10 Bentgo Lunch Ideas For Kids | School Tiffin Recipes
Sharing my 10 favorite back to school Bentgo Lunch Ideas for kids. If you have picky eaters, and also need some quick ideas for filling up those lunchbox compartments with some easy and healthy options, then read along. You might end up using some of these Tiffin recipes and lunchbox filler ideas that I am going to share for snackbox as well!!
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What to pack in a child’s lunchbox? Is this the question you also struggle with a lot? Worry not, I got you covered! Well, not completely, but yes, with some ideas. As a mom of what started with not-so-picky-eater to picky-eater within a span of time, I know how difficult it is to come up with new and interesting ideas every now and then.
Not to forget that we want the balance to be maintained as well. The balance of healthy and not-so-healthy options. And the balance of having carbs plus proteins plus vitamins, and more. The struggle is real.
Recently I discovered this Bentgo Box for kids, which is “The Lunchbox”, that gives me enough storage options so that I can easily fill up my kid’s tiffin with a variety of options. Since fruits and veggies are always stocked up in the refrigerator, along with some homemade and/or store-bought snack options, it becomes way easier to add to the tiffin.
Why I love Bentgo Box for my kid’s lunch?
- Multiple compartments
- Has amazing style options to choose from
- Leak proof
- Compartments are spill proof
- Right sized compartments for balanced portion sizes
- Easy to clean (Removable compartment tray is dishwasher safe)
All these pros listed above definitely makes it a preferable option to go for it. But there is one aspect that sometimes concerns me. And that is, it doesn’t have a thermos style container or compartment to fill in the hot food. But, since my daughter mostly loves her food at room temperature, it works for us. If you want, you can buy an additional small Thermos for giving some hot food items.
Lunchbox Ideas for Back To School Lunch
Moving on, let me share the Bentgo lunch ideas that I’ve been talking about. Again, this list is not exhaustive. I will keep on sharing more kids’ tiffin recipes and ideas in future as well. For now, let’s look at all the amazing bento box lunchbox ideas for kids!
1. Banana Oatmeal Waffles
The first lunchbox is my super duper favorite one, since it has these amazing healthy waffles in it. The Banana Oatmeal Waffles is the most popular recipe from this blog. These waffles are made in this Dash mini waffle maker which I use quite religiously in my kitchen. Hope you love this recipe and lunchbox as much as I do. Here is what this lunchbox contains!
- Banana Oatmeal Waffles
- Orange Slices
- Carrot Sticks
I have not added any syrup for the waffles or dip for the carrots as my daughter sometimes like to take these as is. But you can add honey or maple syrup as an add on for the waffles. And for the carrots, ranch or hummus are great options for a dip.
2. Corn & Spinach Sandwich
Sandwiches are one of the most sought after things in my daughter’s lunchbox. I prefer to make some quick sandwiches that use less ingredients, but are still loved by her. This spinach and sweet corn sandwich is definitely one of her favorites. Here is what all you can find in this back to school Bentgo lunchbox!
- Spinach Corn Sandwich
- Orange Slices
For the sandwich, I have used boiled sweet corn and some chopped baby spinach leaves, along with basic spices, and some ranch, thousand island dressing and a hint of Dijon mustard on sourdough bread slices. Just grill the sandwiches on a non-stick pan or a griddle/sandwich maker, and you’re ready to pack. I have the griddle from Cuisinart which I absolutely love to make sandwiches!
3. French Toast
This lunchbox is more of a fruity one. But yes, the main filling food here is the French Toast. A very quick and easy to make dish, you can use any basic french toast recipe, and you get a delicious lunchbox item. Here is a summary of the food items in this lunchbox!
- French Toast
- Diced Melon
- Marshmallow Candy
You can add a small container with honey or maple syrup to drizzle over the french toast if you like. My daughter wanted to skip it, so I didn’t add any. But feel free to add toppings alongside as per your kid’s preferences.
4. Boiled Sweet Corn
This is a typical example of lunchbox when my daughter just likes it light. You may even call it a snack-box, since the star of the tiffin here is boiled sweet corn kernels. So, I guess, it is what it is. Here is what this lunchbox contains!
- Boiled sweet corn
- Carrot sticks
- Half whole wheat jaggery laddoo
It’s a pretty basic lunchbox, but yes, as I always say, if some people think that this is not a complete meal or a proper lunch for a kid, please do remember that this is just one little part of their daily meal. There are more meal and snack times in a day which are in our control.
5. Chicken Potstickers
This is one of my daughter’s favorite lunchboxes. Trader Joe’s chicken potstickers for the win here! Frozen potstickers are a bliss, especially on rainy days. Well, by rainy days I mean when mom has no energy to think or make something from scratch. These frozen dumplings by Trader Joe’s are a family favorite. And yes, my little one doesn’t need any dipping sauce with it, these are juicy and yum as is. Here are the lunchbox contents!
- Trader Joe’s Chicken Potstickers
- Chopped Sweet Peppers
- Orange Slices
- Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate
Just make the potstickers as per package instructions, and you are good to go!
6. Chocolate Banana Cake
This Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake is one of the many easy, healthy and delicious recipes from the blog. No refined flour and no added refined sugar is what makes this recipe healthier. The cake is made from whole wheat flour and jaggery powder (can be substituted with coconut palm sugar). This one is my personal favorite from the list. Here are the Bentgo box items!
- Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake
- Roasted Makhana (Fox-nuts)
- Orange Slices
- Hershey’s Kiss Chocolate
Makhana or Fox Nuts are an amazing superfood, and are an excellent source of calcium. These are rich in protein and fiber, among many other health benefits. Roasted and salted makhana not only tastes good, but also serves as one of the best healthy snacks!
7. Dosa Batter Waffles
If you love having Dosa, then you would definitely like this twist to it. Just use the Dosa batter to make these easy waffles. I use store bought Dosa batter that I get at Indian store, and use that to make Dosas and Idlis at home. You can use the store bought or even homemade batter to make these waffles in a mini waffle maker. I call this Dash mini waffle maker my favorite kitchen purchase so far. Quick and easy to use! Here are the tiffin food items in a nutshell!
- Dosa batter waffles
- Tomato sauce (You can also give Coconut or Peanut chutney if your child loves it)
- Chopped mango
- Black grapes
Also, you can even get more creative and add some chopped spinach/fenugreek leaves or grated carrots, or any other kind of grated/chopped vegetables to the waffles!
8. Vegetable Fried Rice
A great idea if you have some leftover rice at hand. Vegetable fried rice is not only easy to make with leftover rice, but also quick, healthy and delicious. Remember to add it in a Thermos if your child likes it hot. The lunchbox items here include!
- Vegetable Fried Rice
- Cucumber Sticks
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Jelly Candy
For the quick fried rice, in a pan, heat 2 tsp oil. Saute 2 tablespoon chopped capsicum and 2 tablespoon chopped carrots. Add half a cup of leftover cooked rice, salt (to taste) and 2 teaspoon tomato sauce. Mix everything and we are done!
9. Nutella Sandwich
The most basic, the most easy to make, and ask the kids, they find them the most delicious, the Nutella Sandwiches. If you don’t like store bought Nutella, you can make some chocolate hazelnut spread at home. Otherwise, there are some healthier hazelnut spread options too available in the market. Here are the lunchbox contents!
- Nutella Sandwiches
- A piece of homemade Oatmeal Banana Blueberry Muffin
You can toast the Nutella Sandwich in butter, or send it plain, however your kid prefers. Another option is to flatten the bread using a rolling pin, apply Nutella, and roll the bread, and then turn these into yummy Nutella rolls!
10. Toasted Bun With Berry Sauce
The last lunchbox in the series, but not the least. This one has the burger bun, which is toasted in butter. And what’s inside is a spread of homemade berry sauce. Feel free to use any jam or spread of your choice if you like. Here are the lunchbox contents!
- Toasted bun with homemade berry sauce
- Diced peach
- Chocolate covered raisins
- Oatmeal Blueberry Muffin piece
- Chopped mango
The homemade Berry sauce recipe can be found at my YouTube channel, Bake With Kanwal. Do subscribe to the channel and check out the frozen berry sauce recipe, and also more amazing healthy recipes and lunchbox videos on my channel!
Hope you like this series of Lunchbox Snippets that I have started sharing with you. Also, remember that this is not the only meal that a child is going to have. So, you can play with the food items as per your child’s liking.
I am sharing my favorite Back To School Amazon lunchbox items with you. Do check them out and see if you like something for your kid as well!
You can even check out my Amazon Storefront with my favorite things that I use. I keep on updating the storefront as and when I discover some new and amazing things!