The Week in Bentos: May 7-11, 2012

by Wendy Copley on May 11, 2012

This was a busy week in Wendolonia land. My husband and I had an unusually high work load so we had lots of early mornings and late nights trying to take care of business. Still, lunch must go on so here is what I packed for the boys:

Monday

Monday was pizza day at school, so Wyatt had hot lunch.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #266

No, this is not Wyatt’s lunch — it’s Augie’s!! When I asked him which cookie cutter he wanted me to use on his sandwich, he chose the “W” cutter. I asked him if he was sure he didn’t want his own initial and he insisted on the W, so he ended up with a peanut butter and jelly W sandwich. Hee!

The rest of his lunch had grape tomatoes, carrots, strawberries and goldfish crackers. It was packed in a lunch box with the same shape as this cute pig bento box.

Second Grader Bento #593

Wyatt’s lunch was packed into the Easy Lunchbox. He had strips of garlic naan, a leftover hoisin chicken leg, carrots, bacon cheddar ranch dip from Trader Joes for dipping, and strawberries. I wrapped the chicken leg in a little foil to keep the mess from the sauce at a minimum and I also included a wet paper towel in his lunch bag so he could clean up more easily if his fingers got too messy.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #267

On Wednesday, Augie had strawberries, meatballs from the freezer, garlic naan circles, cheese sandwich crackers and raisins.

Second Grader Bento #594

Wyatt’s lunch was very similar: garlic naan, strawberries, grape tomatoes, wheat thins and turkey meatballs.

strawberry huller

Speaking of strawberries, I want to show you my new gadget! If you’ve been reading these lunch posts for awhile, you may have noticed that we eat a lot of strawberries. I am a big fan of strawberries because they are delicious, super nutritious and my kids always eat them. I splurge and buy them when they’re not in season (though not in the dead of winter because they’re never good then)  and I buy them in half flats from the farmer’s market all summer long. Until now I’ve hulled every berry with a knife which is a pain in the butt. When I started thinking about making the first batch of strawberry jam for the year, I decided it was time to buy myself a strawberry huller.

I. LOVE. IT.

The one I got is from Chef’n and it works so well that even Augie can use it. A++! Highly recommended!

Thursday

Preschool Bento #268

Yesterday, Augie had leftover cubes of steak from dinner, pineapple, crackers and apple chunks. I dipped the apples in some of the pineapple juice to keep them from browning which is one of my favorite tricks.

Second Grader Bento #595

Wyatt had the same lunch as Augie, but I swapped garlic naan strips in for the crackers.

Friday

Preschooler Bento #269

Today, Augie had cheesy sandwich crackers, teeny little carrots, a nitrate and nitrite free turkey hot dog that I sliced and put on plastic picks and perfectly hulled berries.

Big Kid Bento #596

Again, Wyatt had the same thing with naan swapped in for the crackers. This was packed in our Laptop Lunch box.

teeny little carrots

The carrots are a new product I’m trying and the kids seem to like them a lot. I saw these petite carrots at the grocery store the other day and picked them up to put into a stir fry. They are about half the diameter of regular “baby” carrots. Wyatt has been eating carrots lately (they used to be on the most-hated list), but they are still on the edge of his comfort zone so I thought these might be fun for him. I don’t personally love to eat giant raw carrots because I think they’re unpleasant to chew and these little guys remove all of those issues. They might be worth trying on your kids (or yourself) if you see them in the store.


Disclosure: I bought my strawberry huller and carrots. I didn’t get any kind of money or swag or anything to promote them — I just like them and wanted to share.

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  • Tammy Steffens

    Do you make your own turkey meatballs?  If not, what brand(s) do you like?

  • Whitney

    Those carrots are a good tip. I slice baby carrots in half because I think they are easier to eat (and like). This would save me. With my husband’s new job, we are entering “save me” mode.

  •  Though I do occasionally make turkey meatballs, the ones you see in the kids’ lunches are almost always going to be from the freezer section of Trader Joes. They are a staple item at our house and I always keep them on hand for quick lunches or dinners for the kids when they are eating separately from the grown-ups.

  •  Yes! They cook very fast too which is a plus if you have someone who won’t eat them raw at all. (I found these at Lucky in the Plaza, btw. Couldn’t find organic ones though.)

  • I got that very same strawberry huller last year as an end-of-the-year, thanks-for-volunteering gift from my eldest’s teacher.  IT ROCKS!!!!  I didn’t realize how awesome it was until our strawberries came in & it is a Godsend!  That reminds me that I need to RE-thank her & let her know just how much I love & appreciate it!

  • That strawberry huller looks great.  I just watched a little video on how to use it over on Amazon.  Got one in my shopping cart now for the next time I order.  Thanks for sharing!

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