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Adult Bento Boxes

Updated: Apr 12, 2021


I feel like I should say right off the top, that by “Adult” bento box, I don’t mean that this is an x-rated lunch idea. What I do mean, is that bento boxes are often relegated to the kid’s school lunch idea zone. Why can’t we have fun with it too?


Quick crash course: A bento box is a lunch box that is sectioned off into small areas to be filled with all manner of snacks and food. They are popular for kids because once assembled, they look beautiful and appetizing which entices children to eat. They're also easy to put together which cuts down on lunch box prep time in the mornings.


I love a good bento box, mostly because it makes me feel like I’m eating tapas and being fancy on a regular Tuesday. It’s a great way to meal prep while still achieving a healthy and well-balanced meal. If you don’t have a proper bento box, don’t worry! Use paper or silicone muffin liners like me. See below for some options to create your perfect bento box.


Prep Time: 5-15 minutes

Cook Time: None

Total Time: 5-15 minutes

Yield: 3-4 (make enough for lunches for a few days!)


Ingredients:


Protein Foods:

  • Beef, chicken or turkey meatballs (add some grated veg in there for good measure)

  • Grilled, marinated chicken (Hoisin, pesto, Zaatar etc)

  • Roasted chickpeas

  • Bean Burgers

  • Salmon cakes

  • Hummus

  • Greek Yogurt

  • Feta cheese

  • Cubed cheddar

  • Almonds, pistachios etc.


Vegetables:

  • Cherry tomatoes

  • Cucumber slices or strips

  • Bell pepper strips

  • Broccoli

  • Baby carrots

  • Celery

Fruit:

  • Dates

  • Berries

  • Apple slices

  • Peaches

  • Mango (use from frozen!)

  • Bananas


Grains:

  • Tortellini

  • Short cut pastas

  • Breadsticks

  • Whole grain pita wedges

  • Whole grain english muffins

  • Crackers


The list really goes on and on. Try to choose at least one item from each category for good balance and enjoy!


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