Asian Beef Bento Box

Asian Beef Bento Box
In case you were wondering, there is indeed a "day" for everything. Tomorrow is no exception. It's National Pack Your Lunch Day. This one we find pretty fun since the possibilities for lunch are endless. 

We were feeling like a steak for lunch, but a nice ribeye or flank steak isn't exactly an easy thing to pack. Zephyr's 1 Source ground beef, however, is the perfect lunch staple if you're craving that juicy try-tip or porterhouse. 1 Source ground beef is made from all of those delicious, primal steak cuts and ground together in one beautiful package. Whether your goal is just a terrific burger that wows your guests or the most flavorful ground beef crumble you could imagine, 1 Source is the perfect combination of quality and outstanding flavor with the flexibility that ground beef offers. 

Now back to that lunch! We decided on an Asian-inspired Bento Box, which is a snap to put together, easy to throw in a lunch bag, and a great way to add in some variety at lunchtime. 

Our Bento Box had to include some colorful fruits and veggies. We went with strawberries and tossed in a few butter lettuce leaves, bell pepper strips, and matchstick carrots. Shredded cabbage, snow peas, chopped broccoli, wilted bok choy, charred Napa cabbage, sautéed spinach or squash strips would be great as well. Throw in whatever fruits and vegetables sound delicious to you that day! 
Bento Box Fruits and Veggies (strawberries, butter lettuce, bell pepper, carrots)
Next we added some rice to the box. We like jasmine, but basmati, fried rice, brown rice or any rice will do!
Bento Box with Fruits, Veggies and Rice
And finally, the star of the show, the Asian Beef Crumbles. Snag this easy ground beef recipe below. Its versatility is outstanding - try it in a bento box, bowl, lettuce wrap or salad, just to name a few. The best thing about these crumbles is they work so well with so many different sides, fruits and vegetables. If you missed our blog on immunity, be sure to check it out. We talk more about why beef is a powerhouse immune-booster to pair with your favorite rainbow of fruits and veggies. Dishes like this one are such an easy way to do just that! 
Full Bento Box with Fruits, Veggies, Rice and Asian-Inspired Beef
A couple of notes as you prepared to make this recipe. It will feel like you are grating ginger FOREVER. And you are, a bit! But trust us, it's so worth the effort. The ginger brings a fresh, zesty flavor to the crumbles. 

You can also make these crumbles as spicy as you'd like. We included a range for the red pepper flakes so you can get the heat level that's just right for you, but you can also add more or omit completely. This is an easy one to customize based on what you like most! 


6 Servings
Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Total Time
25 Minutes
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • ½ - 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs. 1 Source ground beef
  • Chopped green onion and sesame seeds to garnish
  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized skillet, over medium heat, melt butter. Add minced garlic and sauté for one minute. Add ground beef and brown, crumbling with a spoon (about 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned and cooked through).
  3. Add brown sugar and soy sauce mixture to the crumbles, stirring well to combine. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until crumbles caramelize, about 4-5 minutes. 
  4. Top with chopped green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy!

Written By

Jill Turley, MS, RD/LD

Jill Turley is the Chief Creative Officer at Real Noshes. She is a registered dietitian, joyous eater, lover of the kitchen and fan of keeping life simple. She resides in Northwest Arkansas and is mom to a four-year-old whackadoodle and equally whacky bernedoodle. Follow her food adventures on Instagram @realnoshes and check-out for more resources and kitchen fun.


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