01 September 2011

School Lunches

I'm going to talk about the lunches I make for Gabriel, as pictured in my last post, and also here.
I was inspired by my friend María's Bento Blog, which chronicles the lunches she makes for her girls.  I did some speedy Amazon research last Friday, and went through and ordered what I thought would work best for us.
Lunch 9/1
None of these are affiliate links, not because I'm opposed, but because the state of California passed some law and now Amazon doesn't do affiliate links with CA residents. 
Gabriel's very picky, so there's not all that much variation on the actual lunch ingredients.
I find I can do all of this the night before and have the entire lunch assembled in the fridge for an easier morning.
Stainless Steel Vegetable Cutters, $5.74
I got these because of the various vegetable cutters, they were the cheapest, with the best reviews, and prime shipping. They work really well on melons and cheese. I haven't tried them on veggies yet.  They are VERY satisfying to firmly punch through a melon slice.  Bam! Melon Flower! Bam! Melon Flower!
Lunch 9/1
EasyLunchboxes Bento Lunchbox Container 4-pack, $13.95
Picked these because they were inexpensive and of the right dimensions to fit into Gabriel's insulated lunch bag. Honestly they don't have a great seal and I'm not that happy with them in that respect, although I love the concept. I'd like to find something that has a more tupperwarish feel to it when I open/close it.
Trudeau Fusion Cocktail Picks, $7.20
These are slightly spendy, especially when you consider that they're really just glorified toothpicks, but Gabriel LOVES them. He loves eating with toothpicks, now that I think about it. I like to spear salami with them.
Lunch 9/2
Sandwich Crust Cutters, set of 3, $11.99
These were definitely a few dollars cheaper last week. Actually, now that I think of it, I think EVERYTHING on my list was a few dollars cheaper last week. Anyhow, I bought them for the dinosaur one, cuz crust cutters tend to come in girl shapes. These ones are good because you still end up with the bulk of the sandwich. The hearts are a little wonky. Gabriel likes all three, but he likes the dolphins best. I'm not sure if this would work on anything besides a peanut butter sandwich (maybe tuna?), but for that it works quite well.
Animal Fork Picks, $4.45
Got these purely for the adorable factor. Our pack came with pink giraffes instead of pink monkeys, which is a shame because Gabriel doesn't really do pink, and I think the giraffe is one of the best ones. I stab them into his fruit, and he uses them as teensy little forks. You get something like 15 in the package, so I usually give him three.
Lunch 9/2
Silicone Baking Muffins, $7.99
I got these particular ones because of price/quantity factors, but they come in many fun colors and shapes (hearts! squares! triangles!). Good for further partitioning of the lunch box, plus I try not to use plastic bags, so I use these instead.
Lunch 9/1

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