The Week in Bentos: September 9-12, 2008

by Wendy Copley on September 12, 2008

We’re still doing a lot of berries in the preschool bentos this week. I think I’m going to have to start branching out into different fruits and veggies though because the berries seem to be finishing up at the farmer’s market.

Preschooler Bento #66: September 9, 2008

Tuesday: strawberries and blueberries, an apple cereal bar (cut in half), some tomatoes are hidden below the apple bar to lift it up, and we finish with the ever present salami.

Preschooler Bento #67: September 10, 2008

Wednesday we were flush with fruit, but low on almost everything else. I was tempted to just send fruit in Wyatt’s lunch because I knew he would probably eat it all, but I didn’t think it would fill him up enough for all that hard playing he needed to do at preschool, so I improvised a bit. I toasted a tortilla and then spread it with cream cheese and jam, rolled it up and sliced it into little rolls. If you try this yourself, be sure to cut the tortilla with a serrated knife or the goop in the middle will all squish out. Trust me — I found out the hard way. I also sent a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. Wyatt can’t open these by himself, so I open them for him and then fold the foil back around the cheese before I put it in his lunch box. Like so:

Open the cheese for your kid

Preschooler Bento #68: September 11, 2008

Thursday: Wyatt specifically asked for some stuff in his lunch today, which he never does. He has no problem telling me not to pack things, of course. He asked for the turkey roll-ups and baked tofu. Kind of a protein heavy luncheon, but I think that’s OK. I also sent amazingly sweet grapes from the farmer’s market and some saltines which Wyatt refers to as “Those crackers I like.” Augie slept in this morning, so I had time to cute this up with some tofu stars too.

Preschooler Bento #69: September 12, 2008

I made a couple of loaves of banana bread on Thursday so of course some went into Wyatt’s lunch on Friday. I took a few extra seconds to cut the slice into cat and star shapes. The slices were too thin to come up to the top of the box on their own, so to keep things stable, I put a layer of grapes under the cat and I doubled up the stars. So even though it looks like there are two stars in the box, there are actually four. I also added a garlic chicken sausage cut into chunks and a hand full of strawberries.

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