10 Bento Box Recipes to Shake Up Your Child’s Lunch Routine

10 Bento Box Recipes to Shake Up Your Child’s Lunch Routine

When you’re looking to shake up your child’s lunch routine and send them off to school with healthy food, the bento box trend is perhaps your best solution. A longstanding tradition in its native Japan, the bento box provides distinct compartments for meats, veggies, rice and fruits, keeping the meal both colorful and tasty. It also cuts down on disposable bags, teaching young kids the advantages of sustainability at the same time. What is a Bento Box? Bento refers to both a single-serving takeout style meal (typically served for lunch in Japan) or a meal packed at home to take to work or school. Bento boxes have discreet compartments and a lid, separating the contents to prevent flavors from running together. Most bento boxes have a large compartment for the main dish, whether that’s sliced up meat, a sandwich or veggie dip. You can use those compartments to pack distinct food groups (grapes, nuts, berries, sliced veggies all work well) so your kid’s lunch is both colorful and diverse. 10 Bento Recipes for All Types of Kids No matter what kind of choosy tastes your child has, there’s surely something for them to enjoy below. 1. Last Night’s Dinner Those hamburgers, that roast chicken, or pork loin roast is probably pretty tasty sliced up and served for lunch the next day. Use the side compartments for a hunk of crusty bread (whole grain, of course), and a side of strawberries for dessert. 2. Peanut Butter Sandwich Bento Recipe Who doesn’t love a little PB and J at least once a week? Fashion up a sandwich, serve some grapes or half...