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A Little Bit of This and ThatA Little Bit of This and That
This week we weren't sure what to pack in our bento lunch boxes, so we settled on a little bit of everything. Luckily, our lunch boxes are versatile enough to handle our different cravings, giving us the freedom to quickly and easily pack as we choose!
Baked Tofu & FruitBaked Tofu & Fruit
Create this mouth-watering meal for a delicious New Year's treat. The glistening colors and crisp textures make this a more-than-satisfying mid-day (or anytime!) meal.
Beans and RiceBeans and Rice
Prepare a large pot of beans on the weekend to have on hand throughout the week. Pack them for lunch with a whole wheat grain (rice, cous cous, bulghar), a fruit, and some greens for a delicious winter treat.
Beating the ChillBeating the Chill
In an effort to keep ourselves warm from the inside out, over the weekend we made a big pot of chili, which we've been recycling for lunches. Whether it's warm or cold, chili is such a comforting food that it quickly takes the winter chill away.
Bento Breakfast Bento Breakfast
Early mornings can be a drag... But, not with a hardy breakfast on the go! With your favorite omelette, silver-dollar pancakes and fresh fruit, you are sure to feel full and happy throughout the day. This bento breakfast is perfect for morning flights, early hours at work and sunrise picnics!
Bento FeastBento Feast
A meze is a combination of palate pleasing foods often served as appetizers at Middle Eastern gatherings. Like much of the regionís cuisine, the meze often features dishes made of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes with a variety of spices. After having our own Middle Eastern feast for dinner last night, we decided to create a personal sized meze to enjoy today for lunch.

Blast the BluesBlast the Blues
Got the winter blues? A bright, colorful lunch like this is sure to blast those blues away and is packed with vitamins and nutrients, so it'll surely to give you that extra boost we all need this time of year.
Breakfast for LunchBreakfast for Lunch
What is it that makes breakfast for lunch so appealing? Is it the decadence? The comfort of eating "morning food" in the afternoon? Perhaps it's simply the great taste. If you haven't eaten breakfast for lunch before, we recommend giving it a try. It's fun!
Bulk Bin BailoutBulk Bin Bailout
Consider keeping bulk dry goods on hand for those days when the fridge is bare. While nutritionally speaking this lunch is less than ideal, it certainly stacks up better than most fast food and processed pre-packaged options.
Burrito BonitoBurrito Bonito
This cheesy, black bean burrito is deliciously filling and still happily healthy! Burritos are easy to make and can be filled with any assortment of your favorite, fresh Mexicana ingredients! The possibilities are almost endless with what you can create for your own Burrito Bonito.
Cabbage PastaCabbage Pasta
Leftover pasta dishes are an obvious choice for lunch, but be sure to look beyond the oh-so-ordinary spaghetti with tomato sauce. Pasta is versatile and easy to make, and pasta leftovers retain their flavor well. Tangerines are colorful and deliciously sweet at this time of year--and perfect in size. The broccoli provides color contrast, nutrition, and a bit of crunch as well. And the whole grain crackers are wonderfully nutty, salty, and sweet!
Chickpea BurgersChickpea Burgers
Pack these flavorful chckpea burgers with some juicy cantaloupe, tender spaghetti squash and an applesauce muffin--and you've got a light and delicious meal.
Coconut Curry & RiceCoconut Curry & Rice
Enjoy this curry mild or spicy according to your preference. Balance the meal with some tart apples and sweet peanut butter and dark chocolate--a lovely meal for a cold, wintery day!
Comforting Bento Comforting Bento
As the winter continues on, we decided to put together a healthy, yet comforting bento lunch. Eaten hot or cold, this weekís lunch is sure to warm you up and keep you plowing through these final weeks of the season.

Craving QuencherCraving Quencher
This week's bento is a little bit salty, a little bit spicy and just sweet enough to make it perfect for those days when you're craving a bit of everything. Enjoy!
Crunch and Munch Crunch and Munch
The different tastes and textures found in this weekís bento lunch are sure to get you crunching and munching! Not only is this lunch fun to eat, it also offers a great balance of nutrition and is a breeze to pack.
Delectable DippingDelectable Dipping
Trying to get your loved ones to enjoy a rainbow of fruits and veggies? We say, "Let them dip!" Dipping is so fun and tasty that those veggie containers are sure to come home empty. Mission accomplished!
Dinner RepackagedDinner Repackaged
The easiest way to make lunch is to repackage dinner, so this week we decided to do just that and found ourselves in a win-win situation. Dinner clean-up was a breeze and lunch made itself. Did we mention that it tasted great? Who wouldn't want a lasagna meal for lunch?
Easy LunchesEasy Lunches
Think bento lunches have to be complicated or fancy? No way! A simple sandwich lunch like this is super easy to make and tastes great no matter where it falls on the cute scale. Of course, if you want to have a little extra fun, be sure to check out our creativity tools (click on menu for the link).
Easy Pizza BentoEasy Pizza Bento
Pizza's for lunch! Need we say more? While pizza for lunch is a definite treat, we also included steamed kale and persimmon wedges to help balance the meal out, so enjoy!
Eating Well Without Sacrificing TasteEating Well Without Sacrificing Taste
Think eating well means sticking to boring "diet" foods? This bento lunch featuring Thai pot stickers and coming in at less than 400 calories proves that's definitely not the case. Enjoy!
Edamame Bento Edamame Bento
Not only is edamame fun to eat, considered to be a super bean, it is also a low fat source of fiber, protein, and iron. Edamame can be found in many recipes or steamed and eaten as an appetizer or snack. We enjoyed having edamame as the appetizer portion of this week's bento lunch.
Egg Salad MuffinEgg Salad Muffin
This lunch is fun to make and fun to eat--and serves as a great excuse to make popcorn. The steamed carrot coins are a flavorful winter alternative to raw carrot sticks.
Energy Packed Bento Energy Packed Bento
Now that the days are longer and our afternoon to-do lists have expanded, we decided that an energy packed lunch was in order. This protein and carbohydrate rich quiche proved to meet our lunch time needs perfectly. Paired with home fries, peas and a Clementine for dessert, this week's lunch helped us power through the afternoon and well into the evening.
Falafel and DatesFalafel and Dates
The components of this flavorful lunch can be assembled into mini-sandwiches or enjoyed separately. They're colorful, light, and delicious!
Falafel and PitaFalafel and Pita
It's so great to see fuyu persimmons back at the farmers' market again. This delicious and unique fruit is not only beautiful to look at, but good for you too. We purchased the sun-dried tomato hummus from a local restaurant vendor at the farmers' market as well, and picked up the falafel on our walk home. The tomato was plucked from our very sleepy-looking backyard garden, and the salad was left over from the day before.
Fall FlashbackFall Flashback
This week we decided to beat the winter chill with a fall flashback lunch. With their warm, comforting flavors, our fall favorites never really go out of style!
Feel Great Bento LunchFeel Great Bento Lunch
This week's bento lunch is full of delicious foods that will leave your body feeling great! To cut back on the extra sugar, we chose to make our own granola, which was super easy and gave us the added control over what we put into our bodies.
Festival of Lights Bento LunchFestival of Lights Bento Lunch
As the Jewish Festival of Lights comes to a close, we decided to get creative with this menorah-inspired bento lunch. We hope you enjoy this festive bento as much as we did. Happy Holidays!
Fix-It-Fast BentoFix-It-Fast Bento
This simple menu makes a savory and sweet winter treat. Steam the vegetables until they're cooked through but not mushy. When lunchtime rolls around, enjoy them dipped in the tangy-but-sweet lime cilantro dressing. The homemade pumpkin spice bread, baked in advance, provides a sweet, sweet finish.
For the Love of SpaghettiFor the Love of Spaghetti
With all the pasta choices out there, good old fashion spaghetti is often overlooked, so this week we decided to share our love for one of our favorite noodles. Served hot or cold, spaghetti tastes great and, in moderation, is a great way to give your body the extra energy it needs to get through the day.
Fork-able Bento BurgerFork-able Bento Burger
This week we decided to use some leftover veggie patties to put together a quick and easy bento lunch. We just stacked our patty onto a slice of bread and piled it with some of our favorite accompaniments. To make sure our burger would be easy to enjoy at work, we stuck with only one slice of bread which made it perfectly fork-able.
Four Cheese RavioliFour Cheese Ravioli
Ravioli is easy to prepare and, with the seemingly endless combination of fillings and toppings, is sure to be a hit amongst the entire family. We served our four-cheese ravioli with a fresh green salad, oranges and chocolate squares for dessert, which made for quite the lunch time treat.
Frittata for LunchFrittata for Lunch
Frittatas are delicious, and they're great for using up whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand. Be sure to include lots of fresh herbs as well. Don't be intimidated by the Caesar salad. Instead check out this simple recipe.
Garden SandwichGarden Sandwich
We decided to keep things basic this week and packed a sandwich for lunch. Whole wheat molasses bread and some of our favorite garden vegetables helped us keep this lunchtime staple both tasty and nutritious. We paired our garden sandwich with a crisp apple, sesame sticks, and oatmeal cookies which made for a deliciously well-rounded meal that everyone enjoyed.
Garlic Broccolini Garlic Broccolini
We picked up some organic broccolini and juicy tangerines at the farmers' market on Saturday. We sauteed the broccolini lightly and placed it on a bed of whole wheat couscous (purchased from the bulk bin section of our local natural foods store) for a simple--yet delicious--main course.
Gone BananasGone Bananas
If you're facing a stressful day at school or work, this is the lunch for you. Bananas play a starring role in this meal and their unique make up will help boost your energy, reduce your stress level and lighten your mood. All that and you get lemon cookies for dessert! How could your day not turn out great?
Guilt-Free ComfortGuilt-Free Comfort
Dreaming of comfort food but don't want to sacrifice your diet? It's all about portion control and balance. Take this very comforting holiday-inspired meal which comes in at less than 500 calories for example. Guilt free and full of comfort - what could be better? Enjoy!
Hanukkah Inspired Bento LunchHanukkah Inspired Bento Lunch
Traditional Hanukkah menus often include latkes as a way to symbolize the drop of oil that burned for 8 days and 8 nights following the rededication of the holy temple. Over the years, these traditional potato pancakes have evolved to become extremely versatile and can now be found in a number of variations. Although there are many options available, we decided to keep our latkes traditional and served them with sour cream and apple berry sauce as part of this fun and tasty holiday lunch.
Healthy Holiday Bento Healthy Holiday Bento
A healthy, well-balanced lunch is a great way to enjoy the seasonís treats without completely overdoing it. We packed this bento lunch using some of the healthier items left over from our recent gathering, which made putting it together a breeze and left us feeling ready to take on the rest of our day.
Heart Health Bento LunchHeart Health Bento Lunch
With the spotlight on heart health this month, we decided to fill our bento box with some delicious heart healthy foods. Combined with a suitable exercise regimen, eating nutritious meals both at home and on the go is a great leap toward overall long term health.
Home Run BentoHome Run Bento
Looking to stretch your lunch dollar? Try making a big batch of lentil soup and letting it stretch into your lunch making week. That's exactly what we did this week and have been able to put together several well-balanced lunches such as this. Easy, cost-effective and nutritious... a definite home run lunch!
It's All in the CookiesIt's All in the Cookies
We just found out that there are only 75 calories in 6 of Trader Joe's Mini Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! Coincidentally, that just so happens to be the perfect number of cookies to turn a basic sandwich lunch into a lunch you'll be longing for all morning. Enjoy!
Lasagna LeftoversLasagna Leftovers
Pack your leftover lasagne from last night's dinner. Consider updating your favorite recipe by using whole wheat noodles, eliminating the meat, reducing the amount of cheese, using lowfat cheese, and including a layer or two of spinach or sauteed vegetables.
Leftovers from the Appetizer TableLeftovers from the Appetizer Table
The holidays may be over but we're still hooked on fun (yet healthy) holiday food, so we've put some of our favorites from the appetizer table into this week's bento box. We topped off our appetizer spread with some homemade thumbprint cookies to make sure we were fully satisfied with holiday goodness as we ease back into our daily routines.
Mac n' CheeseMac n' Cheese
Macaroni and cheese may not be the most nutritious choice, but preparing it from scratch provides an opportunity to have fun and add value to an otherwise starchy meal. Select whole wheat pasta, use lowfat milk and cheese, and add some fresh chopped herbs or vegetables like parsley, broccoli, peas, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms.
Making Spinach FunMaking Spinach Fun
If you're looking for a way to get more spinach into your diet, look no further. This week we're having spinach pancakes for lunch. Spinach pancakes are easy to make and fun to enjoy on the go which makes them one of our lunchtime favorites. Enjoy!
Mushroom StrudelMushroom Strudel
This mushroom strudel has a wonderfully rich flavor, and it travels surprisingly well. Drop the other items into the box, and off you go.
New Year's Kick Off BentoNew Year's Kick Off Bento
If eating well is on the top of your new year's resolution list, then this week's lunch is for you - Great flavors, the vitamins and nutrients your body craves, and the right portions to keep you going. Here's to a deliciously successful 2013!
Pasta for our LovesPasta for our Loves
We've been so inspired by the amazing Valentine's Day Bento Lunches you've been sharing that we decided to get in on the fun with this week's bento lunch. Happy Valentine's Day!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Christmas TreePeanut Butter and Jelly Christmas Tree
Weíve been enjoying our Christmas tree so much that we decided to carry that joy along with us in our bento boxes today. Our peanut butter and jelly Christmas tree was fun to decorate and is sure to be a hit this afternoon.
Peanut Butter PartyPeanut Butter Party
Got a peanut butter lover on your hands? Make their day with this bento lunch which features a peanut butter banana sandwich and apple peanut butter "cookies" - Yum!

Potato Pancakes Potato Pancakes
Few things go together as well as potato pancakes and applesauce. Combine that with a bit of spinach, salad dressing and some sausages, and you've got an awfully good lunch.
Quick and Easy and Oh so HealthyQuick and Easy and Oh so Healthy
This week we're filling up with two amazing sautés left over from last night's dinner. These sautés are full of vitamins and nutrients, making them a powerful duo. To balance the meal out, we've paired our sautés with a kale salad and a sweet Asian pear - Further proof that quick and easy can also mean healthy and nutritious!
Resolution Revive Resolution Revive
The month of January is coming to an end but we hope you're still going strong with those resolutions! For anyone looking for a little extra inspiration to stay on track, we hope this week's nutritious yet delicious lunch will do the trick.
Rice Pilaf Holiday LunchRice Pilaf Holiday Lunch
Following these stars will lead you to a well-rounded meal that will help you through those last minute shopping and holiday details. We hope your holidays are filled with joy, happiness, and of course, bentos for everyone!
Risotto WreathRisotto Wreath
Risotto is great for holiday celebrations as either a main course or a side dish. Itís fairly easy to make, can be customized to suit your palate and makes for great leftovers. We had fun using our leftovers to create this festive wreath!
Rock Star SoupRock Star Soup
Kale and lentils and potatoes - oh my! This week we've got red lentil and kale soup in our bento lunches which just may be the rock star of all soups. Heat it up or enjoy it cold. Either way, you'll feel great knowing that you're filling your body up with the vitamins and nutrients it deserves.
Salad Gone IncognitoSalad Gone Incognito
Trying to get more veggies into your diet but not a big fan of salads? If so, then you're in luck because this week we're rolling up our salads and taking them to go. Rice paper is perfect for transforming a seemingly boring salad into a dippably fun main course!
Salad with Chili and CornbreadSalad with Chili and Cornbread
This American classic makes a great mid-day meal any time of year. Use lots of seasonal fresh greens topped with your favorite toppings for a salad you're sure to love. Pack it with a side of chili and some fresh cornbread, and you've got a real treat!
School Lunch BasicsSchool Lunch Basics
While we love trying new things to keep lunchtime interesting, sometimes it's best to stick with the basics which is exactly what we've done with this traditional lunch of sandwich and sides. We did avoid highly processed, pre-packaged foods and were sure to balance out our splurges with fresh veggies and protein.
Soup and SaladsSoup and Salads
Soup and salad make a delicious lunch any day of the year, but butternut squash soup in January is hard to beat! Prepare the soup and salads for dinner and pack the leftovers for lunch. They're delicious, nutritious, and gluten free!
Spinach CasseroleSpinach Casserole
Casseroles make terrific lunchbox leftovers and are great for adding nutrient-rich, fresh vegetables, like spinach, to your mid-day meal. Spinach casseroles, which come in many forms, can be prepared on the weekend and packed for lunch throughout the week. Try a spinach lasagna (pictured here) or a casserole made with brown rice, whole grain pasta, amaranth, barley, bulgur, or whole-wheat couscous.
Spinach Ravioli Spinach Ravioli
Pineapple guavas are a wonderful treat this time of year. We packed a few with some fresh ravioli purchased at the farmers' market, some crispy garlic bread, and sauteed Brussels sprouts for a very yummy treat.
Split Second BentoSplit Second Bento
The perfect lunch for that moment when you're rushing out the door and realize that you forget to pack lunch the night before - just grab, do a little mix and run!
Stuffed SquashStuffed Squash
In anticipation of Valentineís Day, we decided to prepare an extra special bento lunch to show our loved ones how much we care about them. Not only does this bento lunch taste great, itís also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, so have a happy and healthy day!
Sunny CitrusSunny Citrus
A little citrus can go a long way in brightening up a winter meal, so if you're facing a dreary day, follow our lead and add a little citrus to your next bento lunch.
Super Fit LunchSuper Fit Lunch
This week we've decided to celebrate ourselves by choosing to eat extra well and put a little more effort into our workout routines which has left us feeling great. We hope you'll join in on the celebration by taking the time to take care of you!
Super SnackingSuper Snacking
The Superbowl is this weekend, so today we're super snacking! A little salty, a little sweet; a little healthy, a little treat! Go team!
Swiss Cheese Snowman Swiss Cheese Snowman
What better way to brighten a cold winter's day than with Frosty, the Swiss cheese sandwich? We hope this holiday bento will remind you to join in on the fun this season has to offer.
The Everything Bento LunchThe Everything Bento Lunch
We had a hard time deciding what to have for lunch this week, so we went for it all... soup, sandwich and salad! All that and we had room left for a piece of fruit and chips. What more could we ask for?
The Incredible TomatoThe Incredible Tomato
This week's bento lunch stars tomatoes, which we think are pretty incredible. Not only do tomatoes provide us with a long list of vitamins and minerals to keep our bodies healthy, they can also help improve vision, skin, hair, and eyesight! All that and they taste great, so enjoy!
The Perfect PilafThe Perfect Pilaf
Depending on where you're from or what your food preferences are, your idea of the perfect pilaf may be very different. For us, it's chopped up veggies, dried fruit, and nuts. Yum! We enjoyed our rice pilaf with a side of roasted golden beets, pears and some cheese puffs for a fun little cheat.
The Perfect Work LunchThe Perfect Work Lunch
Delicious tasting, perfectly filling, low calorie, quick and easy to make - this lunch has absolutely earned its name and reputation as an office favorite.
Tiny Bites BentoTiny Bites Bento
This meal delivers a little of this and a little of that. Enjoyed by adults and children alike, its delicious balance provides the perfect fuel for your afternoon plans. Yum!
Trader Joe's QuickTrader Joe's Quick
This lunch is for all of you Trader Joe's shoppers out there. We basically walked the aisles and then filled our lunch boxes with our pre-cut, pre-washed, quick and ready to go favorites. We kept it healthy and Trader Joe's made it easy!
Vegan Challenge Bento LunchVegan Challenge Bento Lunch
In case you haven't heard, the staff of Laptop Lunches has gone vegan for the week, so, of course, this week's bento lunch followed suit. Although we were hesitant at first, we made some great vegan mayonnaise to go with our artichokes and felt completely satisfied after enjoying this delicious lunch.
Vegetable StrudelVegetable Strudel
Enjoy this colorful menu for dinner and then pack the leftovers for lunch. This isn't exactly a low-calorie meal, but it does feature a range of brightly colored fresh vegetables. Be sure to cut back on the amount of butter and sugar in the recipes you choose!
Vegetarian ChiliVegetarian Chili
Prepare the chili on the weekend to eat for lunch throughout the week. Pack a lunch as pictured above one day and substitute various fruits (apples, pears, grapes, grapefruit), whole grains (rice, bulghar, bread, cous cous), and raw vegetables (red peppers, carrots, cucumbers, green beans) for variety on the other days.
Veggie OmeletVeggie Omelet
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it is often also the most rushed. Having breakfast for lunch is a great way to enjoy some of your breakfast favorites--but in slow fashion.
Veggie Spectacular Veggie Spectacular
This week we've packed our Bento Box full of goodness using a flavorful veggie tofu loaf as the main course. Whether you're a full time vegetarian or not, veggie loaves are a delicious way to incorporate great flavor and a number of vitamins and nutrients into your meal.
Vibrant Winter LunchVibrant Winter Lunch
If the dreary, winter weather's got you down, we hope this week's bento lunch will help you fight back. The vibrant colors, fresh fruits and veggies, and fun lunchtime crunch certainly brightened our day!
Winter Warmth with a Dash of FunWinter Warmth with a Dash of Fun
Staying warm is much more fun with a little Mexican flair! This week, we packed tortilla soup alongside some of our favorite side dishes. If you don't have access to a microwave at lunch, be sure to pack your soup in an insulated Bento Jar for a great mid-day warm up.
Winter WelcomeWinter Welcome
Just because winter is knocking on our doors, doesn't mean we should turn our backs on all the great fruits and veggies of summer. This year, we've decided to welcome winter with one of our summertime favorites, a refreshing gazpacho soup filled with veggies available to us year round. Enjoy!
Wonder BurgersWonder Burgers
Packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, we like to refer to black bean burgers as Wonder Burgers! They're easy to make, can be customized to please just about anyone's taste buds, and offer a wealth of health benefits. We hope you'll enjoy this week's bento lunch of Wonder Burgers and sides sure to leave you feeling great!
Work Lunch RevivalWork Lunch Revival
Ready to revive your work lunch routine? This Mediterranean taco lunch is the perfect way to brighten up that mid-day meal without sacrificing your diet.

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