Have you seen those adorable lunches in those expensive little boxes--Bento Boxes? Well, the expensive comment probably won't make me the next spokesperson for any of the companies selling the Bento containers originally inspired by Bento Japanese lunches. Let's face it though, a lot of those containers can be pretty pricey. Yes, I love the convenience and cuteness of the lunches, so I'm jumping on the Bento bandwagon, but I'm doing it on a budget. Here's how...
Recipe for Bento Boxes on a Budget
*Reusable Sandwich Boxes (I found inexpensive packs of 5 at Target.)
*Cookie and Sandwich Cutters (To make things a little cuter...)
*Mini Storage Containers (In a variety of shapes and colors)
*Food for the Lunches
The lunches pictured above contain:
Monday: A banana, 100 calorie chocolate chip cookies, and an organic peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Tuesday: Orange slices, vanilla wheat sticks with a fruit and veggie dip, and 100 calorie chocolate chip cookies
Wednesday: Fresh strawberries, peach yogurt, and chocolate cookies
Thursday: Chips, mild salsa, carrots, and mozzarella cheese
Friday: Cheese flavored crackers, dried apple slices, fresh broccoli, and cheddar cheese
A large plastic bin with all of the unused containers and supplies was stashed away in the pantry in order to make future lunch packing quick and easy. I also placed plastic bins in the refrigerator to store the packed lunches. Chalkboard labels make it clear who the different lunch boxes belong to since I have to vary things up a bit between my toddler and preschooler. (Eli's food gets cut up more, and I may pack different things for each one according to their personal preferences.)
Happy lunch packing!