How to Make a Basic Bento Lunch Box

How to Make a Basic Bento Lunch Box

When I was in school, my dad got up every morning and made me the same lunch for nearly every single day. I can count on my fingers how many times I actually ate in the cafeteria at school. I do not particularly remember any cafeteria food that was delicious, except maybe steak fingers {oh, there’s a new recipe idea!}.

For the most part, I brought my sack lunch to school. It included the same things every day: ham and cheese sandwich with mayonnaise, chips and a Dr. Pepper. Every morning as he assembled my lunch, my dad would ask me, “Mayonnaise or mustard?” To which I would reply, “Dad! I only want mayo!” But, no matter what I replied, he asked me every morning.

Now, I am more inclined to make a sandwich for my husband’s and children’s lunches everyday. Sandwiches are so easy to assemble. But, I try really hard to mix in sandwich-free lunches to our weekly meal plan. Thinking of sandwich-free lunch ideas for picky eaters is challenging!

 

Enter the Bento Lunch Box! If you are not familiar, the Bento Box is a specific type of container for holding a lunch that is made up of separate foods, like this one from Yumbox (This is an affiliate link.)

The idea behind a Bento Lunch Box is that you can assemble several different foods to make a lunch box that is more snack-like. It can include health{ier} protein, fruit, veggies, dip and some sort of healthy, crunchy snack. You can buy Bento Lunch Boxes (or Bistro Boxes), but it is easier and cheaper to custom make your own, especially if you have picky eaters.

Here is a basic bento lunch box.

Basic Bento Lunch Box

IngredientsBasic Bento Lunch Box | whine and dancing | Bento Lunch Boxes are easy to assemble and make a healthy, sandwich-free lunch alternative. Get my basic recipe plus a free list of Bento Lunch Box ideas.

1 hard boiled egg
2-3 oz. hard colby jack cheese, cubed
pretzel chips
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
Grapes
Apple
Trail Mix

Directions

Assemble snacks into individual containers or inside a lunchbox.

If you like this lunchbox idea, checkout my Lunchable Substitutes with Mini Tortillas.

Basic Bento Lunch Box | whine and dancing | Bento Lunch Boxes are easy to assemble and make a healthy, sandwich-free lunch alternative. Get my basic recipe plus a free list of Bento Lunch Box ideas.

Tips for creating your own Bento Lunch Box:

  • Keep crunchy foods away from foods that are moist. If you make these lunches ahead of time, you do not want to eat soggy crackers later in the week.
  • Gather your Bento Lunch Box ingredients and have your children assemble their own boxes. This helps picky eaters have some ownership in what their meal. Let them know they must take at least 1 item from each food category: protein, snack, fruit, veggie, dip.
  • When using apples, cut the apple up, then reassemble the pieces around the core. Wrap in plastic wrap to keep the apple from turning brown.

Basic Bento Lunch Box | whine and dancing | Bento Lunch Boxes are easy to assemble and make a healthy, sandwich-free lunch alternative. Get my basic recipe plus a free list of Bento Lunch Box ideas.

Enjoy!

These are great for both adults and children. Bento Lunch Boxes are super easy to assemble. They provide a quick make-ahead lunch option that takes less than 30 minutes to assemble on Sunday afternoons for the entire week! And you can get your kids involved to make sure they are creating a healthy, well-balanced meal.

 

3 Comments

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    THIS! I had PB&J just about every day of my life growing up—if only there had been bento boxes back then! I love your idea for keeping the apples from browning. My kids will love this!!!

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    Monika Dabrowski

    November 2

    Thank you for bringing this healthy lunchbox idea to #CookBlogShare, I also have 3 children so I know how important it is to always come up with new ideas for school lunchboxes. Also, please ignore my comment I left with the previous recipe about providing a backlink, I hadn’t noticed the badge! Silly hasty me! Sorry! Shared:)

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