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Bento Box Lunch Ideas

Updated on October 9, 2014

Make Lunchtime Fun with a Bento Box Lunch

Bento box lunch ideas let you serve yourself and your family a fun, healthy, and tasty meal.

Bento boxes let you serve meals that are divided to separate the food. Most kids like their foods separated so nothing touches. Chances are they'll eat more when everything has its own happy place!

These bento boxes are great for taking lunch to work or school. They also keep food fresher, so lunch stays tasty and fresh!

Photo of Bento Box Served in a Restaurant. Photo Credit: Blue Lotus

Traditional Bento Meal

A traditional bento meal

contains fish or meat, rice, and

pickled or cooked vegetables.

Source: Wikipedia

Spa Bento! courtesy of Sakurako Kitsa.
Spa Bento! courtesy of Sakurako Kitsa.

Bento Box Lunch Ideas

Sample Lunch Ideas

Here are some fun and delicious bento box lunch ideas to get you started:

~ Tortilla roll up (cream cheese, tuna salad, or deli meat slices), carrot sticks, loose grapes, yogurt topped with crunchy granola

~ Salami and cheese cut into stars (or other fun shape), goldfish or other small crackers, celery sticks, apple slices, 4 or 5 small bite-size cookies

~ Hard-boiled egg slices, molded rice decorated with black olives, grape tomatoes, tangerine wedges

~ Peanut butter sandwich cut into fun shape, pickles and olives, small canned fruit

Photo credit: Sakurako Kitsa / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Fun Bento box meal courtesy of Sakurako Kitsa.
Fun Bento box meal courtesy of Sakurako Kitsa.

Fill the Bento Box with Fun Shaped Foods

Use Cupcake Liners to Serve Yogurt and Fruit

Bite Size Portions: Bento boxes are fun because the servings are divided into neat little compartments. This is especially helpful for getting kids to eat their vegetables. By cutting carrots into small bite-size portions, kids are more likely to pop them in their mouth and eat them up.

Fun Shapes: Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes. Kids will gobble up sandwiches shaped like a ninja or a graduated star.

Divide and Separate to Conquer: Use a bento box with small compartments or a plate with small bowls or cupcake liners to hold portions of food.

Photo credit: Sakurako Kitsa / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Cookie Cutters to Make Fun Shaped Sandwiches

Make Ninja or Princess Sandwiches - They'll Gobble Up!

Molds, Picks, and Cookbooks for Bento Lunch Ideas

Bento Cookbooks and Food Accessories - Use Bento Food Picks and Molds for Authentic Bento Lunches

Cupcake Liners and Small Containers

Divide and Separate Lunch Items - Paper Cupcake Liners, Silicone Liners, Small Containers

Use paper cupcake liners for "dry" foods like cookies or grapes.

Silicone cupcake liners are sturdy for yogurt, applesauce, and other "wet" foods. And they're reusable!

Small containers with lids are perfect lunch boxes. Small open containers work great when serving your Bento lunch at home.

Bento Boxes Make Great Lunch Boxes

Use a Bento Box for Your Lunch Box - Separate the Food and Enjoy Lunch More

Serve your Bento lunch in a fun box. The kids will love these cute animal boxes and other colorful lunch boxes to take to school and camp.

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Do You Pack a Lunch? Have You Considered Using a Bento Box?

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    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      5 years ago

      Fun ideas! I would love to make these for my kids but we are usually crunched for time in the morning. Blessed.

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      5 years ago

      I love meals serve in a bento box, somehow the food taste better for me...hmmm!

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      5 years ago

      I don't pack a lunch and work from home but I sure would enjoy having a Bento Box lunch like you have here! I love your suggestions to put a zing into a common meal like making a peanut butter sandwich into a fan. Talk about looking forward to lunch with these wonderful surprises and sure would be feeling the love of the hands that prepared it!

    • cargoliftken profile image


      5 years ago

      I pack a lunch almost everyday. I have considered using a bento box, but have never found one at my local places (like Target or Walmart). I'm a little skeptical of buying them online without being able to physically see how big/small the compartments really are. Has anyone here been disappointed with a bento they bought online?

    • JumpinJake profile image


      5 years ago

      love your style in this blog choice of yours.


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