The Week in Bentos: January 31 – February 4, 2011

by Wendy Copley on February 4, 2011

Monday

First Grade Bento #414: January 31, 2010

Monday’s bento for the six-year-old had green grapes, teriyaki tofu that was cut with cookie cutters and decorated with food markers, blueberries and a mini hamburger bun. This was packed in the Lego bento box (see my recent video showing this box here).

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #87: February 1, 2011

Augie’s lunch on Tuesday was leftover orange chicken with chopped up bits of broccoli, carrot and zucchini. It was packed over a bed of rice along with some chopped grape tomatoes and some blueberries.

First Grader Bento #415: February 1, 2011

Wyatt’s lunch/snack was packed in the Laptop Lunch box: grape tomatoes, broken pretzel sticks from the bottom of the bag, grapes, blueberries and a mini hamburger with a mini hamburger bun. The little yellow tub had catsup in it.

The burger was an experiment that ended up going pretty well! I made the kids mini burgers for dinner on Monday night and there was one leftover so I asked Wyatt if he was willing to eat one cold for his lunch on Tuesday. He said he would, so I decided to give it a try. I expected to see only one bite out of it when I opened his lunch box after school, but he’d eaten everything in the box except the tomatoes. Cool!

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #88: February 2, 2011

On Wednesday, my toddler had more blueberries and grapes in his lunch, along with leftovers from dinner: peas, orzo with lemon and a little butter, and diced pork tenderloin.

Thursday

1st Grade Bento #416: February 3, 2011

Wyatt had leftovers on Thursday too. We had turkey black bean tacos for dinner on Wednesday night, so I mixed a little cheese in with the meat and put it in his lunch box with some chips to scoop it up with. I rounded the lunch out with this week’s ubiquitous green grapes and blueberries.

Friday

Toddler Bento #89: February 4, 2011

Friday’s 1st grade lunch held a garlic chicken sausage (chopped into chunks and arranged in an OCD-fashion), grapes, pineapple chunks and a mini hamburger bun. I also put in a small container of snap peas for his morning snack which will be completely ignored and two bite sized cookies that will be eaten first thing.


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  • Love that feeling of lunchbox surprise! I love that little tub for ketchup. I need it for hummus. It always gets all over everything.

  • Plume

    My kid loves mini burgers too! If I give him a regular size portion, he’ll barely touch it, but give him a mini and he’s all over it. We usually do salmon or turkey here, which he eats better than beef. And I second what Carrie said, I need me a little tub like that too. If I want to carry hummus out I first put it in a small container and then inside a plastic baggie because that container spills. No fun.

  • Anne

    I’m always looking forward to your bento posts.. You can clearly see you love your sons very much. đŸ™‚ Will you do another before/after bento post sometime?
    Love, Anne

  • Lott2302

    Hi, Wendy! I love your kids’ bentos! Quick question about the tofu, which I’ve noticed you include pretty often: do you bake your own, or do you buy this and serve “as-is”? I’ve not been totally thrilled with the baked tofu I’ve tried, so I’m looking for either recipes or suggestions for good brands/flavors.
    Thanks!

  • Hi! The short answer is that I buy it. I have a bit more detail on my FAQ page though: http://wendolonia.com/blog/bento-box-faq/

  • Lott2302

    Ah! Thanks for this! :^)

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