I’ve been trying to get myself to do bento boxes for years. Many years. 10+ years. I’m kind of a slacker and not great at planning or packing things neatly, so it’s been mostly a wash.
I’m not into man-handling food to look cute, nor am I into cut-out and random fillers. Also, we eat a lot less carbs than we used to, so it makes it a bit harder for me to plan what to pack. All this plus my all-or-nothing attitude means that I’ve packed lunches, not nothing attractive enough to call a bento.
Since I work with access to a refrigerator and a microwave, I often pack foods that need to be reheated. I almost always use Glasslocks of varying shapes and sizes for this. They’re my favorite boxes and they’re what we use at home to store food.
I have a few typically setup Janapese bento boxes that require a band, a Monbento I’ve been trying to figure out how to use, and a ECOLunchbox stainless steel one that I’ve used for hiking snacks. And I’ve got an OXO Good-Grips salad box, which is fantastic for salads.
Here are some places I like to look at for inspiration that I’ll never follow through with:
Just Bento – http://www.justbento.com/
Pretty sure it’s moving to another platform. This is what made me try to be more diligent about packing lunches. She has a helpful cookbook to get people started, but I found that I preferred using it for packing ideas and not recipes.
AprilmarchTokyo’s Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/aprilmarchtokyo/
Her lunches fit into a metal tin and look so attractive and tasty. Alas, it’s not updated anymore.
Chika – https://www.instagram.com/xxxxchikaxxxx/
Beautiful, balanced. And fantastic pictures of sides she’s made to put into her boxes.