Grab-N-Go Meal Kit and Bento Box Inspiration

Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or supper, bento boxes and meal kits have become a popular option in K-12 schools. Check out these simple concepts put together by our team of culinary and product experts that will help keep your menu offerings fresh and fun for students!

auther_image by Land O’Lakes Culinary Center 02/05/2021

Grab and Go offerings are expanding beyond lunch as a popular option for breakfast and supper. Whether service is in the classroom, from a kiosk, in the cafeteria or sent home, these kits offer versatility to combat menu fatigue.

Our team of culinary and product experts created a variety of bento box, meal kit, and salad applications using products from our bulk and pre-packaged K12 offerings to help you keep your offerings fresh, fun and full of flavor! Reference the images and chart below as idea starters and mix and match your bento boxes with items from your pantry to get the grain, vegetable, fruit and if needed, additional MMA to complete your meal requirements.

K-12 Bento Box Inspiration:

Possibilities are endless when it comes to creating bento box combinations! These bentos are easy to create and students will love the variety. Click an image to be taken to the Land O'Lakes recipe to learn more about the nutrition and assembly of that bento box.

Bento box with cheese cubes, crackers, egg, orange, peppers and raisins

Bento box with cracker cuts, crackers, apple, tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey

1oz Bulk Cheese Cubes: 1MMA

1oz (4 squares) Cracker Cuts: 1MMA

Bento Box with cracker cuts, tomatoes, apple, carrots, cucumber and ham

Bento box with cracker cuts, crackers, grapes, pear and vegetables

1oz (4 squares) Cracker Cuts: 1MMA

2oz (8 squares) Cracker Cuts: 2MMA

Utilize What You Have in Stock

What’s in your pantry? Mix and match to get the meat/meat alternate, grain, fruit and vegetable your kids will want to grab…and go!

FIRST M/MA

ADDITIONAL M/MA

FRUIT

VEGETABLE/LEGUME

GRAIN

 

  • Hard Boiled Egg

  • Tuna

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Hummus

  • Popcorn Chicken (cold)

  • Almonds

  • Other Nuts

  • Chick Peas

  • Chick Pea Salad

  • Southwestern Bean Salad

  • Beef Jerky

  • Turkey Jerky

  • Turkey Coins

  • Bean Salads

  • Yogurt

  • Tofu

  • Turkey Pepperoni

  • Deli Meats

  • Grapes

  • Berries

  • Kiwi

  • Apple Slices

  • Oranges

  • Pears

  • Peaches

  • Clementines

  • Raisins

  • Dried Cranberries

  • Dried Apricots

  • Pineapple

  • Fruit Purees

  • Apple Sauce

  • Baby Carrots

  • Cucumbers

  • Raw Broccoli

  • Raw Cauliflower

  • Bell Peppers

  • Bean Salads

  • Corn Salad

  • Snow Peas

  • Snap Peas

  • Marinara Sauce

  • Chick Peas

  • Chick Pea Salad

 

  • WG Tortilla Chips

  • WG Crackers

  • WG Pita Chips

  • Rice Crackers

  • Cold Pasta Salad

  • Couscous Salad

  • Granola

  • Pretzels

  • Pretzel Bites

  • Bagel chips

  • Small biscuit

  • WG roll

  • Mini Pizza Crust

 

In the following salad and meal kit sections, click an image to be taken to the Land O Lakes® product page or visit the recipe page for assembly instructions!

K-12 Grab-n-Go Salad Inspiration:

Tuna Salad and Cracker Cut Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Tuna Salad and Cracker Cut Kit

Simple Salad Bowl

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Simple Salad Bowl

BBQ Chicken Salad

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 BBQ Chicken Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Pizza Pasta Salad

K-12 Grab-n-Go Meal Kit Inspiration:

Muffin and Cheese Breakfast Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Muffin and Cheese Breakfast Kit

Breakfast Burrito Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Breakfast Burrito Kit

Breakfast for Lunch Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Breakfast for Lunch Cold Pack

BBQ Chicken Pizza Kit

Mucho Queso Burrito Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Mucho Queso Burrito Kit

Italian Nacho Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Italian Nachos

Mini Meatball Pizza Kit

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |K-12 Mini Meatball Pizza Kit

Other Kit-Friendly Recipes

Looking for more great options to bring to you bentos and meal kits? Be sure to check out our Mini Mac and Cheese Cup and Slider Recipe collections as well as these Mini Frittatas! Although these recipes were not photographed in kits or bentos, they can still be used as components of a breakfast or brunch-for-lunch meal kit or bento box.
 
Mini Mac and Cheese Cups and Frittatas are close in flavor and texture to some popular sous vide egg recipes you find at favorite coffee shops. They’re portable, easy to assemble and even easier to eat! Even better? They can be individually frozen and reheated to 165°F in the oven or microwave.

Land O’Lakes Foodservice |Mini Frittatas Breakfast

Mini Frittatas
Mini Mac and Cheese Cup Collection
Slider Recipe Collection


 

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