The Week in Bentos: November 28-December 2, 2011

by Wendy Copley on December 2, 2011

I’m starting in on the Christmas and winter themed lunches this week! Wooo!

Monday

Second Grader Bento #516

Wyatt’s lunch on Monday was packed into the Laptop Lunch Box: a biscuit, two chocolate star cookies, clementine, grapes, a mini blueberry muffin and salami slices.

Adult Bento #52

My husband has been traveling a lot for work lately and Monday morning he took off for another week away. I packed him this little snack box for the plane: salami, aged gouda cheese slices, a clementine, grapes and whole wheat crackers. I almost peeled the clementine for him out of habit, but then I remembered that he can handle that by himself. Heh.

Muffin Tin Meal #1

Later in the day, Augie asked me if we could have a picnic lunch outside in the yard, “On a blanket, Mama!” The weather was good, so I was happy to accommodate him. I didn’t feel like carrying multiple bowls and plates and drinks and stuff outside, so I decided to make my first ever muffin tin meal and put a little bit of this and that in the different compartments for the two of us to eat. I put in salami slices, grapes, harvarti cheese, cucumber spears (Augie’s new favorite veggie), dried cranberries, walnuts, a little ham and chocolate star cookies. This experiment was a great success and I’m going to be doing this a little more often going forward, I think.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #187

On Tuesday Augie’s lunch was leftover hoisin chicken (recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks, SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue), clementine wedges, peas, dried cranberries and graham cracker goldfish (under the craisins).

Second Grader Bento #517

Wyatt had a very similar lunch: garlic naan, hoisin chicken, cranberries with graham crackers underneath and clementines.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #188

I got confused Wednesday morning and thought it was the first day of December, so I broke out the first Christmas bentos of the year one day early. Doh! Augie had a few carrot sticks, baked tofu cut and decorated with food markers to look like a Christmas tree, garlic naan cut into star shapes, clementine wedges and a few dried cranberries.

2nd Grade Bento #518

Again, Wyatt’s lunch was basically the same but configured slightly differently: garlic naan stars, space themed goldfish (though if you ignore the rocketships, they look a little Christmas-y too), dried cranberries, clementines and Christmas tree tofu.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #189

On Thursday, Augie had salami slices, whole wheat crackers, clementine wedges, and some Rainier cherries that I canned after we went cherry picking last summer. Those suckers are awesome, by the way — a little mushier than fresh cherries, but the flavor is spot on. I like them on oatmeal, but Augie would just sit and eat a whole jar with a spoon if I let him.

Friday

Preschool Bento #190

For today’s lunches, I went with a snowman theme. Augie had clementines, rounds of garlic naan, goldfish crackers, dried apricots and tofu cut and decorated to look like a snowman with food markers.

Big Kid Bento #519

Wyatt’s lunch had a few extras — chocolate star cookies and some grapes that I skewered onto a snowman pick — but was otherwise the same as Augies lunch with the goldfish, naan, clems and fancy snowman tofu.

If you look very closely, you can see that the boys’ tofu chunks are each cut slightly differently. I did Wyatt’s first and the hat came out looking pretty janky. For Augie’s, I switched to a different cutter for the hat — I used the arrow from this set — and I think it came out much better.

Have you started packing winter or holiday themed lunches?


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