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Laptop Lunches Bento Boxes

Updated on October 3, 2014

Better Ways to Organize Your Lunch Box

A great way to organize your lunch and make it pretty as well is to use bento boxes. Laptop Lunch Boxes are lead-free and BPA-free. They are also a way to be environmentally responsible. No waste as all you need to do is wash the containers and you are ready to make your next lunch.

There is some stats that estimate that an average school-age child will use up to 67 pounds of waste per school year when using disposable lunch containers.

These sturdy and colorful boxes are just right for organizing your dry and wet food items. There are also small containers that you can buy to add salad dressing and sauces.

According to Wikipedia, Bento is a single-portion take out or home-made meal that is commonly found in Japanese cuisine. Traditionally bento boxes hold rice, fish or meat with some kind of pickled or cooked vegetable. Containers can be disposable however the most popular are ones that can be used over and over again. If you travel to Japan you will be able to by bento boxes in shops (bento-ya), railway stations and even department stores.

If you are looking for some great ideas on what to pack in your bento box there are lots of website that can help or go to Amazon and find some books on the subject. One good one is The Laptop Lunch User's Guide: Fresh Ideas for Making Wholesome, Earth-friendly Lunches Your Kids Will Love.

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Bento Buddies - Set of 4 X-Large, Large, Medium and Small Lidded Containers

Now you can pack your favorite on-the go meals in these water tight, USA-made Bento Buddies containers. They are available in six cool color combinations. These fun and brightly colored containers fit perfectly inside Laptop Lunches Bento Lunch Boxes or they can be used on their own inside your favorite insulated cooler bag.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about Bento Buddies: "My son loves his Bento Buddies lunch sets (we bought 2 sets). They're a wonderful alternative to plastic baggies and cheap plastic containers. The assortment of sizes included in this set works well for his lunches and has held up to washing in dishwasher without warping."

Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Buddies, 4 BPA-free Lunchbox Containers with Leak-proof Lids, Purple Party (B650w-purple)
Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Buddies, 4 BPA-free Lunchbox Containers with Leak-proof Lids, Purple Party (B650w-purple)

Set of 4 sealable containers can be used for added versatility in your Laptop Lunches Bento Lunch Box or on their own.

 

Lunch Box Tote

This fully insulated tote is great for kids or adults to take their lunch to work or school. It will accommodate a Bento Lunch Box in the bottom compartment and then there is room for snacks or beverage containers in the top. It is also made of non-toxic materials and is free of phthalates, lead and BPA.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about this tote: "I am really glad I ordered this because it really does fit the laptop lunch box in the zipper bottom. In the top part, I put his thermos and any cold stuff."

What to Put in Your Bento Box

Traditionally the ratio of food in a bento box follows a certain pattern. The formula is: four parts grains (rice, pasta, noodles); three parts protein (meat, chicken, fish), two parts vegetables and one part pickled food or dessert.

Here are some ideas:

Rice - traditionally nearly every bento lunch box will contains either steamed or fried rice, however you can certain add different types of pasta or noodles.

Meat or fish - a bento lunch box is a great way to use up leftovers such as beef, chicken or fish.

Fruit - whatever fruit is fresh and a ones favorite is perfect for a bento box.

Baked goods - traditional steamed buns or rice crackers are added to a bento box but your can add a sandwich or crackers.

Sauce or dressings - if you add a salad made sure you add in some salad dressing in a small container or mustard or soy sauce if you have added a rice dish.

I'm not cynical about marriage or romance. I enjoyed being married. And although being single was fun for a while, there was always the risk of dating someone who'd owned a lunch box with my picture on it.

Shaun Cassidy

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When you make his sandwiches, put a thoughtful or loving note in his lunch box.

Rectangular Red Lunch Box Set

Made of eco-friendly materials, this lunch box set will keep your food organized until it's time for lunch. The locking system will keep everything fresh and doesn't contain BPA.

Here is what one happy customer had to say about this lunch box set: "This lunch box is the perfect size for a light lunch or two snacks. I love that it is dishwasher safe and air tight! The thermal bag fits perfectly and keeps things cool for quite a while."

LOCK & LOCK, Water Tight Lunch Box Set with Water Bottle, HPL754SP, Total 2.8-cups, 24-oz, Red
LOCK & LOCK, Water Tight Lunch Box Set with Water Bottle, HPL754SP, Total 2.8-cups, 24-oz, Red

This lunch box is designed for vertical or horizontal stacking. It saves space and protects your food. As well it is BPA free!

 

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Here is what one happy customer had to say about this Lunch Box: "I LOVE packing my daughter's lunch with this set. It makes it so easy to plan out her lunch and to keep it healthy. I almost never have to buy plastic zip bags, which is awesome and such a money saver! And when I send her with a cloth napkin there is absolutely nothing for her to throw away. From the beginning I've told her that if she doesn't finish something to just bring it back home, and that has been great because I can see what she's eating and adjust my packing if needed"

Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Lunch Box with BPA-Free, Leak-proof Containers, Garden (L600-Garden)
Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Lunch Box with BPA-Free, Leak-proof Containers, Garden (L600-Garden)

This is a great way to have a fun and practical way to take your lunch to school, work or for traveling. They come in eleven cool color combinations. They contain five food compartments so they are perfect for anything you want to take for lunch.

 

How to Pack for Lunch!

How to Pack for Lunch!
How to Pack for Lunch!

When you get a Laptop Lunches Box you are going to ask yourself why you didn't get one sooner! They have containers in a combination of different shapes so you can pack everything from salad to fruit as well as yogurt and a sandwich. Save money and pack a lunch in this colorful lunch boxes!

Want to keep warm from the inside out then make a big pot of chili that you can recycle for lunches during the week. Whether it's warm or cold, chili is such a comforting food that it quickly takes the winter chill away.

Ingredients

  • Chili with Shredded Cheese
  • Red Quinoa
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Persimmon Slices

Instructions

  1. Prepare chili or use leftovers. Allow chili to cool and put into your large lidded container. Fill your bento divider with shredded cheese and put into your other large container along with some sliced cucumber. Fill one of your medium containers with red quinoa. Slice up a persimmon for your other medium container.
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English Muffin Pizza

This English muffin pizza takes about 5 minutes to prepare, and it tastes great!

For more Bento Box Recipes check out Laptop Lunches Recipes.

Ingredients

  • Whole grain English muffins
  • Marinara sauce
  • Shredded parmesan or romano cheese
  • Shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped herbs of your choice
  • Fresh chopped vegetables of your choice

Instructions

  1. Slice in half and lightly toast the English muffin. Spread marinara sauce on top. Sprinkle with herbs and/or vegetables. Top with shredded cheese. Heat in the toaster oven or oven to melt cheese.

Wa-s'up? Tuna Salad Pinwheels

To see more on this recipe and other check out Rachael Ray Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon wasabi paste (a blob the size of a pea)
  • 1 tablespoon Tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 scallions
  • chopped
  • 1 can tuna packed in water (6 ounces)
  • drained and flaked with a fork
  • 1 large flour tortilla (10 inches)
  • 1 cup of your favorite greens (such as baby spinach)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the wasabi with the Tamari (eyeball it) and the oil. Add the scallions and tuna and mash with a fork to combine.
  2. Heat a large skillet over high heat and blister the tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side to soften and toast. Transfer the tortilla to the countertop and let cool for about one minute.
  3. Top the tortilla with an even layer of the tuna salad and spinach. Fold two sides of the tortilla in at the edges then tightly roll up the tortilla. Cut into 2-inch thick slices to make the pinwheels.

Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches - No more brown bag lunches!

Here is what one happy customer had to say about this cookbook: "I have been making bento lunches for myself & daughter for two years, and became a fan of Adventures in Bento Making blog during this time. So, when I heard Pikko was co-authoring a bento book, I was thrilled. Yum-Yum Bento Box is full of instructions, recipes and tips on how to make these fun, colorful and healthy meals. One of the best features is that most of the ingredients used are readily available, even in my small rural town.

The book has a brief introduction to bento, guidelines on how to pack a healthy bento lunch, and a section on boxes, accessories and tools. Also included is a helpful shopping guide and glossary at the end of the book. The pictures are a delight to the eye and demo photos make it easy to reproduce these adorable characters. I definitely recommend Yum-Yum Bento Box to anyone interested in learning to making bento lunches."

Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches
Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches

You will love trying all the interesting and delicious recipes in this book showing the basics of how to make a great bento lunch!

 

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

According to a recent study done by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, about one third of children's daily total calories come from such food as pizza, sweets and snacks. It is a good idea to make sure the food you pack for your children's lunch or the snacks they eat is healthy and nutritious.

Here are a few ideas:

Trail Mix: make your own so you know what is in it. Combine raisins, sunflower seeds, nuts, roasted soy nuts, dried fruit and food like tiny pretzels or pretzel sticks.

Fruit and Vegetables: you can't go wrong with fruits and vegetables for a snack. Add a dip to make it tasty such as plain yogurt mixed with cinnamon or herbs.

Smoothies: although this probably won't be a good idea for a lunch box, unless you use a thermos, they make a good after school snack.

Roll Ups: these are great for a snack but also make a good choice for lunch as well. Use a small whole wheat or other flavor of tortilla with a variety of different fillings such as luncheon meat, cheese, turkey or chicken along with some mustard or mayo and lettuce. Another great filling is either peanut butter or light cream cheese. Just roll up and slice!

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