5 Bento Box Lunch Ideas for Adults with Recipes

When was the last time you made yourself a nice lunch for a work day? If you’re like most people, lunch is a bit of a scramble. That’s why we came up with 5 bento box lunch ideas for adults, so you can take a breather in the middle of the day with a meal that’s enjoyable and satisfying.

We hear it a lot here at Mark’s Daily Apple: Breakfast is easy, and I make dinner for my family so that’s automatic. But lunch? Most days, I just wing it. I’ll skip it sometimes just because my day is underway, or I’ll eat something that’s quick – which isn’t always the best choice.

Sound familiar?

We hear you. Making yourself a nice meal smack in the middle of the day just isn’t tenable for most people.

Prep for lunches doesn’t have to be an elaborate chore thanks to these adult lunch options. Perfect for on-the-go, these lunches utilize leftovers, basic ingredients, and quick-cooking items. When paired together, they create the perfect balanced Primal lunch.

The best part? Most of these options can be made ahead and enjoyed throughout the week.

Easy Italian Bento Lunch

Ingredients

  • Sausage of choice
  • Mozzarella
  • Roasted squash
  • Italian dressing
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil

Roast and slice your favorite sausage, using a little avocado oil spray (optional) to prevent sticking. Slice up roasted zucchini and summer squash (or your favorite veggies), toss them in Italian dressing and roast on a sheet pan until golden. Assemble your lunch with the sliced sausages, mozzarella, the roasted squash, sliced tomatoes and garnish with fresh basil.

Easy Burger Lunch

Ingredients

Whip up some burgers on the grill or stovetop (or better yet, use leftovers) for this lunch. Slice your favorite potato or sweet potato (or for a lower carb option, you can use rutabagas or turnips) and toss them in avocado oil. Roast them on a sheet pan at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip them over and roast until they’re golden.

Make burgers by using the sweet potato slices as “buns” and top your burgers with sliced tomato and red onion. Use your favorite Primal Kitchen condiments like Pesto Mayo, Dijon Mustard, and Spicy Ketchup to put on top. Serve with your favorite raw veggies.

BIG Mason Jar Salads

 

Ingredients

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Carrot
  • Cucumber
  • Nuts or seeds of choice
  • Chicken breast or thighs
  • Dressing of choice

No tiny salads here! Use a 32oz or half gallon mason jar and fill with your favorite salad items. To prepare this salad, we marinated chicken (you can use breast or thigh) in your favorite dressing for a few hours. Roast the chicken on a sheet pan at 375 degrees until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Shred or chop the chicken, then layer it in your mason jars. For very large jars like this, we recommend pouring the salad into a large bowl before eating.

When you’re ready to eat, pour the dressing into the jar and give it a shake.

Deli Bento

Ingredients

Who needs a regular sandwich when you can make these fun Primal Deli Bento Boxes? Use your favorite sliced meat (we like natural roasted sliced turkey), avocado and nori sheets to wrap them up in. Avocado oil mayo and dijon mustard are great condiments here. Serve alongside a primal snack mix like walnuts and fresh blueberries.

Tuna Salad Lunch

Ingredients

Want a fun twist on tuna salad? Combine 1-2 cans of tuna with your favorite avocado oil mayo (and maybe some mustard, too), some chopped celery, and scoop the tuna into a cut bell pepper. Serve alongside hardboiled eggs and a handful of walnuts and dark chocolate.

About the Author

Priscilla Chamessian

A food blogger, recipe developer, and personal chef based in Missouri, Priscilla specializes in low-carb, Paleo, gluten-free, keto, vegetarian, and low FODMAP cooking. See what she’s cooking on Priscilla Cooks, and follow her food adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.

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  1. Not trying to be snarky here, but I think I’d rather just eat my lunch off an ordinary plate than have to dig it out of a mason jar. However, the recipes sound good.

    1. Definitely not trying to be snarky here either, but I am guessing you may not have read the full description for the mason jar salad. Towards the bottom it’s recommended to empty the jar onto a plate. ?

  2. Wow i am drooling! I always struggle with what to have for lunch.
    Its easy when in a rush to just grab something that isn’t always necessarily good for you. Deffo got a few tips here! xx

    1. No matter how many thousands of recipe ideas and articles I read, I always have “writer’s block” when it comes to making something quick or impromptu. Doesn’t matter how many screenshots or recipes I write down…they just get lost in all the other photos or recipes piled up, haha.
      I think I just need to be a bit more organized…

  3. I am very happy to see a bento box recipe from you! I absolutely love these and they really are a wonderful product. The recipes look so delicious, I can’t wait to try them out!

  4. These are such good ideas to make simple lunches and I see that a lot of left-overs could be used here too which is always a bonus!

  5. These look healthy and delicious! I work from home now, but when I was a teacher I’d bring my lunch every day and often brought mason jar salads. It made things simple because I put the dressing in the bottom my the jar (so it wouldn’t wilt the lettuce) and when I was ready to eat I just turned the jar over and shook it up a little, then dumped everything into a giant bowl. Thanks for the lunch inspiration!