The Week in Bentos: October 22-26, 2012

by Wendy on October 26, 2012

Here are the lunches for this week! I even have a bonus grown-up lunch to share today and a story about lunch from when I was a little girl. Read on:

Monday

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Zach (my husband) took off for a business trip on Monday, so I packed him a snack/lunch for the plane. (Would you call that a “snunch”? I dunno…not sure that works.) Airplane bentos are always a little tricky for me because I’m never sure what counts as a “liquid” and I don’t want to inadvertently cause Zach to be delayed when he’s checking in. (Did you know that hummus counts as a liquid? One of my friends had to throw hers out because the TSA spotted it in her luggage! Don’t get me started…) Anyway, I stuck with stuff that seemed solidly solid for this lunch and that would be safe without an ice pack, so it’s a little plain (plane? Har har har!): bread and butter, cheddar cheese, carrot and celery sticks and tomatoes from our garden. This was all packed up in a Glad Entree container* because I also didn’t want him to worry about bringing the box home later if it was a pain to do so.

Wyatt had school lunch, and Augie and I ate meatballs at IKEA:

IKEA meatballs

Mmmmmmmm…meatballs! And lingonberry juice!

Augie

This is the face Augie makes when he eats at IKEA. Cutie!

Tuesday

Preschooler Bento #349

I made mummy dogs for dinner on Monday night, so the boys had the leftovers in their lunches on Tuesday. Augie also had tomatoes, celery sticks and kiwi chunks. This was packed in a single layer of our monbento box.

3rd Grader Bento #669

Wyatt had Halloween chips (Snak King brand), a tiny chocolate cupcake that his aunt gave him, a mummy dog, ketchup, apple slices and strawberries. This was packed in one of our Easy Lunchbox containers.

Wednesday

Preschooler Bento #350

On Wednesday, Augie’s lunch was packed in the Yubo: meatballs in a silicone spider baking cup, celery and pepper chunks, Halloween chips, a mandarin orange with a leaf pick to make it look pumpkin-y, Scrabble Cheez-its and canned peaches.

3rd Grader Bento #670

Wyatt’s lunch also had meatballs and a silicone suitcase full of ketchup, peaches with bone sprinkles, Cheez-its (do you see how I spelled out “cat” and “boo”? I wonder if that lasted until lunch time.), grapes and a cookie.

Thursday

I don’t have a photo for Augie’s Thursday lunch. Sorry!

Third Grade Bento #671

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our LunchBots Trio: golden tomatoes, pretzel sticks, a mini bagel with lox and cream cheese (!!), a mandarin orange and black grapes. The lox on the bagel was a revelation: Wyatt has always turned up his nose at it, but I offered him some when I was making my own bagel at breakfast and he surprised me by trying it cheerfully. He loved it and asked for some on his bagel too. Then when he finished his breakfast he asked if I’d put a bagel with lox in his lunch box too. Sure thing buddy!

Friday

Preschool Bento #351

Today Augie had a pretty simple lunch. I’ve noticed that the fancier I make his lunch lately, the less he’s been eating, so I’m going to scale back the cute stuff a bit for a while to see if that helps. I packed orange wedges, a PB&J that I decorated with the frog plate in the Cutezcute Animal Friends set, apple chunks and celery with peanut butter. This was packed in our Laptop Lunches bento box.

Field Trip Bento #672

This morning Wyatt asked for bagels with lox and cream cheese again before we’d even stepped into the kitchen and I had just enough left to put a couple in his lunch box for today. All these lunches with bagels and lox have been reminding me of my own childhood. Bagels were pretty rare in Iowa in the early 80′s, but my parents bought them frequently and made a salmon cream cheese spread to put on them. I normally ate hot lunch at school, but occasionally I got to bring a packed lunch to school and I always asked for my favorite treats when that happened. I loved to bring a bagel with salmon spread on it, but no one in the cafeteria had ever seen such a thing and I was teased mercilessly about it. I distinctly remember one mean kid practically shouting “Why are you eating a donut with fish on it???” It even carried over to the playground and kids would yell, “Wendy likes donuts and fish! Ha ha ha!” Now I hope those same kids remember that and feel like idiots every time they shell out $10.95 for a lox and bagel plate at brunch!

Anyway! The rest of Wyatt’s lunch was pretzel sticks, a fruit leather, Laughing Cow cheese, oranges, and apple chunks. I carved a smiley face on the apple with a tool I got at Daiso a few months ago and sprinkled it with Fruit Fresh to keep it from browning.

* I’m currently being compensated by Glad as a member of the Glad Mom Made panel. I’ll be sharing more tips about using Glad products in the coming months!


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  • Karen

    Isn’t it amazing how many foods that are an everyday part of our diet now were practically unheard of only 30 years ago? In this blog you mentioned bagels and hummus which were a little too ethnic for our homogeneous Iowa back then. But still, we are so lucky to have such a wide selection of foods to choose from now days.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I do find it amazing, Mom! Bagels feel like the equivalent of white bread for us now — I know kids who will eat little else — but they were wacky and wild back then. Kind of like those crazy stir fries you used to make!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lori.cammie.rice Lori Cammie Rice

    Ikea meatballs are always a hit at our house. I usually break them out when I’m out of dinner ideas or I can’t make it to the store, so it feels like a cop out to me, but it makes my guys ridiculously happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacykearney Stacy Kearney

    Where are you? Are you okay?

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I’m fine — thank you! I have a wicked cold and the kids have been sick too, so I’ve had a hard time getting it together to blog. I’m hoping to get it together again in the next few days though!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stacykearney Stacy Kearney

    Hope you’re all well soon!

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