The Week in Bentos: October 17-21, 2011

by Wendy Copley on October 21, 2011

I’ve pumpkins on the brain, so there are a few pumpkin/Halloween lunches in the mix this week. Enjoy!

Monday

Second Grade Bento #498

On Monday, Wyatt’s lunch and snack were packed in the Laptop Lunchbox: pretzel slims, strawberries, homemade applesauce, Laughing cow cheese wedges and teriyaki baked tofu that I cut and decorated with food-safe markers. I was worried the applesauce would leak on the rest of the lunch so I wrapped it tightly with plastic wrap to keep it contained. I know it worked because Wyatt didn’t eat it and when I opened the box at the end of the day, it hadn’t leaked at all.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #165

On Tuesday, Augie had leftover pork chop from dinner the night before that I cut into small chunks, grapes, garlic naan cut into pumpkin shapes and decorated with food markers, and fig from our backyard tree.

Second Grade Bento #499

Wyatt also had pork that I threaded onto pumpkin picks, grapes, apples, pumpkin face Joe-Joes cookies, and garlic naan pumpkins.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #166

On Wednesday, Augie had heart-shaped sandwiches filled with bean dip, peanut butter pretzels, deli turkey, strawberries and grapes.

Wyatt ate school lunch.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #167

Man, I did not feel like making lunches on Thursday. The kids were extra feisty, I’d stayed up too late and over-slept and lunches were the last thing I wanted to do. I’d packed a bit of the lunches the night before though, so that gave me some motivation to get it together.

Augie had grapes, garlic naan cut into a firetruck shape, deli turkey and a fig.

Second Grade Bento #500

Wyatt had Laughing Cow cheese, the last of the bag of pretzel thins, strawberries, garlic naan chunks, baked tofu and a few grapes.

Friday

Preschooler Bento #168

On Friday, I made Augie some fancy flower sandwiches. I cut garlic naan into flower shapes then topped them with soy cheese and turkey that I’d also cut. The scraps and a bit more cheese and meat were tucked inside the sandwiches. He also got some strawberries and tomatoes from our garden.

Wyatt begged me to have school lunch and I let him.


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  • Rebecca Ramirez

    Where did you get the tiny cutters?

  • Anonymous

    I love how even on a day when you didn’t feel like making lunch, you still made really attractive ones! Thank you for all the ideas and inspiration. I had to work today, and my husband was out of town, so I made my sons bentos to make the sitter’s job easier. One of the things was clementine wedges arranged to look like a flower in a reusable muffin cup, an idea I saw in one of your pics. The sitter was still marveling at it when I got home at 6 p.m.! đŸ™‚

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