Good Product: Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar

We love brown-bagging our lunch; not only is it more economical and better for our waistlines, but it's also a good way to get rid of last night's leftovers. One of our favorite grown-up lunch boxes is the Zojirushi Mr. Bento® stainless lunch jar.

Mr. Bento comes with four inner containers in different sizes, a spork with a plastic cover, and a zippered carry bag. The portion sizes are just right, the containers are microwaveable, and the interior of the lunch jar stays cold for several hours. Plus, it's lightweight and comes with a black carrying case that slings over your shoulder.

It's a lot of fun getting creative with the containers. Sometimes we fill them with the previous night's leftovers, and other times we add fresh chopped fruit, hummus and vegetable sticks, or Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta. We've even done traditional Japanese bento lunches with rice and tsukemono.

Mr. Bento seems to have picked up a lot of fans, judging from the Mr. Bento group on Flickr, and a Mr. Bento LiveJournal community where members discuss different bento combinations and share photos of their bento lunches.

(Image by Zojirushi)