The Week in Bentos: October 20-24, 2014

by Wendy Copley on October 27, 2014

Last week was a big week for us — Augie started after school care three days per week! He’s been on the waiting list since before school started and I was beginning to think he would never get into day care but it finally happened! He’ll be going Monday, Wednesday and Friday and that means I need to start packing him proper lunches for those days instead of just little snack bentos. Yay! Last week was also fun because I made a bunch of Halloween bentos. Some of them were the lazy-woman’s version of a Halloween lunch because I was adjusting to packing two lunches again, but my kids don’t care and I’m happy with them too, so it’s all good!

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Lazy Halloween lunch for a big kid

I found some cute Halloween rings at the drug store over the weekend, so I popped them into the kids lunches on Monday morning. Wyatt’s lunch was packed in our Yumbox Panino. He had turkey meatballs (with skull and spider mummy on top), white cheddar popcorn, radishes, carrots, black bean dip and strawberries.

Lazy Halloween Yumbox

It was a double-Yumbox day with Augie’s lunch packed in our original box. He had grapes, carrots, sugar snap peas, hummus, strawberries, cheese popcorn and meatballs. I also decorated his lunch with Halloween rings.


Happy ham and cheese pita lunch

Wyatt took the Yumbox Panino again on Tuesday. This time he had a happy ham and cheese pita (the eyes were picks, the mouth a thin slice of radish) along with grapes, Halloween Joe-Joe’s popcorn, bean dip, radishes and carrots.

Popcorn, cukes and grapes snack

For his snack, Augie had cucumbers, grapes on a jack-o-lantern pick, and popcorn with sprinkles. Technically, he wasn’t supposed to have the sprinkles because of the “no sugar” rule in his classroom but I honestly forgot about it until it was too late. This was packed in our Steeltainer snack-size box.


This and That lunch for a 5th grader

On Wednesday, Wyatt had a hodge-podge lunch: leftover chicken taco meat from dinner the night before, popcorn, cookies, radishes and carrots (look carefully!), bean dip and apple chunks. This was packed in a Laptop Lunches box and I also included a Lego fork to eat the taco meat.

This and that kindergarten Laptop Lunches bento

Augie also used a Laptop Lunches box. He had popcorn, cookies, sliced olives with a piece of kitty baran for decoration, cukes, snap peas and leftover chicken from our taco dinner the night before.  I included a Lego fork in this lunch box too.

Silly vampire cracker snack

Augie still needs a snack for his kindergarten hours and so I made him this little crackers and ham cutie. The top cracker was decorated with icing googly eyes and a black food-safe marker to make a cute vampire and I poked some of the ham onto a jack-o-lantern pick.


Frankenstein Quesadilla Lunch

Thursday Wyatt took our new Fit & Fresh bento lunch kit out for a spin. Fit & Fresh sent me the kit so we could try it out and so far (after a single use) I am liking it pretty well. He had apple chunks, a pork and cheese quesadilla that I decorated with a food-safe marker to look like Frankenstein’s monster, strawberries with a skeleton hand decorations, and buffalo cheddar popcorn with a skull pick stuck in it.

Skeleton Stawberries and Spider Popcorn

Augie had strawberries with a skeleton decoration and popcorn with a spider ring for his snack.


Monster Mouth EasyLunchboxes bento

Hee hee! I love these lunches! Both kids got a sunbutter and jelly sandwich with eye picks and fake vampire teeth stuck in them. And they made us all laugh and laugh. In addition to the sandwich, Wyatt had carrots, radishes, buffalo cheddar popcorn and some Halloween Joe-Joes.  This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

Vampire sandwich EasyLunchboxes bento

Augie also had a sunbutter and jelly sandwich with eye picks and fake vampire teeth stuck in it. For sides, he had Halloween Joe-Joes and cucumber slices with a Frankenstein pick in it.  This was also packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

And for the final snack of the week, Augie had apple chunks and and “cherry” tomatoes (use this pick to achieve full cherry-osity).

A week of fun Halloween lunches
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