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Counting down…8 more days until Halloween! Included in the link below are quick photos and simple ideas of how to fill little tummies before the sugarfest!  Click the link below for my post from last year’s kids’ party.

2011 Halloween Party Ideas For Kids

Miss G (4 years old) is having a batty bento.  She has a larger bat and smaller bat sandwich on top.  They’re pumpkin butter and almond butter sandwiches made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and cookie cutters.  Above them are a seckel pear with bat sticker and red seedless grapes.  At the top left are mini carrots and grape tomatoes and at the top right is cannellini bean bruschetta with multi colored heirloom tomatoes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack today is Sabra hummus with pretzel sticks, dried apricots and the heart shaped container with a bat has a few cinnamon apple almonds in it as a treat.

My husband had something far less organized for lunch.  I grabbed an Easy LunchBoxes  container and threw in a rainbow of fruits & veggies.  In the main compartment are snow peas, carrots, grape tomatoes, a seckel pear and a mandarin orange.  At the top left he has quinoa lentil tabouleh from Whole Foods and at the top right is my homemade cannellini bean bruschetta.

The quickest, simplest way to get your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is to make it fun!  If it has a peel that they’re not going to eat like a banana or an orange, color on it or put a sticker on it!  This was a simple Sharpie marker on a clementine orange that took about 1 minute to make.

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We’ve been hunkered down all weekend and part of this week just trying to stay safe and dry form Tropical Storm Debby.    We’ve had torrential downpours, flooding and 60 MPH gusts of wind.  The girls wanted to watch Despicable Me while snuggling so I made a lunch to match.

The sandwich is Gru the so called villain of the movie.  He’s made of Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread.  His nose is the bread crust, his teeth are vegan cheese, his eyes are Florida grown lychee halves and the pupils and eyebrows are made from plums.  The stars and rocket are homemade biscuits from the weekend.  I made the minions from pineapple chunks and fruit leather for the goggles and eyes.

Our storm lunch is a lightning bolt made from the same Rudi’s bread.  Above it are more of our homemade crackers shaped like clouds and an umbrella.  In the yellow flower cup are plum sections with an umbrella pick.  Below in the oval cup are red seedless grapes.

And the sides for my husband today are a salad made from baby kale, spinach and arugula.  At the top right is edamame succotash with edamame, corn, tomatoes, white wine, garlic, parsley, basil, jalapeno peppers,  and pepper.  At the top left are lychee fruit unpeeled all packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Tools I used to make this lunch:

It’s still rainbow week.  I’m working with what I’ve got in the fridge instead of picking up a bunch of vegetables & fruits this week that we can’t finish.  So for the sake of practicality, I am using what I’ve got with some fun colored plastic cups my friend sent me for the girls.  They’re actually shot glasses.  You know the party life of parents with a 2 & 4 year old!  Whoot!  Early to bed, early to rise for us here.

Miss G wanted her Unicorn. I decided not to doll it up with a bunch of sugar today to keep it healthy.  Under the unicorn are spinach leaves.  Above the unicorn from left to right are strawberries, honeydew and pummelo, which is a ginormous grapefruit looking fruit.  It was larger than Miss G’s head, about 9″ across.  I like them because they aren’t quite as juicy so they pack well, and they’re not as tart either so the kids eat them up.  At the top left are mango chunks and at the top right is cannellini bean bruschetta leftover from dinner.  It has cannellini beans rinsed & drained, 5 leaves of fresh basil, an orange tomato, sea salt, pepper and red wine vinegar in it.  Yum!

Miss A has an umbrella with tiny vegan cheese umbrellas on top today.  Starting at the top left corner near the umbrella are honeydew pieces, top right are cannellini beans, bottom right are red carrot slices and at the bottom left are pummelo pieces.  At the top left of her lunchbox is a mandarin orange peeled with a yellow drink umbrella hat, and in the red heart are 2 sliced strawberries.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes today.

It’s spring break week here in Florida so the girls are eating at home.  It’s incredibly warm here again too so it feels like spring too.  Miss G is definitely in a girly girl phase.  Everything must be princesses, pink, flowery and fancy.  I went with butterflies for today’s theme.  In the yellow butterfly cup is leftover cannellini bruschetta with rice vinegar, fresh basil from the garden, mini heirloom and grape tomatoes from the local market mixed with salt & pepper.  It’s great on bread but awesome without it too.  At top right on the plate are heart-shaped strawberries, below that is a small black plum cut into a butterfly shape with pick antennae.  Her sandwich is a whole grain bread butterfly with almond butter and agave nectar.  On top are peeled plum slices on the wings and another slice of black plum for the body and more colored picks for antennae.

Little A had a flower themed lunch today.   Since she turned 2 it’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to whether she’ll devour the whole lunch or smile and chuck it all on the floor.  Today she went with option C which was to push the food around on her plate a bit, make a pattern in the applesauce and then proclaim that she’s “all done”.   I try.  Her sandwich is a whole grain flower with almond butter and agave with a blueberry on top and a snap pea crisp for the stem.  The yellow flower cup has cinnamon applesauce and a grape in it.  Below that are sections of black plum in a flower shape and next to that are a couple of strawberry flowers.


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