The Week in Bentos: October 4-8, 2010

by Wendy Copley on October 8, 2010


First Grader Bento #364: October 4, 2010

On Monday, my 1st grader’s lunch was: clementine wedges and a few blueberries to make them look like a flower, an egg molded into a car shape, cantaloupe chunks, a bun decorated with food markers, and leftover pizza cut into star shapes. The pizza was a bit of a risk because I didn’t know if Wyatt would eat it cold but he loved it and ate it all. This was packed in a Laptop Lunch Box.

BONUS: Grown-up Bento!

Grown-up Bento #47: October 4, 2010

I had a few spare moments in the morning so I packed a lunch for my husband too. He got a turkey and swiss sandwich, a Babybel cheese, an egg with a message written on it with food-safe markers, snap peas, carrots and a little ranch dressing to dip them in. I also put a clementine right in the lunch bag because it wouldn’t fit in the box. Hopefully I didn’t embarrass him in front of the other computer geeks with his egg message!


Two-Year-Old Bento #55: October 5, 2010

My two-year-old’s lunch had rice leftover from dinner, chopped up pork chop (also leftover), mixed veggies and strawberry chunks. With the exception of the strawberries, everything in this lunch was served to him warm because his day care provider reheats his meals for him.

1st Grade Bento #365: October 5, 2010

1st grade lunch

Wyatt’s lunch was packed into an Easy Lunch Box. It had a whole wheat bun, edamame hummus (in the blue container), carrots and snap peas, pretzels, a skewer of pork chunks (leftover from dinner), strawberries and jello that I poured right into the small container of the lunch box.


Toddler Bento #56: October 6, 2010

On Wednesday, the toddler’s lunch had chicken shu mai dumplings and a rainbow: peas, corn, clementine wedges, and strawberries. This was packed in the Panda Bento Box.

1st Grade Bento #366: October 6, 2010

My 1st grader’s lunch had a clementine with a jack-o-lantern face drawn on with food-safe markers, whole wheat pretzel sticks, a whole wheat bun, Scrabble Cheez-its, jello (again!) and strawberries.


1st Grade Bento #367: October 7, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch on Thursday was leftover taco meat with a little chopped tomato mixed in and sprinkled with cheese, tortilla chips for dipping in the meat, strawberries and clementine wedges, and naan cut into star shapes.


Toddler Bento #57: October 8, 2010

I’m at BlogHer Food today, so Augie is going to an extra day of daycare this week. His lunch had grapes, cherry tomatoes, and rice with “goop” over it leftover from dinner. My husband’s mom used to make him something similar when he was a kid and he remembers it fondly, but this was the first time I’d made it for the kids. It’s just hamburger gravy (made with meat from our fancy cow) with peas and carrots mixed in. The kids were a little doubtful, but they ended up loving it and totally chowing down. We thought it was pretty tasty too.

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