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Happy Monday!  It’s a perfect fall day here in Florida.  Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Miss G is the only one in school today.  She has a Rudi’s brand Cinnamon Raisin spelt bagel with almond butter & jam.  I stuck on two candy eyes with almond butter.  Next to the sandwich she has grapes and raspberries.  The hair is Shirataki tofu noodles.  The face reminds me a bit of Beeker from The Muppets.  At the top left is leftover rice pilaf and the top right are watermelon pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack she has sliced kiwi and sections of Dapple Dandy Pluots packed in a sistema snack bento.

We recently got in our new LunchBots thermal insulated containers for winter soups & stews.  It keeps foods hot of cold for hours.  This morning I put in boiling water, let it stand in the container for about 10 minutes, poured it out and poured in the heated stew.

Last night’s dinner was Gardein brand “beef” tips made of vital wheat gluten and cooked in vegetable broth with a mixture of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, fresh corn off the cob, celery, edamame and tomatoes with some spices added.

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I ran out of bread and forgot to go to the store yesterday.  I had to improvise with bagel thins that I had in the freezer for today’s lunches so that I didn’t have to run to the store at 7am!  I cut the bagel in half and turned half upside down.  The claws were hand cut and zigzagged for the pinchers.  I used 2 yogurt covered raisins for the eyes on toothpicks.  The black dots were drawn with Foodoodler food safe markers.  The rest is carrots for the legs & green grapes with ranch dip in the green sauce container.  I also included a pouch of Lifeway berry kefir and a tiny pouch of Annie’s organic gummies as a treat today.  Have a great weekend!

Anyone can do this.  I had never heard of the word bento until 2005 when I moved to Portland, Oregon for a short spell.  I didn’t know what a bento was.  More traditional bento is Japanese in descent.  It usually includes a takeout container or small box sized portion of a variety of foods like rice, fish, vegetables and meat.  Again, this is traditional bento.  My dear friend in San Jose, CA piqued my interest in the bento idea while she was posting fabulously fun meals for her boys.  I have two little girls that aren’t always the best eaters so I wanted to try some fun encouragement of my own.  I also wanted to Americanize my bento using regular ingredients already in the house so that my kids would eat it.  After a ton of interest from friends on Facebook,  I decided to attempt to teach others how to do the same.  And since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, copy away my friends!  It’s how I learned.  Please let me know if you have questions, suggestions, positive feedback or recommendations for me.  I appreciate it!

Today’s lunch is a fancy shoe cookie cutter with pink sprinkles on it (apply honey first).  Leftover Annie’s whole wheat macaroni shells, strawberries, blueberries (with gem picks) and strawberry mushroom biscuits for a treat.

I also made my husband a turkey & provolone bagel sandwich with spinach and stuck some royal icing eyes on for fun.


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