Recipes

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will love

No sandwich, no problem! Find new lunch inspiration with these make-ahead ideas.

By Today's Parent

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will love

Photo: Erik Putz

Things to put in a bento box

Red Pepper Falafel Cakes

A big batch of protein-packed falafels make the easiest lunch. Pair them with pita, a cool yogurt dip (we love store-bought tzatziki) and fresh shredded veggies. Get the recipe: Red Pepper Falafel Cakes

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

Beef skewers are perfect for the lunchbox—easy to eat and perfect served cold. The dipping sauce—made with school-safe soy nut butter—is so delicious, they’ll want to dip chips and veggies in there too. Get the recipe: Beef Satay with Thai Dipping Sauce

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Zucchini and Feta Frittata

Don’t forget eggs for an easy hit of lunchtime protein. Simple and delicious, these healthy mini frittatas make the perfect snack or meal. Get the recipe: Zucchini and Feta Frittata

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

“Fried” Chicken Fingers

Yes, you can send leftover chicken fingers in their lunch! These oven-baked ones have a crunchy corn flake coating and are delicious dipped in honey. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Easy Buttermilk Waffles

Breakfast for lunch? Yes! Make extra waffles on the weekend to freeze and use later. Just defrost and crisp up in the toaster before popping them in the lunchbox with other tasty breakfast staples. Get the recipe: Easy Buttermilk Waffles

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Quick Margherita Pizza

Cold pizza might just be the most beloved and easiest luncbox staple. Get the recipe: Quick Margherita Pizza

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Lacey-Edged Latkes

Leftover latkes for lunch? Why not! Add applesauce or sour cream for dipping. Get the recipe: Lacey-Edged Latkes

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

Salad rolls are an easy lunch and a fun activity all in one. Teach the kids to roll their own! Get the recipe: Vietnamese Roast Chicken and Salad Rolls

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Quesadillas

A good vegetarian option, pack a side of salsa for your little one to dip in. Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower And Spinach Quesadillas

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Quinoa, Corn & Lentil Salad

Protein-packed quinoa will keep them feeling full until the end of the day. Get the recipe: Quinoa, Corn & Lentil Salad

10 bento box lunch ideas your kids will lovePhoto: Erik Putz

Read more:
12 peanut-free snacks 11 easy dessert recipes The best post-game snacks for kids

This article was originally published on Aug 16, 2018
FILED UNDER:
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement