The Week in Bentos: February 3-7, 2014

by Wendy on February 10, 2014

Welcome to the new Monday edition of The Week in Bentos! Those of you who are regular readers will know that I’ve been posting my weekly bento round-ups on Fridays for years, but I’ve decided to make a change and move these posts to Mondays. My thinking was that people want ideas for packing lunches at the beginning of the week, rather than the end of the week. I hope you’ll find this change to be useful!

So what did Wyatt and Augie have for lunch last week? Let’s find out!

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Monday

Fourth Grade Bento #858

I started Wyatt, my 4th grader, off with a Yumbox lunch on Monday morning. He had a cheddar cheese stick, blueberries, white cheddar popcorn, radishes and retro ham, cream cheese and dill pickle roll-ups. My mom used to make these for the snack table when my parents had parties in the ’70’s.

I spent Super Bowl Sunday cleaning out our fridge and in the process I found 5 jars of pickles. (You can probably tell I’m not a big football fan.) Apparently my husband buys a new jar of dill pickles every time he goes to the store! As I was trying to think up ways to use up our pickle stash, I remembered my mom’s pickle thingies, so I whipped up a batch to try on my fellas. Wyatt loved them, so I put them in his lunch on Monday, but it turned out he got teased for them in the cafeteria, so he didn’t eat them.

Preschooler Yubo Bento #586

Augie had a Yubo lunch: hummus, dill pickles, blueberries in a square silicone cup, heart-shaped PB&J sandwiches and celery sticks (to dip in the hummus).

Tuesday

Fourth Grade Thermos Bento #859

On Tuesday, Wyatt had leftover chili in our LunchBots thermal jar and a mini dipper filled with cheese to sprinkle on top. He also had a sidecar with radishes and blueberries.

Preschooler Bento #587

Augie wasn’t interested in chili leftovers, so instead he opted for turkey meatballs (from the freezer), pretzel goldfish, sugar snap peas and blue berries. There was also a small Snoopy cup filled with ketchup for dipping the meatballs. This was packed in our CuteZcute Penguin Baby Bento Buddies box, which is much cuter on the outside than you can tell from this photo.

Wednesday

Fourth Grade Thermos Bento #860

Wyatt had chili again on Wednesday, in the same LunchBots thermal jar. I packed him a small bento with blueberries, carrots and mini pitas to go with it.

Preschooler "I Decorated it Myself" Bento #588

Augie was enthusiastic about helping to pack his lunch so I let him dive right in. He decided he wanted to use the PlanetBox Rover, then he selected apples, carrots, snap peas and green bell peppers to go in it. I filled up a small container of sunflower seeds for a crunchy treat and filled the big section of the box with a mini pita that I split in two and spread with a layer of hummus. When Augie saw the blank slate of the pita, he asked if he could draw a picture on it with food-safe markers. The red in the middle is an erupting volcano, and there is a tree on one side and a dinosaur on the other.

Thursday

Fourth Grade Bento #861

On Thursday, Wyatt had dumplings, carrots with bean dip, a tub of applesauce, and multi-grain tortilla chips. This was packed in our Laptop Lunches box and I threw in a set of Lego utensils to eat with.

Preschool Bento #589

Augie chose the Lego bento box for his lunch: a small Lego container with hummus, a few crackers, carrots and snap peas in rectangular silicone cups, another Lego box filled with pretzel goldfish and chicken dumplings.

Friday

Fourth Grader Star Wars Bento #862

Friday, I broke out the new Star Wars stuff I bought on sale from Williams-Sonoma! Wyatt doesn’t let me make cute lunches for him very often, so I was happy when he gave a thumbs up to a Star Wars lunch. I was particularly excited to break into the Rebel Alliance cupcake set, so I pulled that out, along with my other Star Wars toys and went to town.

To start, I made jam sandwiches with our C3PO and R2-D2 cutters. (These are from a set that’s been discontinued, unfortunately. You can still find them on eBay for crazy, rip-off prices sometimes though.) I also added carrots with a Darth Vader ring, Triscuits, salami on Luke Skywalker and Han Solo picks and an applesauce tub, covered with a Chewbacca cupcake wrapper. I was particularly pleased with the cupcake wrapper because I normally can’t think of anything fun to do with those. This lunch was packed in a Laptop Lunches box.

Preschool Star Wars Bento #590

Augie had a nearly identical lunch, also packed in a Laptop Lunches box: R2-D2 and Chewbacca PB&J’s, crackers and Luke and Yoda salami skewers on one side. And over on the Dark Side he had an applesauce cup wrapped with a Stormtrooper cupcake wrapper and carrots with a Darth Vader ring. Happily, both boys loved these lunches. Hooray!


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  • Brandee H

    Love the idea of the pickles and ham! That will be my lunch today! My heart breaks a bit when I read about your son’s cafeteria!! Especially as a primary teacher!! Those kids need some serious character education!!

  • hazelbrown

    I remember being teased for my lunches as a kid, too. How do you teach Wyatt to handle it? I wish I’d known how to stick up for myself back when I was in 4th grade.

  • Dreaded Redhead

    As an incredibly tall girl, well until high school when everyone caught up, I too was teased. I learned to be a quick witted smart mouth and it served me well. Not a nasty/mean mouth just a quick wit – one answer that is very helpful is actually in the form of a question. When I was teased for my height and big feet I would ask, with a serious face – why do you care? And no matter how many times they would heap negative thoughts at me, I would continue to ask – why do you care? I mean really – why do you care? And I would keep repeating it over and over and over to them EVERY single time. When they realized they weren’t going to get a rise from me it actually made me less of a target AND they moved on to other targets (unfortunately). It also made me realize that I could decide how I was going to react. Lots of empowerment in learning that just because someone else says it doesn’t make it true. Now, I wish I could go take up for your boy in the lunchroom. Kids can be SO mean!

  • Lisa Hawkins

    Love your blog and can’t wait for your book! Do you have a recipe for the meatballs that you pack often?

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Hi Lisa — The meatballs you see are almost always the turkey meatballs from the freezer section at Trader Joes. No secret recipe… :)

  • polymathamy

    My family makes the ham roll-ups with cream cheese and green onions!

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