The Week in Bentos: October 28-November 1, 2013

by Wendy Copley on November 1, 2013

Are you sick of Halloween lunches yet? I am too! I’ve got the last few spooky lunches for the year down below. Even though I looooove making Halloween lunches, I’m ready to move on to some normal lunches for the next few weeks.

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Monday

4th Grade Vampire Bagel Bento #818

Monday I made Wyatt this silly vampire bagel lunch. This might be my favorite Halloween lunch I packed this year! He had grapes with an eyeball pick, a couple rice crispy treats that I cut with a small bat cutter, radish slices with another eyeball pick and an “apple pie” flavored bagel that I filled with cream cheese and decorated with some vampire fangs and icing googly eyes.  This was packed in our PlanetBox.

I was a little bummed that Wyatt lost the vampire teeth at school when he and his friends were goofing around with them at lunch, but the kid never loses any of our bento stuff, so he deserves a bunch of free passes on this kind of thing.

Preschool Jack-o-lantern Bento #533

Augie had this jack-o-lantern lunch, packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box. In addition to the PB&J sandwich (made with a cutter set similar to this one) he had grapes, carrots and snap peas. I added sprinkles to the face cut-outs on the sandwich to make it look more jack-o-lantern-y.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #534

On Tuesday I kept the lunches really simple and easy. Augie had a lunch I made using my simple bento formula: grapes, butterfly crackers, cucumbers and turkey meatballs.

Wyatt had leftover Chili-Cheese Mac in our Lunchbots thermal jar along with a granola bar and a yogurt tube. Since it was basically just packages of food, I opted not to take a photo.

Wednesday

4th Grade Bento #819

Wyatt opted for a snacky lunch in our EasyLunchboxes bento box: grapes, salami, butterfly crackers, Laughing Cow cheese, black bean dip, carrots and spicy dilly beans that his Grandma Karen made. The beans are made from my grandma’s recipe and it makes me really happy that he likes them. I packed them in a lidded mini dipper box so the pickle juice wouldn’t get all over everything.

Preschool Bento #535

Augie had a similar snacky lunch, packed in our Lunchbots Trio: hummus (in the Lego box), grapes, carrots, cukes, crackers and turkey spirals.

Thursday

4th Grade Bento #820

Yesterday was Halloween, so Wyatt got his last spooky lunch of the year: grapes (with a plastic spider), cheese pumpkins, Triscuits, radishes on a skull pick and a spider cup filled with salami and decorated with icing googly eyes. This was packed in a Laptop Lunches box.

Preschool Bento #536

Augie had a PlanetBox lunch: grapes with a Frankenstein pick, cheez-its with a spider, cukes and black cat PB&J sandwiches.

Friday

4th Grade Bento #821

Today we were ready for a bit of normalcy, what with the candy hangovers and all. I packed Wyatt radishes, cheese, crackers, apple slices and chicken dumplings from the freezer.

This was packed in a new lunch box we are trying out that just launched today:  the EcoLunchboxes Tri Bento. My first impressions are very positive. It’s sturdy, looks good and the clasps are easy to open. It’s a bit large for my kids but you can see that I managed to fill it up pretty well.

Preschool Bento #537

Augie also had dumplings, along with apple chunks, carrots and cukes. This was packed in our Lunchbots Trio.


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  • Kim

    Hi Wendy,

    Just wanted to let you know I always enjoy these articles immensely. They are very inspirational. Thank you for taking the time to write them each week.

    Kind regards,
    Kim

  • Thank you, Kim!

  • LOL I”m glad I wasn’t the only one getting tired of Halloween. 🙂

  • Definitely not! 🙂

  • Tessa

    Hi!

    I’m new to your site and new to bentos, so I apologize if you’ve addressed this before. But I can’t help but think that it seems like a lot of food would be wasted by cutting “black cat” sandwiches for instance? Is there something I’m missing?

  • Hi Tessa — I’m very careful not to waste food and I have many techniques to keep it from going to waste.
    For scraps of cheese or fruits and veggies, I usually put them at the bottom of the lunch with the decorative cut-outs on top. Or I’ll often just pop those in my
    mouth or give them to the kids with their breakfasts. If there are a
    lot, I’ll save them and then throw them into a salad the next day at
    lunch time or dinner.
    Bread scraps are the
    biggest challenge for me. I try to always cut bread before I put the
    sandwich fillings in so that the scraps aren’t all covered with peanut
    butter or something and I take care to cut the bread so I get as many cut-outs as possible out of a single slice. Then I throw the scraps
    in a big bag in the freezer and pull them out to make bread crumbs,
    croutons, bread pudding, french toast casseroles — that kind of thing.

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