BentoLunch - The Grown Up Sequel with Adult Lunchables

With the kids grown and all four of us at work, this blog has fallen by the wayside in the last several years.  I've republished a few older posts I thought would be good to have showcased and kept the domain registry up, but really wasn't sure what was next with me or the blog.

Enter my friend Jamie, with  We had lunch yesterday and were talking about the future with our blogs now that our kids are adults, when she looks at me and says, "I've got it."  She told me that adult lunchables are trending lately, along with girl lunch and girl dinner, and that it was the natural pivot.  She's right, because what are bentos but basically adult lunchables?  

Adult Lunchable with ham, havarti, cucumbers, and strawberries in a 4 compartment box

Today's adult lunchable features:

Rolled honey roasted shaved deli ham (9 slices, 81 calories)

Creamy havarti chunks (2 oz., 200 calories)

Sliced strawberries (4 small/medium, 20 calories)

Cucumber salad with shredded carrots and a splash of Italian dressing (1/4 cup, 40 calories)


Box total calories are approximately 341 cal.  

It's a bit hard to estimate the cost since some of the food was already in my house prior to deciding to create a box.  If I had to guess, I would say $1 for the cheese, $0.65 for the ham, $.40 for the strawberries, and $.30 for the cucumber salad, yielding about $2.35 for the box.

I also added crackers into a separate container to keep them crispy since the rest of this box needed to be refrigerated until lunch time.  Since I only purchase crackers on sale, I'm not sure I could even estimate the cost there (they must be $2 or lower per box to purchase).

The box used here is an EasyLunchboxes Snack Box.  They are available on Amazon for $12 for a 4-pack.  We've had ours for years as they are dishwasher safe.  Each compartment holds approximately a half cup of food.  And you'll be able to pre-prep 4 snack boxes at a time, which I would have done if today wasn't already Thursday.


  1. Back in the early-mid 2010s, I was super into bento lunches and religiously followed quite a few bento blogs, including yours. The vast majority of the ones I used to follow quit posting years ago and their sites have gone down. It's always a nice surprise to see a new post from here and to have the ability to look back at older posts. I know you aren't obligated to keep this around, but I wanted to thank you and let you know that someone out there genuinely appreciates it.

  2. Great ideas Shannon. Simple easy and nutritious.


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