The Week in Bentos: November 18-22, 2013

by Wendy Copley on November 22, 2013

This was one of those Groundhog Day weeks where I felt like I packed the same foods over and over in the boys’ lunches. Carrots, cucumbers, grapes, apples — you will not see a single lunch down below that doesn’t contain at least two of those items. The lack of fun fruits and veggies is one of my least favorite things about fall and I think my boys feel the same way because we’re all getting a little tired of seeing the same things over and over. But there’s no arguing that they are tasty!

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4th Grade Bento #827

On Monday, I packed Wyatt’s lunch in the PlanetBox: black bean dip, carrots, dumplings from the freezer, apples, breadsticks and a jelly candy.

Preschool Bento #546

Augie’s lunch was packed in the new Lego Box: dumplings, bread sticks (in a smaller Lego box), Persian cucumbers, carrots and hummus in an even smaller Lego box.


4th Grade Bento #828

Tuesday, Wyatt had lemon yogurt with sprinkles, carrots and black bean dip, Cheez-its, white cheddar chunks wrapped in strips of ham and speared on blue clover picks, apple chunks and a fruit jelly.

Preschool Bento #547

Augie had turkey spirals decorated with a panda food separator, grapes with a clover pick, crackers, cucumbers with a panda pick and a small pot of hummus for dipping.


4th Grade Bento #829

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our old school Laptop Lunches box: black bean dip, carrots in a square silicone cup, green grapes, baked tofu cut into planks, and bread sticks.

And this is what came home:

4th Grade Bento #829: After

The only things missing were the breadsticks and a couple bites of tofu. Aargh!

Preschool Bento #548

I packed Augie’s nearly identical lunch in the PlanetBox: hummus, carrots, cukes, tofu, grapes and breadsticks.

And this is what was left in his lunch:

Preschool Bento #548: After

It’s like they made a “do not eat lunch” pact in the morning.


4th Grade Bento #830

Thursday I sent Wyatt’s lunch in the ECOLunchboxes TriBento: dumplings, mini saltines, granola bar, carrots and apple chunks.

Preschool Bento #549

Augie had cucumbers, minis saltines, dumplings and apple chunks. This was packed in our LunchBots Trio.


Preschool Bento #550

Today Augie had this Yumbox lunch: breadsticks, cucumbers, pears, grapes, roasted chicken chunks. I jazzed it up a bit with some cute animal picks.

Wyatt had school lunch.

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  • Sarah W

    Love your lunches! Question about the dumplings: do you warm them up and put them in the lunch heated up, or do you allow them to cool and the kids eat them cold? Thanks!

  • Tammy Steffens

    Do you make your own black bean dip or buy pre-made? If homemade, are you willing to share the recipe? If pre-made, what brand? Have had one at a party in the past that was SO good and now having a hard time finding one I like as much…

  • Hi Sarah — I heat the dumplings, then cool them and the kids eat them cold at lunch time.

  • Tammy — I buy the black bean dip at Trader Joes. I’ve tried making it myself but Wyatt did NOT go for it. (sigh!)

  • Your lunches are always so colorful and delicious looking!

  • Paulina

    Do you ever struggle with your children not eating their lunch because of other children making fun of their lunch? I am having this problem with my kindergartener right now and it breaks my heart to see his lunch come home uneaten just because some kids think it is “gross”… My baby loves hard boiled eggs, but won’t touch them and cries when I want to put them in his lunch.

  • Oh, Paulina! That’s so tough. Yes, we’ve gone through periods like this a few times with my older son. This post talks about one of the worst weeks we ever had: (Be sure to read the comments because there are many helpful suggestions in there.) The way I handled it was to ask Wyatt about everything before putting it in his lunch while conforming to our basic lunch rules (lunch must have a fruit and vegetable, one small treat, etc.) After awhile, the situation blew over but it was a frustrating few months.

  • Tammy Steffens


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