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Bento School Lunches


I love making bento school lunches for my girls. I call them Lovable Lunches because I love making them and my girls love eating them.

I find that people are often overwhelmed with the idea of making bento school lunches. Bento lunches don’t need to be full of fancy foods or made to look like special characters.

Today’s lunch is a simple lunch. I want to show you all how easy it is to make them.


Today’s lunch consists of:

  • A bologna sandwich made with lettuce and mayonnaise cut in half lengthwise
  • a peeled mandarin orange placed in a silicone muffin cup
  • a sliced kiwi (cut using a circle cookie cutter because that is easier than peeling it)
  • coleslaw
  • mini crackers
  • cheese slices (again I used a cookie cutter)

That’s it. The coleslaw is out of a package and all I had to do was add dressing. Easy.


I like that the bento school lunches are packed tightly together. I also like that my girls don’t have to worry about cleaning up any garbage. We love having a litter less lunch!

Most of the time I try to pack healthy lunches without processed food, but once in a while my kids enjoy a bologna sandwich, and I’m ok with that. We as parents just need to try our best!

What did you pack in your kids school lunch today?

Have you ever made bento school lunches?

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  1. Today was pizza day for my son so all that was in his lunch box was apples, a granola bar, and a treat. Oh. And a juice box which is not normal so he was very pleased today! My son is in grade 1 so I didn’t spend much on his lunch kit and containers this year to test if they will actually make it home. I will be picking up a better lunch kit and the silicone cups for next year.

  2. I love the bento lunches you have made – very easy ideas, but really give that extra SOMETHING to the lunch! :) Thanks for sharing your work!

  3. I love the idea of making lunches for my sons like this, very easy and fun for them.

  4. I made them when my kids were young, although I had never heard the term bento back then.

  5. Mmm, kiwi in lunch… great idea. I typically just send a sandwich, fruit (banana, orange, apple/applesauce) and a little snack (cookie, goldfish crackers, rice krispie square…)

  6. I love the bento style of lunch. I love being able to pick and choose and combine flavours and this kind of compartmentalisation suits me so well.

  7. Coleslaw! why did I never think of that, what a great idea!

  8. Nena Sinclair says:

    I love these lunch boxes! I would even use it for lunch when I’m at work!

  9. I love making fun lunches for my daughter…it encourages her to eat more!

  10. Anna Johnson says:

    I want to get these for my sons, I haven’t seen them yet

  11. Sherry Simons says:

    Great idea!

  12. The Bento lunches make the food look appetizing!

  13. Looks fantastic.. I’d take this to work for myself!

  14. These look so appealing! I have to try these with my girls!

  15. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I think these containers are so awesome, so nothing gets stale from not being wrapped?

  16. Tiffany Wilson says:

    I wish I could be this creative.!

  17. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Love you ideas for lunches and you are so right they don’t have to be complicated. Love the lunch containers you have, where did you get them?

  18. Debbie White Beattie says:

    You make a beautiful lunch and it’s so organized.

  19. kathy downey says:

    I love the idea of making lunches like this,wow they are great

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