The Week in Bentos: June 20-24, 2011

by Wendy Copley on June 24, 2011

Alrighty then! Summer camp has started up for Wyatt, so we’re back to a little bit of routine. Here are the bentos and snack boxes I packed up this week:


Wyatt went to half day Lego camp this week so I had to pack him snacks. Monday he had berries and a granola bar, but I forgot to take a picture.


Toddler Bento #124

On Tuesday, Augie had some leftover poblano chile dip, grape tomatoes, chopped ham, blueberries and a couple of strawberries. I also packed a small container of baked tortilla chips to eat with the dip.

Zach and I used to make this dip for dinner all the time when we were shacked up but not married yet, but we haven’t made it in years. It’s from a cookbook called Caprial Cooks for Friends and I tried to find the recipe online, but I couldn’t dig it up. I didn’t think the kids would like it because it can be a little spicy, but this batch came out pretty mild and they both glommed it down. In fact, the only way I could get Augie to leave the table was to promise I’d put some in his lunch on Tuesday, so that’s what I did.

Summer Camp Snack #151

Wyatt’s snack on Tuesday was cantaloupe and strawberries.


Toddler Bento #125

Augie’s lunch was packed in the panda bento box on Wednesday. He had whole wheat pasta with butter and garlic, turkey hotdog chunks, red and white raspberries and frozen peas.

Summer Camp Snack #152

Wyatt’s snack for camp was strawberries and a few animal crackers.


Fancy Plate #03

Thursday’s lunch was nothing particularly special — or so I thought. I put the boys’ plates down on the table and turned around to do something else for a second and when I came back to the table, Wyatt had built a robot out of tofu chunks! I guess it runs in the family. The kids also had some rice and cherries.


Summer Camp Snack #153

Today’s snack was pretzel nuggets and blueberries. It wasn’t until after I dropped Wyatt off for camp that I realized I should have been packing his snacks in the Lego bento box. Cause if there’s one time you want to pack a lunch in a Lego bento box it’s when your kid is at Lego camp. Duh.

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  • saundra

    shacked up but not married. i like that.

  • cclips

    I have been following your blog for over a year and really enjoy it.  I am looking forward to sending bentos with my 2nd grader & preschooler this fall, but I have a question.  When you send something like the poblano dip in a silicon baking cup, how do you keep it from leaking out all over everything?  I have tried several times, believing the “top” of the bento would act as a lid and prevent spills, but this never works.  I realize it is almost impossible for my child to keep their bento box upright on the way to school, etc.
    Any suggestions???

  • My kids definitely don’t keep their boxes upright on the way to school! They swing and throw them every which way. I think the leakage factor depends a lot on the specific box you’re using. I was willing to send the poblano dip because the silicon cup goes right up to the top edge of the box and that tier has a tight-fitting lid on it. You can see it in action in this video: Also, when I do pack saucy items I make sure the stuff I pack with it “matches” so it won’t matter too much if it leaks a little. So the lunch above had tomatoes packed with the dip. If I were to pack yogurt, I’d put fruit by it, etc.

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