Okay, we get it – most moms have less than 10 minutes to pack lunch in the morning, with a kid running laps around the kitchen island. Bento can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. If you're inspired, here are a few tools and tips that can help with your daily routine.
Boxes: They're available in all shapes and sizes, from round and square to cute animal faces. Indian tiffin pails and laptop lunch boxes come in eco-friendly stainless steel.
Silicon cups: Colorful cupcake liners create lots of dividers for sorting and stashing food.
Toothpicks: Look for cute picks topped with flowers and animals, or eyes and ears, to make that meatball a monster or that egg a bunny!
Cutters: A specialty sandwich stamp or a repurposed cookie cutter is the fastest way to take an everyday sandwich and transform it into a car, an elephant, or anything awesome.
Molds: You can shape rice balls with damp hands, but an onigiri mold takes shaping to the next level, creating pandas, penguins, and more.
Eyes: Try black sesame seeds, black olives sliced in half, or seaweed paper cut into small pieces (a hole punch helps!).
Mouths: Even if you don't have time for anything else, an edible food marker is a safe and easy way to add a smile to your little one's lunch.
Asian markets are the best place to shop for bento tools. If you don't live somewhere with a big Asian community, shop online at Daiso or Amazon.