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Lunch Box || Mediterranean Bento Box

Are you suffering from lunch box burn out? Do you pack yourself and your loved ones the same thing over and over every single day of the week? Today, I’m teaming up with Sabra to inspire you to break out of your lunch box rut and try something new like this Mediterranean Bento Box! 

{{This Mediterranean Bento Box was made in partnership with Sabra. We received compensation and product in exchange for it. Opinions are always our own. If we don’t love it, you don’t hear about it. Thanks for your continued support!}} 

A stainless steel bento box is filled with falafel, baby bell peppers, rainbow carrots, cucumbers, apricots, fresh figs, feta, and hummus. The lunchbox is sitting on a weathered wooden table. There is a small white wooden cutting board in the bottom of the frame that has cucumbers sliced on it and a knife is laid on top. There is a drawing of a monster farmer wearing overalls on a yellow post it note. In the top corner of the image is a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. The parchment has pieces of falafel on top. There is also a container of Sabra Classic Hummus on the table.

Every member of my family is a fan of Mediterranean inspired bento boxes, but I’m pretty sure that I love them the most because Mediterranean style lunch boxes are one of the most versatile lunches to pack with tons of ingredient options and loads of flavor. I can literally swap up my family’s lunches a million different ways in a week and no one EVER gets tired of them! 

Packing delicious, colorful lunchboxes like this is simple! All you have to do is pick a protein from the list below then add 3-6 vibrant plant based sides to pair with it. 

Close up of a stainless steel bento box. It is filled with Mediterranean inspired foods like hummus topped with pine nuts, rainbow carrots, sliced cucumbers, fresh figs, dried apricots, and feta.

Choose your Mediterranean bento box protein:

Falafel || Falafel is a great, portable, plant based protein packed treat for the lunchbox! You can vary the flavors and the variety of your falafel by changing up the legumes that you use. Typically, I go for the quintessential golden fried falafel made with garbanzo beans, but every now and then I change it up and try new falafel flavors like the 6-ingredient baked lentil falafel pictured above. Typically one recipe’s worth of my homemade falafel will get our family of 4 through a week’s worth of lunch boxes which means you can cook once and then mix and match different variations of Mediterranean lunchboxes for the entire week! 

Chicken || While my husband is a vegetarian and is happy to stick to falafel and hummus, my kid’s LOVE when I send chicken in their lunchboxes!  Store-bought rotisserie chicken is definitley the way to go when it comes to packing lunch because it’s not only fast, easy, and affordable, but it tastes great warm or cold. 

Hummus || Because Sabra offers SO many delicious hummus options to choose from I can really change up my family’s Mediterranean Bento Box flavor profile without much trouble at all. I can go spicy for Todd by packing him their jalapeño or supremely spicy hummus while keeping it more mellow for the kids with flavors like roasted red pepper or classic

fresh figs, apricots, 2 falafel patties, 2 baby bell peppers, rainbow carrots, and a small dish of hummus with pine nuts are all packed in a stainless steel bento box

Now choose the plant based sides for your Mediterranean bento box :

Vegetables || Cherry tomatoes, baby bell peppers, sliced cucumbers, and carrots are all classic produce choices for a Mediterranean lunch box. Plus, they also happen to be crisper drawer basics in most households so chances are you have some of these items on hand already. 

Fruit || Fresh figs, stone fruit, and citrus are all great choices for a Mediterranean bento box, but sometimes it’s nice to swap up the flavors and textures by adding dried or freeze-dried fruit to your lunch box too. 

Marinated & pickled things ||Raid your pantry for jars of artichoke hearts, olives, and roasted red peppers or check out the olive bar selection at your local grocery store for easy Mediterranean bento box sides with no prep work required from you! 

Nuts || Seriously, any thing goes here. ANYTHING! My family’s favorites though are roasted almonds, pine nuts, and pistachios.

Looking for even more lunchbox inspiration? Check out some of our favorite lunch box recipes here!

If you’ve packed a Mediterranean bento box or made any of the other recipes on our site, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you thought in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, and PINTEREST to see more delicious food, design, and decor. 

 

 

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.