Wednesday, September 5, 2012

two bento lunches: PlanetBox & Goodbyn Bynto

These are the lunches my kids had yesterday. No color themes. No picnics on the agenda. Nary a teddy bear in sight. Just your everyday average lunches. :)

Paige took the PlanetBox:

PlanetBox frozen yogurt stars

In the large section I used the leak-proof Big Dipper to hold several frozen yogurt stars. 
The side sections hold mini-saltine crackers and clementine oranges.
The long space on top is an A-B pattern of sliced sausage (Bratwurst? Maybe? I don't know. I don't eat it) and cheddar cheese cubes. 
I completely forgot to put something in that tiny middle spot and didn't even realize it until I was staring at the picture on my computer screen.

The frozen yogurt stars are simply regular strawberry yogurt from a big tub that I spooned into a silicone ice cube tray and froze. They pop out and make yummy bite-sized nibbles.  According to my calculations they will be semi-melted by lunchtime, but still nice and very cold. This is one of the things I experimented with this summer - freezing, packing in a lunchbox with icepacks and all, left to sit on the counter for the same number of hours the lunch will be left at school in a cubby before lunchtime. Paige approved of the results. Booyah.

The bratswurst/sausage/circular meat is leftover from a grilling session the other night. My dear husband ate sausage and fed it to my two youngest carnivores while Ethan and I ate chicken. :)  (The food-phobic Owen had Cheerios, in case you were wondering.) 

Speaking of chicken, the leftovers of that landed in Ethan's lunch. His Bynto bento yesterday:

Bynto Bento Lunch

The top section holds mini saltines with cheddar cheese stars (in a jumbo sized silicone cup), with grilled chicken to the side. The chicken is cut into cubes and put on bento picks. 
The middle section is fruitful with strawberries and clementines. Along with a cute Snack Marker cocktail fork.

The bottom section has a cereal bar and a granola bar.

I am so relieved how well the whole lunch packing morning routine is going so far this year. How's everyone else holding up?

Supplies used to pack these lunches:

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Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm said... [Reply to comment]

I love the yogurt stars idea! Eleanor adores yogurt, and I have silicone star molds. Gonna have to try it.

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

I've been seeing that yogurt idea around lately and I've been wanting to try it out. It looks really cool and I have so many of those silicone molds.

Michelle | Creative Food said... [Reply to comment]

I always love your ideas and your bentos!! And for that reason I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog and Very Inspiring Blogger Award :) Check it out:

Meredith said... [Reply to comment]

Love the yogurt idea! I have a star ice tray and just saw one at Home Goods that matches your cute picks! I need to try that at home. My boys love yogurt! Lunches are good. I love all the ideas online, especially since I just got a note sent home for no more peanut butter at Adrian's school.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hi. I have been reading your blog forever (love it) This is my first time commenting. I am curious as to the type of yogurt you made the stars with, because maybe it freezes better than what I used. I used Yoplait, which does have small fruit chunks in it. Even with 2 ice packs they completely lost their shape. Thanks!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Anonymous #5 - I used StonyField Farms strawberry yogurt. It's organic, and in the really big tubs. It's totally blended with no chunks. HTH! :)

Erin Johnson said... [Reply to comment]

LoVe the stars! Have gotten into a pretty good routine of looking at the lunch menu ahead of time and deciding what my picky 5 yr old won't eat from the cafeteria and packing a lunch on those days. We have found a nice balance between the two I am over my initial disappointment of my soggy lunch, and thanks to your advice haven't had one since! Thanks Melissa, continue to love reading your blog and tell everyone who will listen about it!

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