12 Brilliant Bento Box Ideas for Lunch

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Switch up your protein, grains, or produce for new combinations so you'll never resort to a #saddesksalad again.

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Burrito Bowl Bento

burrito bowl bento box idea
Beneficial Bento

The burrito bowl bento box idea is packed with protein from the black beans and pulled pork, which will help keep you full until dinner. Bonus: It's a great way to use leftover veggies you have already chopped up.

Get the recipe: Burrito Bowl Bento

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Greek Quinoa Salad Bento

greek salad bento box idea
Wholefully

This Greek quinoa salad is chock-full of fresh vegetables, making it a feast for the eyes and your taste buds. Try the fun variations for the bento box idea sides to make lunch a new adventure every day.

Get the recipe: Greek Quinoa Salad Bento

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Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodles Bento

Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodles Bento box idea
Snixy Kitchen

Break out the spiralizer and make some zoodles for your bento box lunch. Take your meal to next-level tasty with homemade basil pesto. Cookie cutter fruit: optional, but cute, right?!

Get the recipe: Chicken Pesto Zucchini Noodles Bento

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Salami and Cheese Bento Box

Salami and Cheese Bento Box idea
Marla Meridith

Your go-to lunch from elementary school just got an adult makeover. Between the salami, cheeses, and crunchy veggies, we guarantee you'll be the envy of the office.

Get the recipe: Salami and Cheese Bento Box

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Vegetarian Taco Wraps

Vegetarian Taco Wraps bento box idea
Living Lou

When cut into spirals, these black bean taco wraps fit perfectly into any bento box lunch. Switch up your sides with whatever fruit and veggies are in season, and you have a complete, well-rounded meal that will power you up for any afternoon workout. (

Get the recipe: Vegetarian Taco Wraps

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Paleo Breakfast Box

Paleo Breakfast Bento box idea
Foodilicious Love

Bento boxes are the perfect vehicle to tote breakfast to the office, too—especially on days when you're running a little late. Bypass the carbs via this Paleo bento box idea with fresh fruit, jerky, a hard-boiled egg, and almonds.

Get the recipe: Paleo Breakfast Box

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Ham Sammie Bento

ham sandwich bento box idea
Adventures in Bentomaking

A simple ham sandwich transforms into a café-quality meal thanks to a box. Your mother was right when she said presentation makes food taste better! Or maybe that was Martha Stewart... Either way, this sandwich tastes incredible.

Get the recipe: Ham Sammie Bento

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Asparagus Pork Rolls Bento Box

Asparagus Pork Rolls Bento Box idea
Basic Tokyo

The asparagus pork rolls are quick to make and taste just as good as takeout—for far fewer calories. The video tutorial makes assembling this bento box idea simple enough that even a kitchen-newbie can handle it.

Get the recipe: Asparagus Pork Rolls Bento Box

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Baked Tofu and Potato Salad Bento

Baked Tofu and Potato Salad Bento box idea
Veggie Bento Love

Barbecue sauce will aid even the tofu-phobic into loving the plant-based protein. Round out this bento box idea with potato salad, raw veggies, and small square of dark chocolate.

Get the recipe: Baked Tofu and Potato Salad Bento

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Salmon and Marinated Shrimp Salad Bento Box

salmon shrimp bento box idea
Cooking in Sens

Salmon and shrimp provide the healthy omega-3 fats and protein, but the real MVP of this Asian-inspired bento box idea is the homemade Thousand Island dressing.

Get the recipe: Salmon and Marinated Shrimp Salad Bento

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Taco Tuesday Lunch Bento Box

Taco Tuesday Lunch Bento Box idea
The Organic Kitchen

Enjoy tacos any day of the week with this Mexican-themed bento box idea. On weekends, we might be tempted to pair this one with a kombucha marg...

Get the recipe: Taco Tuesday Lunch

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Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata Bento

Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata Bento box idea
Marla Meridith

Put an egg on it. Or, you know, in it. Pack a healthy, protein-rich frittata, then hit a few more food groups with some berries, fresh leafy greens, and a side of nuts or whole grain pretzels for crunch.

Get the recipe: Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata Bento

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