This week I have a super bento post with two extra bento boxes for your viewing pleasure. That’s right — TWO extra! You get what you pay for here on my blog, that’s for sure.
Bonus Bento #1! Wyatt’s grandparents came to visit last week, so he only went to preschool two days. His schedule was a little wonky and I missed taking a photo of one of his bentos but I did get a picture of the other one, so this week we have an extra photo of the box I sent last week.
So last Tuesday I sent him off with a lunch I thought was great, but that I didn’t know if he would eat: fresh peach chunks, salami, a cup of frozen corn (thawed, of course) and a mini corn muffin. I was thrilled to see that he ate all of this lunch.
Yikes! Over-exposed much? Tuesday of this week, Wyatt got chunks of home made banana bread decorated with a giraffe cut from fruit leather, baked tofu, grapes and more corn.
Wednesday I sent: apple slices dipped in lemonade to prevent browning, a small slice of banana bread (hidden under the apples and covered with a food divider to keep it from getting soggy), a hotdog, catsup and carrot sticks.
Thursday I sent baked tofu again, along with strawberries, a full-sized blueberry muffin decorated with a fruit leather star and goldfish crackers. The goldfish were a gap-filler and I put them in to fill up the last bit of space after I’d packed the rest of the lunch. They’re in a silicon baking cup that I wedged in the box. The nice thing about those cups is that they conform to the space they’re given so even when I have an odd shaped space to fill like this one was, you can make them work.
Bonus Bento #2! Zach took Wyatt to child watch at the gym on Thursday night, and I decided to send dinner along with him as a treat at the last second. I grabbed a few things at hand that I knew Wyatt would eat: hot dog bun, grapes and some rolled up deli ham.
I slept a little late Friday morning, so Zach made Wyatt’s bento box. I coached him a bit on the packing when I got up (mostly just telling him to stack the strawberries and meatballs all the way to the top of the box) but otherwise he did it all himself. He didn’t want me to take a picture, but I ignored him and did it anyway. He sent strawberries, pieces of sourdough bread and chopped up turkey meatballs from a bag in the freezer along with some catsup for dipping. I thought the meatballs were a good idea and I wonder why I’ve never thought to put those in before because Wyatt loves them. Maybe I should have Daddy pack the lunch more often!