The Week in Bentos: April 18-22, 2011

by Wendy Copley on April 22, 2011

This was a bit of a weird week for us schedule-wise because it was spring break in our school district. I’d planned on having both boys home with me all week and doing a few fun outings. Augie’s day care usually follows the district vacation schedule, but one of the other parents needed care for Monday and Tuesday, so Augie switched over to those days. Then, Wyatt started lobbying hard to go to spring break camp at the rec center so I signed him up for a few days too. So my week for mother-son fun turned into a week of mother-working, sons-having-fun! Oh well.

Monday

Toddler Bento #105: April 18, 2011

On Monday, Augie had leftovers from dinner. I made this awesome roast chicken with sweet potatoes, carrots and oranges from the most recent Everyday Food magazine (sorry, I can’t find the recipe online yet) and everyone loved it. Augie glommed down the veggies especially, so I grabbed the last few that were left and packed them in his lunch along with some bits of chicken. I also sent an onigiri from the freezer and a big handful of strawberries.

First Grade Bento #438: April 18, 2011

Wyatt was not interested in the dinner leftovers, so his lunch was packed with some of the staple items I keep on hand: Toy Story Cheez-its, grapes, a whole wheat dinner roll, strawberries, bacon (leftover from Sunday morning breakfast) and baked tofu. Packing the tofu and the bacon into the same container made me giggle.

And yes — he eats the bacon cold. I can’t think of many circumstances when Wyatt wouldn’t eat bacon.

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #106: April 19, 2011

Tuesday’s lunch for Augie-bear was another frozen onigiri, chunks of cantaloupe, peas, and strips of deli ham. We ate some of the melon for breakfast, and I cut some extra for the lunch boxes while I was cutting it for our morning meal. The kids hardly ever mind eating the same fruit for two meals in a row so I do this a lot. It saves time and everyone is happy!

1st Grader Bento #439: April 19, 2011

Wyatt’s lunch for day camp held Toy Story Cheez-its, grapes, ham sandwiches made on dinner rolls, cantaloupe and a half a slice of home made cornmeal pound cake.

Wednesday

Camp Bento #440: April 20, 2011

On Wednesday, Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the Laptop Lunch Box. Let’s start with the treat box in the upper left hand corner: I packed a few apple cinnamon rice cakes and a half slice of the cornmeal poundcake. The “growing food” items were cantaloupe, grapes, ham roll-ups and a whole wheat dinner roll.

Thursday and Friday

No school, no day care, no camp, no lunches. Happy Earth Day!


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  • jessbeth19

    Can you share your frozen onigiri recipe? Do you make them ahead and freeze, or are they a product you purchased?

  • Karol

    Me, too, Wyatt. Bacon is always good. I supplied the Green Bean Bundles for Easter Feast at Mama’s today. Whole canned green beans wrapped in bacon and baked with Fat Free Catalina Dressing drizzled on them. As I type that, I wonder why I bought Fat Free dressing in conjunction with bacon??

  • I came over here from Flickr to comment on the tofu-bacon pairing! Glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks that’s funny.

  • oooh this gave me another idea for those pesky Easter eggs — what if you sliced or chopped them and put eggs, chopped leftover bacon (or make some the night before) covered with cheddar cheese, wrapped like a burrito, and microwaved to melt the cheese? It’s like a breakfast burrito and it has bacon and eggs in it. You could cut it into pieces?

    I recently discovered sweet potatoes for my lunch. My grocery store seels them prescrubbed in a “steaming jacket” (basically a plastic wrap). I guess it’s not very eco friendly but I need quick simple things for me, a singleton. I can toss it in the microwave for 6 minutes, then cut it open. I then put butter and cinnamon in the middle and mash it up well. Sometimes I put the whole potato in my box and eat the skin, sometimes I scrape out the innards only and put in my Laptop Lunch. It’s like dessert!

  • Mollysevertson

    Can’t get over these two words: “leftover bacon.”

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