This second round of bento making went much better than the first!
This is the heavily calorie restricted bento I sent with Himself to school. Rice, a little bit of salted salmon, blanched green beans tossed with soy sauce and sesame oil. The whole thing can't be more than 400 calories. I used the little boxes from my original sandwich set and didn't have any trouble at all. Apparently I just pack better in threes than fours!
And here's my own bento. I don't dare fast this year, but there's no reason I can't abstain from meat. So more salted salmon for me together with rice, a salad, and a clementine. Packing two square boxes was much easier than the variety of differently sized boxes.
I was much happier packing the boxes this time. Each bento came out feeling like a coherent meal instead of a jumble, even though when I started I was uncertain of what each would contain. And in my lunch, I did a much better job of vertical packing and tight packing.