The Week in Bentos: October 13-17, 2014

by Wendy Copley on October 20, 2014

I can tell that the days are starting to cool off because I’ve started packing — and Wyatt has started requesting — warm dishes in the thermos for his lunches. This week, three of the four lunches I packed him used a thermos! And good news — he’s waaaaaay more likely to eat these hot lunches than he is to eat cold or room temperature lunches. Mostly I’ve been giving him leftovers, but everything I made him this week could have been quickly prepped in the morning and would have taken no more time than his usual cold lunches. Read on to see what he had:

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Monday

It was a school holiday — no lunches.

Tuesday

Beans and cheese in the thermos

On Tuesday I whipped out our LunchBots thermal jar for this super quick and hella tasty lunch. I mixed leftover beans from Monday’s dinner with a little spoonful of salsa, heated them in the microwave and then sprinkled a little grated cheese on top after I put them in the thermos. I added grapes and some gimMe seaweed snacks on the side.

This lunch was a HUGE hit and Wyatt ate all of it. He even asked for more beans as a snack when he got home from school! The next time I make it, I think I’ll include some chips or tortillas too.

Seaweed and Grapes Snack

Augie had his own pack of seaweed snacks and a some grapes for his mid-morning snack.

Wednesday

Spooooky Halloween Lunch

On Wednesday, Wyatt took his creepy Halloween lunch to school. Get more details here.

Pita chips and grapes snack

Augie had pita chips and grapes with a jack-o-lantern pick for decoration. This was packed in our Steeltainer snack-size box.

Thursday

Soup and bagel lunch

Thursday, I pulled out the thermal jar again — this time for chicken noodle soup! Wyatt also had a mini bagel with cream cheese and some strawberries. (If you’re wondering — yes, I’m using the inner containers from our Laptop Lunches sets for the side dishes on these lunches.)

Berries, grapes and eyeballs snack for kindergarten

Augie had grapes and strawberries with an eyeball pick for decoration.

Friday

Beanie-Weenies and sides lunch

And then there was one more thermos lunch on Friday! Augie and I had beanie-weenies for our lunch on Thursday — baked beans with all-natural, nitrite-free, hippy-dippy hot dogs chopped up and mixed in — so Wyatt had the leftovers for his lunch the next day. I also packed him some strawberries and some kettle corn on the side.

Popcorn and strawberries snack (with bunnies)

Augie also had strawberries and kettle corn in our Steeltainer snack box but I decorated his with a piece of bunny baran (see how he’s also eating a strawberry? Meta!) and a cute little bunny pick.

What do you pack in your kids’ thermos for lunch?


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  • Michelle

    This tempts me to get Thermoses (is that a word?) for my family. Do you know a good one for a man’s lunch?

  • The LunchBots one up above is a nice big size that works for a grown-up. I also really like the stainless steel ones that Thermos makes because they do a great job keeping the food warm. Pay attention to size though because a lot of them are on the small side.

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