Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lunchbox Update

Phew! It's been a while since I've posted any lunchbox pics. Probably because I don't feel like I've done anything fancy for a while. But I have dutifully made fairly healthy lunches every school day and the kids are still eating them. So something must be going right. And I thought I'd post these photos and ideas to show you that leftovers and "traditional" sandwiches work just fine in the kids' lunches. And if you have a handful of raisins, pretzels and peanuts then you DO have trail mix and that IS a good snack! Once you get in the routine, it really doesn't take too much extra work.

Bento box lunch 12-7-09
Half of a blueberry bagel egg, cheese and ham sandwich, grapes hiding under a pile of pomegranate seeds, steamed broccoli, trail mix of shredded wheat cereal, peanuts, pretzels and raisins.

Bento Box 12/14/09
Half whole wheat bagel with cream cheese and dried cranberries, pumpkin bread, mini marshmallows, mandarin orange, cheese and crackers, ham chunks and green beans.

Bento Box Lunch 1-14-10
The birthday lunch - breakfast for lunch theme.
oranges, dried cranberries, bacon, french toast strips made from their Papa's homemade bread, maple syrup, steamed brocooli.

Bento Box lunch 1/13/10
Yep, a hot dog! Really a turkey dog on a whole wheat bun with catsup, mini berry rice cakes with yogurt raisins, mixed veggies and a dill pickle, cheese cubes & veggie chips.

Bento Box Lunch 2-19-10
Veggie chips, cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes, pb & j, dried fruit (apricots, golden raisins, dried cranberries and dried apples). Nothing fancy.

The valentine lunch bento 2-11-10
Weak, I know. But I totally forgot that this morning was their last lunch before valentine's day and I didn't go shopping. I had to make do with what I had on hand: blueberry bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jelly hearts, frozen blueberries and strawberry, red pepper hearts, crackers with cheese and ham heart cutouts, berry-yogurt rice cakes.

Bento box lunch 2/23/10
Leftover jasmine rice with pork/veggie stir fry and crunchies on top, applesauce with dried cranberries, red and green grapes, cheese cubes with ham and salami roll-ups and whole wheat crackers,

Bento box lunch 3/9/10
Some more leftovers used: Our retro taco salad with corn chips on top, carrots with red peppers and cucumbers, applesauce with dried cranberry heart, bean and cheese burrito.

Bento Box Lunch - 3/15/10
Ham & Cheese sandwiches cut into squares, cucumber square with beans inside (black, kidney, pinto), ginger snap cookies with apricots and golden raisins and berry rice cakes, orange smiles, strawberries and fresh coconut chunks

Bento Box Lunch 4/12/10
Ham, cheese turkey and mozzarella sandwich on Papa's homemade ciabatte rolls, honeydew melon and mandarin oranges, mixed veggies with olives, whole wheat crackers with cheese, peanuts, raisins and dried apricots

Bento Box Lunch 4/14/10
Leftovers! Taco salad with blue corn chips, chile roll-ups, sour cream, cucumbers, strawberry shortcake. This one was a big hit!

Bento Box Lunch - 4/15/10
Using some leftovers! Cheeseburger on whole wheat buns, more strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, macaroni pasta salad with celery, onions and olives, trail mix of pretzels, dried cranberries, raisins and peanuts.


  1. Mmnnn they all look so tasty...I also love how you present them in such colourful containers!

  2. Wow, I'm in awe of your great bento-box lunches! I've just started with my two boys. Sadly, the school is "no peanuts!", and for my oldest, no nuts are allowed, plus really strict rules about other foods due to some serious allergies in the class. Makes making lunches very challenging (and annoying!) sometimes.

    Thanks for your inspirational options!