It only feels right to share a breakfast box bento recipe in the days between lunch month and breakfast month! You should know by now that I love coming up with bento box lunch ideas. And when kids bento box ideas are the priority, it helps to make a cute bento box. Kids usually respond really well to cute food and I’ve finally come around to accepting that as a fact. I always felt like food shouldn’t need to be cutesy or fun…but come on! Where is the fun in that mindset?!
More than cutesy, I’ve found that my kids love the un-expected! Like this breakfast bento box. Breakfast foods for lunch?! It shouldn’t be shocking, but it’s a switch from the norm and sometimes that’s all you need to get out of a lunch rut.
I created this breakfast box idea with lunch in mind, but it would also be a great way to meal prep breakfast in advance.
How to Make a Bento Box
I’ve talked endlessly about my love for bento box lunches. The lunch bot containers (affiliate) clean up nicely, they are sturdy and durable, environmentally-friendly, and best of all? They basically tell you exactly how to make a bento box. You have four or five spots/components that need to be filled!
For this toddler bento box, breakfast-for-lunch is the theme! I included mini pancakes, yogurt, a clementine, and a hard-boiled egg.
But for general bento box recipes, the four components I like to include in bento lunch ideas are:
- Main/Protein: sandwiches, quesadillas, tuna salad, meatballs, etc.
- Vegetable: raw, roasted, sautéed – there are so many vegetables that you can easily pack, but don’t be afraid to include leftovers like roasted vegetables. Always keep it tasty and add dips like hummus, ranch, easy greek yogurt dill dip, or guacamole.
- Fruit: keep this component simple with fresh fruits that are ready-to-eat (berries, apples, etc.) and always have a few applesauce pouches and raisins on hand for rushed mornings.
- Fun/Starch: this can be bagel or pita chips, trail mix with chocolate, a small cookie, chips…anything! If you have a main/protein component like meatballs, I like to include a starch on the side, preferably a whole grain one.
What is a Bento Lunch?
Bento box lunches have been around for ages in Japan and typically have a variety of tastes and textures and are created in a careful and thoughtful way. They are often beautiful and sometimes include ornate details.
My bento box recipes are not that! Scroll down below for the full recipe and details on this “breakfast-for-lunch” bento lunch box for kids.
Best Tools to Make Bento Box Lunches:
There are a few tricks and tools that I’ve found make both homemade lunchables AND bento box lunches easier!
- Lunchbots stainless steel bento box containers. These are our favorite! They aren’t cheap, but they hold up SO well, we use ours often and they are still in great shape.
- Silicone muffin liners. You can use these as muffin tins, yes, but I love portioning out items with them too. If your kids don’t like foods to touch, these will help!
- Dip containers. Because ranch solves all.
- Crinkle cutter. See how the kiwi has crinkles? It’s all the cutter! Also perfect for cucumbers and carrot chips.
- Food picks. These food picks are really great for kids who are hesitant to try new foods OR if your kids don’t like to touch certain textures (think kiwi or mango). (Some of the picks in this set are really small, so make sure you don’t give them to young kids!)
More Bento Box Lunch Ideas:
Switch up your lunch routine with this fun breakfast box! It takes less than 5 minutes to pack and your kids will love it for breakfast OR lunch.
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 4 clementines (peeled and segmented if necessary)
- 4 servings yogurt
- 4 servings mini pancakes or waffles
- Hard boil eggs if necessary and peel. Cut into wedges for smaller kids.
- Peel and segment clementines. Depending on the age of your kids, you can start it for them by cutting off the top and then they can peel it themselves.
- Put yogurt in little cups or silicone muffin liners.
- Cook pancakes or waffles as directed. They can eat them cold or at room temperature!
- I use fruit yogurt for this meal, they can dip their pancakes in it or eat with a spoon.
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