Food & Cooking

Simple Bento

When we lived in Japan, I used to make our lunches for the following day every night after dinner. I haven’t done that as much since we’ve been home-must have just been one of those things that got lost without a regular routine for a while there. Despite my lack of keeping up on lunches as of late, I’ve started to get back into meal planning, and I’ve decided the lunch-making habit would be a good one to start up again, too.


Tonight I just threw together a very simple bento with some random things I had in the house: peanut butter on celery sticks, cheese cubes & a couple of cherry tomatoes, baby carrot sticks, leftover pork chops that my mother-in-law made (amazing, by the way!), saltine crackers, and a boiled egg. Lots of color–which is always important!–, lots of variety, nutrients, and protein. (I was very excited to use some of the things I stocked up on before leaving Japan!) Should keep me nice and full!

What are some of your easy lunch ideas?


2 thoughts on “Simple Bento

  1. salad and leftovers are what i eat for lunch most often. that’s why i make more vegetarian meals or at least try to incorporate lots of color/veggies in the dinners i make. i’ve realized that food is where i need to watch myself because i can exercise all day long but it’s not going to get me the results i want if i don’t eat right. i like to make little bentos like this in warmer months because it’s usually cold food and right now i want warm food.

    1. I often put cold food in one compartment, and food that needs to be warmed in the other so that I can microwave it easily. In this case I can just pull out the little container that has the pork in it and warm it up 🙂

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