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bento ideas

bento ideas

With school just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy seeing some healthy bento box ideas from all over the world. We really enjoy eating dishes from many countries as it offers our family a way to incorporate a variety of wholesome foods in our diet. I thought that these ideas from Disney Family’s Anne Coleman were excellent. They are inexpensive and just looking at the bright colors you can see how they are full of nutrients and flavor. She clearly knows what she is doing, since she cooks for a family of nine on a budget of just $125 a week!

All-American Bento:

This All-American bento is super fast and a real favorite with my kids. The sandwich roll is filled with Deviled Egg Salad and wrapped with waxed paper. The other munchies are cereal mix, grape tomatoes, baby carrots and celery sticks, waxed wrapped cheese and red & green grapes. This is like deviled eggs in a sandwich — traditional egg salad with a mustard kick.

Mediterranean Bento:

A Mediterranean-themed bento is packed with red pepper hummus, whole wheat pita wedges, Kalamata olives, red pepper strips, tabbouleh, rice-stuffed grape leaves and grape tomato fill-ins. Waxed muffin liners and small containers with lids keep the foods separate.

Italian Bento:

Italian flavors abound in this bento filled with salami flutes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella sticks, sesame breadsticks, roasted red peppers and marinated artichoke hearts.

Indian Bento:

Indian spices were the inspiration for this bento filled with Mini Meat Samosas with Spiced Yogurt Dip, Spicy Chickpeas with Tomatoes, lentils with rice and cucumber sticks. A dry lettuce leaf keeps the saucy chickpeas separate from the rice and samosas and a small lidded container keeps the dip in place. Chickpeas, red-ripe tomato and spices combine to make a very flavorful side dish that won’t overwhelm any entree. Kosher salt has a more subtle flavor that really works with these spices and helps to pull the juices from the tomatoes.

Mexican Bento:

This Mexican-inspired bento is filled with cheese quesadilla wedges, Spanish rice, guacamole, salsa, tortilla chips and yellow pepper strips. A dry lettuce leaf helps to keep the rice separate from other foods and small containers with lids house the salsa and guacamole. Making your own Spanish rice is so easy, you’ll never go back to boxed again. You’re also in control of just how spicy or mild to make it.