Finally it’s time for a round-up of bento boxes! I’ve been packing bento boxes daily for the last 8 months, and I’ve come up with a lot of ideas of what works and what doesn’t. I posted 5 last week, but since I keep saying they’re puzzles (add whatever fits!), I thought I would show you exactly what I mean.
Obviously what you can put in your bento box depends on what kind of lunch box & bag combo you’ve got. I have a bag that keeps my lunch sitting upright, so things never spill, which is why I can pack salsa and such. Zac’s bag goes vertically into his backpack, so he can’t have liquids. We just use regular containers with various silicon muffin liners. You can get crazy with the various lunch boxes, but that’s just not up our alley right now. We have three flat “bentos” and about 20 silicon muffin cups. The black one also has a sliding divider you’ll see in some pictures. Simple!Hopefully this will help you get ideas for planning you & your kids’ lunches. Any additional ideas in the comments would be greatly appreciated. :)
Real Food Round Up: 20 Real Food Bento Boxes!
First, the 5 bento boxes from last week!
Above: Canned salmon mixed with mashed avocado, a hardboiled egg sliced in half with mustard and bacon, banana bread, kiwi, carrot & apple slices.
Above: Whole wheat pasta with Sun-Dried-Tomato-Feta-Yogurt Dip, mixed with zucchini and shredded chicken (or rice cooker version). Yellow bell pepper & cucumber slices, peanut butter-chocolate-coconut bite.
Above: Black bean & guacamole-salsa lettuce wraps, carrot-banana bread, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, and a hard-boiled egg.
Above: Whole Wheat Mini Pizza, homemade hummus, peanuts, carrot slices, and a dark chocolate Kit Kat.
These next few are some of the earlier bento box attempts, which you can tell from my crater-faced hard-boiled eggs! Although they’re not as pretty, they’ve still got some great ideas – dark chocolate brownies, anyone? It’s always good motivation to show the pretty & the not-so-pretty, right? It’s still good food!
Above: Whole Wheat Blueberry Yogurt Muffins, cherry tomatoes, Sesame Steamed Green Beans, salmon onigiri rolls.
That’s it! I hope you can find something delicious & helpful for packing your healthy real food lunches.