The Week in Bentos: April 25-29, 2011

by Wendy Copley on April 29, 2011


First Grader Bento #441

On Monday, Wyatt’s lunch box held strawberries and grapes, left over chunks of pork from Sunday dinner, a hard boiled egg (another Easter leftover), mini rice cakes and a whole wheat dinner roll. I covered the egg compartment with a bit of plastic wrap to contain the smell and keep everything else in the lunch from tasting sulphurous. This was one of those times I wished that I had the Laptop Lunch 2.0 system because one of the smaller boxes in that set has a lid.


Toddler Bento #107

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch held another leftover Easter egg, frozen veggies, a yaki onigiri rice ball, and chunks of mango. Augie left me know what he thought about me serving him an egg for the 19th time in 3 days by sending it back home untouched!

Tuesday also say the debut of a new bento box! My husband ordered this cool hamburger bento box as a surprise for me. Cute, no?

Hamburger Bento Box

It holds food in three layers: the bottom bun which is about the same size as a normal bento box, the very thin hamburger layer and the slightly taller lettuce layer.

First Grader Bento #442

It holds about as much food as the Laptop Lunch box and it goes over very well with the kiddos. The bun layer holds a whole wheat hot dog bun, a hard-boiled egg (rejected by the big kid too), goldfish crackers and rice cakes. The hamburger layer holds a little bit of low sodium salami (Wyatt’s favorite) and the lettuce layer has farmer’s market strawberries and grapes.


Toddler Bento #108

The main component in Augie’s lunch on Wednesday was leftover beef korma served over a little rice. Augie went nutsy cuckoo for this at dinner on Tuesday and ate three servings of it! I am not nearly a good enough food photographer to make a yellowish-brown curry look appetizing but it was pretty tasty. I also sent some frozen corn and strawberries for sides.

First Grader Bento #443

Wyatt wanted the hamburger lunch box again, so I packed it with garlic naan, apple chunks, a small slice of pound cake leftover from our strawberry shortcake dessert on Tuesday night (I bought a flat of strawberries at the market so had to use them up), salami and those every present strawberries.


Wyatt ate school lunch on Thursday, so no lunch photo.


First Grader Bento #444

Today I packed Wyatt’s lunch in the Easy Lunch Box: a half sandwich with home made strawberry jam on it cut into strips, leftover hoisin chicken legs, Toy Story Cheez-its and more strawberries.

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  • Lynnea Fleming

    Really love the hamburger bento box! All those little layers are fun, but it would a little tricky to fill, the salami (or any lunch meat) is brilliant in the smallest layer.

  • Anne

    I have a hamburger bento box too! It’s the same as yours, only round.. I love it! Even though you can’t really put wet stuff in it..

  • Bethany

    I’m a long-time reader and your posts are very inspirational. Lunch-packing is a major stress for me right now! I have a 3 year old and a 10 month old. I’m sure you get asked questions like this allll the time, but what is the green container holding the drumsticks called and where did you get it? I ordered some little containers from an online store you recommended a while ago, but they were way too small to hold anything substantial. Thank you!

  • Hi Bethany — The green container is a large silicon cup that I got at a brick and mortar Daiso store. I’d never seen it before the day I bought it and I’ve never seen it since. Sorry — I know that’s a frustrating answer! I would buy a couple more for myself if I could find them again.

  • Seeing these posts inspires me to pack my lunch… I miss it. Sadly I am too tired at night and too rushed in the am. RE: the eggs — have you tried slicing them up, or cutting into 4? As a kid I hated biting into the whole egg even though I liked eggs. Also have you considered using the eggs to draw something really cool — a smiling face, a Death Star, a sun, etc? With food safe markers, I mean. And there is always egg salad – not sure how kids would like it but *I* love it!

  • And of course, what I am thinking is to slice open the bun, put on it the salami slices and sliced eggs. But that may not appeal to kids…. hmmmm

  • Bethany

    Drats! Isn’t that always the way? Thanks anyway!

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