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For last night’s dinner we had quinoa pasta.  I love that I can find healthy, fun pasta for my kids in great shapes.  The Quinoa Corporation makes these garden pagodas that I cooked with Lightlife brand vegan italian sausages and marinara sauce and grape tomatoes.  The thing I really like about the quinoa pasta is that it’s organic, non-GMO (not genetically modified), gluten-free and use plant based colors.  Better than that they don’t get mushy and my kids love them.  I decorated with vegan (non-dairy) cheese butterflies. At the bottom are two small apple slices with a butterfly and a G for Miss G with the opposite color plugged into the cutout packed in her Goodbyn bynto lunchbox.

For her snack today, Miss G has black seedless grapes, honeydew melon and the red butterfly cutout from her apple in the middle packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Little Miss 2 year old has the mini version of the same lunch of quinoa garden pagoda pasta, vegan italian sausage pieces, vegan cheese butterflies and a yellow flower cup of red and green apple butterfly pieces with raspberries at the top packed in her LunchBots Duo.

My husband’s lunch is the third more adult version with vegan cheese hearts, a plum at the top left and a d’anjou pear sliced at the top right packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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I have a lot going on this week.  It’s the first week my kids are off school, it is my 1 year bloggiversary on June 2nd, and my sister is having her 1st baby today!   She’s not here yet, but I know she’s a lucky and beautiful girl already.  Welcome to the world, precious girl!

To celebrate my 1 year anniversary of bentoriffic, I must thank FunBites for their generosity and doing another giveaway.  There are 2 cutters available from FunBites.  The Cube It FunBites cutter is on the left and the Luv It! FunBites cutter is on the right.  You can also find them now in Bed, Bath & Beyond.  You’ll be supporting a family owned business who makes there products right here in the United States.  My winner will get to choose which one of these they would like.  I am always finding new ways to use them!

Since we’re my 1 year anniversary as a blog, I want to thank my friends and fans for all their support.  I love you toast with fresh fruit for breakfast anyone?  The small heart flowers are cantaloupe and watermelon.   The heart in the middle of the toast is fruit leather.  I used both the FunBites Luv It and Cube It cutters for the meal below.

More heart flowers for lunch using FunBites Luv It cutter.  At top left is chickpea hummus with a clover pick, at the top right are watermelon hearts.  The bottom part of the Easy Lunch Box has crackers for dipping in the hummus, next to the crackers are mango hearts, at bottom right are cantaloupe hearts and the bottom left has a sandwich topped with soy cheese hearts.

And a baby carriage sandwich today with a baby panda to celebrate my sister and her husband’s new arrival today!  A sandwich made from both the FunBites Luv It and Cube It cutters.  At the top left are pineapple and cantaloupe cubes and at the top right are pear cubes both cut with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  The baby carriage sandwich is an almond butter and jam on whole grain bread cut from the FunBites Luv It cutter .  The small hearts at the top are dried apricots.  The baby lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Now for the giveaway! 

Here’s how to win your choice of a Luv It OR Cube It cutter from FunBites.  You must submit separate entries for each one of these items to increase your chances to win your choice of one of the cutters.

1. YOU MUST “LIKE” FunBites on Facebook

2. YOU MUST “LIKE” Bentoriffic on Facebook

Optional entries:

3. “SHARE” this post on Facebook

4. Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link to your blog in my comments

5. Follow me on my blog by subscribing to my wordpress posts.

GOOD LUCK!

This contest will go through midnight on Friday, June 8th, 2012.  I will choose a winner by random.org and contact you.  You will have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose a new winner.

My lovely blogger ladies decided that it would be fun to give dads and/or little ones a chance to pitch in for lunch and give us a hand for a day!  What a great idea!  So please make sure to push the button at the end of each post to see what everyone’s families did to help mom out for Mother’s Day!

My little Miss G is 4.  She ALWAYS wants to help.  I do love for her to help me, but most of the time the help she wants to give is in the morning rush to finish breakfast, making lunches & run out to school.  This morning I started her early so she could choose all the things for her own lunch.  She chose the ice cream cone shaped LunchPunch for her favorite sandwich shape out of the hundreds of cutters that we have.  She also said she wanted LOTS of pink since it is her favorite color.

She filled her smaller compartments in her Easy Lunch Box with 2 pink silicone cups , cut her sandwich shapes out of the loaf of Rudi’s Whole Grain organic bread and asked for her favorite standard, Justin’s Almond Butter & raspberry jam.  She was surprised that it was tough to spread the almond butter without ripping the bread.

I let her choose which fruits & vegetables she wanted.  She chose the picks and put it all together by herself.  She said she wanted a lot of pink sprinkles, and I told her she could just for today.  She even knew that she needed honey (agave nectar) to make them stick.  I had to laugh.  I think I’m so special at this, but she has been watching me so intently that the lunch looked an awful lot like something I would have done myself (minus the loads of sprinkles and too much food) and just a tad bit messier than me.

Finishing up:

She wanted to choose the background paper herself for the official picture, and insisted that she also take the photo of her lunch too.  She included watermelon, honeydew melon, mini carrots and threw in cashews and dried cherries in the green cup at the end. She also chose a Hello Kitty pick and a pink racoon pick to add in the end.

Here is her photo which I only cropped:

And here’s the photo I took of her.  I’m not including her beautiful, proud face, but know that she has a HUGE smile from doing this all by her 4 year old self!

Please hop over to Ludicrous Mama’s page called Biting The Hand That Feeds You to see what her munchkin did for her lunch!

So…my original winner did NOT respond in time and left me no way to contact her.  I redrew the winner this morning, and guess who won???

Here’s what Random.org chose:

That’s you,

1 | Mowie Ocampo-Hui
May 7, 2012 at 11:34 am |

I always like FUNBITES on FB

Happy Mother’s Day, Mowie!  Please email me your mailing address: bentoriffic@gmail.com with your choice of FunBites cutter.

Hope everyone has a great day today!

I used random.org to choose my winner for the Mother’s Day FunBites giveaway.  Thank you again to FunBites for their generosity!

Here’s what Random.org chose:

Gemma, you are my winner!

You have 48 hours to confirm your information with me, at bentoriffic@gmail.com.  If I don’t hear from you by then, I will choose a new winner.  Wishing everyone a relaxing Mother’s Day weekend!

Thank you as always for stopping by!

I found my last bit of bento mojo before leaving on vacation.  I used a circle cutter for the whole wheat sandwich with ham & cheese.  He has hard boiled quail egg eyes and provolone teeth.  I broke a chocolate almond Pocky stick in half for his legs.  Below him are cashews, Miss G’s favorite snack.  The plum has a cheese squinty face with blueberry legs.  The strawberry has a cheese smiley face too with a raspberry leg.  I cut off the top but left it in there for his hair.  The small face is BabyBel cheese with a black sesame seed face.  I was thinking I was a bit crazy for trying the quail egg thing.  They carry them at any Asian grocer and at Whole Foods.  They are actually quite good and very similar in taste to chicken eggs.  I like them a lot since my kids are 1 and 3.  It’s the perfect portion size to keep around for snacks.  It ended up not being such a crazy thing after all.  Happy Friday everyone!

Things I used to make this lunch:


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