The Week in Bentos: November 22-24, 2010

by Wendy Copley on November 23, 2010

Hiya! Would you be willing to take 30 seconds to vote for my Raspberry Carrot Raisin Slaw in the Let’s re-Do Lunch Contest? The prize is a really sweet $5000 so I’d think you were swell if you did!


We’ve got a short week of lunches because of the holiday.

Monday

First Grader Bento #390: November 22, 2010

Monday, Wyatt was being obstinate and vetoing everything I suggested for his lunchbox. He’s been going through a really picky phase where he rejects almost all veggies, most fruits and he whines for junk food all the time. I try to stay strong and keep serving him healthy foods, but he is really stubborn and he leaves a lot of food in his lunch box every day. Sometimes he’ll eat what he brings home for a snack after school, but not everything is still safe after a full day in his back pack (even with ice packs) so a lot of food has been going in the trash.ย  I absolutely despise throwing that much food out, so I’ve been trying to come up with compromises with him and verifying that he’ll eat stuff before I put it in his lunches.

On this day, he was insisting that all he wanted was a Lunchable. This drives me crazy because:

  1. He’s never even had a Lunchable.
  2. What the hell is a Lunchable if not a junked up version of a bento box?

After a bit of back and forth, I asked him if I could make him a Lunchable and he agreed! I started getting out cheese and crackers and he told me, “NO MOM! I want a pizza Lunchable!” Sigh. But after thinking about it, I realized I could make him one with stuff we had on hand. Yay!

So this lunch had: a cup of parmesan cheese (we didn’t have mozzerella), mini pepperorni (hidden in the green box), spaghetti sauce (you can see it pictured with the lid on it below), garlic naan cut into circles with a cookie cutter and a couple of Tootsie Rolls (Lunchables have a treat, Mom!). I also threw in grapes and a couple of clementines.

First Grader Bento #390: November 22, 2010

It worked out pretty well except for one thing — the cheese went everywhere in the big compartment of the Easy Lunchbox and coated everything. Next time, it will definitely go in a container with a lid too. Also, Wyatt told me that he didn’t like the “pizza crusts” because they “weren’t cooked”. WTH?? He has eaten the exact same bread every day for the last two weeks! I think this had more to do with them not being exactly like his friends’ Lunchables. Aside from the problems, I think this worked pretty well so we’ll be trying this again with some modifications.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #71: November 23, 2010

On Tuesday, my two-year-old’s lunch was: grapes, mini-sausages, chopped cherry tomatoes and a veggie medley (his day care provider heats this for him).

Stone Soup

Wyatt didn’t have a packed lunch because his class made “stone soup” and fruit salad. Everyone brought in a fruit and a veggie and the kids all helped prepare them to make their lunches. I came into the class to volunteer, so I got to help out. Wyatt very happily brandished a knife and used it to cut pineapple, oranges and mangos, but I’m ashamed to say that my kid was one of the only ones who wouldn’t eat any of the soup or the fruit salad! I told him he had to try both and I actually stood over him until I saw him take a sip of the broth and eat one grape out of his fruit salad. Then he ate — I kid you not — eight dinner rolls. Well, eight that I saw. It might have been more!

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #72: November 24, 2010

Today, Augie’s lunch was leftover alphabet pasta with turkey Italian sausage, clementines and tomatoes.

1st Grader Bento #391: November 24, 2010

My first grader’s lunch and snacks were: whole wheat pretzel sticks with turkey wrapped around them, raisins, alphabet pasta with a touch of olive oil and garlic salt, clementines, mini leaf-shaped garlic naan and catsup sandwiches and a block of baked teriyaki tofu with leaf shaped decorations.

I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving! You know what I’m thankful for? You! I truly appreciate each and every person who visits this blog, comments, lurks and is part of this little lunch obsessed community. I hope your turkey, pies and stuffing (my favorite) are delectable and shared with people who love you!


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  • laura

    I’m from the UK, so we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here but I hope you have a nice one! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brenda

    New poster, but I wanted to thank you for taking the time to post all these great lunch ideas, helps me enormously with packing for my 3 and 6 year-old boys. And I sympathize with the frustration of the kids leaving over so much, and especially all the good stuff… Some days are better than others, but I do believe that even just seeing the healthy things as a regular, normal part of meals is very important to accepting them, even if they don’t always get eaten. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • V_hays

    I love your honesty…you are so real and easy to relate to. I don’t always comment, but I’m always reading. Happy Thanksgiving!! Stuffing is my fave, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • the pizza idea is a food one, I hope future versions work out better!

    Happy Thanksgiving Wendy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (this is my first ever blog comment typed on my new (early Christmas gift) iPad!) Don’t you feel special?

  • Karol

    I voted for you~hoo! And I hope you win. That would make Santa’s trip a little easier! I know what you mean about the cheese going every where in your bento. I have that problem with somethings. And there is no rhyme or reason for the scattering. Aaargh. Hope you are well.

  • joanne

    I love your “stone soup” story. My son is 3, and they were reading the story in his preschool class, so they made the soup earlier this fall The teacher said my son was the only one who really ate any of the soup, but they all chowed on the homemade bread she made to go with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW, thanks for all the fun ideas for lunch!

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