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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irak794 April 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

signed the petition!

Katy April 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

You bet I signed the petition.

Tiffany April 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I've signed! I've only just started experimenting with bento, and so need more good supplies. They're nowhere to be found in Nashville, so I have to order stuff online. Would be great to get some items from someone who knows what they're doing and knows what to get.

julieako April 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I signed

EatPlayLove April 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Definitely signed & subscribing to your blog! I write Colorado bento as a side project. Great lunches, thanks for the giveaway. Bento goodies are hard to find in CO!

Brittany April 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I signed it!

sherripower April 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Just SMASHING Jamie! All the lunches look Awesome!
My 3 boys all LOVE Batman also!
When my eldest by was 3 yrs old, he used to dress up in his Batman jammies and mask and insist we call him “Batman”. He would say: “I'm not Philip! I'm Batman!” ;D
Love the lunches Jamie! xoxo

Dee April 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Signed the petition! Joined the Food Revolution for healthier & happier kids!

Dee April 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Signed the petition! Joined the Food Revolution for healthier & happier kids!

corrinewager April 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I have signed Jamie Oliver's petition. I hope it grows and grows!

mattsharp April 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I signed the petition. We love putting together healthy bentos for our little one. Thanks for the cool bento ideas you have posted.

Aurora April 16, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I signed the petition.

neely April 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

love jamie and the food revolution. signed the petition today!

Flowox April 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I signed the petition and watch the show every week. I tweet about it alot and post on Faceboook to get more people to sign and watch πŸ™‚

JessicaM April 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I signed the petition a couple of weeks ago after the first episode! I love that show! And your blog.

Melibee April 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I've signed the petition! Jaime rocks!!

alie April 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I signed!

Jennifer April 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I've been crazy about this show since I saw the previews, but I didn't know that there was a petition going on. Thanks for letting me know, and I just signed it.

joanne April 16, 2010 at 10:38 pm

i also signed it a couple of weeks ago. so important, and so great. thanks for your inspiring posts! i always think about them when i make lunch for my daughter.

Deborah Nealer April 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I am also obsessed with this! This is the 1st time I have found something that I am really interested, believe in and want. I am willing to do anything to help the cause. I of course signed the petition along with everyone I could possibly do and have forwarded to many people on fb and friends. I even sent it to my children's school principal and teachers! I was excited watching the show from day 1. Before the show I started changing my cooking for my family because I was doing fast and frozen food to much and he has motivated me to continue and the perfect place to find great ideas to cook. Its taking me longer to cook but I am seeing better results in my childrens eating and its worth it. PS Great lunches

kristinjm April 16, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Signed the petition. We use the bento boxes and I'm so happy to find your blog. It's getting close to the end of the year, but I'm feeling so very inspired by your ideas. Thank you, thank you!

Rhea April 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I signed his petition!

Deb April 16, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I signed!

Sonia April 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm

I signed! Good for Jamie, and good for you! πŸ™‚

Marissa April 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I signed it. πŸ™‚

Judi April 16, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I signed it. Love the show also!

Karol April 16, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Now you know, being from Mississippi, I am in the worst place on earth for revolution of any kind! lol. But I signed up. My daughter takes her lunch a good bit ( Thanks to the great ideas that I get from YOU!) Your batman was not so bad. I only guessed two other things before I read what you had drawn. Just kidding. I only guessed one thing ( a cat). You are great!

Beth April 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

I signed it.

melanie April 17, 2010 at 12:09 am

love your lunches! i signed the petition!

Sara April 17, 2010 at 12:36 am

I signed the petition a few weeks ago! πŸ™‚ Love the show- Love your blog!

Staci April 17, 2010 at 12:43 am

I love seeing what you've packed each week (and my kindergartner likes to look too.) Thanks so much for the reminder on the petition. I just signed it!

Robyn April 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

Wendy, please pick me. Okay? I really want some bento goodies!!!!!
And I did sign the Jamie Oliver thing. But I really want those goodies!!!

Monzie April 17, 2010 at 1:17 am

Poor Augie – I hope he is feeling better. I should make some of those stickers with dinosaurs and see if they work for my son. πŸ™‚
Signed the petition.

Krista April 17, 2010 at 1:38 am

I signed!!!

Amanda April 17, 2010 at 2:18 am

I signed!

ccb1972 April 17, 2010 at 2:46 am

I signed it. I think what he's doing is inspiring! And I looked at your week in Bentos as was very impressed! Nothing shabby looking to me. Thanks for the fun bento giveaways… all I have are the wilton cupcake cups that I use, got that idea from you. I actually have thoughts of taking a trip that would include a stop at a Bento store—- it would be a haul though, I am in AL! Thanks!

Jennifer April 17, 2010 at 2:46 am

i signed the petition!

Hailey April 17, 2010 at 2:48 am

I signed the petition! πŸ™‚

gareth green April 17, 2010 at 4:37 am

Petition aside, I commend you and what you are doing with your own childrens nutrition. Its great to see a parent actively engaged in providing a nourishing meal every day. Kudos!

shaeirving April 17, 2010 at 5:46 am

Okay, I finally did it! But you don't have to send me anything . . . just wanted to let you know that your efforts here are making a difference.

bethgish April 17, 2010 at 6:06 am

I love your blog! Stumbled on it when I was going through magazines to post on my own. I have a link to your blog from mine! Hope this helps! We need a change!

plutostarz April 17, 2010 at 6:20 am

i sign the petition πŸ˜‰

plutostarz April 17, 2010 at 6:20 am

signed the petition πŸ™‚

splendidmissm April 17, 2010 at 9:10 am

I think it's wonderful that you're helping to promote it in this way. I signed, and I've been encouraging others to sign as well. I found your blog through RTs on Twitter. I used to make bento lunches before I had my baby but have since fallen out of the practice. Perhaps I should start again!

Emily April 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

I signed the petition. Would love to see some of the things Jamie's doing get started at the school where I teach!

MegzJ April 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I signed! Hurray!

I love the idea of this, and hopefully President Obama will work with the idea. I remember in school eating nothing but these cardboard like pizzas and french fries. It's a sad state of affairs, really.

Lyndsey April 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I had already sign the petition, this is such a great cause. My daughter is a perfect example of what kids will eat if introduced to good eating from the start.

I love your kids bentos! Bento goodies are a challenge to find unless you buy them on line. Thanks for doing this!

Amy @ Taste Like Crazy April 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I've been watching Jamie Oliver since he did Naked Chef years ago. I also saw his BBC School Dinners and was hooked.

When I found out he was doing an American version…well…let's just say I'm obsessed – just a very big fan. πŸ˜€

I signed the petition and hope Oliver's given the chance to take his program nationwide.

Vanessa April 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I signed the petition!

Sarah April 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Signed! Love reading your thoughts about Jamie's food revolution!

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