Retire those brown paper bags and modernize your whole sack lunch experience with bento boxes. In case you’re not familiar, bento usually refers to a single-portion home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. Traditional bento boxes hold rice, fish or meat, and pickled or cooked vegetables. Not only can you save money on purchasing food while you’re at work, you can also eat healthier as you decide what goes into your meal in each bento. Additionally, it can be so much fun creating and designing an edible piece of artwork (search “bento” on the internet and you’ll find a vast array of adorable artistic arrangements that may inspire you to make your own). Take a look at some of the most beautiful bento boxes you can add your personal touches to, as well as accessories we love, plus recipes below.
This simple and modern bento box comes with a sauce pot, separator, and fork for any kind of meal you have planned. Compact and efficient, it’s a must-try.
They say good things come in small packages and here’s a bento box to prove it. Pack a surprisingly satisfying amount into this oval bento and enjoy your meal on-the-go.
Designed in France, these are sleek and sturdy bento boxes that come in six contemporary colors. The multiple compartments allow for plenty of variety.
Made for slightly larger portions, this bento features a removable partition, airtight lid, and enough space for a hearty meal.
Getting used to chopsticks? Be confident with the help of Master Crane. Place the ends of your chopsticks into the bottom of the crane for a fail-safe experience. Or, use the crane as a chopstick rest.
You’ve seen the box, now check out the bag that goes with it. For easy carrying, the bento bag can be used anywhere from the office to the beach.
Only the Japanese would think up something as cute as this. Turn boring hard boiled eggs into fun bunnies, bears, fish, and cars.
Construct your own elephant made out of vegetables with this veggie shaper (kind of like a cookie cutter) set. You do the cutting and your kids can assemble the pieces.
Make your own bento boxes each morning with this simple 5-minute formula of rice, an entree, a side of vegetables, and a side of protein.
With just a few easy steps, you can make lunchtime at work or school feel so much more exciting and rewarding.
Choose a bento box that’s right for you and let us know what meals or creative concoctions you come up with! Bon apetit!