The Week in Bentos: November 9-12, 2010

by Wendy Copley on November 13, 2010

Vote stumping: Would you be willing to vote for my Raspberry Carrot Raisin Slaw in the Let’s re-Do Lunch Contest? I’d think you were swell if you did!


1st Grader Bento #383: November 8, 2010

On Monday, my 1st grader’s lunch was packed in the Easy Lunchbox. It had: strawberries, pretzel thins, mini-pineapple teriyaki sausages, raspberries and a whole wheat dinner roll.


Toddler Bento #67: November 9, 2010

Augie’s lunch had leftover turkey taco meat from Monday’s dinner, a half avocado, frozen soycatash and raspberries and pomegranate seeds. I bought the pomegranate at the farmer’s market on a whim and discovered that Augie is crazy for them. Cool!

1st Grader Bento #384: November 9, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch had raspberries a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, leftover taco meat with cheese and some chips to eat it with.

Lego Bento

His lunch was packed in my new Lego bento box! Pretty sweet, isn’t it? I’m not sure if Wyatt was more excited by it or if I was.

1st Grader Snack #145: November 9, 2010

His snack was a pumpkin muffin and some homemade apple sauce.


Toddler Bento #68: November 10, 2010

My toddler’s lunch had mixed veggies, mini hot dogs, strawberries and a pumpkin muffin (which he didn’t eat).

1st Grader Bento #385: November 10, 2010

My six-year-old’s lunch had an apple-carrot crusher, dried cranberries, a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, salami slices on a skewer, strawberries and a pumpkin muffin.


There was no school on Thursday for the Veteran’s Day holiday so I didn’t pack Wyatt a bento lunch.


Six Year Old's Bento #386: November 12, 2010

Wyatt was off school again on Friday, so I packed up some lunches and the boys and I went to a science museum for the morning. Wyatt’s lunch had Triscuits (these were mostly for me though) little salami and catsup sandwiches, fruit leather Batman logos, pita crackers and strawberries.

Mom/Toddler Bento #49: November 12, 2010

Augie and I shared a lunch box: there was a ham and soy cheese sandwich for Augie, three little ham and chipotle cheese sandwiches for me (Augie’s was decorated with a fruit leather Batman, mine with harvarti cheese Batman logos), tomatoes and strawberries.

This is the view we enjoyed while we ate out on the museum’s patio:

Bay View

Even though I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay area for twenty years now, sometimes I still look around me and say, “Holy Moly! I live here?!”

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  • Plume

    Where do you get the mini sausages and hot dogs? Never seen them. Just gave hot dogs for the first time to my 2-yr-old the other day and he loved them. I did make them in a stew kind of thing he loves, that could be it. Thinking on giving him some every now and then, and these seem fun.

  • The mini sausages are from a local “fancy” grocery store. I think they were Aidell’s brand. The little hot dogs are from Trader Joe’s. I’ve started seeing these popping up a little more lately — I think because we’re heading into appetizer season.

  • Here’s the link to the pineapple sausages: I guess they weren’t teriyaki flavored after all.

  • Shiny

    You’ve still got fresh berries in season. Nice. We only just got the first strawberries a week ago but no raspberries yet.

  • Karen Lloyd

    Great shot from LHS? Love that place.

  • Yep! That’s where we were. Fantabulous!

  • Karen

    Made the salad (just a small version — a handful of everything, with a drizzle of dressing) for my son’s lunch this morning. He loved it!

  • Plume

    Thank you! I’ll be in the lookout next time I go to TJ’s.

  • After reading your blog, I really want to try to rotate a bento lunch into my kid’s week. What would be your recommendation for a first bento purchase? Thanks!

  • Yay!

  • If you’re just looking to play around a little, I would suggest starting with stuff you already have on hand — a rubbermaid container, some cookie cutters, use a knife to cut things into fun shapes, etc. That way you can get an idea about whether you’re going to like bento making before you buy a bunch of stuff.

    If you’re ready to start investing in some equipment it depends a bit on the age of your child and how many meals you need to pack for them. For example, a preschooler needs a pretty small box for a lunch, but if you are packing a lunch and two snacks you’d want to get something bigger.

  • Carrie

    That’s just it–I feel like I already do a small sampling of this and that, but they’re all in hodge podge containers and ziplocs. My son Augie will be 3 and right now he goes to school twice a week, so I guess I need something small, We have to separate out the snacks into separate containers for the teachers. I’m definitely going to try cookie cutters! Love those batman fruit leather shapes. Also love the idea of little dinner rolls. My favorite so far is ham wrapped pretzel rolls!

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