You can enjoy high-end sushi meals without the shocking sticker price of a takeout order from extravagant sushi bars and restaurants. 
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Ordering a lavish sushi bento box for lunch is a great treat – especially if you have the time to leave the office and enjoy table service – but can easily get expensive without you even noticing it.

Lunch specials and lower priced combinations have long been a cornerstone of many upscale sushi bars and restaurants, which make for an appealing lunch order that will be much healthier than alternatives like pizza or loaded subs.

But many restaurants run a minimum on how much you need to order before they consider delivering to you – and then tipping your delivery runner is also an added cost that you simply can’t skimp on.

There’s an alternative, however: you can make really fun sushi meals in advance with portability in mind. Enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi grade fish without doling out copious amounts of cash to frequent deliveries.

And what’s more? These finds right here will earn you an A+ for your diet, and can add a fun kick to what might seem like weeks and weeks of pre-made salads. So easy to make and so fabulous to unwrap anywhere you take them that your friends, coworkers or even strangers will think you’ve just maxed out your credit card on lunch catering.

Feel free to let them know you’re just ahead of the game and share the following recipes:  

1) Sushi Sandwich Lunch Box

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This is the ultimate DIY bento box that can travel very well in any lunch container you have in mind. It also is a nutritional smash hit that will keep you totally satisfied all day at just 400 calories

2) Smoked Salmon Sushi Sandwiches

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Maybe you're not totally a fan of raw fish but still love the idea of sushi? Or maybe enthused that you can buy prepacked lox at the market? It could also be that this fun sushi sandwich doesn't require any rolling at all. Give it a whirl!

3) Avocado Roll

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Sometimes it's the simplest things that give us satisfaction: avocado rolls are beautifully tasty with just three plain ingredients. Our version is just 150 calories.

4) Spicy Salmon Sushi Bowl

These bowls were inspired by popular raw fish and sushi dishes at our editors' favorite sushi spots. They serve up at least 30 grams of protein in each dish.

5) Brown Rice Sushi with Smoked Salmon and Pickled Carrots

This is technically an inside-out rolls, where the rice is on the outside. If you want to get really fancy, place slices of avocado on the outside of the rolls, and wrap in plastic wrap to shape.

7) Hawaiian-Style Tuna Poke Bowl

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High-protein content found in raw fish and filling fiber of brown rice are two things that could keep hunger away longer and cure cravings for sushi at the same time.