Cook’s notes: I saw some lovely bento box photos on Pinterest and started jotting notes. All of the lunches had 5 common elements, which means they could easily go into a table. Each row represents the original meal. Mix and match to create new lunches.
(“Five by five” is a phrase I first heard on the show Buffy The Vampire Slayer. It comes from radio communications and means “the best possible quality and strength.”)
There are several vegetarian options, and all of the lunches are nut-free.
|Turkey Kielbasa||Brown rice||Sliced cucumbers||Diced mango||Yogurt pretzels|
|Deli turkey roll-up||Pretzels||Baby carrots||Apple slices||Macaroon|
|Cubed chicken||Cheese and crackers||Red bell pepper strips||Blueberries||Dark chocolate|
|Teriyaki chicken||Noodles||Pea pods||Orange slices||Chocolate raisins|
|Tuna salad||Potato salad||Zucchini||Watermelon||Carrot cake|
|Hummus||Pita triangles||Cherry tomatoes||Grapes||Cookie|
|Quesadilla||Tortilla chips||Guacamole||Jicama slices||Pineapple chunks|
|Quinoa salad with veggies||Popcorn||Steamed broccoli||Pear||Brownie|