The Week in Bentos: April 11-15, 2011

by Wendy Copley on April 15, 2011

We’re back to a regular schedule this week and I’m feeling much less pneumonia-y so I have a lot more energy in the mornings. Also, I watched Jamie’s Food Revolution on Wednesday night and it strengthened my resolve to avoid school meals so we’ve got a mostly full week of lunch box photos today.

Monday

First Grade Bento #435

Monday, I was scrambling a bit to find enough food to fill Wyatt’s Laptop Lunch Box. I dug around in the fridge and found a couple of turkey hot dogs (I saved half of one for Augie’s lunch), leftover pasta that I tossed with olive oil and a sprinkle of garlic salt, a tub of apricot applesauce and some chunks of apple.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #103

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch for day care was leftover pasta and meat sauce, watermelon chunks and frozen peas.

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #104

On Wednesday, I made Augie a special lunch! These rice bunnies were the main focus. I molded the bunny heads in a silicone baking mold that I got at Target the other day. (I have looked and looked and I can’t find a link to it anywhere online but it’s made by Wilton.) The faces were punched out of nori using these punches from J-Box. I surrounded the bunnies with peas and I also packed leftover chicken tikka masala (I rinsed some of the sauce off because it’s too spicy for Augie), fresh strawberries and a few blueberries. Augie was soooo excited when he saw the bunnies. He started jumping up and down and saying “Binnies in my lunch! Binnies in my lunch! I eat it Mama!” which was fun.

First Grade Bento #436

Wyatt’s lunch held: pita chips, hummus (in the little tub), strawberries, turkey airplane sandwiches, and lemon yogurt. I wrapped the yogurt in cling wrap so it wouldn’t get all over everything. I know it worked because when I opened his lunch Wednesday night, all of the yogurt was neatly contained and it hadn’t seeped out onto the sandwiches, strawberries or hummus that were all still in the lunch box. That’s right — all Wyatt ate all day long was a small handful of pita chips!

Thursday

First Grade Bento #437

On Thrusday, Wyatt’s lunch was apple chunks, pita chips, strawberries and turkey sandwiches cut into race car shapes. I had planned to make his lunch kind of fancy but I totally ran out of time and had to jam the third car (on top of the other two) into that empty space after I took this photo. I did not look fancy at all after I did that.

Friday

We over slept today, so I didn’t have time to make a lunch. So much for Jamie Oliver’s inspiration to avoid the cafeteria!


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  • NicoleC

    Hi there! Your lunches are totally an inspiration! Do your kids like eating the hot dogs cold? Also, same with the leftover chicken, right? They don’t mind eating it cold?

  • My 6yo doesn’t mind eating most things cold. There are things he doesn’t like cold — rice, quesadillas — but I’ve learned not to pack those in his lunch.

    My 2yo’s day care provider heats his lunch, but he would eat most of the food I send cold even if she didn’t.

  • Jennie

    How do you keep the apples from browning? My kids wwon’t touch a brown apple!

  • Where do you get the little lidded containers for hummus, sauce, etc? Thanks!

  • I dip them in pineapple juice if we have it or a little bit of water with some lemon juice squeezed into it. I find that if I use straight lemon juice the kids won’t eat the apples because they’re too sour.

  • My little lidded containers come from two local SF Bay area stores — Daiso and Ichiban Kan. Sorry that I don’t have an online source — I know that’s frustrating.

  • Carrie

    OMG!!! those bunnies are fantastic!!! I worry that my augie won’t eat the nori, but maybe I could do it with…cheese or something. I always forget about rice as a good option for meals. I don’t know why! Thanks for this. Your creativity knows no bounds!

  • Jennie

    thank you – good idea

  • Thrusday! Have you been reading 2peas??? LOL So nice Augie liked the binnies. Isn’t it nice when they notice and appreciate what you do for them? Does Wyatt not like his food “mixed together”? Bc when I put yogurt into my LL, I put it in the large container, and I add my canned or fresh fruit to it. then I put the lid on it. Works for me! Man, I wish I had packed my lunch today…

  • Jen

    You are awesome! Amazing! I am so inspired and I feel so validated by your 2011 goals. LOL! You are so generous in sharing all of this wonderful stuff with us. I am new to bentos and packing lunches as my kiddos will finally be off to school….you are just wonderful. Believe no criticism of this great, great blog. Go momma, go.

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