My very first bento caption read, “This will last about three days.” Thankfully it didn’t, and little did I know that I would be knee-deep in it by now.
But make no mistake; there are days–many days–when I wake up cringing and thinking, “Dear Lord. Not another bento.” In those early morning hours all I want in life is to throw $2.45 at my kids, jump back into bed, and send them on their merry school-bought lunch way.
If you’re the same way, hopefully this post will be of some inspiration: five different bentos, one for every day of the school week. I threw in a movie night bento, but it has some components you could use along with a simple sandwich to make it a compete meal. After all, the hard part isn’t the actual assembly; it’s the brainstorming and coming up with what to put in there in the first place.
Ingredients: leftover chicken alfredo, spinach salad with cranberries and pumpkin seeds, strawberries
Ingredients: almond butter & jelly sandwich, Trader Joe’s cheddar rockets, strawberries, plums
Ingredients: Trader Joe’s orange chicken (in the freezer section–a staple in our kitchen), bear-shaped rice balls, red cabbage salad, keem (seaweed), orange slices
Ingredients: homemade organic popcorn (kernels bought in the Whole Foods bulk aisle. Absolutely worth it), kale chips, sweet potato fries, grapes
Ingredients: almond butter & jelly sandwich shaped with a Target sandwich cutter, cheese, cucumber slices, apple with checkerboard cut-outs
I tend to rely on the same fruits and veggies in a week, so having a few laid out in “fives” gives me incentive to think of different ideas. Got a favorite? Let me know!