The ancient Japanese tradition of packing lunch in a bento box, a decorative container with small compartments, elevates the take-along lunch. Bento lunches usually contain a wide variety of foods in artful arrangements; plus, the compartments of a bento box help control portion sizes. The stackable bowls shown here with Salmon Salad Bento ($19-$39, vivodirect.com) make it easy to “brown bag it”—without wasting any bags. The bento box pictured with the Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch is perfect for kids ($22.99, laptoplunches.com).
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