The Week in Bentos: September 15-19, 2014

by Wendy Copley on September 22, 2014

Honestly, our mornings did not go smoothly last week. We all overslept at one point or another, the kids were obstinate and bickered constantly and I yelled at everyone far too much. Do you know what that means? Boring lunches and snacks.  There is nothing even vaguely cute here, folks. But maybe you’ll still get an idea or two?

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Monday

Taquitos lunch

Monday started off with a pretty good lunch for Wyatt packed into an EasyLunchboxes bento box: homemade apple chips, carrots, taquitos, pineapple and white cheddar popcorn. I made the apple chips from a recipe in the 100 Days of Real Food cookbook. The taquitos were heated up from the freezer and then I wrapped them in foil to help them stay warm-ish until lunch time. Wyatt said they were OK, but everything else in the lunch got wet from the steam, so I guess that didn’t really work out so well.

Popcorn and pineapple snack

Augie had popcorn and pineapple. Yawn.

Tuesday

Bagel Bento in the Laptop Lunches box

Zach went shopping and bought all sorts of treats on Monday night, so Wyatt got to have a bagel with lox and cream cheese in his lunch box on Tuesday morning. Yum! It wouldn’t fit in the normal Laptop Lunches container, so I put it in one of our large Bento Buddies. It was paired with popcorn and carrot sticks that he didn’t eat.

popcorn and applesauce snack

Augie had an apple sauce pouch and popcorn that I packed in our old goldfish snack box. Snooze-fest.

Wednesday

Kid-made bento

We were really rushed on Wednesday morning so I enlisted Wyatt’s help in packing his lunch. He chose salsa (packed in a mini dipper), dried pineapple rings, grapes, tortilla chips and sesame cracker sticks (from the bulk bins at the grocery store). Maybe not quite as healthy as I’d like, but he did eat it all. This was packed in the Laptop Lunches box (again).

Garlic sesame sticks and grapes

Augie had the same sesame garlic sticks and some grapes. Boooor-ing.

Thursday

Thursday morning we were late, the kids were arguing and I was yelling at everyone, so Wyatt had school lunch and Augie had an apple sauce pouch. Real life.

Friday

Bagel Bento

Friday Wyatt had another bagel, but this time it only had cream cheese on it because the lox was long gone. (How do you protect your bagels? Put lox on them. Ha ha ha ha ha!) He also had radishes, a chocolate-pretzel-marshmallow cluster and a few grapes. This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Grapes and cucumbers snack

Augie had cucumbers and grapes in a green triangle snack box (meant for onigiri). I know it looks like this was packed for “green day” at kindergarten, but it was just a coincidence! He also had a small container of hummus that I forgot to put in the photo.

8 nothing-fancy, kind of boring snack ideas (for a week of bad mornings)


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