Bite-size pinwheels of turkey, cheese and lettuce make an appealing centerpiece of this bento box. Crisp celery sticks with a creamy dill dressing and juicy blueberries are tasty accompaniments, while popcorn, mixed with chocolate chips, makes a satisfying snack or dessert. Plus, this healthy lunch is so easy to pack and can even be made the night before., September 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
15 mins


Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing
Bento Box


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare the dressing: With the food processor running, add shallot through the feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk powder and vinegar. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 3 minutes. Pour in milk while the processor is running. Scrape down the sides, add dill, salt and pepper and process until combined.

  • To prepare the bento: Spread Neufchâtel over tortilla. Top with turkey, cheese and lettuce. Roll tightly, being careful not to tear the tortilla. Slice crosswise into 6 pieces. Pack in the large section of a bento-style lunch box or in a large container.

  • Mix popcorn and chocolate chips together in a medium section of the bento or in a medium container.

  • Pack blueberries and celery sticks in separate smaller sections of the bento box or in separate small containers. Nestle a small dip-size container beside the celery and add Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing. (Save remaining dressing for another use)

Ingredient Note

Look for buttermilk powder, such as Saco Buttermilk Blend, in the baking section or with the powdered milk in most supermarkets.

Make ahead

Cover and refrigerate Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing for up to 1 week.

Refrigerate bento box for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

1 bento box
439 calories; protein 16.9g; carbohydrates 52.6g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 18.2g; fat 16.8g; saturated fat 8.2g; cholesterol 37.9mg; vitamin a iu 1148.8IU; vitamin c 9.3mg; folate 41.9mcg; calcium 306mg; iron 3.6mg; magnesium 26.8mg; potassium 289.7mg; sodium 759.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 6g.

2 fat, 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 lean-protein, 1/2 high-fat protein, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 vegetable