The Week in Bentos: February 25-March 1, 2013

by Wendy Copley on March 1, 2013

The February blah’s have been setting in around here, so this week I made an attempt to liven things up with some fun lunches. Check it out:


I didn’t want to make a lunch because it was Monday morning and I was tired, so I made Wyatt eat school lunch. He was none too happy about it though.


Preschool Beach Bento #406

Augie keeps asking to go to the beach and I have to tell him over and over that it’s too cold. Yes, we live in California, but it is Northern California and it’s February! There’s no way I want  to sit on a cold, windy beach right now. In an attempt to appease him, I made this sunny beach lunch in our Lock & Lock 4-up box: a sunshine sandwich with sunglasses and a smiley face, sugar snap peas, grapes with a beach umbrella pick, a salami beach ball and a stack of crackers (not visible in this picture but they’re under the salami). The soy cheese I used for the sun sandwich got a little droopy so it’s hard to see the “rays” sticking out, but you can see a better photo and get an idea of how I put it together in this post I wrote for Hellobee.  The sunglasses and smile were made with this set of cutters.

3rd Grade Bento #718

Wyatt’s lunch box held zig-zaggy cheese strips (I used this new cutter set to make them), salami, grapes, whole wheat pretzels, a big chunk of apple with his initial carved into it, carrots and black bean dip. This was packed in the PlanetBox.


Preschool Alphabet Bento #407

On Wednesday Augie had an “A” sandwich filled with peanut butter and jelly, grapes, mandarin oranges, red pepper strips and salami. I used the Lunchbots Trio for packing.

3rd Grade Bento #719

Wyatt had a simple Laptop Lunches bento: an apple-carrot crusher, apple chunks, celery sticks, bacon-cheddar-ranch dip, salami and 9 grain crackers. The celery and dip are something new we are trying to get Wyatt to eat more veggies (he’s on an informal vegetable strike at the moment). He’s been enjoying celery with peanut butter at home, but we can’t send that in his lunch because his school is nut free. Both the celery and the dip were untouched when he came home though.


Preschool Boat Bento #408

This lunch for Augie had a smidgeon of an ocean theme: celery with peanut butter, turkey sandwiches cut and stamped with a boat cutter, blueberry “water” and goldfish crackers. I picked all the purple ones out and put them on top to make them look like water, but I don’t really think it worked that well.

3rd Grade Star Wars Bento #720

Wyatt had a Star Wars bento — always a favorite! I packed black bean dip, space goldfish crackers, blueberries with a light saber pick, Darth Vadar and Yoda salami sandwiches (cutters are available from Williams-Sonoma), and carrots that were guarded by stormtroopers. Find the light sabers and stormtroopers here.


Preschool Snacky Bento #409

Today Augie had a snacky lunch: a square, helpfully labeled egg, goldfish, turkey roll-ups, a lone piece of celery with peanut butter, apple chunks, “mango lassi” snack mix from our Graze box, and a mandarin orange.

3rd Grade Bento #721

Wyatt also had a simple lunch: potato chips (!!), celery with Laughing Cow cheese (another attempt to tempt with veggies), mandarin orange wedges, turkey roll-ups and apples pieces.

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  • Tamara

    Not sure if I’ve ever commented on your blog but I have followed it a long time now. I so wish you were my mom when I was a kid. I love the lunches! I also love that although you aren’t veggie or vegan, your kids get a great variety of healthy foods, even tofu sometimes if I recall! I’ve shared your blog with mommy friends of mine.

  • Wendy, I really love your bento lunches. I pack lunch every day – haven’t attempted bentos yet. In the fall, my daughter will be packing, too. Just curious how long it takes you to do all this every day!

  • Thank you so much, Tamara! That’s *so* nice of you to say.

  • It depends a bit on the particular lunch, but it doesn’t really take much more time for me than packing a “regular” lunch would at this point. (I’ve been doing this for 5 years now.) If you look at the two lunches I packed Friday — which are really just examples of putting food in a box — I’m guessing I spent 5 minutes on each one. The hardest part there was figuring out what to put in the lunches. The fancier ones like the beach one or the Star Wars one take a little extra time — maybe 5 minutes? — but nothing I pack is over the top, so I can knock them out pretty quickly.

  • OK, great to know! They look like they would be complicated and time-consuming. Worth doing, though, for her lunches, I think. At home, she likes to eat little “picky” style lunches so a box like this will probably be a great idea. Thanks for the info! 🙂

  • katieculpepper

    Had no idea you were in Cali… figured you were in Seattle or something (don’t know why LOL ) I’m more Central then Northern, but nice to know you are more local then I thought!

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