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Bento Box Recipes: Lunch On A Stick

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Have you fallen in love with bento box recipes yet? They are my favorite way to eat and pack lunches. Today I’m sharing a “food on a stick” themed bento box lunch! It’s so basic. But kids find it so fun, and maybe they’re onto something…

bento box with sausage

What are Bento Box Lunches?

Bento box lunches have been around for ages in Japan and typically have a variety of tastes and textures and are created in a careful and thoughtful way. They are often beautiful and sometimes include ornate details.

These bento box recipes are not that! Scroll down below for the full recipe and details on this “lunch on a stick” bento box lunch ideas for kids.

What do you put Inside a Bento Box?

You can put almost anything inside a bento box and that’s one of the best features about them. I’ve talked endlessly about my love for bento box lunches. The lunch bot containers (affiliate) clean up nicely, they are sturdy and durable, environmentally-friendly, but best of all? They basically tell you what to pack. You have four or five spots/components that need to be filled!

  • Main/Protein: sandwiches, quesadillas, tuna salad, meatballs, etc.
  • Vegetable: raw, roasted, sautéed – there are so many vegetables that you can easily pack, but don’t be afraid to include leftovers like roasted vegetables. Always keep it tasty and add dips like hummus, ranch, easy greek yogurt dill dip, or guacamole.
  • Fruit: keep this component simple with fresh fruits that are ready-to-eat (berries, apples, etc.) and always have a few applesauce pouches and raisins on hand for rushed mornings.
  • Fun/Starch: this can be bagel or pita chips, trail mix with chocolate, a small cookie, chips…anything! If you have a main/protein component like meatballs, I like to include a starch on the side, preferably a whole grain one.
bento box lunch on a stick front view

How to Make Bento Box Recipes:

You have two choices when it comes to bento box lunches. You can put together your own meals – just make sure to include a range of components so that it’s balanced (see above). OR, you can find bento box “recipes” that are themed and/or already nutritionally balanced.

lunch on a stick bento box

What is the Best Bento Box for adults?

This is easy! The best bento box for adults is definitely the cinco size Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box by LunchBots. We have a few sizes (more on that below) but for adults, the cinco is a great size. It’s got plenty of room for food, unless you’re a really light eater! These are an initial investment, but hold up really well and will last years. I loooooove ours!

More Bento Box Lunch Ideas:

Once you start packing bento box lunches, you won’t be able to stop! Here are a few more ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

bento box lunch on a stick overhead

Tools for Bento Box Recipes:

There are only a few items that I use for packing healthy lunches. (And just lots of yummy and nutritious food.) *links below are affiliates, which mean I make a small commission with no extra charge to you

Let’s get to lunch!

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Bento Box Recipes: Lunch On A Stick

  • Author: Emily Dingmann
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Cuisine: American
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Looking for bento box recipes? I’ll show you how to make this cute, fun, and EASY bento lunch that’s food for both kids and adults!


  • 6 chicken sausages 
  • 6 mini Persian cucumbers 
  • 6 tsp. salad dressing
  • 6 slices whole grain bread
  • 6 Tbsp. chive cream cheese
  • 6 servings fruit like grapes or diced mango


  1. Cook sausages as directed. Slice on the diagonal. 
  2. Large chop cucumber and toss with salad dressing. 
  3. Spread cream cheese on slice of bread and fold over into a sandwich. Cut into small squares. 
  4. Cut fruit into small bite-sized pieces or thread onto toothpick. 
  5. Pack in bento box or lunch container and serve with toothpicks (if kids are old enough!) or food picks. 


  • Toothpicks are not suitable for young kids, but we just started using these animal food picks and I think the larger ones work well. 

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