The Week in Bentos: February 11-15, 2013

by Wendy Copley on February 15, 2013

OK! Valentine’s day is officially over and I have to admit that I’m kind of glad to see it go. It’s nice to indulge in hearts and flowers for awhile, but I’m looking forward to some regular old lunches. Here’s what the boys had this week:


Big Kid Snacky Bento #712

I started the week off by packing this lunch for Wyatt in our PlanetBox: black bean dip, carrots, blackberries, crackers, Laughing Cow cheese, havarti cheese, a few tomatoes to fill the gap and some mini hotdogs from Trader Joes.


Preschooler Bento #399

On Tuesday, Augie’s lunch went in the green layer of our monbento: blackberries in a silicone baking cup, cherry tomatoes, ham strips that I rolled up and speared with rocket and robot picks, sugar snap peas, more tomatoes and a crescent roll.

Third Grader Meatball Bento #713

Wyatt had meatballs left over from dinner, carrots, blackberries, cheese and crackers and a crescent roll. Somehow he managed to trade the carrots for a bag of fruit snacks. Apparently he’s a good bargainer, because I can’t imagine why a kid would go for that trade! This was packed in our Laptop Lunches bento box.


Preschool Conversation Heart Valentine Bento #400

On Wednesday I was starting to get into the Valentine’s spirit, so I put together a heart-y lunch (ha ha! get it?) for Augie: tomatoes, some leftover chicken from dinner, heart shaped strawberries, a stuffed PB&J sandwich (made with a mold similar to this one), carrots and sugar snap peas. I also cut letters to spell out “cutie” from a piece of fruit leather and placed those on top of the sandwich to make it look like a conversation heart. I used these alphabet cutters and “glued” the letters to the bread by putting a small dab of jelly on the back of each one.

3rd Grade Thermos Bento #714

Wyatt was super excited about our dinner leftovers and wanted those for lunch so that’s what I gave him. He had a  thermos with a huge serving of mashed potatoes, chicken pieces and some grapes.



Valentine’s Day! I thought Augie’s lunch came out OK, but honestly,  I think it was my least successful Valentine’s bento of this year. Oh, the humanity! This lunch had a conversation heart biscuit that I cut in half and filled with jam, carrots, a salami “rose”, orange slices and strawberry hearts. The biscuit was made from a can of refrigerated dough. I cut each one with a heart cutter before putting it on the baking sheet, then wadded up the scraps to make two more super ugly biscuits. The message on top was written with a food-safe marker. It was going to say “U R CUTE” but after I started writing it, Augie insisted I change it to “U R AUGIE” so that’s why it’s a little off center. This was packed in our Lunchbots Trio.


I was much happier with Wyatt’s lunch: salami “rose”, carrots, strawberry heart, “BE MINE” biscuit, apple slices, yogurt with sprinkles (in a mini dipper), and an apple with a heart cut-out.



Today, there was no evidence of hearts anywhere in the kids’ lunches. Phwew! Augie’s lunch was packed in an EasyLunchboxes box: a half banana decorated with a Batman sticker, salami, crackers, celery sticks with peanut butter and a mini dipper filled with applesauce.


Wyatt’s lunch had space goldfish, strawberries, salami, carrots, bean dip, and apples.

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