I would also advise for your first box to be a one tier square/ rectangle box as this eliminates some of the packing challenges that can come with two tier or oddly shaped boxes.
Food-wise I would suggest just packing a few simple components and leaving out any extra frills.
Some great foods for bento are:
- Meat cutlets, meat bites, minced meat or tofu/ Quorn for vegetarians.
- Vegetable mixes. These are readily available frozen from Iceland and Tesco. If you don’t like frozen vegetables you can buy fresh vegetables and cut into small pieces and mix together.
- Rice, noodles, pasta etc.
When first packing try not to focus too much on how your lunch looks but on how healthy and tasty it will be. After all a tasty and varied lunch will look great anyway!
Most bento packers follow the 3:2:1 ratio of 3 parts rice, 2 parts vegetables and 1 part meat. This is a great outline but it may not work for everyone so just use your initiative. A lunch box full of cakes and chocolate isn’t good for anyone!
If you have a square box here are some simple layouts:
3 Item Alternative
Heres my effort at the alternative 3 item example:
It contains rice, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and a chicken cutlet. Easy right? I bet you can do an even better job!
by Keith Stratton,
Main Img courtesy of Mokiko