40 Delicious & Creative Japanese Bentos

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A bento (or obento) is a Japanese single-portion takeout lunch packed in a box;  that may be prepared at home, bought at a combini (convenience store) or from a restaurant.

A bento generally consists of rice or noodles and some form of protein (e.g., meat, poultry, fish, tofu) accompanied by side dishes of raw, simmered, or pickled vegetables.

It’s not uncommon for Japanese mothers to prepare an elaborate boxed lunch, playfully and creatively decorated, to entice their children to eat all of their food when they’re at school.

Food color and texture is also considered in choosing what goes together in a box, ensuring contrast that’s pleasing not only to the eyes but to the palate as well.

Here are some of the most creative japanese lunch boxes; we have put together…

bento lunch box 14

Contents: Sunflower sprouts, rice, tomato, mushroom, turkey kebab meat, cucumber black radish, carrot kimpira.

( photo by nonochan )

bento lunch box 22

Contents: Broccoli, white rice, cheese, carrot.

( photo by yucca )

bento lunch box 39

Contents: Tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cheese, hard boiled egg.

( photo by sandee sun)

bento lunch box 32

Contents: Fish sausage, fried chicken, flower shaped pasta, quail egg with sausage, red sushi rice.

( photo by lucky sundae )

bento lunch box 2

Contents: Broccoli florets and leaves, monterey jack cheese, basmati rice, tomato basket with green onions, parsley, carrots, purple bell pepper.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 4

Contents: Garlic bologna, mustard, colby cheese on wheat bread, edamame and swiss cheese, beans.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 12

Contents: Meat roll, radish, apple, green bean

( photo by nonochan )

bento lunch box 23

Contents: Asparagus, broccoli, okra, ham meat, apple, chestnut and chocolate cake.

( photo by nonochan )

bento lunch box 8

Contents: Cucumber, horse radish, carrot, meat balls, mushroom, tamagoyaki, apple.

( photo by nonochan)

bento lunch box 6

Contents: Fresh cilantro, yellow pear, butter sauce, Roma tomato, jasmine rice, cayenne pepper.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 27

Contents: Colored rice, cheese, green salad

( photo by nonochan )

bento lunch box 19

Contents: Cauliflower, rice, tangerine, candies.

( photo by nonochan )

bento lunch box 21

Contents: Rice, chicken, raspberries, broccoli.

( photo by pikkopots )

bento lunch box 3

Contents: Cheese and wheat crackers, radish wedges, strawberry apple sauce, hard boiled egg, rice, cheddar stars, egg yolk.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 20

Contents: Red pepper and onion sauce, white rice with black beans eyes and nori mouth, carrot, green potato salad with lettuce leaves, fish cakes and olives.

( photo by los dragonnes )

bento lunch box 15

Contents: Broccoli, green beans, carrot.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 11

Contents: Bean salad, strawberries, melon chunks, hard boiled egg, rice with ume stuff, white mamenori, carrot strips.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 5

Contents: Frozen grapes, sandwich gyoza, trader joe’s pear sauce, star shaped rainbow cereals, tiny silicone cup filled with edmame, Cherry lattice-top mini-pie, bologna and cheese, yogurt.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 18

Contents: Crab cake, salami, thin layered egg, mayo, cheese, kamaboko, fish sausage.

( photo by bentomom )

bento lunch box 16

Contents: Red cabbage, coconut, turkey meat, egg white tinted with food coloring, peanut chicken filling, carrot, frozen grapes, peanuts, mini cadbury egg, wheat crackers.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 17

Contents: Mixed steamed veggies, baked version of Thai peanut chicken, pumpkin pudding, rice, roast beef lunch meat, cilantro, cloves, nori.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 24

Contents: Broccoli, hard boiled egg, rice, tomato.

( photo by chaya )

bento lunch box 25

Contents: Ham, tomato, rice, nori.

( photo by sandee sun)

bento lunch box 1

Contents: Pea pods, green apple, carrots, red currants

( photo by  sakurako kitsa)

bento lunch box 28

Contents: Broccoli, sesame seeds, nori, red pepper.

( photo by martin hsu )

bento lunch box 26

Contents: Nori, white rice.

( photo by luckysundae )

bento lunch box 30

Contents: Broccoli flower, purple potato, carrot, cantaloupe, vegetable spring roll, tonkatsu sauce, strawberry, hard boiled egg.

( photo by bentomom )

bento lunch box 31

Contents: Broccoli, tomatoes, cheese, rice.

( photo by sandee sun)

bento lunch box 34

Contents: Crepe style fried egg, ham, sliced cheese, ketchup.

( photo by luckysundae )

bento lunch box 35

Contents: Green grapes, apple gummy candy, mini carrot cakes, mango gummy candy, plain jasmine rice, fish sausage, nori, furikake ground, green beans, corn, shrimp tempura, carrot, banana.

( photo by laura bento )

bento lunch box 36

Contents: Brown rice, tamagoyaki, peas, chicken nuggets, cheese, grapes.

( photo by bentomom )

bento lunch box 40

Contents: Grapes, brown rice balls, chicken nuggets, sliced ham, cherry tomato, snow peas.

( photo by bentomom )

bento lunch box 13

Contents: Yellow pear tomato, mushrooms, fresh green bean, uncooked soba reeds, blue colored pear sauce, sesame seeds, blue rice, nori with mushroom accent.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 29

Contents: Tomatoes, mozzarella, baby carrots, nori, rice.

( photo by cristal delamer )

bento lunch box 38

Contents: Mini egg rolls, plain white rice, mini ham burgers, mayo noodle salad, cucmber, tuna, tamago.

( photo by eudocia )

bento lunch box 41

Contents: Tuna stuffed onigiri, rice, cheese, arugula, meat balls, peas.

( photo by cristal delamer )

bento lunch box 33

Contents: Fish cake, nori, teriyaki chicken, Japanese style fried egg.

( photo by luckysundae )

bento lunch box 9

Contents: Fruit cup- pineapple, melon, strawberry, blueberries, lunch box-cheddar cheese slice, mottled blue rice, grape nuts, broccoli with pink rice, Mottled Colby jack cheese, 1/3 of a kumquat.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

bento lunch box 37

Contents: Cheesy bacon, broccoli, soccer ball made with rice and nori, soy pepper, cheese, jasmine rice, egg white dyed with red food coloring, Mexican flag.

( photo by laura bento )

bento lunch box 7

Contents: Boiled egg with paprika, blue rice, cranberries and endamame, mozzarella, turkey, apple.

( photo by sakurako kitsa )

Here is how you can make your own bento.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_hbPLsZvvo

Please your palate with tuna dishes and recipes tastefully served for nutritious craving.

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