The Week in Bentos: July 29 – August 2, 2013

by Wendy Copley on August 5, 2013

Ahhhh…summer. We are busy, busy around here with travel and other fun so the lunches are a bit light. Augie was back at school last week though so I have a little island of lunches to share with you in the middle of these last few weeks of summer. His preschool is out again the next two weeks, so there won’t be a weekly lunch round-up for awhile, but keep your eye out for a week of bento and lunch-y giveaways starting next Monday!

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I was a little rusty with the lunch-packing when I went to make Monday’s lunch, so I kept things nice and simple, using an easy-to-pack divided Lock and Lock bento and a few decorative picks to jazz things up. This lunch was packed with deli ham roll-ups, blueberries on a duck pick, some tomatoes from our garden that I popped onto a cherry stem pick, Triscuits, and yogurt raisins.



Tuesday, he specifically asked for Star Wars sandwiches filled with peanut butter and jelly, so I made him this lunch in the PlanetBox: cucumber moons, tomato suns, a few yogurt raisins, blueberries on a light saber pick and Chewbacca and R2-D2 sandwiches.



On Wednesday, I was feeling a little girly, so I decided to push it and pack Augie a flowery lunch. As much as this women’s college grad hates to admit it, my kids are ridiculously gender conscious and flowers do not fall into the “boy” category in their sphere of reality. Still, I figured I could get away with some ham rosebuds without enduring too many protests and I did. Woo hoo! I packed this lunch in our ECOLunchbox Solo Cube: strawberries, ham rosebuds speared onto leaf picks, blueberries in a star cup and sliced cukes. I was worried that the strawberries touching the ham would be a problem, so I slipped some silicone leaf dividers between them.


Preschool Wookie and Droid PlanetBox Bento #484

On Thursday, Augie asked me to pack him the exact same lunch he had on Tuesday. I was out of a few things so I had to make some substitutions, but this PlanetBox lunch does look remarkably similar, no? He had champagne grapes (so cute and little!), a few snap peas, garden tomatoes, yogurt raisins, strawberries and Chewy and Artoo pb&j.


Friday was the preschool’s end of the year picnic day so no lunch. (It was also the reason this post is showing up on Monday instead of Friday!)

Remember: don’t forget to look for several giveaways starting next week! And if you’re looking for a new lunch box for back to school, be sure to check out last week’s post — Lunch Box Comparison Chart: How 6 Popular Boxes Stack Up.

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  • My daughter has been using her new bento boxes for her summer enrichment courses. She is really excited about taking them to school. We aren’t finding the lunches any more difficult to pack than anything else would be and she eats lunches like this at home, anyway, just on a plate rather than in the boxes. She loves looking at the ideas on your posts.
    The only thing I do not like is the waste from cutting out sandwiches. I think we should cut bread first so the extra can be saved for breadcrumbs or whatever, but my Husband prefers to cut the sandwich after it’s made so it all stays together well. What do you do??? Just curious on this one.

  • I always cut the bread before I make the sandwich so I can save the bread for another use. I use the crusts for all kinds of things — bread pudding, breakfast casseroles, bread crumbs, croutons, etc. You have to cut and stamp the bread separately if you’re using a stamping cutter, too and, I personally think the sandwiches look better if you cut them first even for regular cutters, but that’s a matter of opinion, of course.

  • cathymayo

    i love these! ive been looking to get some bento boxes, but they are super expensive!!

  • Hi Cathy! I use bento boxes, but you don’t have to have special boxes to pack lunches bento-style. I’ve used Glad entree containers a bunch of times with good success.

  • Great suggestions – I suspected something like that would work. I always save bread crusts, etc. for homemade breadcrumbs, croutons, etc. so that’s perfect. And the meat or cheese ends could easily be tucked in the sandwich – just have to convince the Dad on Duty to do it that way!

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