Bento box from a grocery store

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Walk into any lunchroom today and you’re likely to see at least a handful of bento boxes. Originating from Japan, bento boxes are reusable containers that hold a single portion meal, usually a main dish and sides. The ingredients in bento boxes tend to be colorful, a fun feature that makes them attractive to kids. They also make managing portions easy and are perfect for meal prep, too. These portable meal containers have a lot going for them, but what should you put into a bento box? Take a look at these mouthwatering bento box ideas I’ve picked and start prepping!

Veggie Bento Box Ideas

Naked Black Bean Burger

Tex-Mex Bento Box

Breakfast-for-Lunch Bento for Kids


Seafood Bento Box Ideas

Salmon and Marinated Shrimp Salad

Tuna Pita Salad

Salted Salmon With Green Pea Rice


Poultry Bento Box Ideas

Grilled Chicken Salad with Spinach and Barley

Turkey Club Roll Ups

Honey Soy Sauce Chicken