Back to School Easy Bento Ideas & Recipes

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  • It’s back to school time.  Discover new bento ideas and inspirations for packing school lunches!

    3 easy bento boxes filled with delicious meals.

    1. Meal Prep Bento Recipe Ideas

    These 3 easy and budget-friendly meal prep ideas for bento prove that eating healthy can be delicious and fun! A little prep work on Sunday will set you up to eat healthier, save money, and reduce your stress through the week.

    Chicken Meatball Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    2. Chicken Meatball Bento

    Delicious soft and tender chicken meatball packed with ham flower, fruits, crab salad, egg, and broccoli in a stylish bento box.

    Ground chicken, egg, and salmon over rice in a wooden bento box.

    3. Sanshoku (Tri-color) Bento

    Beautiful bento tastes twice as good.  Enjoy this colorful Sanshoku Bento with sweet ground chicken, salmon flakes, scrambled egg, and strawberries.

    Hamburger Steak Bento | JustOneCookbook.com

    4. Hamburger Steak Bento

    Want a meatier option for lunch?  Japanese hamburger (hambagu) steak bento with broccoli, tomato, celery, and corn.

    Asparagus Beef Roll Bento | www.justonecookbook.com

    5. Asparagus Beef Rolls Bento

    Asparagus beef roll bento with edamame, tomatoes, and Onigiri (Japanese rice ball).

    Tempura Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    6. Tempura Bento

    Delicious tempura bento lunch box recipe with shrimp and vegetable tempura packed with rice and fruits.

    Shio Koji Karaage in the bento box.

    7. Karaage Bento

    In this bento box, you have golden crunchy chicken with tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette), spinach gomaae, along with fruits and grape tomatoes for a colorful lunch.

    Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento

    8. Honey Soy Sauce Chicken Bento

    Sweet and flavorful chicken drummett bento with sauteed cabbage, Tamagoyaki, tomatoes, and fresh fruits.  Enjoy with onigiri.

    tonkatsu bento | www.justonecookbook.com

    9. Tonkatsu Bento

    Bento lunch box with tonkatsu (crispy Japanese pork cutlet), tomato, golden kiwi, and broccoli. Yummy Japanese lunchbox to go! With a scrumptious lunch like this, even the pickiest eaters will finish up every bite in the bento.

    Ginger Pork Onigirazu (Rice Sandwich) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    10. Ginger Pork Onigirazu Bento

    Tender thin pork slices with a hint of ginger wrapped between layers of rice and nori, this Ginger Pork Onigirazu makes a mouthwatering & attractive bento.

    Ginger Pork Bento | Easy Japanse Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    11. Shogayaki Ginger Pork Bento

    Packed with Japanese rolled omelette and fresh fruits on the side, this Shogayaki Bento takes advantage of dinner leftovers for a quick and convenient lunch the next day. Tender slices of pork cooked in a ginger soy sauce, every bite is flavorful!

    Sweet and Sour Chicken Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    12. Sweet & Sour Chicken Bento

    Looking for a bento lunch idea that is both kid and adult-friendly? Packed along with steamed rice, ramen egg & Japanese potato salad on the side, this Sweet and Sour Chicken Bento makes the best of dinner leftover and turn lunch into one satisfying meal.

    Teriyaki Salmon Bento | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    13. Teriyaki Salmon Bento

    Teriyaki Salmon on the go – in a bento box! Cook up this easy, sweet & savory teriyaki salmon for dinner the night before, and keep an extra piece to pack in a Japanese-style bento for lunch the next day.

    A black dish containing miso flavored Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Balls) garnished with shiso leaves.

    14. Miso Yaki Onigiri

    Onigiri is one of my favorite foods to pack into a bento lunch box. This Miso Yaki Onigiri is slathered with sweet, savory miso sauce and grilled to perfection. It’s easy to grill up an extra dozen of the rice balls and save them for lunch. Round up the bento with a colorful salad, edamame, and sliced fruits. If you happened to make Japanese potato salad the same night, it should go really well with the miso yaki onigiri for lunch!

    Braised Pork Belly Bento | www.justonecookbook.com

    15. Braised Pork Belly Bento

    Cook the Pork Belly for dinner and pack it for a comforting work lunch! In the bento box, throw in tomatoes, tamagoyaki, and furikake over rice with the braised pork.

     

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