The Week in Bentos: May 13-17, 2013

by Wendy Copley on May 17, 2013

Another week, another batch of lunches! Let’s get to it:

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Big Kid Bento #757

We kicked off the week with this lunch for Wyatt, packed in a Laptop Lunches box: grapes, star-shaped apricot jam sandwiches, a chocolate chip cookie, corn, meatballs and ketchup (in the little box).

The cookie was a sample I got when I attended the Help a Mother Out benefit tea on Saturday. It was made by Dr. Lucy’s Cookies who was one of the sponsors of the tea. Augie and I also tried the cookies when we ate lunch at home and they were delicious. So, yummy cookie — that’s a given — but what is notable about Dr. Lucy’s is that they are allergen free. No nuts, no dairy, no gluten, vegan, kosher and they’re made in a tested facility to ensure they’re safe. I know many Wendolonia readers are managing allergies and food sensitivities, so I though I would highlight this product and company because they are safe, but also really tasty! (The kids had no idea!)


Preschool Bento #444

Augie’s lunch was packed in the super cute school bus bento box: Triscuits, grapes, apple chunks, turkey meatballs, and ketchup in a little box.

Wyatt had school lunch.


Preschool Google Eyes Sandwich Bento #445

I went to the farmer’s market and loaded up on fresh fruit Tuesday afternoon, so the kids had awesome lunches on Wednesday. Augie had cukes, nectarine chunks, blackberries, dried cranberries, a ham sandwich made on a half hamburger bun and decorated with icing googly eyes, and a little star cookie. This lunch was packed in our PlanetBox.

keep fruit juices in check

After I had everything packed, I started to get worried about the juicy nectarine getting all over the rest of the lunch, so I whipped out a little Glad press and seal and put it over the nectarine compartment to keep it in contained. It worked fabulously! Hat tip to Melissa over at Another Lunch for this great tip! I’m not sure how she got hers to look so neat and tidy and mine looks like I ripped it off the roll with my teeth. Maybe I need to check in with her on that!

Big Kid Bento #758

Wyatt also had a half ham sandwich (no google eyes) along with tortilla chips, cherries, blackberries and a nectarine. I should also mention that I sprinkled both boys’ nectarines with Fruit Fresh to keep them from going brown.


Preschool Sunny Cheese Bread Bento #446

Another fruity lunch for Augie: snap peas, cucumbers, nectarine, strawberries, deli ham roll-ups and a slice of sourdough batard that I decorated with soy cheese suns. I used these cutters to make the suns.

Big Kid Bento #759

Wyatt had pepperoni slices, strawberries, nectarine, sugar snap peas, roasted pepper dip (in the blue box), and a slice of buttered bread. We had the dip the night before and to my surprise Wyatt ate it with quite a few snap peas, so it made an appearance in his lunch the next day. Good stuff!


Preschool Piggy Star Bento #447

Today Augie asked for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, so I made him one and cut and stamped it to look like a pig with my CuteZcute cutter set. I also packed grapes, weird blue and white goldfish crackers that I found at Target and cucumber slices. The crackers are in a star-shaped silicone cup and I included some cute animal baran between the sandwich and the rest of the lunch to keep it from getting soggy.

Big Kid Bento #760

Wyatt had tortilla chips, pineapple salsa, turkey meatballs and corn.

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