The Week in Bentos: January 13-17, 2014

by Wendy Copley on January 17, 2014

I just can’t seem to find my creative mojo at the moment so I kept things pretty simple with the lunches this week. We had a lot of old favorites, but the boys tried a few new things too. Check it out!

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4th Grader Bento #847

Wyatt started out the week with this Laptop Lunches bento box packed with cheesy whale crackers, black grapes, black bean dip, carrots, cantaloupe balls, a salami rose in a silicone baking cups, and seaweed sheets.

Preschool Bento #572

Augie had a chocolate chip granola bar, melon balls, salami, hummus, carrots, and cucumber slices. This was packed in a Yumbox.

Preschool Bento #572: after

Usually he has a few things left in his lunch box after school which he eats for a snack at home, but on this day Augie ate everything!


4th Grader Bento #848

This lunch is evidence that even if your morning goes horribly wrong, you can throw a bento together in under 5 minutes. I woke up late Tuesday and the kids were bickering from moment #1 so I was in a foul mood. Then, as I was rushing around the kitchen helping the boys get their breakfasts together, I knocked over a large tumbler of sugary milky tea and spent 20 minutes (20 MINUTES!) cleaning it up off pretty much our entire kitchen floor (it truly was a spectacular mess) while the kids abandoned all of their morning jobs to watch me and point to all the spots I was missing as I mopped.  Yet somehow I still managed to get this Yumbox lunch together for Wyatt: salami, half a banana, granola bar, carrots, bean dip and a few Triscuits.

Preschool Bento #573

Once I had everything cleaned up and I got Wyatt off to school, I had a little extra time to pack this PlanetBox lunch for Augie: hummus, whale crackers, cucumbers wheels, a nervous looking whale sandwich and a half a banana.

I picked up the whale cutter from the clearance rack at Michael’s ages ago and though it seemed just right for cutting sandwiches at the time, it is actually a bit large for a slice of bread so this is the first time I’ve used it. At first I only had an icing eye on it for decoration, but when Augie looked at it, he said it definitely needed a mouth, so I cut one from a little seaweed sheet. We both agreed he was much cuter that way.


4th Grader Bento #849

On Wednesday, Wyatt took his lunch in our Lock and Lock lunch box: blueberries, whole wheat pretzel bites, mustard for dipping, a granola bar and leftover mild chicken Italian sausage.

The pretzel bites were a new recipe I tried and they were pretty good straight from the oven, but they were not very good the next day. I let Wyatt try one before I packed them and he told me he still wanted them, but he had only eaten one or two when I opened his lunch box after school. I’m going to have to look around for a new recipe, I think.

Preschool Bento #574

Augie’s lunch was packed in our LunchBots Trio: sausage, grapes, blueberries in a star cup, Cheerios, cucumber slices, carrots and hummus in a little Lego box. I also through in a couple of cute bear and frog picks for eating the sausages and a pig divider just for the cute factor.


4th Grader Bento #850

Thursday, Wyatt had yet another Yumbox lunch: deli turkey, grapes, Triscuits, grated cheddar and an apple flavored cereal bar.

Preschool Bento #575

And Augie had a similar PlanetBox lunch: cukes, grapes, deli turkey, carrots and an apple cereal bar.


Little Buddy Bento #576

Earlier this week, we got a box of goodies to sample from Van’s Natural Foods and I sent a couple of those in Augie’s Laptop Lunch box today. They sent two types of gluten free snacks — two flavors of multi-grain chips and another two flavors of PB&J Snack Bars.  We are all really enjoying all of these treats and honestly I would never be able to tell they were gluten-free if I didn’t know.

Today Augie had the bbq chips and the blueberry PB&J bar in his lunch, along with the omni-present cucumbers and hummus and a cup of grapes.

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