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Fun lunch!
Published on April 16, 2009 By KarmaGirl In Blogging

I have a 10 year old daughter that I refer to as "mini-me" (see exhibit "a" below).  She's a crazy kid.  She snowmobiles (exhibit "b"), Drag races (exhibit "c"), plays soccer (exhibit "d"), tames Weasels (exhibit "e") and is a vegetarian (exhibit "f").  And, she'll eat just about anything if it's vegetarian, but not a lot of anything at a time.  This has always been an issue for me because I pack her nice lunches and half it comes back uneaten.

However, the Easter Bunny (see exhibit "g") decided I needed to start packing her "laptop lunches".  What is a laptop lunch?  Here is a link:  http://www.laptoplunches.com/

These bento box systems allow you to pack interesting meals in cleverly designed containers.  Since my daughter has had this, she has eaten her entire lunch every day.  Exhibits H-K show the lunches that she has had so far.  I like this system so much, that I am going to order one for myself as well as additional sets of the interior containers.


Exhibit "a"- her normal self:                                  Exhibit "b" - trick riding a snowmobile:
that's my hat!                          

 

Exhibit "c" - testing the driveway:                                 Exhibit "d" - that poor ball:
                

 

Exhibit "e"- The Weasels....tamed                               Exhibit "f"- Famous Vegetarians
         yeah, I'm going to get flamed

    

Exhibit "g" - the Easter Bunny up close:    
pointy teeth    



OK, so here are Exhibits H-K (the lunches):

Lunch 1- Formed Rice with veggie decoration, cucumbers and tomatoes, grapes, Brownies and wasabi sauce:

 

Lunch 2- Formed rice with chives, cucumber and tomatoes, wasabi, orange slices and brownies:

 

Lunch 3- Veggie Sushi (yes, I made it), cucumber flowers, tomatoes, grapes, brownie and a cookie:

 

Lunch 4- Now we're getting more creative!  This one also uses silicone baking cups to separate food.  Cucumbers (she loves them), cookies, crackers, orange slices, white cheddar cheese, and cheese and soy ham stacks:

 

I totally recommend this lunch system if you are having a hard time getting your kid to eat enough, or if you just want a fun lunch!  She has yet to lose any part of the system (or her chopsticks) and has eaten every bite of her food so far.  She also remembers to bring the whole thing home, which is also a plus.
                


Comments
on Apr 16, 2009

I wish my lunches looked like that when I was a kid, those are very cool.  Thanks for sharing!

on Apr 16, 2009

This looks reminiscent of Japanese style box lunch (bento box) you can get at Japanese restaurants. I enjoy those. LINK

Frankly it looks like a lot of effort to make. God bless mom's like you that go the extra mile for their kids.

I only had to bring a lunch during first grade. I remember it well it was a GI Joe box. I would eat everything though because I thought my mom took the time to make it. Some kids would trade items, but I could bear to do that, as it would have been akin to giving my mom's loving thoughtfulness. One day my thermos dropped an I recall debating whether I should still drink the milk in it. Glad I didn't. It was short lived though, the school soon offered a 5 cent little pint glass bottle of milk and a not so great 25 cent lunch. How time change.

on Apr 17, 2009

Bento, eh?  Itadakimasu!

~Zoo

on Apr 17, 2009

Frankly it looks like a lot of effort to make. God bless mom's like you that go the extra mile for their kids.

It is, but it's worth it.  I see so many overweight and/or unhealthy children the same age as my daughter and I really worry about their nutrition.  It seems that parents are getting so busy that they aren't paying attention to the basic needs of their kids.  My husband and I both work full time, and I work more than 50 hours per week, so I can understand how parents start to cut corners.  However, I never want to look back and regret not putting in the extra effort for my daughter. 

This looks reminiscent of Japanese style box lunch (bento box)

Yeah, they are basically American versions of Bento.  The company is called Obentec, and they created the system due to poor school lunch quality and the enormous amount of waste that school lunches (both school made and brown bagged) create each year.

 

on Apr 17, 2009

This is today's lunch.  It's cucumbers, tomatoes, homemade brownie (really gooey), strawberries, pecans,  veggie dip and "ham" and cheese pinwheels.

 

                                 

on Apr 17, 2009

What a great idea!!  I wish I had known about this years ago. 

My middle son was not a good lunch eater.  I also packed my three sons' lunches most days and I had a very hard time with only Brian.  He would eat maybe the desert or a snack but never his sandwich.  No matter what I packed either P&J or Ham & Cheese etc. it always came back.  I'd find sandwiches weeks old either in his backpack way down at the bottom or in his bureau drawers!!!

Yes, I would put his clothes away and from time to time I'd find moldy green sandwiches hidden under his clothes. 

Years later he told me he didn't like wheat bread.  Then I found out he doesn't like mayo.  Who knew?  He never would answer me when I'd question why he didn't eat and just mumbled some excuse. 

So I started something similar back then by packing things like crackers and peanutbutter in lieu of sandwiches or pizza muffins or cut up veggies with a little cup of dip. 

To this day, he's not much of a sandwich eater.  Even in high school years later he was a canned goods eater preferring canned ravioli or soups to sandwiches.  About the only thing I could get him to eat in the sandwich category was grilled cheese.  Those he ate. 

But now his wife is making panini sandwiches and he loves them.  It's like a whole new world opened up to him.  I'll have to tell her about your idea for her little boys. 

on Apr 17, 2009

To this day, he's not much of a sandwich eater.

I can't get my daughter or my husband to eat traditional sandwiches.  My husband takes leftovers from dinner as lunch the next day, so he's not a problem.  It's just always been a problem with my daughter.  Luckily, she just brings her uneaten food home and doesn't hide it on me (ick...that's not pleasant).  Definitely tell your DIL about this system.  If she ends up with a kid like her husband, she'll make her life easier with it!

I actually ordered one for myself, too.  My husband usually eats all the leftovers, so I'm always packing my own lunch.  I like to have a variety of things, so I think this system will work out well for me, too.  Plus, it just looks fun to eat out of, LOL.

on Apr 22, 2009

Here are more of her lunches:

Homemade veggie Sushi, tomatoes, strawberries, wasabi, and Pistachio pudding.

 

Cheese and "ham" stack cut-out in the form of dogs, cats and a duckie along with dog and cat picks to eat them with, grapes, pecans, crackers, thin mints, broccoli, radish and veg dip.

 

Salad (dressing is in the small container), fresh pineapple, pecans, soy jerky, and thin mints.

on Apr 22, 2009

great pics and makes me very hungry. 

I wish you were my mom! 

on Apr 24, 2009

That is super cool.

 

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