Laptop Lunches Bento Birthday Giveaway!

On this day 30 (yowza 30!) years ago, I made my entrance into the world about a month early. What can I say? I guess I was eager to arrive. I kind of love birthdays, and have been celebrating with some of my very best friends all weekend, including two who flew in from DC and Cali just to ring in a new decade with me. I’m so lucky! But in honor of my birthday, I want to give a little giveaway gift to you. Presents are fun for everyone! Do I have any birthday twins out there?

I recently received a bento-type box from Laptop Lunches and love it so much, I wanted to share one with one of you lucky readers as well. What’s a bento box? According to the know-all Wikipedia, it is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container.

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I’ve been seeing more and more bento box style lunch boxes pop up, and love the little individual compartments that let you pack a variety of fresh foods without them smooshing together. Nobody wants hummus dip swirled with applesauce for lunch. Laptop Lunches are American-style bento boxes designed to help you pack nutritious, eco-friendly lunches. They’re reusable, recyclable, and dishwasher safe and contain NO phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), or lead.

I’m a big proponent of packing lunches, since it allows you more control over the food you eat for your midday meal, which means you’re likely to pack something healthier than the local lunch spot. Whenever I pack lunch, it’s usually a combo of leftovers from dinner the night before, cut up veggie sticks, fresh fruit, trail mix or crackers. I’m that girl who carries around a massive tote for her lunch, since it’s the only thing that’ll fit my multiple snack baggies and Tupperware containers of food. But it’s a little cumbersome. Which is why I’m so excited to now have my own bento box to pack lunch. Here was one of my latest lunch combos:

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·      Leftover mahi mahi and veggie stir fry

·      Brown rice

·      Itty bitty mandarin oranges

·      Triscuits

·      And edamame hummus (in the tiny container)

They’re perfect for adults and kids. I was one of those kids who was always leery of school lunch (except on chicken nugget and pizza days in elementary school) and brought packed lunch every single day. The kid-friendly Laptop Lunches are adorable! Adults will like the portion-controlled containers that are non-spill.

If you’d like to win your own Laptop Lunch box (this one!), there are FOUR ways to win:

1) Leave a comment telling me your favorite lunch menu option from the Laptop Lunches website.

2) Follow Laptop Lunches on Facebook and then let me know you did for an extra entry.

3) Follow Laptop Lunches on Twitter and then let me know you did for an extra entry.

4) Tweet about this giveaway and then let me know you did for an extra entry.

I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday!

33 Comments

  1. Amy
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    The Springtime Snacking box looks great to me! A nice balance of fruits, veggies and nuts. I would totally pack that as a snack box.

  2. Robin O
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    My favorite menu option is this one:
    Menu

    * Arugula Salad
    * Green Garlic Salad Dressing
    * Non-fat Cottage Cheese
    * Sesame Melba Rounds
    http://www.laptoplunches.com/rss/88/bento-lunchbox-arugula.html

    thanks!!

  3. Cindy
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I would pack hummus, veggie sticks for dipping, and avocado chunks drizzled with lemon-infused oil.

  4. Robin O
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    @rkosully
    I follow you on Twitter and RT’d your message about the giveaway!!

  5. Cindy
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I Liked Laptop Lunches on Facebook. 🙂

  6. Cindy
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I followed Laptop Lunches on Twitter! 😀

  7. Robin O
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    @rkosully
    I follow @laptoplunches on Twitter!
    thank you!!

  8. Robin O
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    I like Laptop Lunches on Facebook! Robin O’Sullivan
    thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. Posted March 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Gosh, so hard to decide. I think I like the “It’s a Wrap” box. Being vegan it’s impossible to find anything to eat out so these would be fabulous to take food with me.

  10. Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I also started following on Twitter. Tweeted about it and liked it on Facebook! Thanks.

  11. Amber
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    I would pack my left over stir fry veggies, some cold chicken slices, red pepper hummus, some sesame wheat crackers, and mango slices with lemon juice. I followed LaptopLunches on Facebook, on twitter, And I tweeted about it! I would Love a Laptop lunch box.

  12. Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday!! I love these bento boxes – what a great idea! I’m always bringing so many different containers and bags to school, it’s a little ridiculous! The laptop lunch site has quite a few good options for lunch. Since we’re nearing spring, I had to go straight to their springtime menus. I like the Japanese yaki soba noodles – something different than my usually sandwich or salad.

  13. Janel
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  14. Sara P.
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    How cute! The Apple Cinnamon Bulgur Salad looks delicious!

  15. Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Egg Salad Muffin is looking good to me today- very nostalgic!

  16. Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    FB fan of Laptop Lunches

  17. Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    @superdumb follows @LaptopLunches

  18. Posted March 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/superdumb/status/176731871454044160
    happy birthday!

  19. Janel
    Posted March 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Thank you!

  20. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. My favorite menu option is Lunch From the Farm. In less than two months my local Farmer’s Market will finally be open again, and I can hardly wait! 🙂

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I follow Laptop Lunches on Facebook – Cindy A.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    I follow Laptop Lunches on Twitter – @normawatson

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/normawatson/status/176745952294617089

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  24. Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I have wanted one of these FOREVER! The sweet potato medley caught my eye – I may make a version of that for tomorrow’s lunch actually!

  25. Caitlin
    Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Love the bento brunch or the bento fiesta (I could eat both of those almost every day!) yum!

  26. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm, avocado, mango and tofu lunch! Yes, please!

    I totally love the idea of these Bento box lunches. I got little mini ones for my toddler and send his lunch in every day like this. He loves opening all of the little compartments (and dumping them out) to eat. I want one for myself.

  27. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I followed LL on facebook.

  28. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    … and on Twitter (though your link didn’t work for me).

  29. Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I have been wanting one of these for a while! This one looks better than the others I’ve seen online. Love that it is dishwasher safe and BPA free!

    I tweeted

    And happy 30th bday!

  30. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve wanted a bento box for a while! Since I usually eat lunch at home (heehee) I’d pack a cute little lunch in it every day for Tim!

  31. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I follow them on Twitter!

  32. Posted March 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I follow them on Facebook!

  33. Posted March 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    best lunch box ever!

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