The Week in Bentos: January 24-28, 2012

by Wendy Copley on January 28, 2012

Oops! I was super busy last week and didn’t manage to get all the lunch pictures pulled together into a blog post, so I’m coming to you with a special Saturday edition of The Week in Bentos this week. Exciting!

And because I’m posting a day late, I’m including pictures of today’s lunch at home. Even more exciting!

Monday

Wow! We’ve been waking up late a lot in the past few weeks, but Monday we were really late. We were so late that even though I had Wyatt’s lunch 3/4 packed, I didn’t have time to finish filling it, so he had school lunch.

Tuesday

Second Grade Bento #544

Tuesday, Wyatt actually got to eat that lunch. He had a whole wheat dinner roll, a clementine, raspberries, Scrabble Cheez-its, deli turkey and a few slices of salami (the remnants of lunch meat that were left in the cheese drawer from the week before). This was all packed in our Laptop Lunch Box.

Preschool Bento #214

Augie’s lunch for preschool was a whole wheat bun that I split and filled with homemade blackberry jam (not visible in the photo), a clementine, grapes and soy cheese cut into star shapes for a little protein. This was packed in our little bird bento box.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #215

On Wednesday, Augie had shelled edamame, clementine wedges, green grapes and sliced baked tofu. He also had a separate box of white cheddar popcorn that I forgot to take a picture of. He specifically asked me for the popcorn because one of his friends at preschool brings it in his lunch and as Augie put it, “I want to eat him’s popcorn, Mama!” We can’t have that, now can we! I love it when my kids ask for things in their lunches because a.) they rarely do it and b.) it gives me good ideas.

Second Grade Bento #545

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the Easy Lunchbox: sliced, baked tofu, green grapes, clementines and popcorn.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #216

On Thursday, Augie had kissing squirrel sandwiches filled with ham and soy cheese, red grapes and more edamame.

Second Grade Bento #546

Wyatt had a few pita chips, grapes, Scrabble Cheez-its and Darth Vader and Boba Fett ham and cheese sandwiches. The sandwiches were cut and decorated with our Star Wars cookie cutters.

Friday

Preschool Bento #217

On Friday, Augie’s lunch had a ham “rose”, Triscuits, grapes, carrot sticks and peas.

Second Grade Bento #547

And Wyatt had tortilla chips, hoisin chicken tenders cut into chunks, scrabble Cheez-its, and grapes. The chicken was leftover from dinner on Thursday. I sauteed some chicken tenders, then I just improvised the sauce by mixing together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, garlic from a jar, siracha, and a dab of sesame oil. Wyatt loved it but Augie wouldn’t even try it, so Wyatt got to take it in his luncheon tray.

BONUS: Saturday Lunch!

Fancy Plate #7

This is an example of a typical weekend lunch for us. Augie had a pb&j sandwich, applesauce and Cheez-its. I took a few extra seconds to spell his name out on the plate with his crackers, which I admit was a little silly since he can’t read.

Fancy Plate #8

Wyatt can read though and he was thrilled that I spelled his name out too. We were out of W crackers so I had to substitute an E on its side but he assured me that he didn’t mind that.


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  • Becky O.

    Where do you find those larger silicone baking cups?

  • JDaniel4smom Smith

    My son would love your Star Wars lunch! I love the kissing squirrels.

  • Gemma

    I’d love to know how you make the ham ‘rose’

  • I found the big cups one time on a trip to a Daiso brick and mortar store a few years ago and I’ve never seen them since! Frustrating.

  • Carly

    I love your lunch ideas! I found your blog on Stumbleupon, and I am trying to pack myself and my boyfriend healthier lunches for work – these ideas are great!

  • Tamara Smolyansky

    I found them at Williams-Sonoma, $24.95 (pricey but in-stock).

  • Jessica

    Joann carries them in round, square, & triangle shapes. A dozen for about $11. And If you get their coupons via mail or email, you can knock off 40-50%.

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