Making a Bento Lunch with Easy Lunch Boxes

If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I pack my kids a bento lunch each day for school.

Bento lunches are compartmentalized to make it easier to pack a healthy, simple and fun lunch.

It takes away the need for plastic baggies, and paper sacks…which makes me feel like a good Mom for being more eco-wise and it also helps save me money.

The bento boxes that I use and LOVE are called Easy Lunch Boxes and you can purchase them on Amazon. They come in a pack of 4 which is great. They are dishwasher safe, extremely sturdy, and also very kid friendly.

But guess what?!{Giveaway Now Closed}

I’m going to give you the chance to win a whole set for yourself! That includes a special Insulated Tote Bag that can fit up to 3 easy lunch boxes and comes in a variety of colors!

What’s even cooler is Easy Lunch Boxes has now come out with these Mini Dippers which are leak proof containers that fit perfectly into your Easy Lunch Box to hold dips, sauces, or whatever you want to! (these unfortunately aren’t included in the giveaway, but you can buy them on Amazon here and they’re only $7.95 for a pack of 8.)

Now I wont have to use those throw away sauce containers anymore! {bonus!}

So here are just a few more examples of the different lunches that I’ve made for my kids over the past few months. {these are all taken on my iPhone, so sorry for the lack in quality, but you get the idea}

And believe me… they come home empty each day! No waste!

This is a “Build Your Own Tostada” Bento. We had tostadas the night before, so I love to use leftovers for their lunches. Notice the little container of sour cream… can’t wait to use the new Mini Dippers instead!

This is a Chicken Bacon Ranch English Muffin Pizza that I quickly made that morning.

I just grabbed an English muffin, put some ranch on it, then some leftover shredded chicken and a little bit of those packaged bacon crumbles. Then I topped it with mozzarella diced tomato and some green onion and threw it under the broiler for a few minutes.

It’s fun to just be able to throw together something real quick and use up what’s in your fridge. That’s what I love so much about these boxes!

Another example of leftovers becoming lunch! My kids love baked potatoes and we had one left over so I threw a half in each box with a little cottage cheese. I like to give them some fruit or veggies each day as well as once in a while I’ll throw in a treat. This time it was some white chocolate pumpkin spiced popcorn I made the other day. (yum!)

Here’s an example of how you can re-create those already packaged lunches into a healthier one that’s more filling and costs way less.

I took one whole wheat pita and cut it into a few pieces, then gave them some pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and some diced pepperoni (which was actually just some leftover summer sausage) so they could have a “Create Your Own Pizza” box. My kids really loved this one!

Can you tell I love to use leftovers to make my kid’s lunch? This is my Taco Night turns into “Taco Bento Lunch!” I just used the leftover Taco Night fixin’s to create a taco wrap and closed it together with one of their favorite things… olives on a toothpick.

Seriously- my kids are weird about their love for olives.

Ok, so sometimes I wake up in an extra nice mood and make my kids a hot breakfast before school. This day I made them a batch of crepes and had some leftover… so yeah… Crepes Bento!  It’s also becoming that time of year when those cute little oranges are in season, so those will be making a big appearance in their lunches too.

Oh, and I just buy my kids string cheese, but cut them into little cubes cause I’m weird like that.

So I hope now you have some ideas of how easy it is to pack a healthy lunch for your kids, and you’re totally pumped to win a set for yourself!

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Easy Lunch Boxes are the #1 best selling lunch boxes on, where you can get free shipping in the US! So don’t delay in getting a set (or two), cause they sell out fast!

disclaimer: I received a set of Easy Lunch Boxes and tote bag and Easy Lunch Boxes is providing a set to the winner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
66 Responses
  1. The color lids, compartments, and that I can get super creative with my mini’s lunch! I’ve been gathering ideas via Pinterest and would love to be able to create fun, and healthy lunches I know my child will love:)

  2. I love love love that I can get creative with my kids lunches. The inspiration at play a huge part in helping me make my boys’ lunches not just healthy, but appealing and appetizing as well.

  3. Megan

    EasyLunchBoxes look nice and bright and simple for my daughter to open at school to enjoy homemade fun lunches 🙂 and great that the cooler bag is sized perfectly for her lunch (or for us all when we go on a picnic). And fantastic pricing! Love it!

  4. shelly

    Thanks for the Easy Lunchboxes post. I prefer to send my kids to school with a lunch from home so I can guarantee that they’re eating healthy. I love the easy lunchboxes because nothing touches (I can almost hear my kids saying that), and those sauce containers and great and don’t leak (I can hear them saying that, too). Again, thanks for the post.

  5. Beverly C

    So many things to love about the Bento boxes. I appreciate the compartmentalized lunch containers for fast and easy prep and the one lunch box lid that fits securely over all three sections. It is a keeper.

  6. Katie Bona

    I love that the containers fit flat in the cooler bag. No sideways lunches! Also love the variety I can provide everyday. But, mostly, I love the inspiration!

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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