Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Simple Rilakkuma Bento & Easy LunchBox Review

About 6 months ago, I was blessed to meet an incredible group of ladies (and a couple guys) who share my passion for making fun and healthy lunches for their children with little or no waste.  I quickly noticed that many of these ladies favored a specific lunchbox created by fellow mom Kelly Lester - Easy LunchBoxes.

While I typically pack a more traditional Japanese-style bento, seeing so many cute lunches packed in these boxes and hearing so many rave reviews about them intrigued me.  I did some research and decided I wanted to try them.

Kelly generously sent me a complimentary pack of the boxes to try out, as well as an Easy LunchBox cooler.  I have spent the past month using them, and I am happy to share that I love them!  

Things I Love 
*Conveniently sized for children or adults
*Incredible quality & durability (these are NOT Ziploc or Gladware) 
*BPA, Lead, Vinyl & PVC free
*Dishwasher safe
*Fun colors!

These lunch boxes are not leak-proof, which is not an issue for me at all.  I would much rather have a container that my younger child can open himself without spilling food out everywhere. The available Mini Dippers are the perfect solution for packing sauces, etc., as they do have leak-resistant lids.

My only criticism is that the cooler only fits 3 of the lunch boxes.  That is only an issue for me because we have 4 family members, and I would love the convenience of packing 4 boxes in one cooler.  It would be fantastic if there were multiple size options available for the cooler.  This is a very minimal issue, but the only one I could find!

My family will be taking a Disney World vacation this fall, and I am excited to have my Easy LunchBoxes to take with us.  With Super Tot's food allergies, we will be bringing our own lunches each day, and the ELB's are going to be PERFECT for packing them in!

Easy Rilakkuma Bento
I packed 3 of these in 15 minutes!

1 - To make the bear, I cut a whole wheat Kaiser roll in half and prepared the sandwich

2 - Using a round cutter, I cut a circle out of an extra piece of roll and then cut the circle in half for the ears.  I used a piece of raw spaghetti to attach them.  

3 - Next, I cut a large oval and a small circle out of cheese.  I placed the oval on the sandwich with a dab of avocado spread (you can use ketchup, etc. to "glue" it on, too).  I cut the small circle in half and "glued" those pieces to the ears.  NOTE:  I didn't have a large enough oval punch, so I used a little medicine cup (the kind that comes with liquid allergy medicine) and pinched it into an oval for cutting the cheese.  You can use a straw to punch small circles or ovals, too!  

4 - I used a standard hole punch on a sheet of nori paper for the eyes and a nori punch for the nose and mouth.  

5 - Lastly, I added a homemade flower pick just for fun!
 What's in the Box?
Turkey & Avocado Sandwich w/ Nori & Cheese Accents
Cucumber Rings, Snap Peas, Tomatoes, Yellow & Purple Cauliflower
Raw Corn, Bell Peppers, Carrots
Clementines & Blueberries

Packed up to head to the zoo!
Disclosure: Easy LunchBoxes generously provided me with the items for review without cost to me. Other than receiving the products, I have not received any compensation to write this review and the opinions expressed are my own.


  1. what a great idea to use a medicine cup as a cutter! I'll have to look around my house now and see what I can use for cutters. CUTE bear sandwich, too!

    1. Kristie, I use all kinds of household items! I often use a glass or mug to make different size circles.

  2. What a great review and super cute Rilakkuma bento! The homemade pick is lovely:)

    1. Thanks Rina! I got a pack of 20 of those flowers for a dollar, and they made quick and easy picks.

  3. Love your Rilakkuma! He is my current favourite bento character.

    1. I adore Rilakkuma! Our local Japanese store has tons of Rilakkuma stuff, but it is so expensive!


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