The Week in Bentos: October 20-24, 2008

by Wendy Copley on October 24, 2008

Hey gang! We’ve got five preschooler bentos this week. I had so much fun playing with all my new goodies!

Preschooler Bento #89: October 20, 2008

I don’t usually make bento boxes for Wyatt on his non-preschool days, but we were both excited to play with the new bento stuff so I made him a bento on Monday as a special treat. I put in grapes, pirates booty, turkey roll-ups on little flag picks, grape tomatoes and a cheese stick. We took it out to the front porch along with my lunch and a table cloth and had a little picnic right there with Augie watching us from his car seat. Wyatt was delighted which delighted me too.

Preschooler Bento #90: October 21, 2008

Tuesday Wyatt asked to use the same bento box. I sent a mini muffin, grapes, apple slices dipped in lemonade to prevent browning and baked teriyaki tofu.

I put some of the grapes on a cute little penguin pick. Wyatt and I had a little chat about these picks before I agreed to send them to school with him. There are two rules: 1.) pull the food off the pick before eating it (so he doesn’t poke his mouth) and 2.) never, never poke anyone with a pick (so he doesn’t get kicked out of preschool).

This is what the box looks like all assembled:

New Bento Box

The words on the box read: “Dolphins are the warm-hearted guides to the masic world.” Hmmmmmm….

I didn’t know what “masic” meant, so I looked it up on m-w.com and it wasn’t in their database. I did find the word “mesic” which means “characterized by, relating to, or requiring a moderate amount of moisture.” I wouldn’t really describe the ocean as having “a moderate amount of moisture”, but OK…whatever.

Preschooler Bento #91: October 22, 2008

Wednesday was a day for trying something new in Wyatt’s lunch box. He specifically asked me to give him salad so we gave it a shot. I put in some baby lettuce, a little jar of Newman’s Own Italian dressing, two turkey meatballs cut into quarters and put on little picks, a monkey full of catsup and a couple strawberries. I’m happy to report that he ate some of the salad, but not even close to all of it.

Preschooler Bento #91: October 22, 2008

He also got a thermos with alphabet noodles tossed with butter and garlic.

Preschooler Bento #91: October 22, 2008

And then this is a shot of this bento all assembled. The words on this one say, “The late lunch with a true lover is the symbol of happy life. Let’s enjoy the delicious lunch with a mellow music!” Hee!

Preschooler Bento #92: October 23, 2008

Thursday he got more baked tofu, some leftover broccoli from dinner the night before and a bunch of strawberries. I also put a couple of cookies in the lid of his bento because I’m not all tofu-broccoli-salad mom.

Preschooler Bento #93: October 24, 2008

I wanted to make it a whole week without putting the spicy meat that Wyatt loves so much in his lunch, so by Friday I needed to get creative. (We’re trying to cut his dependence on salami because even though we buy low-fat, low-salt, turkey salami, it’s still pretty bad for him.) I decided to make a quick quesadilla with a little spicy black bean dip and jack cheese. I ached to cut it up into shapes with cookie cutters, but Wyatt wanted triangles, so triangles are what he got. I also put in some grapes and a strawberry to fill that last little gap.

Have a good weekend everyone! It’s going to be in the high seventies (which is crazy hot even for here) so I think we’ll be trying to find some fun stuff to do outside.

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  • Karol

    what on earth is pirates booty? If you think I have had a hard time finding baked tofu, you can only imagine how hard that will be to ask for with a straight face!!!!

  • Karol

    what on earth is pirates booty? If you think I have had a hard time finding baked tofu, you can only imagine how hard that will be to ask for with a straight face!!!!

  • Ha ha! I can imagine that would be pretty embarrassing! Pirate’s Booty is a snacky thing — it’s puffed corn with white cheddar powder on it. (http://www.robscape.com/files/prod-pirate-booty.php) I could take it or leave it, but my son loooooves it.

  • Ha ha! I can imagine that would be pretty embarrassing! Pirate’s Booty is a snacky thing — it’s puffed corn with white cheddar powder on it. (http://www.robscape.com/files/prod-pirate-booty.php) I could take it or leave it, but my son loooooves it.

  • Lisa

    You are truly a super mom!

  • Lisa

    You are truly a super mom!

  • Super cute! Bentos are so fun!

  • Super cute! Bentos are so fun!

  • Kay

    OK – I am a bento fan myself, but I have never seen the little jar with Salad dressing …. where did you get it??

  • Kay

    OK – I am a bento fan myself, but I have never seen the little jar with Salad dressing …. where did you get it??

  • Hi Kay — I got the jar at the brick and mortar Archie McPhee store in Seattle. Unfortunately, then don’t sell them on their web site though.

  • Hi Kay — I got the jar at the brick and mortar Archie McPhee store in Seattle. Unfortunately, then don’t sell them on their web site though.

  • Kimberly B.

    Do you think it was mispelled and should have been “Magic”? Your bentos are so cute. That’s my goal this week to get the silicone cupcake holders and check around for bento boxes….hopefully this newly found inspiration won’t break the bank.

  • Kimberly B.

    Do you think it was mispelled and should have been “Magic”? Your bentos are so cute. That’s my goal this week to get the silicone cupcake holders and check around for bento boxes….hopefully this newly found inspiration won’t break the bank.

  • Nancy

    How are you keeping your apples from browning? You mentioned dipping in lemonade…does this affect the taste and do you find it effective? Is it any sort of special lemonade?

  • Hi Nancy — yes, I dip them in regular old lemonade. Any kind will do. You just need that little bit of acid. My son is a lemonade freak, so we often have it around the house and I just use what's in the fridge. If we are out of lemonade, I'll put them in some water with a little lemon juice squeezed into it. The lemon/lemonade does affect the taste a bit, but he doesn't seem to mind.

  • Nancy

    How are you keeping your apples from browning? You mentioned dipping in lemonade…does this affect the taste and do you find it effective? Is it any sort of special lemonade?

  • Hi Nancy — yes, I dip them in regular old lemonade. Any kind will do. You just need that little bit of acid. My son is a lemonade freak, so we often have it around the house and I just use what's in the fridge. If we are out of lemonade, I'll put them in some water with a little lemon juice squeezed into it. The lemon/lemonade does affect the taste a bit, but he doesn't seem to mind.

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