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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G.  She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself.  Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).

Bentoriffic pasta and fruit lunch in Planetbox

I packed the first lunch for her in it.  Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries.  In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.

Cukes, almonds and guac snack

For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes.  The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary.  The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping.  At the bottom are dried mango slices.

quinoa, black beans, peas & carrots

For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.

Happy Lunch Packing!

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Birds make me happy.  I don’t have a specific reason.  They just cheer me up so I’m hoping that my kids find the same joy in them that I do.  All the lunches today are vegan (meatless and dairy free), soy-free, gluten-free and all ingredients are organic.

spinach pasta with stars & birds

Miss G’s lunch (4 years old) is spinach rice noodles with a small bit of Earth Balance coconut spread mixed in and Field Roast sundried tomato (meatless) deli slices on top shaped into stars and a bird.  In her Easy Lunchboxes container at the top are heart shaped strawberries and watermelon birds.

Oh my stars snack bentoAlong with lunch is her preschool snack in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.  In the left compartment are carrot sticks, blueberries and dried apricot stars, and in the right are sugar snap peas, a Crimson Gold apple and a “snow ball” made of dates and raisins rolled in coconut.

Matryoshka with stars bentoIn our fancy matryoshka bento box is little sister’s lunch.  On the left side she has raisins in the flower cup with star shaped dried apricots.  Below that is jasmine rice with carrot mini stars and sugar snap peas.  On the right side are watermelon stars and below are bird-shaped sundried tomato deli slices and cucumbers.

Spinach with black bean saladAbove is the elusive mom lunch.  I am usually on the run, but decided to make a salad today.  I had a giant pile of organic spinach, about a cup of black beans, bird shaped cucumbers and some daikon I found at my local Whole Foods.  I have to say that the daikon wasn’t a good match with the salad.  I read later that its taste softens with cooking which is what I’ll do with the rest.  It was a little bitter to eat raw. On the sides are avocado slices.  For my dressing I topped with a bit of red wine vinegar.

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It’s a rainy, cooler day here in Florida today so there’s some sunshine inside the lunchbox.  I made Miss G some vegan BLTs for lunch.  I found these mini slider buns at Whole Foods in the bread section, and they’re they perfect size for preschool lunches.  I cooked some vegan tempeh (fermented soy) bacon.  I use a tiny bit of Earth Balance vegan mayo on the bun, then romaine leaves and sliced tomatoes.  Above the mini sandwiches are grape tomatoes and pineapple pieces.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are honeydew melon pieces and in the top right is a sunshiny face clementine.

Mini BLTs with happy orange by bentoriffic in ELBs

My girls also love sliced avocado or guacamole on their BLTs.

Side view blt

Miss G’s snack today is freeze dried mango pieces, a Crimson Gold organic apple and roasted cashews in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Freeze dried mangos and apple snack bento

Vroom!  Miss A is off with her LunchBots Quad filled with cars.  From the top left are pineapple pieces with 2 honeydew melon cars on top.  In the top right is chickpea hummus with a pita bread car on top.  In the bottom right corner are honeydew melon pieces with dried apricot cars on top, and in the bottom left are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels for dipping and mini carrots.

Car and hummus bento by bentoriffic

Happy Lunch Packing!

The girls love Hello Kitty so I decided to do one more for fun.  Please visit the Bento Blog Network.  My bentos are #s 20 and #23.  Stop over there and check out all the awesome lunches people made, and you can vote for your favorites!

It’s still Q week at school so I decided to make her Queen Hello Kitty.  She’s made on whole wheat bread quished a bit with a rolling pin.  I used a LunchPunch for the crown but the cat and her bow are both cut by hand.  The jewels on the crown are edible Easter confetti made of potato starch.  I stuck everything on today with almond butter.  She has prune ovals for eyes, a dried cranberry for her nose and fruit leather strips for her whiskers.  Her wand is a pretzel stick with a gummy heart.  I try to make it a rule to not put candy or sweets in her bento any more, but I made an exception with this one leftover from her Valentine candy.  On the top right are raspberries and strawberries with a Q pick in them and below that is a Hello Kitty Easter container with walnuts, almonds and raisins in it.

Little A has Q week too at school.  She gets a simple queen with an oval face, candy eyes, dried apricot crown and a dried cranberry mouth. In her Hello Kitty container are raisins, dried apricot and mango pieces.  At the top right is a sliced strawberry and raspberries with a crown pick and walnuts in the kitty container below.

The girls are off to play this morning so mommy can get a few things accomplished this morning.  I decided last minute to have them stay through lunch.  Miss G gets a flower LunchPunch cut sandwich with almond butter & jam.  She has red grapefuit in the purple cup and a peeled & sliced kiwi in the pink cup.  The flower cutout has agave nectar in it and inside the heart container are Craisins all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A has a smaller version.  Her is an almond butter & jam in whole grain bread made from the new LunchPunch set.  She got a little ice cream cone, agave nectar to stick sprinkles and fruit leather for the cone details which are SURE to fall off from all the shaking she does.  She insists on wearing her “pack pack” and RUNS with it on so I’m sure it doesn’t look cute by the time she eats hers. On the right are dried apricots, sliced strawberries and Craisins in the heart container packed in her LunchBots stainess Duo.  Both girls have ice water in kids CamelBak bottles with their lunch.

Late last week I ordered some new lunchboxes.  Many of my friends and the majority of my bento blogger friends use Easy Lunch Boxes.  I wanted to see what all the raves were about.  They are already compartmentalized which is nice.  I didn’t have to use an additional container to keep fruits and veggies from making bread or other dry foods soggy.  I was also surprised at the thickness of the plastic.  Most of us have those Ziploc throw away containers which get banged up pretty easily and dented, and these are much higher quality and incredibly durable.  The best part for me as a mom is that they are super affordable and made of the type of plastic that doesn’t leach chemicals into our little ones’ foods.  They are BPA free, reusable and have different fun colored lids.  They are the perfect size for about 3 years old and up.  I will still use my other containers, but I think these will become a bento/lunch staple in our house!  Check them out on Amazon or click here on Kelly’s website to see what they’re about:     Easy Lunch Boxes

On that note, Miss G said she liked her new lunch box.  She had her usual almond butter & jam on whole grain bread with the jam peeking through surrounded by small apple hearts.  The purple container above had Kashi brand heart cereal and a heart shaped dried apricot.  The top right compartment has a heart shaped plum, 2 strawberry hearts and a small kiwi heart.  Below on the right is an apple with a smaller apple cut out and a heart shaped apricot stuff in the middle.

Miss A had the mini version of the same peekaboo hearts. In the pink container is a heart shaped plum.  To the sides are heart shaped strawberries halved with heart apple pieces on top.  The bottom corners have halved strawberries with heart shaped apricots on top.  Both girls had ice waters with their lunches.

I had a long, frustrating day yesterday with the girls so I decided to pour it into making some extra special bentos for today’s lunches.  They both love Olivia the pig on Nick Jr.  Their friend, Ada Sofia, loves her more than them both combined so this is for her too.  And it’s a continuation of the letter “O” week at school where they both learn about everything having to do with the letter and  practice writing their “O”s.

Miss G gets the more elaborate princess Olivia in her red gown.  The “bread” is flatbread with veggie “meat” and “cheese” slices and the details are in fruit leather in her stainless LunchBots bento container.

The separate container has freshly picked sugar snap peas and strawberries from a local farm with a prune for good measure (iron & fiber and vitamin A).  She also has a little pic container full of unsalted mixed nuts (cashews, pistachios and a big walnut).

Miss A gets the big Olivia face made from the same.

Her heart container has fresh strawberries, a little pig container with lid of raisins inside, a pink container of the same type of mixed nuts and dried apricot chunks.  Both girls have ice waters with their lunches.


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