Two bentos today, mine and S-chan’s (his is below). For me, three PB&J Stars, applesauce with cinnamon, some Winx fruit snacks, and a small portion of my seasoned rice with veggies.
Traditionally, by Japanese regulations, my ideal size bento box is about 500ml, and S-chan’s is 900ml, but I’m a poor college girl, so I just use what I have. I bought these metal containers at Sams Club in 2007. They came in a set with other items, but these had great lock-on lids. For color, I folded up a piece of fabric on the base of mine. It also cuts back on the washing of the container itself. I recently ordered a ‘real’ bento box and supplies on e-bay, I can’t wait for them to come!
Another thing I wanted to say is that in Japan, the portions of food have guidelines, too (grain dishes make up 3 parts, veggies 2 parts, fish and meats 1 part, and milk/dairy and fruits are only to be used occasionally). While in my later bentos, I do try to follow these guidelines, I mostly use what I have and like to eat. I don’t eat a lot in one sitting though, so the portions are still pretty moderate. For more information about picking your right size bento box, and the guidelines for the food that goes in them, visit Lunch in a Box’s Guideline Page (http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/07/guide-to-choosing-the-right-size-bento-box/). She always has good ideas for bentos, and how to pack them quickly! Her link can also be found under my link section.
S-chan’s bento: One PB&J Star, applesauce with cinnamon, and the same rice and veggies.