The Week in Bentos: August 31 – September 4, 2015

by Wendy Copley on September 4, 2015

It’s Friday which means it’s time to recap another week of lunches for my boys. One thing that is kind of delighting me about lunches this year is that the kids are eating basically the same lunches every day — sometimes even the exact same lunch in the exact same lunch box. In the past, their food likes and dislikes were so different that I often would pack them completely different lunches, but I’m happy to see they are starting to agree on a lot of foods these days. Lunch packing is so much easier when I just make two of everything!

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Monday

Happy Birthday Bento for a 7 Year Old

Monday was Augie’s seventh birthday, so I packed his lunch full of a bunch of his favorites: leftover steak (with picks to spell out his name), watermelon (with googly eye picks and a party hat), cukes, Cheez-its, and a lemon cupcake leftover from his birthday party on Sunday afternoon. This lunch was packed in the PlanetBox Rover.

Lots of Treats Yumbox for Wyatt

Wyatt’s lunch was similar to Augies: strawberries, radishes, a cupcake of his own, sliced steak and Cheez-its. This was packed in a Yumbox.

Tuesday

Basic/Luxurious Bento for Augie

On Tuesday I had a special treat for lunches: sliced cantaloupe wrapped with a strips of prosciutto. If you’ve never had this combo it might sound strange, but the mix of the salty ham with the sweet juicy melon is absolutely amazing. Everyone in our family loves it!

The melon takes a few minutes to prepare, so I kept the other stuff in Augie’s lunch simple — sliced cucumber and a sunbutter and jam sandwich. He also had a pack of Hello Panda candy that’s not pictured here. This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Basic/Luxurious Bento for Wyatt

Wyatt opted for leftover coconut lime cake instead of the Hello Pandas so that’s what’s in the upper left compartment. He also had melon with prosciutto and a sunbutter and jelly sandwich. I gave him an applesauce pouch too. His was also packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Big Salad Bento for the Airplane

Zach (my husband) was off on another trip, so I packed him a healthy salad in an EasyLunchboxes for the plane. He had leftover roasted zucchini, cantaloupe slices wrapped with prosciutto, and a salad with tomatoes, radish and chopped sugar snap peas. I forgot about the salad dressing until the lunch was already packed and I realized that it was going to be a pain in the rear at security but Zach just told me he’d eat it without the dressing. Problem solved!

Wednesday

Hot Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes Lunch Box

The kids had identical lunches today, so I only took a photo of one of them. Whose lunch was it? I don’t know! That’s how similar they were! I used the OmieBoxes for these, because the main part of the lunches was leftovers from dinner the night before — mashed potatoes and bbq meatballs. If this looks familiar it’s because they had leftovers from the same dinner last week. I like to keep it simple when my husband is away! The rest of the lunch was strawberries, sugar snap peas, graham crackers and some pretzel thins.

Thursday

Dumplings, Apples and Pretzels Bento

They had another set of identical lunches on Thursday. Each boy had a Yumbox Panino with chicken dumplings (from our freezer stash), pretzel thins, delicious apple slices and a couple of key lime cookies.

Friday

Snacky Bentology Lunch Box

Today we went with a snacky theme. Augie’s Bentology box held pita crackers, a ham rose, strawberries, carrots, celery sticks and hummus for dipping.

Cheese and Crackers Bentology Lunch

Wyatt also used a Bentology bento box and his was filled with crackers, cheddar cheese sticks, apple slices, ham and strawberries.


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