Updated August 6, 2019
School’s back, to the dismay of students everywhere. Give them something to smile about and think outside the old lunch box. Let them enjoy a fun tradition that comes from Japan: bento. These compartmentalized boxes keep food fresh and show off the contents at their yummiest.
It’s popular to pack bentos with items that take on the look of things like animals, people and flowers. Whether you own a house in Denver, CO or a house in Sacramento, CA, your students will love taking a bento to school.
There are lots of recipe ideas to use or to inspire your creativity.
Robot Taco Rice – Like many bento recipes, this one is chock full of fresh produce. The robot decoration is easy to make from veggies, nori and Colby cheese.
Cute Bento – This how-to video shows how to make a more elaborate bento, decorated with a frog, a baby chick and a bunny rabbit. Here is a photo of the final bento.
Shrimp Car – A healthy bento for younger students, this one includes shrimp, grapes, carrots, yogurt and animal crackers in a car shaped box.