I’ve always found food prep a little bit overwhelming.
There seems to be a lot of chopping and cooking and packing and… Instagramming involved. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Then I discovered bento boxes.
I’m not talking about the kind of bento boxes you see on Pinterest, with Giraffe-shaped sandwiches, tiny little sushi rolls, and minion-shaped cheese bites.
I’m talking about bento boxes filled with fresh, affordable food that only take a couple of minutes to assemble.
I shop at one of the major supermarkets once a week and take advantage of what’s on special. What’s in my box each week will depend what’s in season, what’s cheap and what I have leftover in the fridge.
Most weeks I can put together four lunches (on the fifth day I buy lunch or have leftovers) for less than $20.
Here’s a breakdown of how I put together my bento boxes and how much they cost:
50 grams of leg ham =$1.00
One third of a Lebanese cucumber = $0.50
A tablespoon of sweet potato dip = $1.00
Handful of Jatz = $0.20
Handful of grapes = $1.00
6 x Solanto tomatoes = $0.50
TOTAL = $4.20