The Week in Bentos: August 30-September 3, 2010

by Wendy Copley on September 3, 2010


1st Grade Bento #343: August 30, 2010

Monday’s 1st grade lunch was two little turkey and cheese sandwiches (on mini hamburger buns) some grapes and melon chunks.

I sent a snack too — I’m sure of it! — but I don’t have a picture of it so I’m not sure what it was.


Toddler Bento #44: August 31, 2010

You learn a lot about yourself by blogging regularly and one of the things I’ve discovered is that I often make pasta with meat sauce for dinner on Monday night because it shows up in Tuesday bento boxes a lot.  True to tradition, the toddler’s lunch box had leftover pasta with meat sauce along with steamed carrots, fresh corn and some figs.

1st Grade Bento #344: August 31, 2010

My 1st grader’s lunch had the same pasta (heated and packed in the Thermos) along with pretzel sticks, aged gouda cheese (which he surprisingly loves), and thawed blueberries from the freezer. This lunch was packed in the OOTS Lunchbox.


Toddler Bento #45: September 1, 2010

On Wednesday, Augie’s lunch was packed with leftovers from his 2nd birthday party the night before, so it was chock full of some of his favorite foods. He had leftover pulled pork, watermelon chunks and BLT pasta salad (recipe here).

1st Grade Bento #345: September 1, 2010

Wyatt also had leftover pulled pork (heated and placed in the Thermos). I also packed some mini buns and half a cupcake from his brother’s party.

First Grade Snack#140

He had strawberries for a snack.

Really, I did a pretty crappy job on this lunch. It didn’t seem so bad at the time, but there wasn’t a lot of nutrition there and Wyatt came home from school starving.


First Grade Snack#141

Wyatt begged me to let him get school lunch all week and on Thursday I finally relented. We’ve agreed that Wyatt will be allowed to buy school lunch once per week and only if I approve the menu for a particular day. And when I say “we’ve agreed” I mean “I’ve laid down the law”. I won’t be giving my approval on days when things like “kookies”, flourescent blue Trix yogurt, or strawberry waffle grahams are on the menu though. Since that appears to be most days he’s not going to get it very often, I’m afraid. Thursday’s menu was:

  • Choice of beefy bean dip or french bread pizza (he chose pizza)
  • apple (which he ate!)
  • carrot sticks (he didn’t pick any up)
  • tortilla chips (he didn’t get these either)
  • milk (he chose the chocolate, of course)

One argument for buying school lunch is that it’s easier for me in the morning but I actually found that was only marginally true. I still had to pack a snack (what you see above) and I had to root around coming up with exact change for lunch money because my wallet was inconveniently empty. It’s possible it would have been easier for me to make lunch, actually.

Wyatt’s verdict on school lunch: “It was the most delicious thing ever and I want to eat it every day!!”



1st Grade Bento #346: September 3, 2010

Today, Wyatt’s lunch had leftover turkey taco meat with cheese sprinkled on top, tortilla chips to eat the meat with, a few chocolate chips, grapes and strawberries. This lunch was a big hit! I’ll be doing this again for sure.

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  • Erin

    I would totally eat all of Friday's lunch. I don't even have kids, but I love your blog! I'm glad I'm not the only one who eats a handful of chocolate chips here and there. It's better to eat 10 choc chips than eat a whole candy bar, right? 🙂

  • Lisaklin

    Does Wyatt's school have the option to pre-pay for lunches? I sent in a check for my son's lunch account and we add to it once its low. BTW, he only buys once a week- pizza day. I like packing lunches b/c it means there's a greater chance he will eat it since its food he likes!

  • The new school year has just started in the UK, so I have been hunting around for new ideas for my children's lunches. That's when I stumbled on your site. I love your ideas and I have printed out your lunch box list. Thank you. I tend to alternate between school lunches and packed lunches. One problem I have with the school lunches is that I can never tell how much they have eaten.

  • Didn’t you once describe Wyatt as picky?
    I’d be THRILLED if Ethan would eat pulled pork, pasta with meat sauce and taco stuff at school! Thrilled! He’ll eat the latter two all day long at *home*, but talk about taking it to school and he balks and stomps his feet in protest.

    It all looks yummy in the tummy. 🙂
    And I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the inside of a fig before. (hangs head in shame)

  • I fully admit that “picky” is relative! I think Wyatt probably has a pretty good list of foods he eats when you compare him to other kids his age and he’s never been one of those “white foods only” kids (thank goodness — how hard that must be for parents). He’s also been trying and accepting new foods over the past year or so at what I consider to be a pretty impressive rate. I can pinpoint when he started trying things almost to the day because it was on our trip to San Diego last summer when he sample saganaki (!!!) at a Greek restaurant.

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