The Week in Bentos: September 27 โ€“ October 1, 2010

by Wendy Copley on October 1, 2010

Monday

First Grader Bento #360: September 27, 2010

On Monday, Wyatt’s lunch was: two small salami and cheese sandwiches cut with Star Wars cookie cutters, strawberries, pita crackers, carrot sticks and grapes. It was packed in the Laptop lunchbox.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #53: September 28, 2010

I had leftover pasta in the fridge on Tuesday morning, so I made a quick pasta salad for my two-year-old’s lunch by tossing it with peas, mini pepperoni and a little oil and vinegar. I also packed soycatash and raspberries.

First Grader Bento #361: September 28, 2010

My 1st grader’s lunch was packed in an Easy Lunchbox. It had grapes, more Star Wars sandwiches, a honey stick “light saber” (thanks to Another Lunch for this brilliant idea — Wyatt was positively giddy when I showed him his lunch), the rest of the pasta salad that was in Augie’s lunch box and some raspberries.

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #54: September 29, 2010

Tuesday’s pasta salad was so successful that I made another batch for Wednesday’s lunches. That got packed into Augie’s lunch along with some chopped tomato from a friend’s garden, ham strips and more raspberries.

First Grader Bento #362: September 29, 2010

Wyatt got the pasta salad too, plus raspberries, tomato slices that probably will not get eaten, ham roll-ups and a blueberry mini bagel. Looking at this photo, I realize I probably should have put a divider between the bagel and the ham. Oh well.

Grown-Up Bento #46: September 29, 2010

BONUS: Adult lunch! I totally had my act together on Wednesday morning and I found myself with a few extra minutes before I needed to drop the kids off so I decided to pack my husband a quick lunch. He got a ham, turkey and cheddar sandwich, a cheese star because I think he’s a super star, grown up pasta salad with tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichokes and fresh mozzarella and some grapes.

Thursday

On Thursday morning, I was exhausted, we were running late and I just didn’t feel like making a lunch so I told Wyatt he could get lunch from the cafeteria.

Yes, it’s true — I’m human!

The menu for this day was:

  • French Bread Cheese Pizza
  • Baby Carrots
  • Tostitos Chips
  • Fresh Apple

I also sent him with a snack of strawberries and grapes and a bottle of water for him to have at morning recess and his after school program.

Friday

1st Grade Bento #363: October 1, 21010

On Friday my first grader’s lunch was tortilla chips, salami, cheddar and catsup sandwiches, cantaloupe chunks and orange jello.

About that jello: We aren’t big jello eaters around here normally. It’s not that I have anything against jello — I just never think to make it and I’m cheap so it chaps my hide to buy those expensive little containers. I had half a packet left over from a recipe I used to make Wyatt’s birthday treats for school though, so I whipped it up really quickly while I was making dinner. In a moment of inspiration I poured some of the jello right into an Easy Lunchbox and put that in the fridge along with the big bowl with the rest of it. It came out perfectly and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited Wyatt was about it this morning. I even overheard him telling his friends about it in the line before school today.


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  • ZM

    How funny, my kiddos had the same Star Wars sandwiches this week – the force must’ve been with both of us LOL! I rub a tiny bit of black food coloring on the face details of the cookie cutter to give mine some definition (since the bread I use has more corse texture). Love the honey stick light saber!

  • Plume

    As always, love your blog! Just wondering what you think of the Easy Lunchbox. I believe you said you were going to review later. Is it leak-proof? I’m really interested since I’d love not to carry a whole bunch of baggies and containers when out with the kid, but don’t know how well it will hold up with fruits and watery food inside. Not that I’d put soup in it but. BTW, they’re sold out of the Easy Lunchboxes on their webpage, which in turn led me to the Ziploc version. Have you tried it? If so, how do they compare? Looking forward to your review!

  • I will be doing a full review in the next few weeks (when they’re back in stock) but my quick review is this: I really like these lunch boxes! I find myself reaching for them a lot now. I don’t think they’re completely leak proof but so far fruit has been fine. I probably wouldn’t put applesauce or yogurt in though. I havent’ tried the Ziploc ones so I can’t compare.

  • Shannon

    How did you get your Yoda face to come out so clear? I’m having a heck of a time with mine. Maybe the bread? (We use Nature’s Own Honey Wheat or Honey 7-Grain.) Ben really wants Star Wars sammies and he’s really getting more of a Star blob.

  • Hi Shannon — Softer bread definitely helps the faces come out clearly. I’ve used our cutters on buttermilk, whole wheat white and 10 grain with pretty good success. When I make sandwiches, I cut the bread first then add the fillings (instead of making the sandwich before cutting). I also place the cutter on the bread and push the plunger down first, then I press the rest of the cutter down to cut out the shape. That makes a *huge* difference in how clear the faces are. Good luck!

  • shortarms

    I recently discovered your blog and l love it! The jello idea was brilliant! And now a stupid question, please forgive me. I live in Tiny Town, USA where there is no such thing as a “honey stick” is it really a pixie stick but with honey? There’s also no Trader Joes, no Whole Foods, and (thankfully) no Walmart. Sigh.

  • Love the food coloring idea. I’ll have to try that.

  • You’ve got it — a honey stick is just a plastic tube filled with honey. The only place I’ve ever seen them is at the farmer’s market. And if it’s any consolation, I can’t buy them around here either. I got these from a honey vendor at the farmer’s market near my parents’ house in Iowa!

  • Plume

    Alright, thanks! I’m really liking them. And happy birthday to Wyatt! (just saw your tweet on the side bar.)

  • you should look up the jell-o pinwheels recipe…I love them! an effort to make, but a very special treat ๐Ÿ™‚

  • BB

    Have you ever tried putting the jello in one of those silicone muffin cups? I think I’m going to give that a shot since I don’t have one of those easy lunch boxes…yet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I haven’t done that, but I’m going to try it now! Great idea! The Easy Lunchbox technique is nice, but I can’t make too many in advance because the boxes take up a lot of space in the fridge. Putting the jello in the muffin cups is much more practical.

  • The little pepperonies look so colorful and cute in the pasta salad! I haven’t thought of using pepperoni. I’ll have to see how that goes over with my crew. And dude, when did Wyatt become such a good little sandwich eater!?! Ethan still won’t go there. Unless it’s grilled. Sigh. <_<

    I've done jello in a square in our Lock & Lock boxes, but never have room in the fridge to do it in an ELB! LOL So fun though, Ethan is always very excited when there is jello in the house.

  • Blackeyedsue

    Where did you find the Scrabble Chez-its? My girls would LOVE those in their lunches.

  • Clistyb

    oooo do you realize how lucky you are that you don’t have to adhere to the ‘only storebought food when bringing something to the class’ rule?
    I understand their reasoning, but I love baking neat-o goodies.
    So far you are the only bento blogger that posts regularly, I love it!

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