Monday, April 19, 2010

the "it's not really a bento" bento

Last week my kids were on Spring Break and one day we took a day trip to the aquarium.  We had plans to have lunch at a brick-oven pizzeria that was within walking distance of the aquarium and therefore packing lunches was not necessary. Of course, being that we have a gaggle of children, packing snacks is always necessary. When I was in the kitchen putting together snacks for the day my husband said several times "remember, we are having lunch out, you don't have to pack lunches!" and I would say, "I know, I know!". And as he was packing the van he called in again "no bentos!", and I replied "I know, I know!".

But these things have a way of coming together, you see, I was practically powerless to stop it.

off to the aquarium

Little girl's snack - hummus on whole wheat white bread, cucumber and fishies.
It only took like two minutes to throw together. So it's not really a bento, is it? ;-)

*packed in a sandwich-sized Lock & Lock box.
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AVM said... [Reply to comment]

I just found your blog and I'm loving it! I, too, am powerless to the bento - even when my daughter is off from school. I'm so glad I found this!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

If being packed in two minutes means it's not a bento, then I rarely pack a bento haha :P Looks like a tasty bento to me!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I've never posted before, but I love your blog! I am also a Melissa with four kids. I've been inspired by your blog to have less waste, and less junk, in our lunches.
We have one of the disney boxes like you, but my lid has survived so far. I don't like it because small foods mix together. I got it to be a snack holder for my nine month old, but now I use it for snacks for me, big stuff that can't leak through. We just got a sassy box and I'm looking foward to trying that out. We have a bunch of those little crayola sandwich boxes and we use those now - one for the sandwich and one for the chips/veggies/etc. It's not all in one, but it saves some baggies at least. I also have a EZ-Freeze StayFit™ Lunch 2 Go Container that I got at walmart. I like it because the lid can go in the freezer, and it has a built in icepack, but the food mixes in there too. It also has to be washed by hand, which can get annoying at times. I don't think I've ever seen one of those on your site.
Anyhow, I look forward to more blogs from you!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Melissa! You know, I think I might have that container you are talking about. It is a large container and the ice pack creates a barrier to put two small containers on top of it, all under one lid? I haven't used it a lot, and a few times I've meant to use it I can't find the freezer pack for it! And it doesn't all fit together without the freezer pack. Finding missing pieces to various contraptions is the bane of my existence! LOL
Anywho, welcome and thanks for your nice words! :)

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

On mine, the freezer back is built into the lid, I don't think it comes out at all. It looks like this
I don't know if that link works, I used tinyurl because the real link was really really long.
I used my sassy box today, and it worked really well. I'm a fan of them now!

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