Back-to-School Lunches: Bento?

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To bento or not to bento?  That is the question.

There has been a recent influx of photos on Pinterest and blogging sites of creative children’s bento lunches.  Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.  However, now the trend is to present your child’s typical “bagged lunch” in creative shapes and characters.  This could range from simple cookie cutter shapes, to characters from popular movies.

Do you feel like there’s absolutely no time for that?  Of course!

Does that make you a bad parent?  Not at all!

You can shape the bento trend to fit your needs because there are some benefits to it.

For one, the containers being used hold many different things so you can create a well-balanced lunch for your child without having to scour your kitchen for all the little containers or sandwich bags.  Most of the “Pinterest” or “Blogger” bentos contain little sandwiches cut into shapes, fruits, veggies, and some kind of dip.  Not bad, right?

So tell us, have you ever tried to make a bento box?  How did it turn out?  Do you have any tips of the trade?

Leave us a comment and let us know!

By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor