(PHOTOS) Great Bento Lunch Ideas

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Here are the bento lunches I packed for my two boys this week:

Monday

First Grade Bento #414: January 31, 2010

Monday's bento for the six-year-old had green grapes, teriyaki tofu that was cut with cookie cutters and decorated with food markers, blueberries and a mini hamburger bun. This was packed in the Lego bento box (see my recent video showing this box here).

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #87: February 1, 2011

Augie's lunch on Tuesday was leftover orange chicken with chopped up bits of broccoli, carrot and zucchini. It was packed over a bed of rice along with some chopped grape tomatoes and some blueberries.

First Grader Bento #415: February 1, 2011

Wyatt's lunch/snack was packed in the Laptop Lunch box: grape tomatoes, broken pretzel sticks from the bottom of the bag, grapes, blueberries and a mini hamburger with a mini hamburger bun. The little yellow tub had catsup in it. The burger was an experiment that ended up going pretty well! I made the kids mini burgers for dinner on Monday night and there was one leftover so I asked Wyatt if he was willing to eat one cold for his lunch on Tuesday. He said he would, so I decided to give it a try. I expected to see only one bite out of it when I opened his lunch box after school, but he'd eaten everything in the box except the tomatoes. Cool!

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #88: February 2, 2011

On Wednesday, my toddler had more blueberries and grapes in his lunch, along with leftovers from dinner: peas, orzo with lemon and a little butter, and diced pork tenderloin.

Thursday

1st Grade Bento #416: February 3, 2011

Wyatt had leftovers on Thursday too. We had turkey black bean tacos for dinner on Wednesday night, so I mixed a little cheese in with the meat and put it in his lunch box with some chips to scoop it up with. I rounded the lunch out with this week's ubiquitous green grapes and blueberries.

Friday

Toddler Bento #89: February 4, 2011

Friday's 1st grade lunch held a garlic chicken sausage (chopped into chunks and arranged in an OCD-fashion), grapes, pineapple chunks and a mini hamburger bun. I also put in a small container of snap peas for his morning snack which will be completely ignored and two bite sized cookies that will be eaten first thing.

Wendy Copley writes about food, crafts, parenting and her obsession with lunch boxes at Wendolonia.

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