The Life of Jennifer Dawn: More Budget-Friendly Bento Ideas

Friday, May 3, 2013

More Budget-Friendly Bento Ideas

At some point during the weekend, set out the food you'll need to pack all of the lunches for the upcoming week.  Prepare and pack each lunch.  Get creative with cookie cutters, themes, and designs.  Store the packed lunch containers in tubs labeled for each child.  I put the lunches on the top that may need to be eaten first due to perishable foods inside.  Place the tubs in the refrigerator where you can get out the lunches as your need them during the week.  Packing a week's worth of lunches all at once is a huge time saver!  It also gives you the convenience of having packed lunches anytime you need them--even if you child does not go to school and you just need lunches pre-packed for outings.  Here are some fun ideas for budget-friendly bento boxes...
Fantastically Fruity: Fresh fruit (A cutie and grapes), wafers with a fruit and veggie dip, and fruit tart
Taco Day: Taco shell, lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream
Growing Healthy: Fresh vegetables (carrots, snap peas, celery, and tomato), cheese and ham (preservative free) cut-outs, and Ranch dressing for dipping
Star and Butterfly Meals: Cute cut-outs of cheese and turkey (preservative free), pretzels, fresh cut apples, and 100 calorie chocolate chip cookies
Fruit Fondue: Fresh fruit (grapes, apples, strawberries), granola, and yougurt
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Happy packing!


  1. Great ideas! Got you from Craft-o-maniac Monday link up.

  2. This is fabulous! I can't wait to try some of these ideas when my daughter starts full day school (first grade) next year. I saw you over at Sugar and Spice. Pinning!

  3. These are such great ideas, my kids would eat everything up! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:


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