The Week in Bentos: September 24-28, 2012

by Wendy Copley on September 28, 2012

This was a week of highs and lows in the lunch packing arena! Wyatt was experimental and daring in his food choices, I got a new toy and the Great Refrigerator Shut Off of 2012 forced me to be creative. Exciting!


Wyatt was home sick recovering from a stomach bug, so no lunch for school.



I kicked off lunch packing for the week with this pretty rainbow lunch for Augie. This was packed in our Yubo Lunchbox: carrots, red pepper strips, tuna (in a lidded mini dipper inside the big container to keep the smell from affecting the rest of the lunch), whole wheat pita crackers, nectarine chunks and apple sauce.

I was worried that the nectarine would get brown and mushy so I knew I wanted to dunk it in some sort of acidulated water. Normally when I do this I use pineapple juice, or a few drops of lemon in a bowl of water but I had neither of those juices on hand so I had to improvise. I ended up crushing half a vitamin C tablet and stirring that into a bowl of water and letting the nectarines sit in it for 2 or 3 minutes. It worked great! There were a few chunks of fruit leftover when Augie came home from school and they looked as fresh as when I put them in.


Wyatt had a couple of Laughing cow cheese wedges, whole wheat pita crackers, nectarine chunks, applesauce and a mini salad with some Caesar dressing. He has recently decided that Caesar salad is the best thing in the entire world and I’m doing my best to encourage that thinking. This was packed in a Laptop Lunches bento box.



On Wednesday, Augie’s lunch was packed in our full-size Steeltainer box: apple sauce, chunks of plum, kitty bread and mini meatballs with an “A” pick (from this set) because that’s his initial, of course, but also because it’s “A” week at preschool.

The kitty bread was made from my newest toy: the Cutezcute Animal Friends Cutter Kit:

CuteZCute Animal Friends Cutter

The designer of this kit sent me a sample to try out earlier this week and I’m loving it so far. It has a basic head shape and four interchangeable inner cutters: panda, kitty, pig and frog. Each of the animal plates can be used as a cutter, or flipped over and used as a stamp. It’s really quite ingenious and Augie loves it so I have a feeling it will get a lot of use around here.


Wyatt’s lunch had the same contents as Augie’s but looked different because I used circle cutters on the bread and packed it in the PlanetBox. I also threw a few goldfish grahams in the treat area.



Thursday morning was chaos because I discovered that one of the kids had jacked the temperature on the fridge as high as it would go the day before and it was steamy inside when I opened it up in the morning.  I had to throw tons of food away because it had been sitting at an unsafe temperature for hours and hours and hours. Joy. I had to scrounge up lunch food completely from the cupboards and I think I did a pretty good job, to tell you the truth. Augie had a pb&j sandwich, a clementine with a cute little leaf pick, goldfish crackers and some glazed walnuts in a cherry-shaped cup.


Wyatt had pretzels, Laughing Cow cheese, a clementine, a thawed muffin from the freezer and cantaloupe wrapped with strips of prosciutto (which was in the fridge but I thought was probably safe to eat). I introduced him to the prosciutto/melon combo a few weeks ago and he loved it so now I have a fancy child who takes antipasti to school in his lunch box. Ooh la la!



Today Augie had shredded chicken (I cooked off all the defrosted-but-still-cold chicken from the freezer in the crockpot yesterday), green grapes, a clementine, and garlic naan cut into leaf shapes for fall.


Wyatt also had garlic naan, clementine wedges, chicken, bbq sauce for dipping and a few grapes.

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