The Week in Bentos: July 8-12, 2013

by Wendy Copley on July 12, 2013

The last few weeks have been a little lean as far as the bentos go, but this week we are full up! Not only were both kids at preschool/summer camp all week, but I have a couple bonus weekend bentos too. Woo hoo!

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Big Kid Picnic Bento #773

First up, a couple of rare Sunday bentos! Oooooh! Wyatt went on an outing with some friends so I filled a Laptop Lunches box with some of his favorites: potato chips, a salami and cheese croissant sandwich, strawberries, blueberries, a yogurt squisher, carrots and edamame hummus for dipping.

Preschooler Picnic Bento #475

Augie was supposed to go too, but I was too sick to take him so he ended up eating this lunch I packed for him in  the morning at home. Poor Augie. I used the Yumbox for this lunch and filled it with yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, carrots, edamame hummus, Triscuits, and deli ham roll-ups.


Preschool Star Wars ECO Lunchbox Bento #476

This lunch for my preschooler features R2-D2 and C3PO (hidden) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sugar snap peas, tomatoes from our garden, strawberries, a few grapes and blueberries in a star-shaped silicone cup. I popped a Stormtrooper ring on top of the berries for extra decoration, too. This was packed in our brand new ECOlunchbox Solo Cube. (Or “Han” Solo Cube if you want to be cute!)

Day Camp Pizza Bento #774

Wyatt was off to camp so he had this lunch, packed in to the PlanetBox: carrots and edamame hummus, strawberries, blueberries, a leftover piece of pizza (cut to fit), potato chips and a small piece of candy. I confess that this lunch has a bit more junk food than I prefer to send, but treats now and then don’t kill us, right?


Preschooler Pizza Bento #477

On Tuesday, it was Augie’s turn for leftover pizza. I cut his slice into 4 small triangles and told him he was having “mini-pizzas” which he was totally into. I also gave him tomatoes, bbq goldfish, grapes and a little box of yogurt raisins. This was packed in our full-size Steeltainer box.

Day Camp PB&J Bento #775

Wyatt had bbq goldfish crackers, apple slices, strawberries, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a hamburger bun and some yogurt raisins. This was packed in the Laptop Lunches box with the big Bento Buddies container swapped in for the two smaller containers we normally use.


Preschool Red and White Yumbox Bento #478

Wednesday I pulled out the Yumbox for Augie again. I packed it with applesauce, nectarines, cucumbers, goldfish crackers, turkey meatballs and a little catsup for dipping.

Day Camp Bento #776

Wyatt had cheese and crackers, nectarine, yogurt, meatballs and catsup all packed up in the PlanetBox.


Preschool Hedgehog Bento #479

Augie’s lunch on Thursday was packed in our Lock & Lock bento: mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut with a circle cutter, a luxury berry collection (raspberries and blueberries), carrots and edamame hummus, yogurt raisins and peanut butter pretzels. I also added a little hedgehog pick to the sandwiches to make this lunch even a little cute.

Day Camp Elephant Bento #777

As I mentioned, Wyatt was at day camp this week. He is in the “elephant” group and as the days passed the boys started taking more pride in their mascot  — coming up with an elephant call and a special handshake involving their “trunks”. Cute. And for the first time in months and months this lead to him asking me for a themed lunch. Hooray! Bento mom heaven!

But do I have elephant stuff in my stash? Er…not really. I dug around a bit and found three elephant picks that were acceptable to my almost-nine-year-old (from this set and this set). The ones I used in Augie’s lunch a few weeks ago were rejected for being too cute and too pink. He asked me to cut his sandwich into an elephant shape, too. Do I have an elephant cutter? Nooooooo!

He seemed pretty happy with this lunch in the end though. It was filled with: chips, carrots, edamame hummus, luxury berry collection, yogurt raisins, peanut butter pretzels and a PB&J that I cut in half and stacked.


Preschool Turkey Roll-up Bento #480

I was in a rush today, so I kept the kids’ lunches very simple. Augie had berries, cucumbers, turkey roll-ups, and peanut butter pretzels in the PlanetBox.

Day Camp Pasta Lunc #778

Wyatt took some leftover pasta casserole in our new LunchBots Insulated thermal jar. I just received it in the mail yesterday (LunchBots sent it to me for review) so the timing was great because Wyatt asked for dinner leftovers for lunch for the first time in forever last night. The casserole was super simple: cooked penne, chicken sweet Italian sausage, a grated summer squash and a jar of spaghetti sauce. I mixed it all together, stuck it in a 9 x 13 pan and sprinkled it all over with grated mozzarella  cheese. They kids loved it and asked for thirds.

I also sent a side car with berries and some yogurt raisins.

Things will be a little light around here the next few weeks because we are off to visit my parents!

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