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Happy Lunch Rice Cakes

rice cakes
I was getting tired of sandwiches for lunch, so I started looking into other non-wheat options. I came across Bentos, which are Japanese lunch boxes with awesome, nutritious, and creative food inside.┬áMy toddler loves rice, but since it’s hard for her to eat, I had mostly given up on it until I found adorable rice molds for Bento lunches. It takes a few seconds longer, but the end result is easier to eat and cute. And these aren’t just for toddlers – I send these little guys in my husband’s Bento lunches sometimes, too. Here’s the link for the Rice Molds┬áthat I use.
If you make these, do make sure to use short grain rice. It gets sticky and allows you to make the shapes; there’s no way long grain rice would work the same way. I prefer nutty brown rice, but you can use white, too.


Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: about 45 minutes

Happy Lunch Rice Cakes

Add some fun to rice!


1/2 c. short grain rice (do NOT substitute regular long grain rice; it will not stick together)
1 c. water


If you have a rice cooker, which I highly recommend, set it on cook delay so that rice will be ready for you in the morning.
1. Bring the water and rice to a boil.
2. Reduce heat, stir, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes until you can handle it comfortably. Don't let the rice cool all the way - it won't stick as well.
4. Insert the cut out shapes into the mold and scoop 2 tablespoons of rice in each shape.
5. Cover with the mold lid, invert, and push the cut out shapes firmly.
6. Remove the lid and rice cakes.
7. If desired, decorate with nori seaweed while the cakes are hot.


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