With a new school year comes a new responsibility for me: making our child lunch every day. Follow along on this new adventure and let’s see how creative I can be with this challenge!
(Check out my Instagram feed for a detailed description of what was for lunch!)
The Bentgo kids box measures roughly 8.5″ wide x 6.5″ tall x 2″ deep so it fits into her lunch bag easily. There’s still room for a juice box and a small snack container too.
Our kid is just as excited as I am about making lunch, and helped come up with a list of possible foods to fill each compartment.
Practice 08.29.17 || Turkey, cheese, and flour tortilla roll up; potato chips; steamed broccoli; diced peaches; M&M’s
Practice 09.01.17 || egg salad sandwich; cucumber slices; roasted and unsalted cashews; a Milano cookie; diced peaches; frozen peas
And the verdict on practice box #2: I’ll take it as a compliment! 👍
Practice 09.02.17 || Butterfly shaped egg sandwich (decorated with a breadstick from Trader Joe’s and edamames); popcorn; cheese cubes; edamame; watermelon; and Guittard semisweet chocolate chips leftover from a baking project
Practice 09.03.17 || Pasta with butter; cucumber slices; animal crackers from Trader Joe’s; a turkey hot dog; asian pear; and ketchup for dipping
I found these vinyl stickers at Michael’s with her current obsession: mermaids!! They’re only $4 per pack (or less if you have a coupon!) and there are many designs (we put a sloth on her water bottle). The stickers are water and dishwasher proof so let’s see how long they last!
Practice 09.04.17 || smoked salmon sushi rolls (with a little bit of ponzu sauce in the small container for dipping); steamed broccoli; edamame with some little heart shaped carrots; diced peaches; and a Lindt chocolate ball for something sweet
09.05.17 || My husband and I joked that we should create a separate IG account showing what he eats for lunch. 😉 I went ahead and packed him a lunch today too. Turkey sandwich on marathon bread from Wegmans; carrot sticks; chickpeas; cashews; and pretzel sticks.
09.06.17 || I wanted today’s #bentgolunchbox to be extra special since it’s her first day kindergarten. I made little skewers of turkey and small mozzarella cheese balls; water crackers; sliced cucumbers; peas and chickpeas; and a little pack of Sixlets. Plus a juice box and some popcorn and goldfish crackers for snack time.
09.07.17 || Still going with an underwater theme today: fish shaped tuna sandwich (with candy eye and lips); cheese cubes; animal crackers; cucumber slices; diced peaches; and some Sixlets.
09.08.17 || Happy FriYay, everyone! Woo hoo, first week down! The plan is for her to buy lunch at school on Fridays but her teachers encouraged bringing lunch the first week until the kids get acclimated to the lunch process, how the cafeteria works, etc. So it was another packed lunch for today: leftover spaghetti noodles with butter and cheese; Tyson panko crusted chicken nuggets; sautéed spinach; edamame; diced peaches; and ketchup.
09.11.17 || Luckily, our girl enjoys leftovers! 😊 Made lunch prep for Monday a breeze! Rice balls; grilled turkey hot dog; a chocolate chip cookie bar treat from Trader Joe’s; goldfish crackers; sliced corn from a cob; cucumbers; and diced peaches.
09.12.17 || Pearl couscous; steamed broccoli; Belgioioso mozzarella “pearl” cheese balls; a cookie from the Trader Joes “convivial” box; shredded grilled teriyaki chicken (gotta love leftovers!); diced pears
09.13.17 || Egg salad sandwich puzzle; some Trader Joe’s breadstick crackers; cucumbers; animal crackers; watermelon; semisweet “super” chocolate chips from Guittard chocolate; and hummus for dipping
09.13.17 || I forgot to include a juice box in her lunch today and knew she wouldn’t be happy about it when I picked her up from school (I promised she could take one on Wednesdays). I apologized by way of chocolate penguin from Burdick’s. 🙂
09.14.17 || “Octopus spaghetti” (as she likes to call it); sautéed spinach; Belgioioso cheese mozzarella pearls; steamed broccoli; watermelon; Asian pear; and a little milk chocolate mouse from Burdick Chocolate for a treat!
09.15.17 || This was more of a supplement to the pizza lunch she wanted to get from the cafeteria, plus her snack (usually it’s bagged separately). Popcorn; 1/2 a banana; peaches; sweet peas; and some M&Ms as a treat
09.18.17 || Egg salad sandwich cut into a heart shape; edamame; sliced cucumber; salmon; diced peaches; chickpeas; 1/2 an apple cider doughnut
09.19.17 || Tried the technique of rolling sliced bread into a flat sheet for roll ups and she liked them! Filled with a little bit of ranch dressing and a slice of ham. Sweet peas with carrot hearts; watermelon; a cheese stick cut into small squares; goldfish crackers; steamed broccoli; and a couple little “hello panda” chocolate creme filled cookies
09.20.17 || Half a mini bagel; a cheese stick cut into small squares; ham rolls; a few Maltesers for a treat; sweet peas; corn from a cob; diced Asian pear; and black eyed peas
09.22.17 || Rice shaped to look like Baymax; steamed broccoli; a “happy #Friyay!” banana; chicken nuggets; watermelon; ranch dressing and ketchup
09.27.17 || Pasta with butter and peas; cucumber sticks with carrot hearts; cut up cheese stick; bread sticks for dipping; diced peaches; and hummus
09.28.17 || The hubby hasn’t been feeling well the past couple of days so I made sure to pack lots of fruit and veggies in his lunch today. I couldn’t help myself and stuck a pair of eyes on the sandwich – I wonder if he’ll notice! Ha!! – Tuna sandwich on marathon bread from Wegmans; cut up carrots and turnips from our Lexington Community Farm CSA share, cherry tomatoes hand picked by our daughter, chickpeas, and some raw broccoli; a gala apple; watermelon; and a bag of almonds and cashews
09.28.17 || Tuna sandwich with a cut out heart; some crunchy curls (it’s a lentil + potato crispy snack from Trader Joe’s); watermelon; cucumber slices with carrot stars and some chickpeas; steamed broccoli; and a few Guittard Chocolate large chocolate chips as a treat
09.28.17 || The hubby hasn’t been feeling well the past couple of days so I made sure to pack lots of fruit and veggies in his lunch today. I couldn’t help myself and stuck a pair of eyes on the sandwich – I wonder if he’ll notice! Ha!! 😁 . Tuna sandwich on #marathonbread from @wegmans; cut up carrots and turnips from our @lexingtoncommunityfarm #CSA share, cherry tomatoes hand picked by our daughter, chickpeas, and some raw broccoli; a gala apple; watermelon; and a bag of almonds and cashews
09.29.17 || I found a silicone mold on the clearance rack at Michael’s last week for only $4 (!!) and decided to try making mermaid shaped rice. It’s hard to get the details to show on the rice so I made her eyes and mouth out of seaweed. I had some of this pretty plastic paper with wavy lines on it leftover from a cardmaking project, so I cut some to make it look like she was swimming. “Starfish” cucumber slices on top of some edamame; “octopus” turkey hot dogs; goldfish crackers; and ketchup (I don’t know – the Red Sea?!)
10.02.17 || Pasta with butter and steamed broccoli; chicken nuggets; cut up cheese stick; sweet peas; diced peaches; and a well of ketchup + ranch dressing. Yes, she will mix it up and make her own special sauce!
10.02.17 || And another lunch prep for the hubby this morning: on the bottom is leftover turnip greens and onions that I sautéed, then topped with some fresh kale and lemon juice; topped it off with a couple of roasted tomatoes + carrots we got in our CSA share from Lexington Community Farm last week, peas, and broccoli. The tray fits right on top of the big container and so I put chicken nuggets in there with a container of ketchup for dipping.
10.03.17 || Turkey and cheese sandwich; sea salt chips; crispy peas; strawberries; edamame and carrots; blueberries; and a cut up chocolate baton cookie
10.04.17 || It’s all about hearts today! Heart shaped egg sandwich halves; heart cut out cucumber slices; cheese stick cubes; half of an apple cider doughnut; almost heart shaped strawberries; and edamame
10.06.17 || (this one is actually a cute little video that you’ll have to see on Instagram!) Hiding under the piece of heart paper is an egg salad sandwich; diced peaches; steamed broccoli; cheese cubes; and sweet peas
10.10.17 || A cute butterfly sandwich cutter for her egg sandwich with a carrot stick body; filled the large section of the #bentgolunchbox with scoop chips; diced Asian pear (they are so ripe and juicy right now); steamed broccoli; fresh corn grown at Verrill Farm; and a Lindt Chocolate ball as a treat
10.11.17 || Little ditalini shaped pasta with butter and cheese; a couple of turkey rollups; steamed broccoli; heart shaped cucumber slices; and edamame . Plus some crispy peas and breadsticks for snack time in a plastic bag made to look like a butterfly
10.12.17 || Rice balls with a little container of ponzu sauce for dipping (don’t worry, there a separate lid for it); cucumber stars; animal crackers; crispy pea snack; shredded chicken; and sweet peas
10.18.17 || Egg sandwich wrapped in plastic wrap under the Oreo cookie bat; steamed broccoli with carrot hearts; cute ghost shaped veggie chips; cut up cheese stick; and diced peaches
10.19.17 || Going the leftovers route again with whole grain pasta and homemade basil pesto; a little bit of chicken; cucumber flowers; steamed broccoli; baby goldfish crackers; and some M&Ms as a treat
10.23.17 || Pulling for bits and pieces in the fridge since I couldn’t get to the grocery store yesterday! Luckily there were tortillas and cheese to make a quesadilla. I used a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter and then a small triangle cutter to make the eyes. Had a hard time trying to cut out a toothy grin (when would anyone ever complain about cheese being too gooey, eh?!) so this fella is a friendly jack o’lantern 🎃 . Cheese quesadilla; sliced cucumber; turkey hot dog; edamame; and a lot of ketchup 😄 . I just got back from a weekend trip to NYC and I put a “baby witch” sized brownie that I picked up from @fatwitchbakery in @chelseamarketny for her as a treat
10.24.17 || Keeping it simple with a puzzle shaped turkey and cheese sandwich; ghost shaped veggie chips; steamed broccoli; chickpeas (or garbanzo beans); and a chocolate filled cookie stick cut into smaller pieces to fit inside the hole.
10.25.17 || Turkey and cheese sandwich cut into a ghost shape with eyes cut out with a cookie cutter; pretzel chips; a little “graveyard” of cucumber slices as tombstones, and chickpeas and peas; a chunk of a Fat Witch Bakery brownie; and some diced peaches
10.26.17 || Continuing with the #Halloween theme today! Added some cut out seaweed circles on top of rice balls to make them look like eyeballs; turkey hot dog; edamame; super plump blueberries; and a couple cinnamon cranberry and pumpkin seed crackers broken up to fit into the container. Also put some seaweed in a bag on the side.
10.30.17 || Egg sandwich decorated by drawing a web on each half with a food marker; ghost and bat shaped veggie chips; steamed broccoli; edamame; and a couple of mini sized Kit Kat bars for a treat
10.31.17 || Happy Halloween! “Mummy” turkey hot dog wrapped in croissant dough (actually leftover from dinner); cheesestick ghosts; crescent cucumbers; bat and ghost veggie chips; boring chickpeas; a well of splattery ketchup and ranch dressing (she’ll mix it together – it’s own level of gross); and some alphabet cookies to spell out BOO
11.02.17 || Ham and cheese sandwich; pretzel chips; a roll of Smarties from her Halloween stash; chickpeas and edamame; some hummus for dipping; and cucumber stars
11.03.17 || Egg salad squirrel sandwiches; ham roll spirals; cucumber flowers in a bed of steamed broccoli; cheesestick cubes; and a couple of animal cookies
11.07.17 || Egg sandwich cut out and pressed with a cute seal tool; some crispy pea chips; diced Asian pear; steamed broccoli; cut up cheese stick; and heart cucumbers
11.08.17 || Tuna sandwich on pretzel bread; steamed broccoli; edamame and carrot sticks; diced Asian pear; and a couple of animal crackers
11.09.17 || Water crackers with sliced Cabot cheese cheddar; steamed broccoli; a snickerdoodle cookie that her classmate’s mom baked during a playdate yesterday; turkey rolls; and some cucumber
11.14.17 || Ham and cheese sandwich cut into little bears; popcorn; cucumber flowers; jumbo blueberries; and a few Guittard chocolate chips as a treat
11.15.17 || Pasta with butter; steamed broccoli; ham roll ups; edamame; and baby goldfish crackers
11.16.17 || leftover garlic pasta; steamed broccoli; turkey hot dog; alphabet cookies that spell out “mummy” (they’re finishing up the Magical Treehouse book about mummies this week); and some edamame
11.17.17 || Ham and cheese sandwich; pea crisps; chickpeas and star cucumbers; and dark chocolate star cookies
11.20.17 || Leftover butter pasta; turkey hot dog; edamame + chickpeas; cut up cheese stick; a well of ketchup
11.21.17 || Ham and cheese sandwich; alphabet cookies to spell out party 6; cucumber stars; jumbo blueberries; and some chickpeas