The Week in Bentos: March 15-19, 2010

by Wendy Copley on March 19, 2010

Monday:

I took a picture of Wyatt’s snack on Monday (tofu and mandarin oranges) but I didn’t have a memory card in the camera so I don’t have a picture of it. I can assure you it was truly, truly stunning.

Tuesday:

Kindergarten Bento #302: March 16, 2010

On Tuesday, Wyatt’s lunch/snack combo had pita crackers, a Babybel cheese, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, a hard-boiled egg and strawberry jam sandwiches cut into the shape of little guys.

He noticed the food markers for the first time ever (?!) and was dying to use them, so I happily let him decorate his own egg. Both of us were thrilled with the result!

Toddler Bento #3: March 16, 2010

Augie’s lunch had corn, a hard-boiled egg decorated with a food-safe marker, a few peas to fill the little gap above the egg, grapes that I cut into quarters and a serving a Baby Bolognese.

I made a big batch of the pasta on Monday to have on hand for day care lunches and meals where Augie can’t eat what we’re having. Have I mentioned that he’s sensitive (or possibly even allergic) to dairy? The recipe made a huge amount of food so I froze it in my silicon baking cups in single serve portions and I’m looking forward to using it for easy meals.

Wednesday:

Kindergarten Bento #303: March 17, 2010

So, I’m not really a St. Patrick’s Day person. I’ll usually put on a green shirt or something, and I’ll put the kids in something green too, but that’s mostly just so we don’t get pinched. But on Wednesday, I got the urge to do a little something for Wyatt’s lunch, so I packed this special bento box. I put in sugar snap peas for some green. Then I drew a rainbow and a pot of gold on Wyatt’s tofu with food markers. I also drew a leprechaun on a hard boiled egg and then I filled the rest of the box with a mandarin orange, some pita crackers and some whole wheat pretzel sticks.

When Wyatt saw it, he asked me why there was a man with a scraggly beard on his egg, so I had to explain about leprechauns and gold and the rainbow and everything. And then he wanted to know who St. Patrick was and what a saint is. And then we started talking about where all the snakes in Ireland went. It really drove home to me how little I know about St. Patrick’s day. I was pretty thankful he didn’t ask what the leprechauns have to do with St. Patrick because I honestly don’t have a clue. I guess that’s what Wikipedia is for, right?

For his snack, I grabbed some pre-packaged items, so I didn’t take a picture. I think it was yogurt and applesauce, but I’m not positive.

Toddler Bento #4: March 17, 2010

The toddler’s lunch doesn’t have much of anything St. Patrick-y about it. I packed it with some of the first beautiful, organic strawberries of the year that I got at the farmer’s market on Tuesday morning. (I felt bad because I packed these the night before and didn’t remember to put any in Wyatt’s lunch until it was already full.) I also put in some frozen peas and corn, diced chicken and some leftover pasta with lemon, asparagus, red bell pepper and spinach from Tuesday’s dinner.

Thursday:

Kindergarten Bento #304: March 18, 2010

I remembered to pack some of those nice strawberries in Thursday’s lunch. I also put in some mandarins, baked tofu, and some oyster crackers.

Snack was more pre-packaged stuff — probably more yogurt and applesauce.

Friday:

Kindergarten Snack #77: March 19, 2010

Friday’s snack was a half a carrot muffin and some mandarins. I bought the muffins at Trader Joes at the beginning of the week and then totally forgot about them until Thursday night when Zach mentioned them.  I was glad to get them out and used before they went bad.

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  • Thats so cute. I love the way you use the little muffin cups as separators.

  • I love getting to now see what you feed Augie for lunch. I have an 18 month old son and sometimes I feel like I feed him the same stuff over and over. This gives me a little inspiration! I can't get my son to eat peas for some reason – he will squish them with his finger one by one on his tray. I think that's the problem – they're too much fun to play with:-)

  • meadow68

    Hey don't discount the importance and inspiration of the cute lunch pictures! I am living in a land of easy drive thrus and vending machines. Looking at your pictures reminds me to get out my own Lunchbox and fill it up, and try and include at least SOMETHING in the fruit or vegetable arena. I even just made a post with pix of 3 lunches from the last month (I usually only remember once a week). The more I see the cute lunches that I too can make, the more I try and make them, and the better I eat that day. I like all the various options you include.

  • meadow68

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  • melissa333

    Love the pictures. I have so got out of doing neat lunches for the girls, it has been what ever I can pull together and fast!! Good inspiration!!

  • I sooooo sympathize! I always feed Augie peas first thing, when he's the hungriest. If I wait to long in the meal, he throws them at me!

  • AVM

    I have been so inspired by your bog, especially the Bento section, that I started my own Bento Blog (http://www.bentomadness.blogspot.com)! Keep up with the great ideas!! I have bought (too) many accessories and bento boxes based on your recommendations!

  • I'm so impressed by Augie's eating habits. My son is 16 months now and sometimes all I can get him to eat for lunch is half a banana, a handful of cheerios and some cheese!

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