The Week in Bentos: May 16-20, 2011

by Wendy Copley on May 20, 2011


I packed a lunch for Wyatt on Monday, and I’m sure I took a picture of it, but I can’t find it anywhere. I have no idea what was in it. Anyone want to throw out a guess?


Toddler Bento #113

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch was packed with fresh cherries, a few pinto beans that were leftover from dinner the night before, cubes of ham and a boatload of mixed veg from the freezer.

First Grader Bento #452

Wyatt’s lunch had a lemon ginger scone, homemade raspberry jam (in the green box), apple chunks, a yogurt tube, goldfish crackers and skewers of ham chunks.


Toddler Bento #114

Augie’s lunch on Wednesday was primarily leftovers from dinner — a new recipe I found in Better Homes and Gardens, Beef and Noodle Toss. I liked it, but it got mixed reviews from the rest of the family so I’m not sure I’ll make it again. I also sent cherries, a few goldfish crackers and frozen peas.

Wyatt left his thermal lunchbox at school on Tuesday, so he had school lunch.


First Grader Bento #453

Thursday was the first grade’s class trip to the zoo! In an effort to reflect the theme, I cut giraffe shapes into a block of baked tofu. I also cut some elephant and bear shapes from cheese and layered that on top of a slice of sourdough bread. Other treats included in the lunch were cherries and a homemade turnover that I made with purchased puff pastry and homemade rhubarb jam. I never in a million years thought that that Wyatt would like rhubarb, but he’s crazy for it. Go figure.


First Grader Bento #454

Today’s lunch for Wyatt was packed in the hamburger bento box. It had an apple chunk (leftover from breakfast), goldfish, a whole wheat hotdog bun, swiss cheese, turkey roll-ups, and grapes.

Have a great weekend. We’re off to Maker Faire on Sunday — an event more exciting than Christmas for geeks like me!

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  • Anne

     Hey Wendy,
    You bento posts always give me a strange feeling of happiness..
    I have a hamburger bento box too, I love it, 
    even though it’s far from watertight..
    Anyway, take care,
    and I hope you’ll find the monday picture 🙂
    Love, Anne

  • Monika Fiszer

    I love the giraffe in tofu!!!

    Monika from

  • Jennifer

    I’ve been following your blog for awhile. You’re so creative. Love the bentos! But what is baked tofu? It looks so good!

  • Thanks, Anne!

  • Baked tofu is a block of tofu that’s been marinated and then is baked until it’s quite firm. You can read a little more about it in my FAQ:

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