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Cook the Book: Quick Sukiyaki

[Photographs: Makiko Doi]

Makiko Itoh, author of The Just Bento Cookbook, assembled a list of 10 bento rules that keep her bentos healthy, fun to eat, and easy. One of these rules is that a bento should not take more than 30 minutes to assemble, preferably under 20.

Being able to put together a balanced lunch in 20 minutes? Well, I suppose it's possible.

Once the ingredients for this Quick Sukiyaki are assembled it comes together in a snap—just under 5 minutes. Super-thin slices of beef are stir-fried with mushrooms, scallions, and finished with a deep brown, soy-rich sauce. It's the kind of dish that's just asking for plenty of rice to soak up all that great beefy, soy sauce. Just add a few vegetables (steamed, marinated, or raw) and a scoop or two of steamed rice (OK, so the rice cooker might take a little longer than half and hour) and you've got a wonderful bento lunch in under 30 minutes.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Just Bento Cookbook to give away this week.

Adapted from The Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh. Copyright © 2011. Published by Kondosha International. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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