The Week in Bentos: March 26-30, 2012

by Wendy Copley on March 30, 2012

Another week, another batch of lunches for the kids. Check it out, yo!

Monday

Wyatt was home sick from school AGAIN, so I didn’t pack him a lunch. Augie is always off on Mondays.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #246

Tuesday, Augie had grapes, little tomatoes, carrot sticks and baked teriyaki tofu that I decorated with bear cut-outs. Here’s a guide to how I did those cut-outs if you haven’t seen it before.

Second Grader Bento #571

Wyatt had a similar lunch: carrot sticks, sliced tofu, mandarin orange wedges, grapes, whole wheat pretzel sticks and a few little tomatoes. This was packed in our Laptop Lunch box.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #247

Wednesday, Augie had a star-themed lunch: garlic naan cut into small star shapes, deli turkey with a soy cheese star on top, little tomatoes, grapes and mandarin orange wedges.

Second Grader Bento #572

Wyatt’s lunch was packed into an Easy Lunchbox: whole wheat pretzel sticks, a cheese stick, strips of garlic naan, mandarins and grapes.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #248

Augie has been pretending to be a kitty cat all week, so I cut his turkey sandwich into a kitty shape. He also had goldfish crackers, strawberries and some raspberries.

Second Grader Bento #573

Wyatt had grapes, a few M&M’s in a little box, Scrabble Cheez-its, a cheese stick (hidden in the silverware area), strawberries and turkey and mayo Boba Fett sandwiches that I cut with our Star Wars cookie cutters.

You might notice that the kids’ sandwiches were made with white bread today. A year or two ago, I quietly made the decision not to buy white bread any more. I didn’t say anything to anyone about it and for the most part no one really noticed. Or so I thought. I accidentally picked up the wrong kind of bread at the store the other day and when I pulled this out, the kids went crazy. “Is this a special treat, Mom?” “Why do we get white bread? Is today Easter?” “Can I have toast for breakfast?” “Oh thank you, Mommy!” Ha!

Friday

Preschool Bento #249

Today, August’s lunch was packed in a new-ish box that I broke out for the first time: strawberries, mandarin oranges, another turkey sandwich on that wonderful white bread, space soy cheese cut-outs and space goldfish crackers.

2nd Grade Bento #574

And Wyatt had exactly the same thing, minus the soy cheese and plus a cheese stick.

Have a great weekend!


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  • Lori

    My boys had white bread at their Grandparents house and you would think they were eating manna from heaven!  But it’s nice because sometimes we buy white bread for a “treat” like when we go camping and they think we’re the best parents in the world!  Of course, they think we’re the worts parents in the world every other time we buy wheat bread for everyday use.  You can’t win them all!  

  • Nina Holstead

    Love your lunches and I laughed out loud when I read what your kids said when you brought home white bread. My favorite one is “Is it Easter?”, LOL. My kids are the same and I have to admit sometimes a PBJ on soft white bread just hits the spot. We reserve it for family gettogethers and other special occasion but my kids keep questioning why our store does not carry “Grandma’s bread”. If only they knew…

  • Plume

    Yeah, the white bread comments made me laugh too. I never buy it here, wwb is all I’ve known since growing up. And my husband hates white bread (something about it being sticky?) so it doesn’t find its way in here. Now I’m wondering what my son’s reaction would be if he tried some. Maybe he won’t notice? Or notice and love it?

  • Where did you buy the rocket and stars cutters. My daughter is on a Star Wars kick so she would love these right now 🙂 Your Star Wars sandwiches don’t look anything like mine but that could be because I make the whole thing and then cut, usually the cutter will imprint REALLY well, and make the sandwich quite thin looking 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  •  Hi Ivona! I got the rocket cutters at a Daiso brick and mortar store, but you can also get them at All Things for Sale: http://www.allthingsforsale.com/bento-deco-cutter/1491-japanese-bento-decoration-ham-cheese-cutter-set-space-4984343879164.html/?aff=wendoloniablog

    As for the Star Wars sandwiches, I cut each piece separately. The top layer with the impression is usually pretty thin, but I cut the bottom layer without pushing the plunger down and that keeps the bread from getting squished. Do you have any troubles getting through both layers and all the sandwich fillings?

  • Hi Wendy! 
    thank you for the link- I love All thing For Sale but I must have missed these. Double thanks for the sandwich tip. I do not have trouble getting through all the layers but once the sandwich comes out it is awfully smooshed.

    The little one doesn’t have a problem with it though, that’s just my crazy self 🙂

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