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Bored with lunch making? Try some of these great bento lunch ideas!


#1 Double Salad Wrap

#2 See and Cee

#3 Mexican Mango Madness

#4 Hearty-Breaky

#5 Pocket Power

#6 Bagel Deluxe


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Using Leftovers

Don't forget about leftovers! Packing leftovers in your child's lunch can save you time and energy, and kids love them. When you're deciding what to cook for dinner, think about how you might incorporate leftovers into a lunch for the following day. Make a few extra servings for dinner and set them aside for the next day's lunch. While you're doing the after dinner kitchen clean-up, place your Laptop Lunches benot-ware on the counter. As you're putting away the food, pack some of the extras in your bento boxes and refrigerate overnight. Here are a few ideas for making it work:

  • If you make chicken breasts, prepare an extra serving and slice it for sandwiches the next day instead of purchasing deli lunch meat.
  • If you're making a salad for dinner, slice some extra vegetables, such as cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, and celery, or make an extra undressed salad directly inside your bento box. (Make extra salad dressing and pour it into your dip container.)
  • While you're making dinner, boil a few eggs. Pack the eggs whole, make deviled eggs, or use them in egg salad.
  • Make extra pasta, couscous, or rice and prepare side salads for lunch by cutting up vegetables and adding salad dressing.
  • Grill extra vegetables and use them in sandwiches.
  • Make an extra baked potato and pack it with nutritious toppings.
If you're concerned that eating the same meal two days in a row might lead to boredom, consider packing it for lunch two days later. (Of course you'll need to make sure that the food you've chosen will remain fresh for an extra day.)


Sandwich fillings

Try some of these sandwich fillings in whole-wheat pocket bread, on whole-grain bread, bagels, crackers, English muffins, rice cakes or rolls, or try filling and rolling tortillas or lavash flat bread.
  • Cheese, avocado, and sprouts
  • Grilled cheese with cucumber or sprouts
  • Shredded carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, avocado, and cheese
  • Leftover grilled vegetables (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini) with sliced cheese, goat cheese, or pesto sauce
  • Cheddar or mozzarella cheese with apple slices
  • Brie cheese with mustard and sprouts
  • Cheese, tomato, sprouts or lettuce, and pesto sauce
  • Leftover turkey loaf with tomatoes, and lettuce or sprouts
  • Sliced leftover chicken or turkey, cranberry sauce, and lettuce
  • Sliced leftover chicken or turkey, honey mustard, tomatoes, and lettuce or sprouts
  • Sliced leftover beef with mayonnaise or horseradish, sliced tomato and cucumbers
  • Chicken salad made with celery, lettuce, and tomato
  • Tuna/cucumber/green pepper salad with tomato
  • Salmon salad with lettuce or sprouts
  • Shrimp salad with lettuce or sprouts
  • Lowfat cream cheese, and smoked salmon (with tomato, and red onion)