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Toddler bento lunches

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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Toddler bento lunches
Originally uploaded by Jennifer Laycock
Another round of bento lunches for preschool days.

The bento on the left is Emmitt's. Top tier has strawberries, mandarin oranges and sakura cut pineapple. The middle tier has macaroni and cheese, string cheese and some black olives. The bottom tier has two organic mint oreos and some Annie's natural cheddar bunnies.

The box over on the right is Elnora's. The top tier has some broccoli, black olives and bunny crackers. The bottom tier has fresh pineapple, strawberries, string cheese, animal crackers and some Nutella in the blue container.

  1. Blogger allthingspurple | 12:51 AM |  

    hi, i have just subsribed to the goggle search for bento and was pleased to stumble on your blog. Thanks for those ideas. I cant imagine how you could pack so many bento meals for so many kids. I have to pack for only one kid (i have 2) and i am out of ideas most of the time !

  2. Blogger allthingspurple | 1:06 AM |  

    oh, i just read the 2nd post and realise you have 2 kids. its just that you packed 2 or 3 tier lunchbox, I had thought that's for 4 kids or so. I normally use one tier bento box. will visit more for ideas. thanks for sharing !!

  3. Blogger JudyBright | 10:44 AM |  

    It amazes me how much Emmitt eats, being only two months older than Catie.

  4. Blogger Astronomum | 8:57 AM |  

    What a great idea - where did you get the boxes from? This is going to inspire me to make better lunches for my toddler (I hope).

  5. Anonymous Lisa-Unschooling Mom | 12:41 PM |  

    Jen- this is dumb question.sorry :( On your bento box aite- you buy the boxes and they are FILLED or just boxes and parent fills them?
    I am embarrassed to proclaim my ignorance publicly- but what makes a bento box "bento?" and not just a box.

  6. Blogger Jennifer Laycock | 1:09 PM |  

    I got the boxes from a friend in Japan. You can buy them on ebay, from some sites online, or if you live near an area with a strong asian population, you can often find them in person.

    Seattle, boston and San Fran all have great bento shopping. Just look for "Japanese dollar stores."

    And yes, you just buy the box. You have to do th food for it. What makes a bento box is generally the size and style of the box. They're marked in ML and the size you get depends on the meal and the age of the person eating from it.

    My kids generally eat from 400-450ml boxes. I eat from a 550ml box. Greg usually gets an 850 or 1000ml box.

  7. Anonymous Moody Mommy | 4:06 PM |  

    I found a great substitute for Nutella (it has partially hydrogenated oil) at Whole Foods. It is called Coco Hazelnut Spread (Whole Foods brand) and does not have the "bad" oil. Just an FYI

  8. Blogger coolwebmom | 8:24 PM |  

    Thats too cute...!

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