber, carrot, and avocado before scattering on some scallion, bean sprouts, tuna, roasted cashews, and cilantro. Use only a little bit of each—pile on too much and the wrapper will tear. Carefully fold in the ends of the wrapper, then roll it up and cut in half. Repeat until all the rice paper wrappers are filled. To make the dip: Stir together the peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, and lime juice with a fork. Serve the summer rolls with the dip.


Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup yellow cornmeal

2/3 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Hot dogs

corn dog mini muffin

Mix together dry ingredients. Then add the liquid ingredients. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Scoop into a greased mini muffin pan, filling the cups about 2/3’s of the way full. Take hotdogs and cut into 1 inch pieces. Stick into the muffin mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the cornbread is a nice golden color. They make the perfect dipping size for kids as well as a great appetizer.







Spiral Sandwiches Bento

Spiral Sandwiches Bento

Potato Salad

Bell Pepper

Grapes (frozen)

Meat & Cheese Sandwich Roll Ups

Condiments (would those realistically stay not messy?)

Carrot strips

Japanese candies






Cow Bento

Cow Bento

I didn’t make it, so I don’t know what all is in there.  Looks like a Onigiri Rice Ball, deocrated with nori, cheese, ham and carrot.  Cherry tomato, apple, broccoli, japanese rolled omelet with cheese.  I just can’t identify the frightening looking organ intestinesque item on the right!

Banana Snake Bento

Banana Snake Bento

Hard Boiled Eggs

Pepper Stars


Mozzarella Balls

Lemon Pepper


Banana, Apricot Fruit Roll Up

Sweet Bread / Pound Cake / Sandwich


Goat Cheese & Fig Prosciutto Rolls

Goat Cheese & Fig Prosciutto Rolls

Goat Cheese & Fig Prosciutto Rolls

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

2 tsp. grated lemon zest

1 T. fresh lemon juice

6 ounces soft goat cheese, at room temperature

2 cloves garlic, peeled and pressed through a garlic press (or finely minced)

12 slices (not paper-thin) prosciutto, halved crosswise

½ C. fig preserves

½ bunch arugula, trimmed

Freshly ground black pepper


In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lemon zest and lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl, mix the goat cheese and garlic together until well blended. Set aside. Spread a layer of the goat cheese mixture on each piece of prosciutto, then spread a layer of fig preserves over the goat cheese and top with a few arugula leaves to cover the preserves. Drizzle some of the vinaigrette down the length of the prosciutto and add a light sprinkle of ground black pepper. Roll the prosciutto up around the filling and arrange on a platter, seam side down. Garnish with a slice of lemon if you wish.

Hoisin-Chicken Lettuce Cups

Hoisin-Chicken Lettuce Cups

Hoisin-Chicken Lettuce Cups

1 ripe mango

2 T. hoisin sauce

2 x 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 romaine lettuce (10 oz)

1 cup sprouting cress


Put a grill pan on a high heat. Cut the two cheeks off the mango, slice each into three lengthways, then slice off the skin and discard. Dice all the flesh into V2 -inch cubes. Scrunch the stone over a bowl, to extract any pulp and juice, mix with the hoisin to make a dressing, and divide between two little bowls. Flatten the chicken breasts by pounding them with your fists until the fat end is the same thickness as the skinny end. Rub with 1 T. of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until bar-marked and cooked through. Meanwhile, trim the lettuce, click the leaves apart, and divide between two plates, snipping the cress alongside. Divide up the mango and the hoisin bowls. Slice the chicken and arrange on the plates, then tuck in, using the lettuce cups as a receptacle to hold everything.

Sticky Drumsticks

Sticky Drumsticks

Sticky Drumsticks


3 T. Plum Jam

1 T. Soy Sauce

1 tsp. Lemon Juice

Few drops Tabasco Sauce

1 tsp. Sesame Seeds

4 Chicken Drumsticks, skinned


Mix together all ingredients except chicken in a shallow bowl.  Wash drumsticks and pat them dry with paper towels.  Score each one with a knife several times and place in marinade.  Leave for 2 hours to overnight in the refrigerator.  Heat broiler to high.  Place chicken on baking sheet 4-5 inches below heating element and broil for 20 minutes, basting with marinade halfway through and turning occasionally to prevent burning.


From Lunch Boxes and Snacks

Shrimp Tempura

Shrimp Tempura

Shrimp Tempura


Tempura mix:

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

3/4 C. cornstarch

4 1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. curry powder

12 oz. cold seltzer

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 to 3 liters canola oil (approximately, as needed for deep-frying)


1 pound (21-30 count) shrimp, deveined and shells removed

Special equipment: Approximately 12 (8-inch) bamboo skewers


To make tempura, mix flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and curry powder in a bowl. Dredge the shrimp in this dry mix, shaking any excess back into the bowl, and add seltzer to the tempura in a stream while whisking constantly to make it into batter. Season with salt and pepper.  Heat canola oil to 375 degrees F in a deep-fryer, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions for similar foods.  Thread the dusted shrimp onto skewers, approximately 4 to a skewer. Pour the tempura batter into a glass pie plate, dip each skewer of shrimp into the tempura batter, and add to the deep- fryer basket. Fry until golden brown. Drain on paper toweling and serve warm.

Ham Negimayaki

Ham Negimayaki

Ham Negimayaki


Thinly sliced ham or cured meat of your choice.


Cut the green parts of scallions or spring onions into pieces about 5cm / 2 inches long. Put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for about 2 minutes. (Alternatively you can cook them in a pan covered with just enough hot water, for about 3 minutes.)  Cut the ham into pieces that are just a bit narrower than the length of the green onion pieces. Take small bundles of the onion and wrap the ham tightly around them.  Heat up a non-stick frying pan and add a tiny bit of oil. Put the ham-and-onion rolls with the roll ends down in the hot pan. Leave until the bottom is a golden brown (this also seals the ends). Turn over 2-3 times more to brown the ham all over.  You shouldn’t need any more salt, but if you like you can sprinkle on some allspice, or Chinese 5 spice powder, or chili powder, for a little extra oomph.  You can make as few or as many of these rolls as you require. They freeze very well. Reheat in the microwave or in a frying pan over medium-low heat with the lid on.

Eggo Bites On The Go-Go

Eggo Bites On The Go-Go

Eggo Bites On The Go-Go

1 package of frozen Kellogg’s Eggo Bites Waffle (each box contains four packages; eight bites per package)

4 tsp or 1.5 oz travel size of cream cheese

Ocean Spray Craisins

Follow the instructions on the Kellogg’s Eggo Bites Waffle box to make eight bites. Spread 1 tsp of the cream cheese on top of each of the four of the bites.  Sprinkle a few of the dried cranberries on top of the cream cheese. Top with the remaining four toasted bites; like a sandwich.  (Try Nutella & Banana or Peanut Butter & Raisins)

Teriyaki Fried Chicken (Chicken Katsu)

Teriyaki Fried Chicken (Chicken Katsu)

Teriyaki Fried Chicken (Chicken Katsu)


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)

1/4C. reduced-sodium Teriyaki sauce

4 tsp. brown sugar

½ tsp. grated or minced ginger

1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs

3 T. plain bread crumbs

2 tsp. oil

¼ tsp. garlic powder


Preheat the oven to 425°F. Cover the chicken breasts in plastic wrap and gently pound to1/4inch thickness. In a medium bowl, combine teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, and ginger. Add the chicken breasts to the sauce mixture and toss to coat. Let chicken marinate for 5 to 10 minutes (but not longer). In a small bowl, mix together the Panko, breadcrumbs, oil, and garlic powder. Roll the chicken breasts in the breadcrumb mixture and place on a baking sheet. Spray tops with cooking spray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown. Serve with an extra drizzle of Teriyaki sauce, if desired.


Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 205

Fat: 4g

Fiber: 0g