I still use our bento boxes but added this new lunchbox this year and we love it.
I like to use small little containers within the compartments to separate foods. I've also found the more fun the lunch looks, the more likely it will be that the lunch will be eaten.
I have a kitchen drawer designated for all the lunch "accessories" which I've collected since I've had kids. You can find them in numerous places online.
Below are a ones that I used often:
-cookie cutters to cut out sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas
-silicone mini muffin cups and small plastic containers used to hold slice fruit, fishes, cheese cubes, etc.
-toothpicks can be used to make fruit kabobs, I put three or four cheese tortellini on each, ham and cheese cubs, etc.
-plastic containers with lids for dips
-clear plastic bottles with lids for more liquid type dips (soy sauce, etc.)
(All of these ideas start with the same basic approach, a whole wheat or other tortilla, with something spread on it, topped and rolled and cut into 4-6 pieces)
Pizza: marinara sauce, toppings (try sliced olives, spinach, pepperoni and/or roasted peppers) and shredded mozzarella cheese
Taco: cream cheese and salsa mixture, toppings (try shredded lettuce, diced peppers, corn, black beans and/or sliced olives) and shredded cheddar cheese
Mediterranean: hummus, diced cucumber, sliced olives
Ranch: ranch dip (try adding a bit of ranch dressing to cream cheese), shredded carrot, diced chicken, shredded cheddar cheese
Barbecue: barbecue sauce, diced chicken, corn, shredded cabbage or lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese
Pesto: pesto and cream cheese mixture, feta cheese, roasted peppers, sliced olives
Hawaiian: cream cheese, drizzle of barbecue sauce, diced pineapple (squeeze all of the moisture out, or the roll-up will get soggy), diced ham
American: ranch dip, diced smoked turkey, sliced pickles (again, squeeze all of the moisture out), shredded cheddar cheese
Teriyaki: teriyaki sauce, diced chicken, shredded carrot, bell pepper slices, tiny broccoli florets
Ham & Cheese: sliced or shredded cheddar or American cheese, deli ham
Cheese and Crackers: stacks of cheese, cut into cute shapes or squares the same size as your crackers, whole wheat crackers, sliced meat or pepperoni, cut up fruit
Make-Your-Own Pizzas: mini-pitas (we get ours from Trader Joe's), mini-container of marinara, shredded cheese, pepperoni slices, sliced olives
Make-Your-Own Tacos: tortilla chip bowls (Tostitos makes these), shredded cheddar cheese, salsa
Make-Your-Own Pitas: mini pitas, cut in half, hummus, vegetables, deli meat
*Hummus with pita, sliced carrots, cucumber slices, or the vegetables of your choice
*Peanut butter with whole wheat crackers, apple slices, celery sticks, pretzels
*Barbecue sauce with chicken strips
*Vanilla yogurt with apple slices, crackers or pretzels, or served in a bowl with "toppings" to make a yogurt sundae, such as raisins, dried fruit, granola, coconut
*cream cheese (combined with a bit of ranch dressing to make it more easy to dip), vegetable sticks
*Laughing Cow cheese with whole wheat crackers, vegetables
*caramel dip and apples
*Nutella and strawberries, bananas
*cream cheese with ranch dresses, thinly sliced cucumbers
*butter and jam
*grilled cheese with deli meat (turkey, ham)
-basically any wrap listed above can be made into a sandwich.
Tortellini with left over marinara to dip or pizza sauce
Potstickers and edamame
Barbecue Pork or Chicken – shredded pork/chicken added into quesadillas
Shredded rotisserie chicken used to make chicken salad
Smoothies in a thermos
Hard Boiled Eggs
Homemade Trail Mix
Scones and honey butter
mini rice cakes
I've found a lot of resources/ideas online and was appreciative that they took the time to share so I thought I would do the same.
I'm always open to more lunch suggestions and ideas on how you do your lunches. Anything you'd like to add?