The Week in Bentos: June 2-5, 2009

by Wendy Copley on June 5, 2009

Preschool Bento #189: June 2, 2009

Tuesday’s lunch had a whole wheat “white” hamburger bun, some deli ham roll-ups grapes and a gigundo strawberry. To give you an idea of how big the strawberry was, after I hulled it, I popped a grape inside. Crazy!

Preschooler Bento #190: June 3, 2009

Wednesday morning I heated up some leftover alphabet noodles with butter, garlic and parmesan cheese and put it in the thermos. Wyatt’s hands are on the thermos because it smelled so good that he wanted to eat it right then! Mean mom that I am, I made him wait for lunch. (In my defense, he’d already had two pancakes and a big banana for breakfast.) I made up a smaller “snack box” of strawberries and salami to supplement the pasta. The little pink box has two strawberry “Hello Panda” candy/cookie thingies that I got the last time I was at Tokyo Fish Market. This lunch was a super success and came home without a crumb inside.

Preschooler Bento #191: June 4, 2009

I still hadn’t been to the store for the week on Thursday morning, so I had to scrounge up lunch from the freezer and pantry. I pulled two blueberry mini-muffins from the freezer, found  a container of peaches in the cupboard and made the last slice of ham into roll-ups.

Preschool Bento #192: June 5, 2009

Friday’s lunch had a half hambuger bun in it, along with cherries and baked teriyaki tofu. Ta da! After a two week absence, tt was back on the shelf at Trader Joe’s. Wyatt and I both were quite relieved.

I picked up a few new bento boxes this week and I thought I’d share them with you.

New bento boxes

The three on the right side are ones I found browsing at Ichiban Kan. I checked their web site and it looks like they’ve posted them for purchase there, so you might want to grab some while they’re still in stock. These boxes are a bit smaller than the ones I typically use for Wyatt’s lunch. The giraffe box looks like the usual size, but when I got it home, I saw that it was a bit smaller. The bird and squirrel boxes are ones that I’ll use for snacks or for transporting baby food on the go. (I have no affiliation with Ichiban Kan — I just like their products.)

I know a lot of my people are frustrated because they can’t find a source for bento boxes in their area so I try to keep my eye out for containers that will work at “regular” stores. The purple and red box on the right is one I found at The Container Store. It’s called a Snack & Dip and it’s on sale right now for $2.99. It has a built in well in the center that’s meant for dips, but I can see it working for berries, crackers or anything else I might normally put in a silicon baking cup. I’ve found similar items at Target and even at my grocery store, so it’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for things that will work for bento boxes when you’re out and about.

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  • luana

    Where are the people who can’t find a Japanese store? Sometimes there’s similar places in Chinatown.

  • luana

    Where are the people who can’t find a Japanese store? Sometimes there’s similar places in Chinatown.

  • gabbe

    awesome lunches again this week!! i’m going to try those filled cookies- they look YUMMY! You can find bento goodies on ebay too. love the cute new boxes you found! hope you’re out having fun today!

  • gabbe

    awesome lunches again this week!! i’m going to try those filled cookies- they look YUMMY! You can find bento goodies on ebay too. love the cute new boxes you found! hope you’re out having fun today!

  • Laura

    I love Ichiban! It was all so cheap and my kids love their individual stuff. I was a winner a while back and we use our bentos all the time! I got a set for each of my kids. Thanks for sharing all your good finds! and your great lunch ideas!

  • Laura

    I love Ichiban! It was all so cheap and my kids love their individual stuff. I was a winner a while back and we use our bentos all the time! I got a set for each of my kids. Thanks for sharing all your good finds! and your great lunch ideas!

  • Thank you very much for the inspiring post. I'll make such a lovely bentos for my four year old kid.

  • Thank you very much for the inspiring post. I'll make such a lovely bentos for my four year old kid.

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