The Week in Bentos: June 25-29, 2012

by Wendy Copley on June 29, 2012

Is it possible we’re already a third of the way through summer? Crazy pants! Here are this week’s lunches:

Monday

Wyatt was home sick Monday, so no lunch.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #291

Tuesday, I packed Augie’s lunch in one of my new bento boxes. This box is a little deeper than the ones I’m used to and it was kind of an interesting change to have a bunch of vertical piles of food. I packed canned peaches (with a food divider on top to try to contain any extra moisture, wheat thins, grape tomatoes and turkey meatballs.

Summer Camp Bento #612

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our Laptop Lunch box: turkey meatballs, garlic naan, a tub of applesauce, blueberries and a blueberry cereal bar.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #292

Augie’s lunch on Wednesday was…interesting. I hadn’t visited the grocery store in quite awhile and it felt like all the stuff I normally pack in the kids’ lunches was either gone or kind of iffy so I had to use all of my skills of resourcefulness to pull a meal together. I started by pulling the meat off the last hoisin chicken drumstick from dinner the night before (which Augie is now referring to as “poisin chicken” — heh.). Then I dug a couple jars of canned cherries that I put up last summer out of the cupboard and added those. Next, I found a jacket and went out to the very cold and foggy garden and picked some strawberries. (Very Ma Ingalls of me!) Finally, I put in the last Triscuits in the box and a handful of borderline grape tomatoes.

Summer Camp Bento #613

Wyatt’s lunch was assembled using the same foraging techniques: wrinkly-but-not-moldy tomatoes, some tofu that was one day past the sell by date, home canned cherries, the last scraps of garlic naan, a blueberry bar and strawberries from the garden.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #293

Ahhhhhh….I’m so thankful to have a husband who will run out to the store for provisions after the kids are in bed and I’m already in my jammies! When Thursday morning dawned we were fully stocked with lunch fixin’s again which was great because someone took my phone from my bedside table in the morning while I was fast asleep so he could sneak a few games of Where’s My Water and didn’t bother to come get me when my phone alarm went off so I slept really, really late. Hurry, hurry, hurry means very simple lunches.

All that to tell you that Augie had a turkey and mayo sandwich, raspberries, and celery sticks.

Summer Camp Bento #614

Wyatt had the same, but I swapped tortilla chips in for the celery because he won’t eat it.

Friday

Preschool Bento Box #294

Today Augie had Triscuits, raspberries, carrots with edamame hummus for dipping (in the green tub) and leftover grilled chicken.

Summer Camp Bento Box #615

Wyatt’s lunch was the same except I didn’t include the dip because he decided he doesn’t like it anymore and I threw in a blueberry bar for his morning snack.


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  • Ivona Foster

    I would love to know how you prepare your turkey meat balls, they seem like a great addition to their lunches. Thanks

  • Hi Ivona — I buy bags of frozen turkey meatballs at Trader Joes.

  • One thing I ADORE about bento-style lunches is that you CAN just throw in ends and bits and last-in-the-bag remnants…and it still creates a proper looking lunch with a silicone cup or two and a cute pick. 🙂

    And I’ve done the morning strawberry run to the garden myself, even though ours are well over for the year now.

  • Cortney

    Edamame hummus?!? Okay, I MUST know…did you make that or buy it somewhere? Does it taste like edamame, or more like hummus (which I’m not a fan of, but wish I was!)? That sounds like something I could like!

  • Ivona

    😀 Well, that’s easy enough 🙂

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