Christmas Lights Onigiri + Easy Chestnut Filling

Fill your bento box with holiday cheer by making these Christmas Lights Onigiri! Filled with a crazy addictive chestnut & brussels sprouts filling, you won’t be able to get enough of these bright and festive little presents of rice!

 

Christmas Lights Onigiri - These bright & festive rice balls are perfect for bento box lunches, holiday parties, and Christmas themed appetizers! Filled with a crazy addictive chestnut & brussels sprouts filling, learn just how fun & easy making and decorating these onigiri are with an easy to follow video tutorial + step-by-step instructions. | loveatfirstbento.com

Christmas Lights Onigiri - These bright & festive rice balls are perfect for bento box lunches, holiday parties, and Christmas themed appetizers! Filled with a crazy addictive chestnut & brussels sprouts filling, learn just how fun & easy making and decorating these onigiri are with an easy to follow video tutorial + step-by-step instructions. | loveatfirstbento.com

Deck the halls with onigiri ~ Okay, maybe not, but why not deck out your bento box with these super colorful, intoxicatingly festive Christmas Lights Onigiri? They’re fun to make, easier to decorate than Christmas cookies, and are guaranteed to fill you with copious amounts of holiday cheer. And, wrapped up inside these little bundles of rice is a delectable filling of savory chestnuts & brussels sprouts, a filling so good, you’ll find it near impossible not to shovel it all into your mouth as soon as it leaves the pan. (But, even if you do, I promise I won’t tell.)

Holiday Gift Guide for Bento Enthusiasts

The ultimate bento Christmas wish list is here! With over 80 unique bento items to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect holiday gift for your loved one, no matter their age, gender, or tastes!

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Bento Enthusiasts - The ULTIMATE Christmas bento wish list with over 80 unique bento items to choose from, including bento boxes, cutlery, lunch bags, and tools & accessories. Choose from 20 different themed bento box gift packs, with themes ranging from Hello Kitty, Totoro, Pokemon, Star Wars, Gudetama, Sailor Moon, Disney, & many more! | loveatfirstbento.com {black Friday, Xmas, lunchbox, shopping guide, gift ideas}

Holiday Gift Guide for Bento Enthusiasts - The ULTIMATE Christmas bento wish list with over 80 unique bento items to choose from, including bento boxes, cutlery, lunch bags, and tools & accessories. Choose from 20 different themed bento box gift packs, with themes ranging from Hello Kitty, Totoro, Pokemon, Star Wars, Gudetama, Sailor Moon, Disney, & many more! | loveatfirstbento.com {black Friday, Xmas, lunchbox, shopping guide, gift ideas}

 

Can you believe it’s time to start Christmas shopping already? I don’t know about you, but I am currently a member of camp “haven’t even come close to starting yet”. (In fact, I usually do all of my physical shopping on Christmas Eve.) Thankfully, bento boxes, tools, and supplies make for excellent gift ideas! Rest assured, even if you don’t live in Japan, there is a plethora of unique and quality bento gear available online, particularly on Amazon. But, there still exists the age-old dilemma: what the heck do I get? Allow my Holiday Gift Guide for Bento Enthusiasts to answer that question for you. This handpicked Christmas wish list features 20 themed bento box gift sets, each of which contains:

  1. A bento box
  2. Eating utensils
  3. A bag to transport your bento box in
  4. A matching bento tool or accessory

 

With themed gift sets suitable for all ages, genders, and tastes, plus over 80 different products to choose from, I guarantee that you’ll find the perfect bento gift for your friend or loved one (or to add to your own Xmas wishlist 😉 )! And, with everything you see below being available on Amazon, that means everyone can enjoy awesome bento gear, no matter where in the world you live. Give the gift of bento this holiday season, using this guide as your surefire ticket to success!

Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box

It’s a celebration of all things pink & girly with this Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box! This foolproof bento can be made and enjoyed by bento novices & veterans alike, and makes an undeniably perfect lunch for any die-hard Hello Kitty fan.

 

Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box - The perfect lunch for any Hello Kitty fan, this pink & girly bento is so easy to make, it's nearly foolproof, making it perfect for beginner bento makers. Along with step-by-step instructions & video tutorial, find out the amazing tool I use to easily shape perfectly circular rice balls in just 30 seconds!! | loveatfirstbento.com [character bento, kyaraben, charaben, vegetarian]

Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box - The perfect lunch for any Hello Kitty fan, this pink & girly bento is so easy to make, it's nearly foolproof, making it perfect for beginner bento makers. Along with step-by-step instructions & video tutorial, find out the amazing tool I use to easily shape perfectly circular rice balls in just 30 seconds!! | loveatfirstbento.com [character bento, kyaraben, charaben, vegetarian]

Whenever I need a little extra cheer and cuteness in my bento box, there are always two things that I subconsciously gravitate towards: lots of pink, and lots of Hello Kitty. I think it’s safe to say that this Hello Kitty Cherry Bento Box surpasses these requirements, since we have:

  1. Hot pink rice “cherries”, which are colored naturally with beet powder.
  2. Cute Hello Kitty faces that will make you swoon with every glance.

 

And, with the right tools, this character bento box is as easy as cherry pie to make; it’s easy enough for a complete novice to pull off, and also makes for a quick and simple lunch that any bento veteran can whip up in no time. Because, let’s face it: cute shouldn’t have to be difficult. 😉

Roasted Tomato Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball)

Transform plain onigiri into a tantalizing lunchtime treat with these Roasted Tomato Yaki Onigiri, topped with a runny fried egg for extra decadence! Made using a common kitchen tool found in every household, these onigiri don’t require ANY special tools or molds to get their perfect circular shape!

 

Roasted Tomato Yaki Onigiri with Fried Egg - The ultimate in lunchtime decadence! Toasty golden rice, sweet roasted tomatoes, and a runny fried egg transform your average rice ball into an irresistibly mouth-watering treat! Find out the one common kitchen tool used to make these circular onigiri - I guarantee it's in your kitchen drawers right now! Get this delicious & easy recipe at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, Japanese food, vegetarian

Roasted Tomato Yaki Onigiri with Fried Egg - The ultimate in lunchtime decadence! Toasty golden rice, sweet roasted tomatoes, and a runny fried egg transform your average rice ball into an irresistibly mouth-watering treat! Find out the one common kitchen tool used to make these circular onigiri - I guarantee it's in your kitchen drawers right now! Get this delicious & easy recipe at loveatfirstbento.com | bento box, Japanese food, vegetarian

Crispy rice is the best kind of rice, in my opinion. Whenever we order bibimbap, I am that person inconspicuously stealing all of the crispy rice pieces (and then vehemently denying my crime). I am also that weird person you’ll find chiseling away at the crusty bits of rice plastered to the bottom of the rice cooker, unapologetically shoveling the pieces into my mouth. So really, it goes without saying that yaki onigiri is my destined rice soulmate. The gentle crunch of the toasty rice, still slightly warm from the pan, is enough to send your mouth into a permanent state of comatose. Combine that with savory-sweet cherry tomatoes, roasted until they’ve become fragrant, golden little rubies of perfection, and you’ve got yourself a taste explosion that will detonate your very soul into blissfully crying smithereens. Mouths of the world, meet the flavor bomb that will lead to your inevitable demise: Roasted Tomato Yaki Onigiri. Oh, and did I mention there’s a fried egg on top? Because fried egg + crispy rice = tastiest BFFs in the world.

Halloween Pusheen Surprise Bento Box

Experience the fun of Pusheen Surprise Boxes in your lunch, thanks to this Halloween Pusheen Surprise Bento Box! Find out the one essential tool I use to easily shape Candy Corn & Frankenstein Pusheen out of rice – it does 95% of the work for you!

 

Halloween Pusheen Surprise Bento Box - Now you can experience the fun of the Halloween Pusheen Surprise Box in your lunch, thanks to this cute & festive character bento box! Learn step-by-step how to make Candy Corn Pusheen & Frankenstein Pusheen using a rice mold + all natural dyes - video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Halloween Pusheen Surprise Bento Box - Now you can experience the fun of the Halloween Pusheen Surprise Box in your lunch, thanks to this cute & festive character bento box! Learn step-by-step how to make Candy Corn Pusheen & Frankenstein Pusheen using a rice mold + all natural dyes - video tutorial included! | loveatfirstbento.com

Have you got your hands on a Halloween Pusheen Surprise Plush yet? Ever since the Halloween “Trick or Treats!” series was revealed, I have been dying to add the Candy Corn Pusheen to my plush collection. So far, my Pusheen wishes have not yet been fulfilled; my one and only surprise box contained Mummy Pusheen (which I still totally love <3). Relentless in my pursuit, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make edible versions of my favorite Halloween Pusheens; the result is this Halloween Pusheen Surprise Bento Box, which features none other than the elusive Candy Corn Pusheen and Frankenstein Pusheen (AKA “Frankensheen”). This bento will make you OD on cute. How do I know? Let’s just say this post is being written from up in Pusheen Heaven. 

17 Must Try Onigiri Recipes + #OnigiriAction

17 Must Try Onigiri Recipes - Featuring traditional onigiri, ultra cute onigiri, and vegan/vegetarian options, this is the ULTIMATE list of onigiri recipes on the internet! With 17 easy, delicious, and unique rice ball recipes to choose from, you'll never run out of ideas for using up leftover rice again! | loveatfirstbento.com {bento box, bento}

17 Must Try Onigiri Recipes - Featuring traditional onigiri, ultra cute onigiri, and vegan/vegetarian options, this is the ULTIMATE list of onigiri recipes on the internet! With 17 easy, delicious, and unique rice ball recipes to choose from, you'll never run out of ideas for using up leftover rice again! | loveatfirstbento.com {bento box, bento}

We already know that onigiri are awesome – they’re cute, delicious, and make the perfect addition to any bento box. But did you know that, just by making or eating your own onigiri, you could help feed children in need? “Change the World with Onigiri #OnigiriAction” is an annual campaign run by Table For Two that is giving you the power to make a difference in a child’s life. How? It couldn’t be any simpler:

  1. Take a picture of your onigiri (either homemade or store-bought).
  2. Post your picture to social media (AKA Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook) with the hashtag #OnigiriAction, OR upload your photo to the campaign website.

 

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That’s it! Every time a photo is posted, Table for Two’s partner organizations will donate 5 meals to children in need. That’s right – ONE onigiri can feed FIVE children. (Now that’s some math I can get behind!) In honor of this amazing campaign, I’ve compiled 17 must try onigiri recipes to help inspire YOU to participate in #OnigiriAction and make a difference too! From traditional onigiri to ultra cute to vegan, I guarantee you there’s an onigiri soulmate just waiting for you in the list below 😉

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