The Week in Bentos: November 29 – December 3, 2010

by Wendy Copley on December 4, 2010

Monday

First Grader Bento #392: November 29, 2010

On Monday, my first grader’s lunch box held: turkey sandwiches on rounds of garlic naan, clementine wedges and crackers. As you can see by this after photo, he was thrilled by this lunch:

First Grader Bento #392: The food that wasn't eaten

Yes — he ate three crackers all day long.

On the plus side, this photo does a good job showing how little the food inside a tightly packed bento box will move around. Those clems are in exactly the same place at 5 pm as they were when they left the house at 8:15!

First Grader Snack #147: November 29, 2010

I also packed a snack with more crackers and another clementine (provisions were sparse when I packed this food so I didn’t have the luxury of a lot of variety). This was completely untouched, but I didn’t get to take a picture because Augie dug this out of Wyatt’s back pack and ate it before I had a chance.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #73: November 30, 2010

Augie’s lunch for day care held leftover pasta (made with some hecka cute alphabet noodles!), frozen mixed veggies (his babysitter heat them) and clementine wedges.

First Grader Bento #393: November 30, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the Laptop Lunch Box: whole wheat pretzel sticks, a mini blueberry bagel, clementines, canned peaches with Christmas sprinkles, cinnamon tortilla stars and mini chicken apple sausages.

The tortillas are something I haven’t made for a while but they’re fun and easy: spread a tortilla (I used whole wheat) with a super thin coat of butter then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cut the tortilla into strips or shapes, then toast it until it browns just a little and starts to crisp up.

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #74: December 1, 2010

My two-year-old’s day care lunch was: chopped up mini chicken apple sausages, grapes, green beans leftover from dinner and two rice balls. When he saw me making the rice balls with the leftover rice after dinner, he jumped up and down and shouted, “Augie! Lunch!” He really likes rice balls.

This was Wyatt’s school lunch day. He had hamburgers, junk, sugar and junk.

Thursday

First Grader Bento #394: December 2, 2010

All righty then! Now that December has dawned, I’ve decided to start making the kids’ lunches a little more Christmas-y. You can tell that my skills are a little rusty though, as evidenced by this lunch. On Thursday morning I got the brilliant idea that I would make a snowman out of turkey meatballs. If you look carefully, you can see that there is a catsup face and buttons on this little meatman. When I showed it to Wyatt, he screwed up his nose, thought a minute and then asked, “Is it a scary alien?” Ha! I think his perception of it was right on. Note to self: do not make any more snowmen out of meatballs!

The rest of the lunch held a whole wheat dinner roll, cheese, crackers (under the cheese), peaches with sprinkles, and grapes. This lunch was packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Friday

First Grader Bento #395: December 3, 2010

I was in a big rush Friday, so Wyatt’s  lunch was really simple: grapes and a turkey sandwich on a wheat bun. I threw in a Z Bar for a snack and called it good.


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  • Tasha

    How do you make the rice balls? Sorry if that’s a dumb question.

  • Sara

    I have another question! I’m loving those alphabet pastas, and I have been looking for some to no avail. Where did you find them?
    Love your blog! It always gives me new ideas.

  • Heather

    You are a true inspiration, Wendy! Thank you so much! I have been giving my daughter healthy and nutritious lunches for close to a year now because of you. I get many compliments from the women who take care of her at her Mother’s Day Out program. It’s amazing how little “extra” time it takes to do this for your kids. One family member of mine said that I had “way too much time on my hands.” Kinda rude, don’t ya think? Anyway, maybe that’s why her kid is overweight at age 7?? Please, keep it coming! xoxo

  • Heather

    Sara- Try looking in the pasta isle at your supermarket. It’s in a small package, usually located on the ends of the shelves. Good luck.

  • Not a dumb question at all! I use plastic molds (similar to these) to shape the rice.

  • Hi Sara —
    What Heather said! I can’t always find them at my “regular” grocery store, but I got this package at Whole Foods.

  • Hi Heather! Thanks so much for your nice comments. I get the “too much time on your hands” comments too and I admit I find them annoying sometimes. It’s really just a matter of how one person chooses to spend her time vs. how another person does, right?

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