The Week in Bentos: January 30-February 3, 2012

by Wendy Copley on February 3, 2012

Here are this week’s lunches:


Big Kid Bento #548

Monday, I sent Wyatt to school with a squirrely lunch: salami, apple, grapes, Scrabble Cheez-its, garlic naan cut into squirrel shapes and a couple of cheese acorns — one for each squirrel. This lunch was packed in our Laptop Lunch Box.

Big Kid Bento #548a

While I was packing his lunch, Wyatt asked me to please be sure to pack the red container next to the hinge on the outer box. When I asked him why he told me he likes to take the lid off and tuck it between the red container and the wall of the bigger box and that keeps the lid from closing on his lunch while he’s eating. Clever boy! I never even thought about that.


Augie doesn’t attend preschool on Mondays so I often try to do something fun with him in the morning. This particular day, he decided that we should go to a park and have a picnic lunch. He even picked the containers we would use — kitty and panda — out of the big basket of bento boxes.  Since Augie is a big eater and I’m doing Weight Watchers right now, I packed us identical lunches: tomatoes, grapes, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and goldfish crackers. The sandwiches were slightly too big to fit in the panda and cat bento boxes, so I cut the sandwiches to fit in the box with a big beer mug.


Preschool Bento #218

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch was pineapple, apple slices, mini-sausages, garlic naan cut into circles and a few grapes.

Un-brown Apple

I don’t often send apples in the boys’ lunches because if they get even a little brown they won’t usually eat them, but I had some juice  leftover from the pineapple can so I dipped the apple pieces in that to keep them from oxidizing. Augie didn’t eat one of his pieces, so I took a quick picture to show how well it help up. Not too shabby!

Big Kid Bento #549

Wyatt’s lunch was basically the same: garlic naan circles, apple chunks (also dipped in pineapple juice), mini-sausages, pineapple and goldfish crackers.


Preschool Bento #219

Stripey bento! Augie’s lunch was packed in a hinged lid box (similar to this one). I arranged the contents — sausages, strips of naan, grapes, and goldfish crackers — in long strips.

Big Kid Bento #550

Wyatt’s lunch was raisins, goldfish crackers, a couple of cat cookies, grapes, clementine wedges, a squirrel naan and mini-sausages.


Preschool Bento #220

On Thursday, Augie had meatballs, edamame, raisins, fish crackers, cat cookies and a teeny, tiny, lady apple. This is the first time I’ve tried the lady apples on Augie and he seemed to like it pretty well. When I tried sending them in Wyatt’s lunch a few years ago, they didn’t go over so well.

Wyatt had school lunch, so no bento box for him.


Preschool Bento #221

Today, Augie had yellow bell pepper chunks, leftover chicken from dinner, blueberries and some Triscuits.

Second Grade Bento #551

Wyatt had a donut hole, potato chips, blueberries, a Laughing Cow cheese wedge, chicken and clementine wedges.

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