Bento boxes are those cute little multi-compartment containers that you fill up with yummy food to make an instant take-out meal right from your home. Typically when I am making up a bento box, I see it as a personal challenge to cram as much food into those little compartments as I possibly can. That’s just me though. For the purpose of this fresh, delicious bento lunch, I stuck to normal portion sizes. This bento lunch is weight watchers friendly, easy to prepare, and packed with protein and flavor to help you get through the day.
Prep Time: 10-12 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes (eggs) Makes 8 Bentos
Special Equipment: Bento boxes with 3-5 compartments
- 8 Eggs
- Kosher Salt
- 1 pint of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
- 1 8oz bag of Baby Carrots
- ¼ cup of Olive Oil
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- ¼ tsp Black Pepper
- ½ tsp Oregano
- ½ tsp Parsley
- 1 TBS Lemon Juice (about ½ a lemon, squeezed)
- 21 oz of Albacore Tuna (in water)
- ¾ cup of Light Mayonnaise
- 1 Half-sour Pickle, minced
- 1 TBS Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Fruit, Crackers and Cheese of your choosing, optional
- Bring a pot of very salty water (should taste like the ocean) to boil on a high heat. Reduce heat to medium high, and gently place in all the eggs.
- Allow to simmer on Medium High heat for 20 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the stove and run cold water into the pan. Keep running cold water until all the water in the pan is cold. Let the eggs sit and cool.
- Once cooled, the eggs should peel easily by gently rolling on the counter and the removing the shell under the water.
- Combine Oil, Lemon Juice, and all seasonings into a bowl and whisk until combined
- Pour half of the marinade over the tomatoes and half over the baby carrots.
- Mix to coat fully
- Put all ingredients into a large bowl, then mix thoroughly with a fork until well combined and flaky.
- Assemble the bento
- Scoop the tuna into the bento
- Slice the eggs, and place one in each bento
- Sprinkle the egg with salt and dill
- Scoop in portions of the marinated cherry tomatoes and carrots
- Layer in crackers, cheese and fruit of choice
Now, it’s ready to refrigerate and grab as needed. If you don’t have or don’t like bento boxes, just pack up individual servings and have them in the fridge ready to fix up a sack lunch in a matter of seconds. These delicious lunches are 2 freestyle points for the tuna, 2 for the veggies, and then the crackers and cheese of your choice (or omit crackers and cheese for a very low point meal). This meal is easily gluten-free by using a gluten-free mayonnaise and gluten-free crackers. Please cook and comment. I’d love to see your pictures, answer your questions and hear your experiences. If you like my content, please subscribe or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.