Need some BTS lunch inspiration? Try these bento box ideas. Bento boxes are reusable portioned containers that keep your food separated. The word “bento” comes from Japan and it simply means lunch box. Typical bento box recipes include a variety of food groups, in different flavors and colors — think a few blueberries, some chocolate chips, a handful of whole grain crackers, cottage cheese, and some cherry tomatoes. And since you are putting a little bit of everything in there, it’s fun to eat and it usually ends up being a well-balanced meal. And in my book (or..box), that’s a big win for a kid’s lunch.
I like the idea of giving my kids a variety of foods in small amounts rather than just a large sandwich and an apple every day. But what should I pack? There are a million bento ideas out there — so I’ve picked out the very best.
Karen Petersen is a cookbook author and food blogger at 365 Days of Slow Cooking. Mostly she writes about the new foods and recipes she's been making at her home for her husband and two children. She loves easy recipes that are full of flavor. She is a crockpot connoisseur and has created over 1000 slow cooker recipes in the past 5 1/2 years. She loves dessert more than anything else in the whole world and likes to plan it, make it, eat it, talk about it while eating it and then review it after it's gone. You can also visit Karen on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest.