The Week in Bentos: March 22-26, 2010

by Wendy Copley on March 26, 2010

Monday:

Kindergarten Snack #78: March 22, 2010

Monday’s snack had a mini blueberry muffin, multi-grain crackers and a mandarin orange.

Tuesday:

Kindergarten Bento #305: March 23, 2010

I sent a combined lunch and snack in the Laptop Lunchbox for Wyatt today (which now seems to be a habit).  It contained, a mini blueberry muffin, tortilla strips that I toasted, buttered and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, fresh pineapple chunks, peas, rice, leftover carne asada from dinner the night before and a few cherry tomatoes to fill the gaps.

Toddler Bento #5: March 23, 2010

Augie’s lunch had turkey meatballs that I cut into eighths, tomatoes, fresh pineapple, a rice ball and peas.

The rice balls were pulled from the freezer and I left them in the boy’s lunch boxes overnight to defrost. Usually, I defrost them in the morning by covering them with a damp paper towel and microwaving them for a couple of minutes. They come out great this way — moist and nice to eat. Simply letting them thaw in the boxes was not a good move on my part because they ended up with a dry, unappetizing crust on them. I won’t be doing that again.

Wednesday:

Kindergarten Bento #306: March 24, 2010

On Wednesday, Wyatt’s lunch had mini muffins again, a mandarin orange, more fresh pineapple, leftover roasted chicken from dinner, green beans and some pretzel sticks.

When I opened his lunch box after school, I found a disaster. When Wyatt ate his snack in the morning, he opened his lunch box instead of his snack box and then promptly lost the band that holds it closed. So when he opened the lunch box at lunch time, everything had spilled all over the place and was all jumbled together. He decided it was too gross to eat and just left it all in the lunch box.

Kindergarten Bento #306: Catastrophe!

Kindergarten Snack #79: March 24, 2010

I packed him a mandarin and some crackers for his snack, but that was also rejected because the cracker crumbs got all over the orange. He was pretty hungry after school.

Toddler Bento #6: March 24, 2010

Augie’s lunch worked out much better. It had chopped mango, a quarter of an avocado (wrapped in plastic to prevent browning), Israeli couscous, chicken and green beans.

Thursday:

Kindergarten Bento #307: March 25, 2010

In contrast to Wednesday’s lunch, Thursday’s lunch was a total success. I sent a jelly sandwich, pineapple chunks, leftover shrimp from dinner and pasta with some red pepper bits sprinkled in. This lunch was so sucessful, in fact, that Wyatt ate every bite of it at lunch time and didn’t have anything leftover to eat for his afternoon snack. He complained bitterly about this in the car on the way home.  “Luckily my teacher had a banana for me!” he said. “Otherwise, I would have starved to death.”

Yes, I’m raising a drama queen.

Friday:

Kindergarten Snack #80: March 26, 2010

Today’s snack was deli hap roll-ups, more pineapple and another mandarin orange.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

  • Christina J

    Hello! I came across your site whilst looking at bento photos on flickr. Great blog! Your FAQ cracked me up. Thank you for sharing your bento-weeks, I look forward to reading more soon.

  • kimfariss

    Hi! I'm sure you've already answered these questions somewhere before but I'm wondering if the food in the laptop lunchbox gets mixed up without lids on each container. Also, do you have to carry it a certain way to keep the food in the containers? I know I probably sound like an idiot, but I'm considering buying one for my three year old and don't want to waste money on it if he won't be able to use it! Thanks for any advice. Kim

  • Hi Kim — When you close the outside lid of the laptop lunchbox fits pretty tightly over the inner boxes, effectively acting as a lid for them. For the most part, this keeps the food from mixing together. Packing the food tightly in the inner containers will also help with this. That being said, I do not recommend packing wet foods (yogurt, applesauce, soup!) in the boxes without the lids because they will leak all over the other stuff. It shouldn't matter how you carry the lunch box.

    The bigger concerns I have about the laptop lunchbox for a 3yo are these:

    1. It holds a ton of food! I pack a lunch and two snacks for my 5yo when I use the box. Even then, he doesn't usually eat everything and his appetite is considerably bigger now than it was two years ago.
    2. It's hard to open. I wasn't supposed to send anything in my kid's lunch that he couldn't open himself when he was in preschool and he was nearly 5 before he could get the laptop lunchbox open himself.

    Hope this helps!

  • Gretchen

    I love checking out your bento lunches!!! I was wondering what type of Bento box you would recommend for an adult? I would like to try to start bringing my lunch to work and since I do WW as well, seems like it would be a good way to portion control.

    is the laptop lunchbox too small for an adult? I would like a box that can be microwaved and put in the dishwasher, and is leakproof~any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

  • If you're only packing lunch for yourself, I think the Laptop lunchbox would be a great choice for an adult. If you need to pack lunch and a couple of snacks or if you like to eat bulky foods like salads, then I would recommend a Mr. Bento set. This is what I used when I was working in an office full time and I loved it. The same company makes a slightly smaller Ms. Bento set too. I've never used it, but some people swear by it.

  • Gretchen

    thank you for you quick reply~off to check Mr Bento 🙂

Previous post:

Next post: