The Week in Bentos: March 3-7, 2014

by Wendy Copley on March 10, 2014

Oh my! I had quite a week last week! My book was released (Yay!!) and I received many lovely photos of my friends, family, blog readers and their children holding it as well as a handful of photos of wonderful bentos people created using the book as inspiration. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see all that creativity!

But meanwhile, in my own home, it was a pretty pathetic situation. I got hit with a bronchial infection over the weekend and I spent much of my time in bed trying to recover. This translated to pretty basic and — in Wyatt’s case — non-existent packed lunches! This is what they looked like:

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Big Kid Bento #881

Monday, I turned to our Yumbox to put Wyatt’s lunch together as quickly as I could. He had canned pineapple chunks, a mix of cheese and pretzel goldfish crackers, Saltine crackers, a honey lemon candy, blueberries and some ham roll-ups on animal picks.  With the exception of the crackers, I packed all this the night before and boy was I grateful to myself for that!

Preschool Bento #601

Augie’s lunch was also pre-packed in our Lego bento box: blueberries, pita chips, cucumber slices, pretzel goldfish (in the smaller Lego box) and peanut butter and jelly roll-up sandwiches.


Big Kid Bento #882

Tuesday Wyatt had leftover pasta in the Thermos food jar along with radishes and a piece of sourdough bread that I packed in a single layer of our other Lego bento box. That super cute little monkey cup held butter for the bread. (I got this at Daiso years ago and haven’t seen it for ages.)

Preschool Circus Bento #605

Augie had a circus bento from my book, Everyday Bento: a pineapple and cantaloupe circus tent, peanuts, mini meatballs with circus animal picks, and naan (below the meatballs). This was packed in our LunchBots Trio. Look for a video tutorial (and a giveaway!) showing how to make this lunch later this week!


Preschool Bento #602

Wednesday Augie had a PlanetBox lunch: a jar of hummus (in one of these containers), snap peas, pineapple and cantaloupe, a sealed apple sandwich (not my best work!), and leftover roasted chicken with a grumpy giraffe pick.

This was the morning I was feeling my worst and I made Wyatt eat school lunch. I would have done the same for Augie if that had been an option.


Preschool Bento #603

I was still feeling awful Thursday, so I kept Augie’s lunch as simple as possible: celery sticks, deli turkey spirals, Triscuits and cantaloupe. I packed this in our Lock & Lock 4 square bento box.

Wyatt had school lunch again.


Preschool Bento #604

On Friday I dug the PlanetBox out for Augie’s lunch again: celery, baked teriyaki tofu, apple chunks, pita chips and a container of hummus.

Wyatt had a thermos with leftover pasta in it, but I forgot to take a picture. It would have been a boring picture anyway, so you really aren’t missing much.

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