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In search of new lunch ideas for kids? Children will be delighted by our healthy take on Lunchables, which includes turkey, cheese and crackers for building mini sandwiches, plus fruit, veggies with dip and even a little chocolate for dessert. It's a cute way to encourage your kids to eat a healthy lunch, plus you save money by making the kits instead of buying them. You might even want to make yourself one of these bento lunches to take to work for the nostalgia factor--they're sure to make back-to-school time more fun for kids and adults alike.

Source: EatingWell.com, June 2019


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut turkey and cheese into wedges.

  • Arrange the turkey, cheese, grapes, sugar snap peas, crackers and chocolate in separate compartments of a bento box or lunchbox (it's OK if you have to double up in some of the compartments). Place ranch dressing in a separate well-sealed container. Pack in an insulated lunchbox with an ice pack.


To make ahead: The assembled boxes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

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Nutrition Facts

1 bento box
286 calories; protein 38.3g; carbohydrates 51.9g; dietary fiber 1.5g; sugars 20.8g; fat 27.8g; saturated fat 10.4g; cholesterol 101mg; vitamin a iu 771IU; vitamin c 21.3mg; folate 41mcg; calcium 255.6mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 110.5mg; potassium 657.6mg; sodium 669.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 7g.

3 1/2 lean protein, 2 fat, 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 high-fat protein, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 vegetable