The Week in Bentos: September 6-10, 2010

by Wendy Copley on September 11, 2010

Monday

No school for the Labor Day holiday!

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #46: September 7, 2010

On Tuesday, my toddler’s lunch contained: frozen shu mei dumplings from the freezer (I heated them in the microwave, then cooled them off before I put them in his lunch box), leftover broccoli, clementine wedges, cherry tomatoes and some garlic naan stars.

The two stars on top are the only actual stars in this lunch. The rest of the bread pieces are the scraps that were leftover after I cut out the stars for both boys’ lunches. Augie really doesn’t care about the shapes at this point, so this was a great way to use up the scraps.

People often ask what I do with the scraps when I cut shapes out of food for bento boxes. I do different things with the leftovers, depending on what food I’m working with but one thing I never do is throw the scraps away. Because I usually make the lunches while the kids and I are eating breakfast, one or more of us will often  just eat the scraps along with the rest of our meal. I’ll sometimes include them in the bento boxes under the pretty part like I did here. And depending on what I cut, it will sometimes go back in the fridge to be eaten later.

First Grade Bento #347: September 7, 2010

The 1st grade lunch was packed in the Laptop Lunch box and had whole wheat pretzel sticks, edamame hummus for dipping, a cheese stick, garlic naan stars with catsup, clementine wedges, shu mei dumplings, and a few shrimp that were leftover from dinner.

It probably goes without saying, but when you are packing highly perishable foods like shrimp be sure to include some ice packs in the lunchbox to keep it nice and cold. Every lunch I pack gets at least one ice pack and sometimes two to keep it safely chilled until lunch time.

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #47: September 8, 2010

Wednesday’s toddler lunch box was packed in the panda box (the one I have is currently out of stock at JBox.com, but you can find a similar one at Amazon). This lunch had clementine wedges, a few blueberries (in the center of the “flower”, a cereal bar cut into chunks, corn, and leftover pasta with meat sauce.

First Grade Bento #348: September 8, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch also had a clementine and cut up cereal bar. I also made him a turkey and cheese sandwich (I wrote on the bun with food-safe markers) and a dill pickle.

Thursday

School lunch day

Friday

First Grader Bento #349: September 10, 2010

On Friday, Wyatt’s lunch was: strawberries, baked tofu with a cut out star and garlic naan stars.

First Grader Snack #142: September 10, 2010

His snack was chips and black bean dip.

(Sorry about the cell phone photos — my camera battery died and I couldn’t find the charger anywhere. This morning I lucked out and found it in a toy box. Of course.)


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  • Kelly Polizzi

    great lunches. I always love your style of bento. How old is augie?

  • Thanks! Augie just turned 2.

  • megan

    Lovely lunches as always. Where are you getting your clementines this time of year? TJs is usually where I get mine, but I haven’t seen them there lately.

    And what was the school lunch? It would be interesting to compare.

  • I really like the idea of baked tofu, but haven’t been able to find it anywhere around me. If you stumble across a decent recipe, would you post it so I can try it please? 🙂

    I love that panda box!

  • Emmalou Mommy

    I’ve been inspiried by your bog (and others) and now that my daughter is in Kindergarten we’ve done a pretty good job at sending healthy, yummy lunches that she eats! (I know that happy feeling when the lunch box is empty!) How do you send food that should normally be eaten warm? Do you just send it cold from the fridge and let it warm up to room temp. by lunch?

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