Bento boxes seem to be the hippest and hottest thing around when it comes to cool-kid lunches, making them a great addition to your back-to-school shopping list. Perfect for boys or girls, bento boxes originated in Japan and have been happily keeping lunches neatly packed for years and years. Along with being wonderfully eco-friendly, these boxes are designed to hold lots of goodies in a small space. And there are tons of ways to create tasty and adorable bento box lunches with the help of these contraptions. Click through for 10 of our favorites.
When I pack my next day's lunch at 11 p.m. the night before, the last thing I consider is what it looks like. Sandwiches get shoved in plastic bags, and leftovers are unceremoniously crammed into old Tupperware. But making Japanese bento is not just about delicious food; it's about harmonious construction and pretty presentations. We turned to the marvelous bento designs of Flickr user gamene to inspire our next yummy lunch creations!
Source: Flickr User gamene
Packing your lunch in a bento box is an efficient way to create a wholesome meal in a compact package. But if froggy faces and cute bunnies are a bit too kawaii for your office environment, we've rounded up 10 pretty yet grown-up containers that get your lunch from here to there without looking like you're headed for the school bus.
Many of us wish we brought our lunch to work more often, and while leftovers and sandwiches are delicious options, sometimes we're looking for out-of-the-box ideas. Might I suggest you start searching in the box with a bento lunch? This Japanese boxed lunch has a long history, but these days it's a delicious, healthy, and convenient lunch option, perfect for Spring picnics or munching at your desk. Ready to learn more about bentos? Just keep reading.
Get ready to step up your sandwich skills with bento box lunches. These picturesque meal settings are a snazzy way to dress up leftovers, effective (and plastic bag free) way to pack lunch, and a smart way to encourage your children to eat healthier meals by making nutritious foods look more appealing (Jessica Seinfeld would be so proud). If you are as busy as most moms, you probably don't have time to bento everyday, but invest in $4 worth of bento tools and you'll be ready to add a small mural meal touch to your child's lunch on special days. Browse through these decadent boxes for inspiration.
I've never been to Japan, but with all of the crazy Japanese food circulating the web these days, I can't help but want to experience these interesting dishes first hand. After pizzas loaded with every topping imaginable, bento boxes turned works of art are the next most popular craze. Take the one pictured at right, how cool would it be if you opened your lunch-box to find an edible Hello Kitty??? The rice body and corn button nose are just too cute for words. I'm not sure if you can order these babies at Pizza Hut, but I double dare you to recreate one at home! Share the process and final products on TeamSugar so we can all learn how to make edible masterpieces.
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