The Week in Bentos: April 12-16, 2010

by Wendy Copley on April 16, 2010

Read all the way down to the bottom of this post for an opportunity to receive some bento goodies from me for signing Jamie Oliver’s petition! Wooo!

This week in bentos was…uninspired. I wasn’t feeling the creative lunch thing and I think it shows in these photos. Augie was sick, I wasn’t feeling so great myself and my husband was off at a conference most of the week so I was parenting solo.

The one bright spot is that the stickers I made to encourage Wyatt to try new foods have been working really well! He has happily been trying new foods and there has been significantly less whining and “yuck”ing at the table in the evenings. He doesn’t always end up eating the foods he tries, but I’m pretty happy with where we are right now.

OK, so here’s what the lunches looked like this week:


Kindergarten Snack #82: April 12, 2010

Wyatt’s snack box contained grapes, pita crackers and some deli ham roll-ups.


Kindergarten Bento #311: April 13, 2010

As usual, lunch and snack were combined in the laptop lunchbox on Tuesday. It had whole wheat pretzle sticks, half a banana, a little yellow tub with jam for spreading on a whole wheat bun, strawberries and grapes, baked tofu and some peas.

Toddler Bento #9: April 13, 2010

Augie’s lunch was leftover beef stew, green peas, grapes that I cut into quarters, strips of garlic naan and some chopped strawberries. In case you’re wondering, his day care provider heats things up for the kids, so he doesn’t have to eat a bunch of cold congealed stew.


Kindergarten Bento #312: April 14, 2010

On Wednesday, the Kindergartner’s lunch was ham roll-ups, a whole wheat bun and strawberries. My kids really like strawberries.

Kindergarten Snack #83: April 14, 2010

Snack was carrot sticks, a cherry tomato and garlic naan. As usual, he didn’t eat the veggies.

Toddler Bento #10: April 14, 2010

I took Augie to the doctor on Wednesday morning because he’d been acting weird since the weekend and he developed a rash all over his body while we were in the waiting room. Usually my kids magically get better when we pull into the pediatrician’s parking lot, so this was a totally crazy experience. The doctor ended up diagnosing him with roseola so we decided to skip daycare that day. (Sorry day care kids who we exposed on Tuesday! Hope you’re feeling OK!)

His lunch was packed up the night before, so he ate it at home. He very much enjoyed his rice, leftover curried chicken (bought pre-marinated at Trader Joe’s), peas and strawberries.


Kindergarten Bento #313: April 15, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch/snack combo was wagon wheel pasta in a lemon vinaigrette (new food! new food!), corn, strawberries, pretzel sticks, ham roll-ups and pretzel sticks rolled up in ham. Wooo!


Kindergarten Snack #84: April 16, 2010

Today’s snack was strawberries and a lemon scone with a really crappy Batman picture drawn on it with food markers.

Sign the Food Revolution Petition!

In other news, my obsession with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution continues and today I’d like to encourage you to sign his petition. He’s planning to take it to the White House to show how much Americans care about what we’re feeding our kids in school — important since the Child Nutrition Act is up for renewal this year. Have you signed yet? If you’re reading this post I think it’s safe to assume that you might be just a wee bit interested in making sure American kids are eating healthy foods. It only takes a minute of your time. Click this badge to get there!

When you’re done come back and leave me a comment letting me know you signed. I’ll choose one random commenter from the list and send them a few bento goodies! I can’t tell you what they’ll be because I don’t have them, but I’ll pick up 3 or 4 things at Ichiban Kan or Daiso and send them off. (U.S. addresses only, please.)

Hey guys! Thanks so much to everyone who signed! I just drew a name and I’ve emailed the commenter so I’m going to close comments now. Of course, you can still go sign Jamie’s petition!

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Shannon April 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I too am obsessed with Jamie Oliver, not only as a cook but as an activist. I lived in London for a while and remember when he opened a restaurant that employed at-risk youth. Pretty cool! I signed the petition and will forward it onto my friends. Thanks for passing this on! (and I love anything bento!

Colleen April 17, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I signed! I am a high school teacher and a mom. My students learn all about our food system and the foods that they're eating. I'm obsessed with it too! Also–I just recently discovered Bento and I am so excited to learn more and start doing it! Thanks for your blog–

Caitlin U April 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

signed it!

Terri April 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

I signed it! What an amazing show! We are really enjoying it – very eye opening!

Kate April 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I signed too!

Lisa April 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I signed! My kids would love to buy lunch at school, but it looks like cafeteria food hasn't improved much since I was a kid, so most days I insist they bring lunch from home.

Abby-Sophia April 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I signed!

madebymegs April 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

If I were American, I would sign the petition for sure. I love what he is doing in the school systems in your country. Seriously, I must buy some bentos for my kids. Good luck to whoever wins.

rookiemomwhitney April 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Holy crap, Wendy. You have 57 comments on this post!
My laptop was stolen out of my car yesterday so I am in a deep funk. I came to look at bento pictures to cheer me up. If you want to laptop with me (Ryan's laptop, that is) on Tues, let me know. Can't wait to talk Jamie Oliver with you.

Back to the pity party.

niri April 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I have signed the petition. This is such an important issue that it was a pleasure to sign it

Shannon C April 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I signed! I'm part of the Revolution too! I have been watching the show and have the cookbook. He's awesome!

todd ballje April 18, 2010 at 3:32 am

i signed jamies petition. not sure what this site is but it looks very intriguing. cant wait to have a look!

nopinkhere April 18, 2010 at 3:33 am

I signed! Thanks for encouraging people to check it out. I'm glad I looked into it.

Alicia_pie April 18, 2010 at 6:16 am

Signed it! 😀

kethrim April 18, 2010 at 6:58 am

I signed the petition! I'm a fairly (couple weeks) new reader and I love your bento pictures!

chicmummy April 18, 2010 at 8:24 am

I signed the petition! Your blog is so inspiring, and has created its own mini revolution here with my son's kindy lunches.

frauniepi April 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

i signed and i don´t even live in the u.s.. i love your bento boxes and the kindergarden teachers love me now that i have stolen your ideas 🙂 thanks
i love jamies show. over here in vienna (austria) we have some trouble to see the show but i have a great husband who managed to get it on hulu. it´s actually not possible to see the show if you don´t live in the u.s..

Jennifer S April 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I signed. My kiddo will be starting Kindergarten next year and I am so scared about all the crap he will see in the school lunches and the other kids lunches. Of course he won't be eating any of that!

heatherdamron1 April 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm

I signed the petition! Jamie Oliver came to my hometown (Huntington, WV) to film the show. It is/was a great opportunity for the city of Huntington as well as the rest of the nation.I don't have children in school yet but, he has inspired me to serve my children healthier foods. We went from a family that ate out 5 of the 7 nights a week to a family that now eats out 1 of the 7 nights a week (mainly to give mommy a break). I am experimenting with new foods with my children. I have a 2 1/2 yr old that is super picky. Instead of the “I Tried Something New” stickers, we decided to do temporary tattoos. He loves being able to get a tattoo after eating dinner. At any given time, he has roughly 2-3 tattoos on him from it. When we go to the store and someone asks him about his tattoos, he will tell them “Last night mommy fixed (insert new food here) and I ate it all so now I have a tattoo.” It's so cute. I have a 10 month old as well and he is learning to eat new things as well.

Marion April 19, 2010 at 1:39 am

I signed the petition.

tiffanymouada April 19, 2010 at 2:59 am

I signed the petition! I also wanted to let you know how great your blog is and how,well, obsessed I with it! I check it quite often and love getting ideas for my son's lunches. Bento supplies are practically nonexistent in Arkansas, but I've been dong what I can with other containers and a bento I found on eBay. Keep up the good work!

Stacey April 19, 2010 at 3:02 am

Signed it.

sarah April 19, 2010 at 3:20 am

I signed. The Food Revolution will be televised!

briana garrott April 19, 2010 at 4:41 am

I signed it.

jamimess April 19, 2010 at 5:26 am

I just found your blog – it's great! With a kindergartener and a preschooler, I love having new ideas for lunches! Were those silicone baking cups you used as dividers? What a great idea! (Since I don't use them for baking and the kids just use them to make patterns across the floor!)

wcopley April 19, 2010 at 5:32 am

Yep! That's exactly what they are. I find them indispensable when packing lunches.

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