The Week in Bentos: May 29 – June 1, 2012

by Wendy Copley on June 1, 2012

Despite the holiday on Monday, we are back to a full roster of lunch box photos this week — including a few bonus shots! Read on!


Monday was a holiday and the kids were off school, so there were no lunches.


Preschooler Bento #275

Tuesday I packed Augie’s lunch in one of my favorite two-tier lunch boxes: strawberries, cheese sandwich crackers, turkey meatballs from the freezer and a grid of grape tomatoes.

Wyatt decided to eat lunch at school.


Preschool Bento #276

On Wednesday, Augie took this lunch to preschool: strawberries, canned peaches that I drained, rinsed and decorated with sprinkles, carrot sticks and turkey meatballs.

Big Kid Bento #601

Wyatt had the same lunch, but I also threw in a few potato chips as a treat. This was packed in our Laptop Lunch box.

Big Kid Bento #601: After

He liked this lunch a lot and when I opened it at the end of the day he’d eaten everything except the carrots. When I asked why he left them, he told me he ran out of time and that he doesn’t really like to eat carrots unless he has dip. Duly noted.


Preschool Bento #277

Thursday, Augie had a side car of cheese and crackers that were not fancy in any way. His main lunch was a little prettier though: sugar snap peas, baked tofu cut with a teddy bear decoration and watermelon stars. The trimmings from the watermelon cut-outs are layered underneath.

Big Kid Bento #602

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in one of our Easy Lunchboxes: ham and cheese sandwich, animal crackers, carrots and bean dip and potato chips. This was packed for a field trip to the beach Thursday so that’s why he had the extra treats.

Grown-up Bento #55

I chaperoned the trip, so I packed myself a lunch too: watermelon, pasta salad with asparagus and procuitto (tasty, but no where near being worth the effort it took to make), a few potato chips that got soggy and a ham and cheese sandwich. This was packed in our OOTS Lunchbox.


Preschool Bento #278

Today Augie’s lunch had triscuits, more turkey meatballs, strawberries and green grapes.

Big Kid Bento #603

Wyatt had garlic naan strips, grapes, berries and turkey meatballs. Apparently, this was a big week for meatballs*!

* I received no compensation to talk about meatballs. We just love meatballs. I wonder if there’s anyone who would pay me to talk about meatballs though, because I’d totally do that for cash. Hmmmm….is there a National Meatball Council, I wonder?

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  • Jessie

    Love the watermelon stars! How well do the peaches keep in the cups without a lid? Every time I try I get peaches spilling out. 

  • Cortney Hill

    New reader, so I’m curious…do you make your own meatballs, or just purchase them at the store?  I’m trying to decide if they’re worth the extra effort to make them myself.  😛

  • It depends a lot on the container I’m packing them in. In both of the lunches above, I packed the peaches into boxes with a pretty tight-fitting lid — meaning that there wasn’t much (if any) clearance between the top of the silicone cup and the lid — so the peaches didn’t have anywhere to go. Despite draining and rinsing the peaches, sometimes some of the liquid leaks out though. It’s worth taking a little extra care to blot them with a paper towel or something to keep that from happening because it can destroy a lunch.

  •  The vast majority of the meatballs you will see on my site are coming from the freezer case at Trader Joes. I do occasionally make a big batch to have on hand for lunches, but I’ll always say they’re homemade so I can get credit for my work. 🙂 My kids don’t really favor one type over another so I don’t go to the meatball effort very often but the purchased one are super-high in sodium so it’s probably worth the effort if you want to make it.

  • Heather McNamee Rensel

    My son loves to get meatballs in his bento too.  I think he would be happy to get them everyday.  My daughter on the other hand will not touch them with a ten foot pole.  

  • HollyLynne

    You should get TJs meatball kickbacks from all the bags I buy! Your blog was where I got the idea to use the and my toddler loves them too. (I love checking our your blog for bento ideas, but I ne’er comment….sorry. And, hi!)

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