Sadie’s Bento-ish lunch.

I’ve been making Sadie’s lunch to take to daycare for quite a while now. The other day, though, I kind of started to panic (okay, maybe panic is a strong word) that a) I wasn’t sending her with enough food, and b) I was running out of ideas. So I surfed the web a little and polled my more experienced mom-friends, and I hit the store. This is what I sent with Sadie yesterday for lunch.

She’s got wheat tortilla pinwheels with avocado-cream cheese spread and sliced turkey (no preservatives or fillers!); chopped kiwi, cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew; pasta with a touch of red sauce and some vegetables; and lima beans. For once, she wasn’t a starved maniac when we got home in the evening. I’m sure they didn’t feed her ALL of this at lunch time–some was saved for her snack. So I think this was a good choice. Upping the ante.

Oh, and here are a few places I’ve been getting my inspiration for Sadie’s lunches:

What’s for lunch at our house. I don’t know who the heck this lady is, but she is either amazing or nuts. Or maybe a little bit of both…

Weelicious. Not crazy about the name, but it’s got some cool recipes. I think this is where I got the carrot pancakes I made. Trevor and I liked them. I can’t remember if Sadie did.

Baby Bites.

My Food Looks Funny. Or not. I just like this one.

Oh! And check this out–I’ve finally written something for my organization’s blog.

9 thoughts on “Sadie’s Bento-ish lunch.

  1. Shannan

    These links are awesome! Aria has literally eaten the EXACT same thing for lunch for the last two days because I’m just not that innovative in the kitchen. So this came at the perfect time!

    1. Brooke Post author

      I’m glad I could help! I could probably eat the same few things every day of my life, but I can’t help but feel like it’s cruel and unusual punishment for Sadie!

    1. Brooke Post author

      Yes, the more I poke around your blog, the more I think amazing is the right word. I mean, I’ve heard of bento boxes and all, but I had NO IDEA that there was so much creativity and technique that can go into it! Where did you learn how to do such things? And how do you have the patience? I came across your blog from Fed Up With Lunch, by the way (and I promise I don’t really think you’re nuts–I hope you’re not offended…blog tone is so hard to get right sometimes). I am the opposite of creative, so this kind of blows me away. I also cannot get over your bento blogroll. Holy cow! Anyway, I’m glad I came across your blog. My daughter is just almost 14 months, so there are still a lot of foods that are beyond her (when can/will she eat SALAD, that’s what I want to know!), but I plan on stalking your blog from now on to get more ideas on things to put in her lunch box (though Sadie will probably never be lucky enough to get flower-shaped cheese or fish-shaped hardboiled eggs). She currently goes to daycare at a homeless shelter, where the lunches are alright but not great (probably better than public school lunch, but definitely containing ingredients I’d rather avoid), and I just plan on fixing her lunch for the rest of her life. Only kidding.

  2. Shannon

    No, totally not offended!!! I sometimes wonder about my sanity too. ;o) But when Ben’s preschool teacher told me how fascinated his student teachers were (he goes to a co-op at the high school), I figured, it’s probably worth it.

    A lot of ideas come from playing around, trying to figure out how to make food look fun for my kids. They aren’t picky, but they are both very very slow eaters. I started the whole bento thing right before my oldest started K. I had to figure out how to get her to eat in a reasonable amount of time. A lot of the stuff is pretty simple, ie) food coloring in the water for the pasta the other day. It was a total guess, but I figured that it couldn’t damage the pasta, I was just hoping for blue! The eggs are a mold–boil as normal, but peel when hot, pop in the mold & chill. I’ve gotten pretty handy with a small knife and cookie cutter too.

    Some of it takes time, but if you look close, there is usually one or two cute pieces and the rest is regular food. The fish in the sea one? Pasta salad with a drop of food coloring in the water (no extra time), boiled egg shaped (20 seconds to peel while still hot, then a mold) and a cookie cutter to a carrot (maybe a minute or two). The dinner bentos below are the same–sandwiches, fruit, blueberry bread, veggies, all regular food; more egg molds too. 2 carrot smiles & cucumber eyes and 2 cucumber stars in one box are all the actual cute stuff. ;o)

    I cook & freeze a lot of stuff, so that makes it easier to make lunches if I have the elements on hand. And I call my mom a lot too! She usually knows what I’m trying to do and if it will work. But both she & my husband will tell you, if it’s a lot of work, I’m not going to do it.

    Even without the cute stuff, I love that it’s all healthier foods and that there is so little waste. My kids bring everything home–boxes, cutlery, cloth napkins, stainless steel waterbottles. It’s nice not to be generating tons of trash per day too.

    Come visit anytime! I’ll be happy to chat. :o)
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Gluten Free Bentos – a guest post =-.

  3. Fawn

    How much do you charge per packed lunch? I would like to order 3 – one for each of my kids, and one for me, too! Excellent lunch. I agree that packing lunch for wee ones is very stifling. Especially when you can’t pack anything that any child in the class -might- be allergic to.
    .-= Fawn´s last blog ..A Note from Camp =-.

  4. Debbie

    Great lunch ideas. I may want to share some of your ideas on my school blog next fall if that is okay with you. Come link up to the inaugural edition of What’s On the Menu Wednesday. Mister Linky is up and waiting. Thanks.


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