The Week in Bentos: April 23-27, 2012

by Wendy Copley on April 27, 2012

Man, I was uninspired lunch-wise this week. I found myself making the same lunches over and over and over — or at least it felt that way. I’ve been doing a lot of other creative projects lately. I wonder if that’s part of it? Hmmmm…I dunno for sure. In any case, here are this week’s lunches:


Big Kid Bento #584

On Monday, Wyatt’s lunch was packed in an Easy Lunchbox. He had a roast beef sandwich on a whole wheat hamburger bun, pretzels, carrots, bean dip for dipping the carrots (in the red tub), wheat thins, sliced cheddar cheese and some strawberries.


Big Kid Bento #585

The kids had some jello at a restaurant last week and totally flipped out over it. They begged me for days to buy some jello, so Monday afternoon Augie and I made a big batch. I let most of it set up in a big bowl, but I also poured a little right in some containers for lunches. Brace yourselves for a slew of jello lunch photos!

OK, so Tuesday: Wyatt had another roast beef sandwich, pretzels, strawberries and green-flavored jello.

Preschool Bento #258

Augie had Triscuits, soy cheese, carrot chips (purchased at our local gourmet grocery), watermelon and green jello.


Preschool Bento #259

Wednesday was another Jello day — I poured it right into a silicone baking cup when I initially made it. I also sent Augie with grapes, deli ham roll-ups and stars that I cut from garlic naan.

Big Kid Bento #586

Wyatt had exactly the same thing, but I added some carrots to his lunch too.


Preschool Bento #260

On Thursday, Augie had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I cut into a gingerbread man shape, strawberries, pretzels and mango chunks (his current favorite fruit).

Big Kid Bento #587

Wyatt had strawberries, goldfish grahams, pretzels and a roast beef sandwich. I bought a ton of roast beef this week.


Preschool Bento #261

Augie’s lunch had mango, grapes, pretzels and turkey meatballs from the freezer.

Big Kid bento #588

I really phoned it in on Wyatt’s lunch today. He had a jelly sandwich (cut into “fancy” triangles), pretzels and strawberries.

And in case you were wondering: Yes! I painted my table blue last weekend!

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  • Lisa

    I love your Bento posts!  I don’t even remember how I came across your blog initially, but I’ve been visiting regularly ever since.  I even started making Bento lunches for my own kids which have been a huge hit!  We use the Easy Lunchboxes and silicone muffin cups, which have worked perfectly.  I’m definitely going to try the jello idea – that would make two kids very happy! 🙂  Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • I am such a rookie at the whole packed lunch thing.  I’m worried my silicone cups won’t come back home and that my daughter will spend her lunch time plating with them instead of eating. Have you had any problems?  

  •  Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found some inspriation here.

  •  I’ve lost very, very few items over the years I’ve been doing this. I think it helps a lot that my kids have always eaten lunch this way so they learned in preschool to bring their lunch box and everything in it (including leftover food) home with them. It’s funny because my husband is responsible for most of the stuff that’s disappeared over the years!

    I think the kids sometimes play a little, but it becomes routine pretty quickly. I’ve never heard of any problems from teachers.

  • Leanne Yanabu

    Wendy, even if you feel like you’re “phoning it in”, I admire and applaud you for continuing to do what you do. Not every mom makes lunch for their children, and barely anyone goes the extra step to photograph, comment, and post it online. You are, as the other commenters noted, an inspiration. 

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