The Week in Bentos: October 10-14, 2011

by Wendy Copley on October 14, 2011

I went a little crazy in Williams-Sonoma last week, and I got a package in the mail from J-Box so I had some new bento toys to play with this week! Wahoo! Read on to see some of my new goodies:

Monday

Second Grade Bento #495: Pumpkinpalooza!

Monday, I dove into Halloween bentos in a big way with a pumpkin themed box I like to think of as “Pumpkinpalooza”.  There was a piece of pumpkin cake with a jack-o-lantern cupcake pick
in it, some cantaloup cut into pumpkin shapes with a cutter from this set, and a jack-o-lantern turkey and cheese sandwich on wheat. I made the sandwich using this set of cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma. I packed this all into an Easy Lunchbox.

Tuesday

Preschool bento #162

On Tuesday, I debuted my new Star Wars vehicle cookie cutters! Augie chose to have a tie fighter sandwich with strawberry jam inside. He also had pumpkin cantaloup, strawberries and turkey meatballs.

2nd Grade Bento #496

Wyatt had the same lunch with just a little more of everything. He went for X-wing fighter sandwiches though and I packed this all in our Laptop Lunch Box.

Wednesday

Second Grade Bneto #497

On Wednesday, Wyatt had pretzel thins, strawberries and a turkey and mayo jack-o-lantern sandwich.

Preschool Bento #161

Augie had pretzel thins, some chopped figs from the tree in our yard (they’re finally starting to ripen! Yay!), a ton of strawberries (I bought a half flat at the market) and some chunks of chicken breast leftover from dinner on Tuesday night.

Preschool Bento #161

When I first put this lunch together, I had the chicken in with the pretzels, but after I took a few photos I decided to swap the positions of the chicken and the figs. The reason I did this was to balance the the color in the box. In the first photo, the top container is really blah and all the color is in the bottom box. In the second photo the colors are a little more even. Is that crazy and control-freaky of me? Maybe, but I think a nice presentation makes food more appetizing and the change took all of 3 seconds, so I went with it.

Lucky Cat Bento

I also wanted to show off my new Lucky Cat bento box that this lunch was packed in. Isn’t it cute? I’ve been eyeing this guy for over a year and I finally had enough credit at J-box when it came back into stock to get it.  Apparently I got one of the last ones because it’s already out of stock again, but Amazon carries panda, frog, and pig boxes in the same shape.

Thursday

Preschooler Bento #163

On Thursday, Augie took mini sandwiches filled with white bean dip, more Calimyrna figs from our tree, crackers and a few strawberries.

Wyatt had school luncheon.

Friday

Preschooler Bento #164

Today, Augie took a boatload of strawberries, more figs, tomatoes from our garden and chopped chicken apple sausage.

Wyatt had a day off from school, so we went bowling and had a lunch date while Augie was at preschool.


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  • Trina

    Those are krazy cute! So krazy I spelled it with a “k!” Twice!

  • Charlene/www.crazedparent.org

    What kind of bread do you use to get the Star Wars images to come out so perfectly? I have tried with several kinds of wheat and they don’t look as sharp as yours. Do tell!!

  • Nicole

    I’m also interested to know how you get the star wars sandwiches to look so good. I bought the same vehicle cutters but I can’t seem to make a sandwich where the bread isn’t completely squished and has the lines.

  • maddy

    Where do you buy the Turkey meatballs? And how do you cook them to send them in the lunch box?

  • Helen Wilkin13

    Can l ask do the stawberries not make the sandwich/crackers go soggy
    Helen

  • The bread I usually buy is Trader Joe’s Fiber whole wheat. It’s fairly soft which is important to get a good impression on the bread. It’s also important to note that I smash the heck out of my bread to get a good impression.

  • My bread gets pretty squished when I make the sandwiches, too.

  • I get them at Trader Joe’s and I microwave them, then cool them completely before I put them in the lunch box.

  • The crackers usually go a little soggy when I pack them next to something damp like strawberries, but not so much that my kids seem to mind. Normally I would separate the strawberries from the crackers by putting one or the other in a silicone baking cup to help minimize sog-ination, but I was in a rush on this particular morning.

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  • Cotitavargas

    Hi!
    My daughter just started JK this September and I was desperate for lunch ideas. Your blog has been such an inspiration! I just found it this week looking for lunch ideas on line. Anyway I’m totally hooked and wanted to say thanks!

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