The Week in Bentos: September 19-23, 2011

by Wendy Copley on September 23, 2011

Here is this week’s lunch wrap-up:

Monday

Second Grade Bento #482

I usually go on my big weekly grocery run on Monday or Tuesday morning, so I always feel like I have to hunt for food to send in Wyatt’s lunch box on Monday mornings. But now I’m looking at this lunch and it looks pretty good! I sent a cinnamon bagel with cream cheese, garden tomatoes, deli turkey strips, apple chunks and raisins. This was all packed in the Easy Lunchbox.

2nd Grader Bento #482: After

Apparently, Wyatt did not think it looked so good because this is how his lunch came home. He ate the bagel, the turkey and one piece of apple, but everything else was untouched. It was still cold when we unpacked it, so Augie ate the rest while Wyatt did his homework.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #149

On Tuesday, Augie had Tuscan melon chunks (very similar to cantaloup), raspberries, garden tomatoes and peanut butter sandwiches cut into flower shapes. I can get away with the flowers with him because at 3 years old he hasn’t been forced into a gender box yet.

2nd Grade Bento #483

Wyatt’s lunch was packed into the Laptop Lunch box: raisins, pretzel thins, raspberries, Tuscan melon and a jelly sandwich on a whole wheat hamburger bun.

2nd Grade Bento #483: After

Wyatt ate most of this lunch (the most he ate all week!) and all that was left was raisins and a few bits and pieces.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #150

Wednesday was Star Wars lunch day! Augie had Tuscan melon, blueberries, goldfish crackers and Yoda and Darth Vader sandwiches. (Darth is under Yoda in a metaphor for good conquering evil.)

Second Grade Bento #484

Wyatt had cinnamon pita chips, raisins, blueberries, Tuscan melon and similar Star Wars sandwiches. His lunch was packed in the Easy Lunchbox.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #151

On Thursday, I sent Augie to preschool with chicken shu mai dumplings (from the Trader Joe’s freezer section), two yaki onigiri rice balls (also from TJ’s), blueberries, and goldfish crackers.

I actually had to remake this lunch after I took this picture because I left it on the table for a few minutes while I went to check something on the computer and when I came back Augie had eaten both onigiri and all but one of the dumplings. And he’d already eaten breakfast! I think I need to feed him more.

Wyatt chose to eat school lunch because it was french bread pizza day.

Friday

Preschool Bento #152

Augie’s lunch was almost exactly the same as what he had the day before. Yaki onigiri, chicken dumplings, grapes and blueberries.

Second Grader Bento #485

Wyatt had crackers, grapes, blueberries and leftover pizza that I cut up to fit in the Laptop Lunchbox.


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  • I love that sailboat paper! 
    Good thing Augie is ready and willing to help Wyatt polish off his lunch.  We have one of those too.

  • Anonymous

    My kid gets “universal breakfast” at school, designed so that the kids who don’t get breakfast at home can have a healthy start to their day. He eats it as if he didn’t already have two bowls of cereal and fruit at home. I wonder if there is any amount of food I would possibly give him at home that would make him say “No thanks” to his second breakfast. (Every kid is eating it, so I don’t think it’s his unique disposition.) My point is that Augie would probably eat two lunchboxes of stuff if you sent it with him.

  • Augie used to get a full breakfast at day care about one hour after he finished his whole breakfast at home and he’d eat it like we hadn’t fed him anything for the last 12 hours. I’m positive Augie would eat 2 lunchboxes worth of food if I gave it to him.

  • Christine

    Thank you for the after school shots!  

  • Bliss Wilson

    I was wondering about the chicken shu mai dumplings, did you cook them? I have put cooked chicken strait from the freezer in my kids lunch but I was wondering if the same can be done with dumplings.

  • I warm them up in the microwave and then cool them off before putting them in the lunch box. It sounds weird that I do that when I see it written down, but the reason is that I’ve found sometimes if I don’t completely thaw frozen foods, they are still icy at lunch time.

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