The Week in Bentos: Janary 3-7, 2011

by Wendy Copley on January 8, 2011

We are back to our regular routine here at Wendolonia Central, which means we are back to packing lunches every day. I would be lying if I told you I didn’t appreciate those two weeks off!


First Grade Bento #402: January 3, 2010

Monday’s 1st grade lunch was packed into our old pal, the Laptop Lunch Box: grape tomatoes, pretzel sticks, clementines, turkey sandwiches cut into the shape of a “W” and a lightning fast snack mix I threw together by grabbing hand fulls of cereal and raisins.


Toddler Bento #79: January 4, 2010

On Tuesday, my toddler’s lunch was packed into the beloved panda box. The boy’s Nana and Grandpops brought us some homemade chicken noodle soup over the weekend because we were all under the weather, so the last of that went into the top tier of the box. The bottom tier was packed with clementines, grape tomatoes, soycatash from the freezer and some canned pineapple chunks.

First Grade Bento #403: January 4, 2010

Wyatt’s lunch was packed into an Easy Lunchbox. It held a clementine, pretzels, jello, pineapple chunks, a whole wheat dinner roll, and the last of the garlic lime pork chops from Monday night’s dinner.

The pork recipe was a new one for us and it went over very well. Everyone loved it and I was actually a little surprised that there was any leftover for lunch the next day. This one will be going into the dinner rotation for sure.


Toddler Bento #80: January 5, 2010

On Wednesday, my two-year-old’s lunch box held leftover hoisin chicken (another popular dish at our house, from SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), leftover fried rice, grapes and peas.

Wyatt ate school lunch because we woke up at 8:05 a.m. (school starts at 8:30!) and I hadn’t packed his lunch the night before. When he came home from school he said, “Mom! Do you know what I ate for lunch today? Junk!”

I kid you not.


First Grade Bento #404: January 6, 2010

More leftovers on Thursday! This time my six-year-old had leftover barbecued chicken from the crockpot on whole wheat dinner rolls. I also packed sugar snap peas, grapes and more jello.


First Grade Bento #405: January 7, 2010

Honestly, I really need to start making half batches of jello. I made this batch on Monday night and it felt like we ate it at every single meal. Wyatt’s lunch on Friday held one last cup of it along with some corn Chex, clementines and a block of baked teriyaki tofu. The star was cut out of the tofu with a cookie cutter, then decorated with food-safe markers.

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  • Andrea

    You have really inspired me with your bento designs and I’ve started trying to do my own for my daughter who just started preschool. Thanks so much! I posted pictures of mine on my blog –

  • Andrea

    You have really inspired me with your bento designs and I’ve started trying to do my own for my daughter who just started preschool. Thanks so much! I posted pictures of mine on my blog –

  • I was thinking of taking a stew in my panda box, but wasn’t sure how it would handle the liquids – how did yours fare with the chicken-noodle soup? That box surely is adorable!

  • I put it in the tier with the air-tight lid and it worked great! No mess at all.

  • Carrie

    Food safe markers! Who knew?! Awesome.

  • Anne J

    Just found your blog while looking for “healthy preschool lunch ideas” on Google. I make lunch every night for my preschooler (boy), kidney-gartner (girl), and myself, and was feeling low on ideas; already made daughter’s lunch but was at a loss for ideas for the little man, who eats sporadically at best. I am going to try making a Bento now. You are a freaking genius, by the way, in the Bento department. Kudos to you! Now in the goals dept…to get #39, ditch #9 – cut the carbs, discover the kettlebell, and you’ll get there. Check out or look up “paleo nutrition” for more. After years of running a lot and eating plenty of pasta, I ditched the carbs, started using weights, and am in the best shape ever (leanest and strongest), and I almost never get sick. Lots of other women at the gym have had the same experience. Best part is that it hardly takes any time. Sorry to sound like an informercial, but I feel like I discovered the magic formula!
    BTW why make pickles? I had a delusion about making sauerkraut for about 10 mins, until I read the instructions…yep, nope, I’ll buy it, thanks. Good luck with the goals list and thanks for the fantastic lunch ideas!

  • Miranda

    I just wanted to leave you a comment about the food writer markers you use. I do bentos for my two children (girl, 5 and boy, 17 months) from time to time. My daughter LOVES to find something written on her food, usually I use a hamburger or hot dog bun (they work better than sandwich bread). Anyway, once I was out of ideas for finger foods for the 17th month old so I cut a sandwich bun in half and scribbled something (Mommy loves you?) on it with a food marker.
    When I picked him up from daycare, I found both top pieces of the bun still in his bento box. I sent a message to his teacher on FB that the markers were food safe, to which she jokingly replied “Good! I didn’t want to think you’d lost your mind and written on his lunch with permanent marker!”
    Just thought I’d share my funny story 🙂

  • Kristy

    I just ordered a laptop lunchbox for my 1st grader and am excited to start this new journey of Bento lunches! I hadn’t even heard of them until last month so I’m really new to this. I have a very picky eater and am hoping that I can use some of your great creative juices to help my daughter eat a little better. I’m glad I found this blog and will be checking in regularly!!

  • They’re totally fun!

  • Thanks! I’ve hear good things about kettle bells — I need to check them out.

    My Grandma used to make the *best* pickles ever and I’d love to recreate them. I’ve never purchased a pickle as good as her.

  • Ha ha ha! That is a GREAT story! It never even crossed my mind that a teacher would think I wrote on a marker with a sharpie or something. I’m going to need to keep that in mind for when I start using them for my toddler’s lunch.

  • Great! I hope you have as much fun with it as I do!

  • Trysha

    Oooo! Thanks for the link to Gina’s Skinny Recipes! I know what I’m doing today. 🙂

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