The Week in Bentos: March 8-12, 2010

by Wendy Copley on March 12, 2010

There was a big change around here this week. Augie started going to daycare two days per week. And get this:

I have to pack him a lunch.

I swear, that’s not why I chose this daycare!

He’s going to be going on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so I’ll be posting photos of his lunches on those days along with Wyatt’s. Packing a bento for a toddler is a little bit different from packing one for a preschooler or kindergartner. One big difference is that they’ll heat food up for Augie at his daycare, so I can pack stuff that doesn’t necessarily have to be eaten cold. I’m hoping to make some batches of meals ahead of time to freeze to make lunch-packing go a little more quickly. The other difference is that I need to do a bit more chopping up of fruits and veggies and whatnot so there’s less room for cute-ification (not to mention the fact that the cute stuff goes right over Augie’s head). Still, it’s kind of fun to be able to mix it up a little. Augie eats almost everything we give him so it will be nice to branch out a little.


Kindergartne Snack #74: March 8, 2010

I tried to do too much beforeĀ  Wyatt’s school drop-off on Monday and I found myself really pressed for time when putting his snack together. He begged me for chips and bean dip and I figured it wasn’t the worst snack in the world, so I gave in. Just so you know, I co not recommended packing bean dip this way! It got everywhere inside the bento box and Wyatt still had bean dip on his hands when he got home from school. I also sent an applesauce along.


Kindergarten Bento #299: March 9, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch and snack were: more chips and bean dip (I put the lid on the red container which worked pretty well), a mini-tangerine, banana bread, fresh pineapple chunks, rice and deli ham roll-ups.

Toddler Bento #1: March 9, 2010

Augie’s lunch box had leftover carrots from dinner on Monday night, rice, peas, tofu chunks, more rice and pineapple.

When I picked Augie up from daycare and checked in on how his day went, the daycare provider told me, “Wow! You did an excellent job putting his lunch together!” I had to work really hard to keep from laughing out loud. Little does she know about my secret life as a lunch-obsessed crazy lady! Bwa ha ha HA!


Kindergarten Bento #300: March 10, 2010

We broke out the jelly bean lunch box for Wyatt on Wednesday. The top layer had a couple of mini-tangerines in it which made Wyatt really happy. This batch of them has been perfect — sweeter than candy. I also put in a jelly sandwich cut into the shape of little men and some ham roll-ups on skewers.

Kindergarten Snack #75: March 10, 2010

Snack was a cup of pineapple chunks and some graham crackers. I also packed a yogurt tube, but forgot to put it in the photo.

Toddler Bento #2: March 10, 2010

Augie’s lunch was rainbow colored again. I packed peas, chopped grape tomatoes, tangerine wedges cut in half, rice and leftover curried chicken from dinner Tuesday night.


Kindergarten Bento #301: March 11, 2010

I loved how Thursday’s lunch looked — almost entirely straight lines with the chaos of the tangerine wedges breaking it up a bit. This Mondrian-esque lunch featured a half banana, a hot dog bun with strawberry jelly inside, tangerine wedges, Triscuits, banana bread, green beans, and salami.

As always, when I’m particularly proud of a lunch, Wyatt likes to keep me humble. Here’s what I found when I was unpacking his backpack last night:

Kindergarten Bento #301: March 11, 2010

It looks like he ate the salami, the banana bread and a few tangerine slices.


Kindergarten Snack #76: March 12, 2010

This hastily assembled snack was a jelly sandwich and a tangerine.

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  • Wendy, will you make my lunch for me everyday? Do you treat yourself to Bento every once in a while? Or do you have to hide from the kids when you eat, like I so often do?

  • I love all the bright rainbowy bentos this week!

  • makare1

    I love your blog, especially the bentos. Although I am also constantly amazed at the high quality of your pictures.

    The reason I am posting though is the last bento there, the fish one, made me think back to when we used to cut out sandwich shapes using glasses and stuff like that. I was thinking maybe you could use the fish box itself to make a perfectly fish shaped sandwich. Just a thought I had.

  • madebymegs

    Such a great post…I can't wait to come up with some great lunches for my kids. Your bento boxes are so pretty and make me want to eat them šŸ™‚

  • Wow! You are an amazing food photographer! How inspiring and gorgeous! See you in the Craft Blog Tune-Up!

  • Ooooh, I love your food art! Very nice photos!
    How can a kid not enjoy his lunch when it's so much fun?

  • Nita

    You do a good job, Mom, but I would warn you against buying any deli meats with sodium nitrate in it, a cancer causer. You can buy ham and chicken deli meats in the store that don't have sodium nitrate in it, though it's a little bit more expensive. For the same reason, hot dogs are bad. This is why so many adults now have colon cancers, these deli meats we were raised on, pepperoni and the like.

  • Hi Nita! Thanks for commenting. I actually am very careful to avoid deli meats and sausages with nitrates (and nitrites) in them and I also buy lower sodium deli meats when I can get them. They cost a bit more in the short run, but my family's health is worth a few extra dollars here and there!

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