Makes 4 bento servings.
2 bunches spinach, about 2 pounds,
stems removed, washed well and spun dry in a salad spinner
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
to sprinkle on top of the spinach (see Note)
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the spinach, sesame oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Cook the spinach, stirring, until the leaves are just wilted, about 3 minutes. Spread the spinach out flat on a plate to cool quickly in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. This will keep the color a vivid green.
When the spinach is cool, taste and correct the seasoning. Pile in a bowl and sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds. The spinach is served cold.
Note: Toast the sesame seeds in a deep frying pan over medium heat, stirring constantly for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown.
Simple Menus For The Bento Box
By Ellen Greaves & Wayne Nish
William Morrow & Company, Inc.
Recipes Reprinted by permission.
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