The Week in Bentos: September 10-14, 2012

by Wendy Copley on September 14, 2012

Welcome to another week of the Copley boys’ lunches! Here’s what I packed for my kids this week:


I did not have my act together Monday morning. Wyatt ate school lunch.


Preschool Bento Box #326

Augie used his Yubo Lunchbox on Tuesday: turkey meatballs, a lemon-zucchini muffin I made with the huge garden bounty a friend gave me, cucumber slices, hummus, tomatoes from our garden and green grapes.

The hummus is packed in a new product from EasyLunchboxes called Mini-Dippers. I was sent a pack of these boxes to try out and so far I’m liking them a lot. These little containers are a bit larger than most of the dip and condiment cups that I own so I can pack a large enough portion of hummus for my currently-obsessed-with-hummus preschooler. They’re also have lids so I can send a serving of applesauce or yogurt and I don’t have to worry about it leaking all over the boys’ lunches. They fit easily in the EasyLunchbox of course (see below), as well as many of our other lunch boxes.

Third Grade Bento #646

Wyatt’s lunch also had meatballs, along with carrots, home made ranch dip, grapes and a muffin. The little green container holds a few cupcake flavored goldfish crackers.


Preschool Bento Box #327

Wednesday, Augie had cucumbers, orange bell peppers, strawberries, little smokies in a silicone pig cup (they’re turkey though, not pork), and Scrabble Cheez-its that I used to spell out the word “pig”. This was packed in our LunchBots Trio.

Third Grade Bento #647

Wyatt had carrots, bean dip, Cheez-its that spelled his name, strawberries, grapes, little smokies and cupcake goldfish. This was packed in our PlanetBox.


I took our new set of sausage stampers for a test run and used them on the little smokies I put in the kids’ lunches, but I wasn’t particularly happy with the results. The skin of the sausages was a bit tough and I had a hard time getting a clean cut — instead they just kind of ripped the skin. I’m going to try again on regular hot dogs and see if that works better.


Preschool Bento Box #328

Thursday, Augie had cucumber sticks, sausages, orange bell peppers, strawberries and lime jello. I peeled the cukes with a lemon zester to give it a cool striped effect. The jello was poured right into a star shaped silicone baking cup and chilled.

Wyatt dawdled all morning and I kept having to stop making lunches to “motivate” him. Eventually I ran out of time to finish his lunch so he had to eat school lunch. That’s how it goes some times, right?


Preschool Bento Box #329

Today, Augie is having deli turkey roll-ups (on these picks), cucumber slices, a mini bagel with peanut butter, strawberries and another star cup filled with jello. I just found the spoon I meant to send for his jello on the kitchen counter though. Oops.

Third Grade Bento #648

And Wyatt’s lunch (packed in our Laptop Lunches bento box) was very similar: turkey, Cheez-its, green jello, strawberries, grapes and a mini bagel with cream cheese.

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