I found some flank steak on sale and thought it would make some fantastic beef bento dish (which I can't remember the name of - probably something-yaki which means something-fried).
The recipe is from the book 10 Minute Bento. I don't normally eat beef because it gives indigestion, however, when it's cooked this way with sake, something changes in the beef making it easier to digest.
I put some more of those daikon pickles (really starting to like them), but there was still something missing. So I put some tiny tomatoes on it, and look, a lovely christmas coloured lunch.
Allergies: I substituted the mirin for vinegar, the sugar for honey and the soy sauce for rice based soysub.
Affordable? This is about 2 oz of beef, so basically you are getting a lot of flavour for a small portion of meat - my favourite kind of meal. It also tastes good with other red meats like goat or lamb, depending on what you have at hand. But make sure to slice thinly and across the grain or things get tough to chew. Other ingredients include frozen peas, onion, veg, rice... although I don't remember how much the cost of the beef was, the rest of the ingredients were about $1 to $1.50.
What I really like about this recipe is that it is fast food. The book suggests we can make this in 10 minutes, however, that's only if you are super-mum. Prep took about 5 min, cooking and assembling, 15 min. But 20 minutes for a complete and completely delicious bento is well within my happy range.
As for Healthy: I'm going to go with yes. Meat is full of all sorts of things that are good for your body, and having it in small quantities like this is great. Though I thought while eating it, I wish I had put a bit less rice and a lot more veg in it. Next time I'll try a different way of assembling the dish that includes more veg.