The Week in Bentos: January 10-14, 2011

by Wendy Copley on January 14, 2011

I’ve got a light week of bento pictures for you today. My husband was traveling for work all week, so I was parenting solo. My kids ate every day, but I forgot to take pictures a couple of times and I also let the big kid eat school lunch twice because there was no way I was going to be able to pack him a lunch and get everyone out the door on time on those last two days.

Single parents — I take my hat off to you!


1st Grade Bento #406: January 10, 2011

Sunday, I made a knock-off of Chipotle’s barbacoa in our crock-pot. This was a big hit with everyone and Wyatt even asked for leftovers in his lunch box the next day. No problem, sir! Coming right up! I gave him whole wheat tortilla strips, cubes of jack cheese, barbacoa beef and corn salsa. He also got a side of beans and some clementine wedges.


Toddler Bento #81: January 11, 2011

On Tuesday, my toddler’s lunch had mini star-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, clementine wedges, turkey meatballs and peas.

1st Grade Bento #407: January 11, 2011

The big kid had Boba Fett-shaped jelly sandwiches (he hates peanut butter and it’s not allowed at school anyway), pretzel sticks, clementine wedges, turkey meatballs and a little container with catsup.


Toddler Bento #82: January 12, 2011

On Wednesday, Augie had  leftover pasta with meat sauce (his daycare provider heats it for him), soycatash and a clementine.

Wyatt had leftover pasta too, along with pineapple chunks and apple slices but I forgot to take a picture.

Thursday and Friday were school lunch days.

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  • Jill

    De-lurking here. I love seeing the lunches and getting ideas for my own kids’ lunches. I also like your positive, yet realistic, parenting vibe. My kids are a bit older than yours (10 and 11), but I like thinking back to their younger days when I read your posts.

  • Madhuriananth

    Had a question…Do you make your meatballs or buy them? If you buy them, where?

  • I buy the frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joes.

  • Franks Mom

    Hi Wendy, had to pipe in here, check the sodium content in the meatballs, I found out the hard way, even though I love them, that they were loaded with salt. Ask Frank and Robyn for their recipe for turkey meatballs, they’re good, fast, easy and freeze very well. They made them for me at Christmas, yummy. And yes, I’ve been lurking here for some time, love your blog and bentos even though I have no small children, I am proudly a Wendolonia fan! Keep up the good work.

  • Ugh! You’re spot on about the sodium! I do try to make turkey meatballs sometimes, but I get lazy. As I’ve been paying more attention to sodium, I’ve been shocked by how many of the products we buy are really high in sodium. I’m trying to reduce our consumption but it’s hard.

    I’m thrilled to hear that you’re a reader, BTW! Thanks!

  • Franks Mom

    Wendy, after I commented on the meatballs I thought “oh great, just what she needs, another thing to do!”

  • OMG Boba Fett sandwiches! LOVE.

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