The Week in Bentos: March 10-14, 2014

by Wendy Copley on March 17, 2014

The boys had a week of very simple lunches last week because daylight savings time messed us up. I’m not a morning person to begin with and I had a terrible time getting out of bed all week so most of these lunches were made as quickly as possible. It think this is a testament to how fast you can throw bento lunches together though!

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Big Kid Bento #883

Ugh. Daylight savings time.

I love the sunny afternoons that come with the time change, but I didn’t plan and pack lunches ahead on Sunday night, so Monday morning was rough. Luckily, Zach had gone to the store on Sunday night and bought lots of good stuff for lunches. My hero! I packed this quickie Yumbox lunch for Wyatt in the five minutes I had free: wholesome turkey kielbasa (does anyone else remember that commercial from the ’80’s?), dill pickle chunks, Avengers Cheese Nips, blackberries and radish chunks.

Preschool Bento #606

Augie had a similar lunch, packed up in the ECOLunchbox Solo Cube: blackberries, celery sticks, turkey kielbasa and rocket cheese crackers. This lunch follows my basic bento formula and I used silicone baking cups to contain the blackberries and crackers.


Big Kid Taco Bento #884

Taco Tuesday! We had some taco fillings leftover from Monday’s dinner, so I packed some turkey taco meat and cheese into Wyatt’s Laptop Lunches box. He also had some chips to spoon up the meat, blackberries and radishes.

Preschool Bento #607

Augie’s EasyLunchboxes bento box held cucumbers, cut-up turkey meatballs with a doggie pick, sliced black olives and blackberries with another doggie pick.


4th Grader Bento#885

We were still running late on Wednesday morning, so Wyatt had another super quick Yumbox lunch: ham spirals, apple chunks, alfredo pasta chips and radishes.

The pasta chips were from a big sample box I received on Tuesday morning. I was starving when they arrived (right before lunch) and I immediately broke into the garlic and olive oil flavor. They were so yummy! Surprisingly yummy! I had to wrap them up and put them on top of the refrigerator so I didn’t eat a bag of chips for lunch. When the kids came home from school, I gave them some for a snack and they devoured them. I remember trying these at the Fancy Food Show back in January, but I didn’t remember them being so extra super delicious so this was a pleasant surprise. I thought the alfredo ones were also tasty, but they kids turned out to be not so hot on them.

Preschool Bento #608

Augie’s lunch had apple slices, ham spirals on a Superman pick, cucumbers with a Spiderman decoration and some pasta chips. This was packed in our PlanetBox Rover.


Preschool Iron Man Bento #609

Augie asked for an Iron Man lunch so I quickly whipped this bad boy out for him. I started by putting some Avengers Cheese Nips in a rectangular silicone cup in our LunchBots Trio. Most of them are just piled in there willy nilly, but I pulled a few of the Iron Man ones out and laid them on top. I also made an Iron Man PB&J with our stamping cookie cutter. They rest of the lunch was filled out with dried cranberries, cucumber slices and a couple of carrot sticks.

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Wyatt had school lunch on Thursday.


4th Grader Bento#886

On Friday, the boys both asked for dumplings in their lunches and I had some in the freezer so I made that magic happen. Along with the potstickers, Wyatt had apple chunks, marinara flavored pasta chips, and tangerine slices. This was packed in a Laptop Lunches box.

Preschool Dumpling Bento #610

I put Augie’s lunch in our panda bento box: dumplings, pasta chips, apple chunks and dried cranberries in a lidded silicone cup.

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