The Week in Bentos: April 28 – May 2, 2014

by Wendy Copley on May 5, 2014

We had a bit of a light week for packed lunches last week because Wyatt ate lunch at school several times. Also, I never really did a full shop for the week, so meals were a little bit of a hodge-podge. Check it out:

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4th Grade Bento #903

Monday I surprised Wyatt with a special treat in his Yumbox — leftover strawberry shortcake! I admit it was a little half-hearted. There was no whipped  cream and we only had one shortcake left, so I split it in half and put one piece in his lunch box and the other in his brother’s. I also divided the remaining strawberries between the two boxes. Still, they both loved it (though they both said it was messy). The rest of this lunch held apple chunks, crackers and meatballs with ketchup for dipping.

Preschool Bento #637

Augie had a very similar lunch to Wyatt’s: tomatoes, apple chunks, meatballs with circus animal picks, and his share of the strawberry shortcake. It was packed in the PlanetBox Rover.


Preschool Bento #638

On Tuesday, I packed Augie’s lunch in one of our Laptop Lunches boxes: watermelon spears, white cheddar popcorn with colorful star sprinkles, meatballs with bear and monkey picks, a Persian cucumber, and sugar snap peas. I also added a little animal food divider between the veggies to break up all the green in that box.

Wyatt had school lunch.


4th Grade Bento #904

On Wednesday, Wyatt’s lunch was a dinner roll, apple slices, carrot sticks, and a Batman skewer with chunks of leftover pork chop on it. I also included 3 smaller containers with black bean dip for the carrots, butter for the roll, and cookie butter for dipping the apples. A Lunchbox Love joke card was the final addition.

This lunch came home completely full. The only thing missing was one of the pieces of pork. The rest? Untouched. Very frustrating.

Preschool Bento #639

Augie had a Persian cucumber, smoked turkey with a kitty pick, a dinner roll that I sort of decorated with food-safe markers, tomatoes and apple slices.


Preschool Bento #640

Thursday I packed this car lunch for Augie. It was pretty simple, but he was SO excited. It had grape tomatoes with alphabet picks spelling out “car”, apple slices, celery stick “roads”, and three small peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that I cut and stamped with this cutter. The sandwiches are stacked on top of each other. This was packed in our 4-up Lock & Lock bento box.

I was annoyed that Wyatt didn’t eat any of his lunch the day before, so I told him he had to eat school lunch.


Preschool Bento #641

Thursday night I brought leftover pinto beans home from a local taqueria, and when Augie saw them in the fridge on Friday he asked if he could have them in his lunch so I heated them up and put them in the Thermos with a lego spoon to eat them. I also packed a small bento box with some sides: a dinner roll with his name written on it, sliced Persian cucumbers, a few carrot sticks and a small container of hummus.

Wyatt had school lunch again. He was not so thrilled about it, I don’t think, but the first five foods I offered for his lunch were met with a “no thank you” so I finally gave up and told him he could eat at school. I would rather he eat a healthier lunch from home, of course, but I don’t want to toss a full lunch box at the end of the day and honestly it’s just not worth the battle.

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