Like most kids, I hated vegetables. Oh, I’d eat a select few—broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers—but a lot of others, I skipped. Yes, that included Ginisang Bitsuelas, Chop Seuy and Pinakbet. Fast forward to today. Now, I actually like, love, even CRAVE for vegetables.
Which is a perfect situation for packing bento. If you go by Japanese-government recommended bento proportions, you should have 1 part meat to 2 parts vegetables to 3 parts rice. Not the easiest feat to accomplish for an avowed meat eater, but in this particular lunch, I’m sort of getting there.
Featured here is a serving of buta shogayaki—pork strips simmered in a soy-ginger marinade, steamed kabocha, and green beans lightly sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Generous portions of green and yellow vegetables, cooked healthily, happily eaten. After years of prodding, with not much success, to eat my veggies, I now do it voluntarily. My Lola would be proud, if she could only see me now.
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