The Week in Bentos: April 22-26, 2013

by Wendy Copley on April 26, 2013

This was one of those weeks when I was not feeling the whole decorative bento thing at all. I wasn’t inspired by my tools or the food in the fridge. I didn’t want to experiment. I didn’t want to deal with washing a bunch of little picks. I didn’t want to coax anyone to eat a vegetable. On weeks like this, I just take food and put it in a box. And that’s just fine.  I threw in a couple Mickey Mouse sandwiches later in the week because Augie asked for them (and they only take seconds to put together) but otherwise, we’ve got some plain jane food going on here.

Monday

3rd Grader Berries and Grapes Bento #743

On Monday, Wyatt asked for the following items in his lunch:

  • Potato chips
  • Cookies
  • Saltine crackers
  • Strawberry milk

Um….no. Ha ha! Instead we looked through the refrigerator together and came up with this lunch: saltines (I’m not a monster, after all), leftover citrus pork from dinner, strawberries, grapes, black bean dip and carrot sticks. This was packed in the PlanetBox which Wyatt chose in honor of Earth Day.

Tuesday

Preschool Tuna and Crackers Bento #432

Tuesday’s lunch for my preschooler held strawberries in a big silicone baking cup, cukes, crackers, grapes and tuna. The crackers are meant to be eaten with the tuna, but usually he just eats the tuna straight up with a fork. This was packed in a Yubo lunch box.

Wyatt ate school lunch.

Wednesday

Preschool Bento #433

On Wednesday, Augie had celery sticks, a small lidded silicone cup of raisins, grapes, salami, crackers, a piece of apple and some leftover chicken quesadilla. This was packed in the Lunchbots Trio.

Third Grade Bento #744

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our old skool Laptop Lunches box: salami, crackers, cheese slices, corn, radishes, and grapes. I divided the bigger compartments up with with silicone baking cups and I also threw in a Lego spoon for the corn.

Thursday

Preschool Bento #434

On Wednesday I got a new set of stamping Mickey and Minnnie cutters in the mail, so Augie wanted me to use them for his lunch Thursday morning. I ordered these before our trip and I’d actually forgotten about them by the time they arrived, so that was a nice surprise. I used the Mickey cutter to make peanut butter and jam sandwiches, then I also packed blueberries, apple chunks and some ginger-y pork that was leftover from dinner the night before. I stuck an “M” pick (for “Mickey Mouse”) in the pork so Augie didn’t have to eat it with his fingers.

Third Grade Bento #745

Wyatt had a few tortilla chips, blackberries, leftover pork, apple chunks and a little container of french toast casserole that was leftover from breakfast. The casserole was a recipe I was trying from Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love that uses up bread scraps and Wyatt ate a huge serving at breakfast.

Friday

Third Grade Bento #746

Today Wyatt had carrots, a little Sara Lee chocolate donut for a treat, saltines, deli ham roll-ups, strawberries and blackberries.

Preschool Bento #435

Augie had ham roll-ups, carrots, strawberries, blackberries and more pb&j’s made with my other set of Mickey cutters. It was packed in our PlanetBox.


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