100 tasty ideas for your Bento Box

Stuck On You Bento Box

So, you’ve got your shiny new Bento Box and you’re ready to conquer the “What do I pack for school lunches?” dilemma. Now, where to start? Here are 100 items you can mix and match for your child’s Bento Box or school lunch box. Cut them into shapes, thread them on skewers, spread them, roll them, stuff them, sandwich them, dip them, blitz them or just chuck ’em in and get on with your day. However you want to play it, this handy list should be stuck to the fridge at all times!

Download our free printable Bento Box meal planner. You’ll get a week’s worth of blank Bento Box templates (to suit the Stuck On You Bento Box configuration) and plan your school lunches ahead of time.

Fruit*

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried apple rings
  • Dried banana chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Sultanas
  • Raisins
  • Mandarin segments
  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Melon balls
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Olives
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Bananas

Veggies*

  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Capsicum strips
  • Corn kernels
  • Celery sticks
  • Corn on the cob
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Broccoli sticks
  • Asparagus spears
  • Snow peas
  • Lettuce

Protein*

  • Baked beans
  • Homemade chicken nuggets
  • Homemade meatballs
  • Ham
  • Salami
  • Boiled egg
  • Tofu
  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Shredded BBQ chicken
  • Taco mince
  • Homemade burgers
  • Marinated beef strips
  • Tuna
  • Sliced turkey

Grains*

  • Cooked pasta
  • Wholegrain wraps
  • Sandwiches
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Tortilla chips
  • Pretzels
  • Couscous
  • Rice cakes
  • Dried muesli/granola
  • Chickpeas
  • Falafel balls
  • Dinner rolls
  • Mini croissants
  • Pita pockets
  • Popcorn
  • Grain waves

Dip*

  • Coleslaw
  • Hommus
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tzatziki
  • Corn dip
  • Beetroot dip
  • Guacamole
  • Tomato salsa

Dairy*

  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Laughing Cow cheese
  • Babybel cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Feta cubes
  • Cream cheese
  • Bocconcini

Snacks*

  • Homemade muesli slice
  • Homemade muffin
  • Sushi
  • Quiche
  • Zucchini slice
  • Protein balls
  • Mini homemade pizzas
  • Rice paper rolls
  • Cocktail frankfurts
  • Banana bread
  • Arancini balls (from leftover risotto)
  • Crepes
  • Fried rice
  • Mini savoury pancakes
  • French toast
  • Cold potato salad
  • Cold pasta salad
  • Cold egg salad
  • Curried egg
  • Pumpkin scones
  • Oat biscuits
  • Pizza scrolls
  • Cold sausages

*Please be mindful that some foods may ‘leak’ out excess oil or juice. To help prevent this from happening, drain excess liquid as much as possible before placing these food items into the Bento Box.

Want to make your Bentos pop? Click on the picture below and listen to George Georgievski from School Lunch Box as he provides some awesome tips and tricks for Bento preparation.

Podcast - The Organised Family

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