The Week in Bentos: September 12-16, 2011

by Wendy Copley on September 16, 2011

This week’s lunches feature little tofu dudes, a train, tomatoes from our garden and lots of uneaten food. Don’t forget you can always see a lot more bento box lunches and snacks in the Bento Box Gallery!


No lunches, Monday. Augie doesn’t have school and I was feeling wiped out from a cold, so I had Wyatt buy lunch at school.


Preschool Bento #145

I got my act together on Tuesday though, so Augie got this little luncheon: cherry tomatoes from out garden (these are so sweet and yummy!), baked teriyaki tofu cut with cookie cutters and decorated with food markers, garlic naan cut into star shapes and a few strawberries.

Preschool Bento #145: Hiding scraps

A lot of people assume that I throw away the leftover bits when I cut out a sandwich or something else with cookie cutters but this is simply untrue! I do NOT believe in wasting food when it can be avoided. Often the little pieces are eaten along with our breakfasts or as a snack right then. I also like to use them as a filler in the lunch box. I put the leftover bits of naan bread down as a bottom layer in Augie’s lunch box, then I layered the prettier stars on top.

Big Kid Bento #478

Wyatt’s lunch had strips of garlic naan, cinnamon pita chips, strawberries, apple chunks, baked tofu with a Batman motif and garden tomatoes.

Big Kid Bento #478: What came home

This is what came home. He is hardly eating anything I send to school with him these days, so this was actually pretty good.

I also wanted to show the apple chunks. I get questions pretty frequently about how to keep apples from browning and I wanted to show some apples that hadn’t been dipped in pineapple juice or aciduated water. Not too bad after a full day in the lunch box, are they?


Preschooler Bento #146

On Wednesday, Augie had strawberries, grapes, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich cut to look like a train, and deli ham roll-ups.

Second Grade Bento #479

Wyatt had cinnamon pita chips, grapes, whole grain cinnamon swirl bread with blackberry jam, strawberries and a ham “rose”. This lunch was packed in one of our Easy Lunch Boxes.


Preschooler Bento #147

Augie’s lunch for preschool had turkey meatball chunks, two yaki onigiri rice balls (purchased from Trader Joe’s) and orange chunks. Notably, he didn’t eat the orange chunks because “they had pits, Mama!” Normally Augie eats every bite of his lunch, so he must have been really horrified by this situation.

Second Grade Bento #480

Wyatt had rounds of garlic naan, turkey meatball chunks (one is missing because he ate it when I had my back turned), strawberries and graham crackers sandwiched with homemade blackberry cream cheese. I got the idea for the graham crackers from Everyday Food magazine. This was another lunch packed in the Easy Lunch Box.


Preschooler Bento #148

Today, Augie had chopped deli turkey, grapes, homegrown tomatoes and a yaki onigiri decorated with a nori face. I used one of these face punches to cut the nori.

Second Grade Bento #481

Wyatt had a similar lunch: turkey and catsup on garlic naan (Gag! He likes it though.), garden tomatoes and grapes. I threw a cereal bar in his lunch bag for his snack.

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