The Week in Bentos: October 25 – 29, 2010

by Wendy Copley on October 29, 2010

Monday

Toddler Bento #62: October 25, 2010

On Monday, Augie had a special sushi lunch with California rolls and hamachi nigiri among other treats. Just kidding! It’s actually a wooden sushi bento box that my brother and sister-in-law sent him for his birthday. Cute, no? I can’t tell you how adorable it is to see a two-year-old saying “shooshi! shooshi!” and pretending to eat maki rolls. Thanks guys!

First Grade Bento #375: October 25, 2010

My 1st grader’s lunch was packed in the Easy Lunchbox and had strawberries, pizza stars, jello and a dinner roll.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #63: October 26, 2010

On Tuesday, my toddler’s lunch had some vegetable tagine (leftover from Monday’s dinner), corn and grapes.

First Grade Bento #376: October 26, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch was a banana, Scrabble Cheez-its, grapes, jello and two mini ham sandwiches made with dinner rolls. When he got home, he complained bitterly about the banana telling me it was “totally gross” and that it made the Cheez-its taste gross too. I’d wondered for a while if the banana smell and flavor was absorbed by other items in the lunch but Wyatt never complained about it so I figured it wasn’t a problem.  But now I know!

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #64: October 27, 2010

On Tuesday, Augie’s day care provider gifted us with a gigantic grocery bag full of Matchbox cars that her boys had outgrown. She gave every kid in the daycare a similar bag too and when I protested that it was too generous a gift she laughed and told me that her kids have been collecting them for years and that they have thousands of cars still in their packages stored up in their attic! Cool! I’d never even thought of Matchbox cars as collectibles. Anyway, there is a big case of car fever around here now, so I photographed Augie’s lunch with some of the ones he picked out.

He had wild rice and turkey with cranberry mustard sauce leftover from dinner, grapes and mixed frozen veggies.

First Grade Bento #377: October 27, 2010

The six-year-old’s lunch had Cheez-its, grapes, turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches shaped like bats (hard to see in the photo), grape tomatoes, pretzel thins and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. I spelled out the word “bat” with the Cheez-its, but I know there’s no way that survived all the way until lunchtime, so I doubt Wyatt ever noticed.

Thursday

This was Wyatt’s weekly school lunch day. He chose today because his favorite — pizza — was on the menu. The other menu items are: baked Doritos, apple slices and milk.

Friday

First Grade Bento #378: October 29, 2010

Today’s 1st grader lunch was made in a jiffy because we all overslept again. I still felt like I needed to do one last Halloweeny hurrah though, so I cut his turkey and cranberry sandwich into black cat shapes. I also jabbed a Frankenstein pick into a grape and drew a jack-o-lantern face on his bun with food-safe markers. Lunch was a bit lighter than usual today because he’ll get lots of snacks at his Halloween party this afternoon.


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  • What a cool sushi box! And I love the idea of the jello… With those types of boxes, you can pour it right in and have it set in them – easy easy easy! Can’t wait to expand my box collection!

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