My First Bento

A couple of months ago I was just surfing the web and came across an ad/story about Bento Boxes. A cute way to carry your lunch. Or as Wikipedia says “a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine.” I thought those are neat. I didn’t think too much more about it at the time. But then a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to look a bit closer into it. WOW was I surprised at all world of Bento. There are so many website, blogs and books devoted to this old but growing again trend.

I pack my lunch everyday for work. And I had been growing bored with the same ‘ol thing, either leftovers thrown together, a can of soup or a microwave dinner that is WAY too high in sodium. And with the Bento box it seems easier to control your portions and hopefully waistline. A great website that proves you can do both that I found is Just Bento. There are some great articles, resources and recipes there. I know I will be referring to it often.

I purchased my first Bento box this week. I do know that it is not necessary to have one but I thought if I am going to do it I might as well do it right. While I am waiting for my international purchase to come to America I started thinking about what I could do with what I had in my refrigerator and pantry. Rice is always a good start so I boiled up all the regular rice I had. And I always have eggs so I boiled some of them too. Now I have always tried to use my cookie cutters on foods or like in the case of Valentine’s Day we had red heart shaped pancakes. So I got those cookie cutters out to help shape my rice. And I happen to have some food markers as well. I had fun with my first Bento attempt.  When I got my lunch out yesterday it just made me smile.  Who wouldn't like pepperoni spiked hair eggs?  LOL

Top Left: lettuce with carrots and tomato
Bottom Left: red kidney beans
Right: boiled eggs with pepperoni hair; white rice


  1. Hi! I just came across your site. I had read about bentos for a long time, but I never feel like I'm creative enough to actually attempt. I'm trying to get brave enough to try it and so I started looking for blogs. I was looking around through yours and feel so inspired!! As in...I have tears in my eyes, thinking 'maybe I can do this'. I know that probably sounds dumb when talking about lunchboxes lol...Anyway, sorry for rambling. I just wanted to thank you for posting your journey, your pictures, so that a bento newbie might feel like maybe she can try it too!

  2. Yes make bento's! join us on Twitter! join flickr! follow blogs! be inspired! It is so much fun! If any of us can help or answer questions just ask we are all here to have fun and learn from each other.

  3. Thank you! After work, I'm going to read some more and find out what basics I'll need to get started. Hopefully I can get at least some of it in stores and will order what I need as well. I'm sure at first I'll just be copying what I see from blogs like yours, and start getting original later. I'd love to start a blog to chronicle my progress as well. Sounds so fun and just what I need in my life right now!
    Thank you for the encouraging words! I followed you and other bento folks on twitter, so I'm sure I'll be asking lots of questions along the way.

    Thanks again!!