cravings: hibachi

When I was in college there were probably 6 or 7 places in town that you could get hibachi style food. You could get it in a drive-thru. You could get on a college budget. You could get it anytime. Surprisingly, in Nashville, the selection simply does not exist. I’ve looked everywhere for a casual, quick, and cheap-ish place to grab teriyaki chicken and a little yum yum sauce with no luck. So as my cravings grew, I knew that I had to take matters into my own hands. I’ve been on weight watchers again for the last month or so and have been seeing a good amount of progress. I was confident that I could make my beloved Bento Box without cheat eating.


  • Thin sliced chicken breasts (Aldi)
  • Zucchini (Aldi)
  • Mushrooms (Aldi)
  • Pearl Potatoes (Aldi)
  • White onions (Aldi)
  • Teriyaki Sauce (Aldi)
  • Bagged Lettuce mix (Aldi)
  • Makoto Ginger Dressing (Kroger)
  • Miso Soup (Kroger)
  • Terry Ho’s Yum-Yum Sauce (Kroger)
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut the pearl potatoes into small chunks and toss in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Saute in a skillet on medium heat for 8-10 minutes. (Or you can put in your air fryer for 8 minutes at 350 degrees).
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, slice the zucchini and onions into matchstick size slices, add mushrooms. Lightly toss in one tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Once Potatoes are crispy you can add the veggie mix to the skillet or the air fryer and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each side of chicken. Brush with the teriyaki sauce and cook in the skillet, 4 minutes on each side. Once they are no longer pink in the center, set aside.
  4. Place lettuce in serving size bowls and drizzle with 2 tbsp of ginger dressing.
  5. Boil water, put water in small bowl, add one miso soup packet, stir.
  6. If you’re wanting the full bento experience, you can add a small drizzle of the yum yum sauce. *Not weight watcher approved* (But a girls gotta live a little, right?)

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For this meal, I chose to skip the rice so that I can indulge in the yum yum sauce. I made this for Jake and our friend CJ who has been staying with us. No one even noticed that the rice was missing. It tasted authentic, was super easy to make, and very cost friendly. This one will absolutely be added to our regular rotation of meals!




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