The Week in Bento: September 20-24, 2010

by Wendy Copley on September 24, 2010

Monday

First Grade Bento #354

I trotted out the Easy Lunchbox again for Monday’s 1st grade lunch. It was packed with: a whole wheat dinner roll, carrot sticks, ranch dressing (in the little blue tub), a hoisin chicken drumstick, Triscuits, a cheese Batman (cut with the Batman cutter) and strawberries.

The chicken was the first recipe I’ve tried from my new cookbook, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue and it was super delicious. I’ve been cooking out of the first Scramble cookbook for a few years now and I subscribed to the Scramble menu plan for awhile and Aviva Goldfarb’s recipes rarely disappoint. I’m so excited to have a whole new cookbook to dig into.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #50: September 21, 2010

Augie’s lunch had leftover, chopped hoisin chicken, grapes, an over-exposed rice ball and some frozen peas.

First Grade Bento #355: September 21, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch and snacks were packed into the Laptop lunchbox on Tuesday. This was a special Batman themed lunch because I’m still excited about the Batman cookie cutter and I’m using it every chance I get. It had a Z Bar, a mini cupcake that I brought home from a baby shower on Sunday, pita crackers, strawberries with a Batman cut from fruit leather, a Bat-bun, carrots and ranch and baked tofu with a Bat-signal in the middle.

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #51: September 22, 2010

On Wednesday, my two-year-old’s lunch was packed with beef stew leftover from dinner the night before. I mixed it with a little rice so it wouldn’t be too sloppy when Augie’s day care provider heated it up for him. (Do you know how hard it is to photograph beef stew so it doesn’t look like disgusting glop? It’s very hard. It was actually very delicious though.) I also packed strawberries, grapes and frozen soy-catash.

First Grade Bento #356: September 22, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in an Easy Lunchbox: whole wheat bun, ham and harvarti cheese roll-ups, cantaloupe slices, pretzel thins with edamame hummus for dipping (in the blue tub), strawberries and grapes.

Thursday

First Grade Bento #357: September 23, 2010

The primary component of my five-year-old’s lunch was chicken corn chili (another recipe from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue) which I packed into his Thermos. I also sent cantaloupe chunks, strawberries and cornbread.

Toddler Bento #52: September 23, 2010

Augie and I went to a local children’s museum in the morning, so I packed a lunch for us to share: two mini ham and cheese sandwiches for me and a ham and soy cheese sandwich for him. I also put in Triscuits, melon chunks and grapes. Augie spent most of his lunch throwing the crackers at pigeons and yelling, “Shoo! Shoo!”

Friday

1st grade Bento #359:September 24, 2010

Today, Wyatt’s lunch had leftover chunks of pork tenderloin, carrot sticks, a mini bagel, and some ranch dressing in the little yellow tub. His snack box held strawberries and pretzel sticks.


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  • Karol

    Holy Bento, Bat~Mama!! You rock!!

  • Robyn

    I LOVE over-exposed rice balls. Delicious!

    I’ve been trying to tell myself that I am just as good as you are at packing lunches…but I think I am a little off… đŸ˜‰ WAY off! LOVE all the batman stuff!! What kind of cheese is good for that kind of thing? I think the kind I usually get (blocks of cheddar or jack) would just crumble.

  • Bat-thanks, Bat-Karol!

  • Jillgormanturner

    Where do you get the tiny tubs for ranch dressing?

  • The cheese that works *the best* is super-processed American-flavored soy cheese! Blech. Other ones that work well for me are harvarti and muenster cheese, but I’ve also had pretty good luck with plain old cheddar and jack. A hint of moisture helps for sure.

  • I got those at a local store called Daiso.

  • I love the batman theme and am going to be searching for fun cookie cutters this weekend. We have “boring” shapes, I’m told, or girly shapes like flowers and butterflies that a first grade boy CANNOT take to school.

    What is the little blue bin you use for the hummus?

  • Very cool! Found you on a tweet by someone on Twitter. Am going to follow you on FB now.

  • What do you have the chicken in- is it like a super huge silicone muffin cup?

  • That’s exactly right! I picked it up on a recent trip to Daiso.

  • oh my god this looks fun and creative…im bookmarking this as i was actually inspired to prepare something similar for my kids lunch at school…

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  • Silicone muffin cups are my lifesaver. Keeps all the things separate and my daughter loves showing them off.

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