Brunch for Lunch: Bento Lunch Idea

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With school already in session in some parts of the USA and it just around the corner for us in Canada I’ve been thinking an awful lot about school lunches. I have for the last few years tried to do bento style lunches for my kids. Although last year I was off the ball being pregnant and miserable, my husband took over and did an excellent job in the lunch department.

This year however, I want to step back into the game and be as creative as I can with their lunches. Although 6 kids will be heading back-to-school, my oldest heading into Grade 10 doesn’t take a lunch so I’ll be in charge of getting creative enough for 5 lunches.
The other day we had breakfast for dinner something we love doing in our house and probably do about twice a month. We had pancakes, breakfast sausages, eggs and toast. It was delicious. One of my kids mentioned they wish they could take a brunch to school, and that’s when a lightbulb went off – why not?

Last year we made pancakes that we froze and were able to zap in the microwave so we didn’t have to get up super early, and the kids could have a delicious filling breakfast, so why not do some sort of pancake for school.
Pancakes and Sausage Skewers were then born. My kids love both of them, it provides a great protein and the pancakes are small enough that if they don’t have a microwave available to them they are still yummy without needing to be really hot! They were a huge hit, All of the kids tried them and loved them so this will now be staple in our back-to-school lunches.
What could you pair with them? Well, let’s see there are so many wonderful ideas you can include in a bento style lunch. Let’s remember though: School lunches are the fuel to our children’s day. We want to give them foods that will fill them up, but also that will keep them going and fuelled for a day of learning. Limiting the sweets is something I make sure to do, and if they do get sweets it is generally homemade in our house.

Need some snack ideas to pair? Here are some great snack ideas to include in bento style lunches:

  • Blueberries
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cherry Tomatos
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Yogurt
  • Real fruit juice fruit snacks
  • Crackers
  • Cheese+Crackers
  • Sliced Meat
  • Rice
  • Steamed mixed veggies
  • Granola
  • Homemade trail mixes
  • Apple Chips
  • Pita Chips
  • Pretzels

Homemade sweets that my kids enjoy getting in their lunches:

  • Muffins
  • Bite sized brownies
  • Mini cookies
  • Mini fruit tarts
  • Yogurt with: cranberries, chocolate chips, sprinkles or coconut flakes

How to make Pancake and Sausage Skewers


  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/3 cup warm but not hot milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 and a pich tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 5 breakfast sausage links


  1. In a small pot or microwaveable bowl, heat your milk so its hot but not scalding hot (shouldn’t burn you)
  2. Melt your butter and add with vanilla, oil, and egg to your milk and whisk until well combined
  3. In a medium-sized bowl mix your dry ingredients and make a well
  4. Add your wet to your dry and DO NOT over mix
  5. Heat your oven to instructed package instructions for sausages and cook
  6. Using a griddle or a medium-sized nonstick fry pan, dollop about 3/4 teaspoon of batter as fast as you can (I managed ten before I had to flip)
  7. When your sausage has cooled, slice into desired thickness and get ready to assemble
  8. Start with a pancake then sausage and so on

Depending on the style of your bento box or containers for lunch – you may have to trim the skewer ends. I recommend doing that regardless because most are quite pointy, and that can be dangerous at school. Making the pancakes with a teaspoon can be time consuming but they make perfect sized pancakes, especially for the littler mouths.I plan to try to come up with some more ideas to share. I’ve done pinwheels, pitas and a few different kinds of homemade mini pizzas for them to take which they’ve all loved and will be staying on the menu — however, I’d like to try to be a more creative and send different things with them. After a while sandwiches can be so boring, and my kids get tired of the same stuff all the time so it’s important I mix it up!

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  • Reply Candy August 23, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Everything looks great for school lunches. I would have to leave the mini pancakes off the stick. Not allowed at school

  • Reply Tasheena August 23, 2018 at 10:49 am

    These are wonderful ideas I can’t wait to give the recipe a try. My kiddos would love the pancake and sausage skewers.

  • Reply Sarah Bailey August 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Now those skewers look absolutely amazing, what a great idea for a bento box addition! Perfect for the back to school lunch ideas.

  • Reply Jeanette August 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    This looks like a perfect lunch for my kiddo. He is not a huge sandwich fan so I’m always trying to find other ways to get a good lunch in him. This would be a delicious way to do it and I know he would love it.

  • Reply Terri Steffes August 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I am in love with those mini pancakes and sausages. I know my (33 yo) daughter would love these. She loves food on a stick.

  • Reply Amber Myers August 23, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    What a great idea! I’m pretty boring with lunches: my kids basically get sandwiches, chips, and fruit. I’m too lazy to do much else. Granted, they have started making their own lunches since they are older, so they could make this on their own!

  • Reply Heather August 23, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the plethora of ideas. I am going to bookmark because school is coming soon and lunch gets tedious.

  • Reply Roch August 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Having wholesome snacks that are low in sugar and low in sodium would be best for children. Sometimes it’s hard for them to like fruits and vegetables, especially for fussy eaters.

  • Reply Melissa Vera August 23, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you for your unique ideas for lunch. I have a hard time trying to find different things for us to eat. I love the pancake kabobs

  • Reply Marysa August 23, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I am not always very good about school lunches, and it would be nice to start the new school year with a better plan to pack lunches. Thanks for all the ideas!

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea August 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

    That pancake and sausage skewers looks tasty. That sounds like a great idea to spice things up during breakfast.

  • Reply Tammy August 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Love the mini pancakes. Great examples for kids to enjoy.

  • Reply A Geek Daddy August 24, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Pancake and sausage skewers in a really neat idea! I’m going to have to play around with that concept a bit to make some awesome breakfast kabobs. Need to mix in some eggs, bacon, onions and tomatoes into the mix. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Carol Cassara August 24, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Loving the bento style lunches! I think this is really adorable and something that the kids will love. Your lunch ideas will keep them happy and full during the school days! Love it!

  • Reply Denay DeGuzman August 25, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    What a super fun back-to-school lunch idea! My brother and his wife have a kindergartener. I’m sending them a link to this post right now.

  • Reply Shoshana Sue August 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I know my girls would love these pancake and sausage skewers, they love delicious. I always include fresh fruits in my kids lunch bags but most of the times the fruits come back uneaten lol

  • Reply Anosa Malanga August 26, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Awwe, I love the idea! Probably this will work for my cousins too and maybe for me as well. Lol! Indeed such a great lunch ideas!

  • Reply Claudia Krusch August 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Love all these ideas! They are so amazing! My son would love all of them!

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