This was one of those weeks when I was not feeling the whole decorative bento thing at all. I wasn’t inspired by my tools or the food in the fridge. I didn’t want to experiment. I didn’t want to deal with washing a bunch of little picks. I didn’t want to coax anyone to eat a vegetable. On weeks like this, I just take food and put it in a box. And that’s just fine.Â I threw in a couple Mickey Mouse sandwiches later in the week because Augie asked for them (and they only take seconds to put together) but otherwise, we’ve got some plain jane food going on here.
On Monday, Wyatt asked for the following items in his lunch:
- Potato chips
- Saltine crackers
- Strawberry milk
Um….no. Ha ha! Instead we looked through the refrigerator together and came up with this lunch: saltines (I’m not a monster, after all), leftover citrus pork from dinner, strawberries, grapes, black bean dip and carrot sticks. This was packed in the PlanetBox which Wyatt chose in honor of Earth Day.
Tuesday’s lunch for my preschooler held strawberries in a big silicone baking cup, cukes, crackers, grapes and tuna. The crackers are meant to be eaten with the tuna, but usually he just eats the tuna straight up with a fork. This was packed in a Yubo lunch box.
Wyatt ate school lunch.
Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our old skool Laptop Lunches box: salami, crackers, cheese slices, corn, radishes, and grapes. I divided the bigger compartments up with with silicone baking cups and I also threw in a Lego spoon for the corn.
On Wednesday I got a new set of stamping Mickey and Minnnie cutters in the mail, so Augie wanted me to use them for his lunch Thursday morning. I ordered these before our trip and I’d actually forgotten about them by the time they arrived, so that was a nice surprise. I used the Mickey cutter to make peanut butter and jam sandwiches, then I also packed blueberries, apple chunks and some ginger-y pork that was leftover from dinner the night before. I stuck an “M” pick (for “Mickey Mouse”) in the pork so Augie didn’t have to eat it with his fingers.
Wyatt had a few tortilla chips, blackberries, leftover pork, apple chunks and a little container of french toast casserole that was leftover from breakfast. The casserole was a recipe I was trying from Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love that uses up bread scraps and Wyatt ate a huge serving at breakfast.
Today Wyatt had carrots, a little Sara Lee chocolate donut for a treat, saltines, deli ham roll-ups, strawberries and blackberries.
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