Beautiful Bentos and Easy Recipes

June 14, 2013

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.

Bento Boxes

Black + Blum Bento Box

Black + Blum Bento Box

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.

Mulberry Oval Bento Box with Handle

Mulberry Oval Bento Box with HandleMulberry Oval Bento Box with Handle

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.

MonBento Original Bento Box

MonBento Original Bento BoxMonBento Original Bento Box

Designed in France, these are sleek and sturdy bento boxes that come in six contemporary colors. The multiple compartments allow for plenty of variety.

Takenaka Bento Box Deep

Takenaka Bento Box Deep

Made for slightly larger portions, this bento features a removable partition, airtight lid, and enough space for a hearty meal.

Accessories

Qualy Master Crane Chopsticks

Qualy Master Crane Chopsticks

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.

MonBento Nomad Cutlery Set

MonBento Nomad Cutlery Settumblr_mk06v9QIIg1r0cxdco1_400
Take this cute set of utensils along with its protective case with you for every bento meal. Never be without a fork, knife, or spoon again.

MonBento Original Bento Bag

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.

Kokubo Egg Shapers

Only the Japanese would think up something as cute as this. Turn boring hard boiled eggs into fun bunnies, bears, fish, and cars.

Kokubo Veggie Shapers

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.

Recipes

Little Japan Mama’s Basic Japanese Bento Formula

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.

Lunch in a Box Recipes

Check out various recipes for different bento meals including Mediterranean (like the lunch pictured above), Asian, and plain ol’ Fun. You can find great ideas here, like a hotdog octopus!

A super creative idea that’s great for kids but fun for the office too!

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!

4 Responses to “Beautiful Bentos and Easy Recipes”

  1. kevin Says:

    I actually bring bento every day, but my bento is not looking as pretty as the this blog’s pictures show, considering to improve:)

  2. Sharon Says:

    that first one is CRAZZZY! I wish someone packed my lunch like that

  3. Patricia Says:

    I’m that mom that makes the octopus hot dog for my kids…lol..

  4. Amelia Says:

    I absolutely love your website.. Very nice colors & theme.
    Did you develop this website yourself? Please reply
    back as I’m trying to create my very own blog and would like to
    learn where you got this from or what the theme is called.
    Thank you!


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