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I know it’s still snowing & cruddy almost everywhere else but here. We’ve had some cooler weather for Florida, but we are definitely spoiled with the sunshine and year round produce. We picked some local strawberries last week so there are still some left that I hadn’t frozen for smoothies yet.
Whenever I’m at a loss for things to make, I often turn to wraps. You can use dinner leftovers, lunch leftovers and pack it into a tortilla for a new meal. I used Rudi’s Organic Spelt Tortillas to make vegetable wraps. I used a homemade sunflower seed spread on the base, julienned carrots and cucumbers and pile on a small heap of steamed edamame and wrapped. I like to refrigerate them for a few minutes before attempting to cut them. The picks (bunnies in this lunchbox) help keep them together for little fingers. In with the mini wraps for Miss A are sugar snap peas and pineapple. At the top are organic raspberries, blueberries and strawberries in her Easy Lunchboxes container.
My favorite bento store, Bento USA by All Things For Sale carries some fabulous and very affordable ways to change up lunchtime. This new building block snack box is a favorite of ours for quick snacks. This one has pineapple, strawberries and sugar snap peas in it for a healthy, quick preschool snack.
Yes, it is possible to flirt even in a packed lunch. I’m not sure that the letters and hearts stay in place, but I’m hoping he gets the idea. My husband has the grown up version of the same sunflower spread and veggie wraps. I made a grape tomato heart on top and the letters are cut out of Stretch Island fruit leather. He has sugar snap peas and last night’s steamed lemon, shallots and slivered almond brussell sprouts in the top right compartment of his Easy LunchBoxes container.
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Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
Hoping that you have all the craziness behind you by now (except for tonight, of course). I stayed up late making homemade Stitch ears for my 2 year old’s alien costume and planning the last of the Halloween food until next year.
Ahh, the last of the Halloween lunches! Miss G, the 4 year old, has a LunchBots Quad with raspberries and an RIP headstone pick, a seckel pear with sticker, dragonfruit pieces with a skeleton pick and at the bottom left are mango pieces with a dragonfruit witch.
I found these little wooden coffins in Michael’s, and I finally put them to use. I decorated the lids with Halloween stickers for fun.
I hand cut the sandwich to fit inside, and added a Wilton googly eye pick and a fruit leather mouth.
I also found these paper boxes for crafting at Michael’s, and I used them for snack bentos today. Miss G’s is a jack-o-lantern face. I filled it with cashews, dried cranberries and moon shaped dried apricots for her morning snack.
My 2 year old has a smaller wooden coffin for her sandwich. Hers is a light activated box. It cackles loudly when it opens which she loves.
She also has an almond butter & jam sandwich with a Wilton eye pick and Stretch Island fruit leather mouth, eyebrows and fangs.
Miss A has a pumpkin cup with mango pieces and a dracula pick with cashews above. On the right are a seckel pear, raspberries, dried apricot crosses and a skeleton hand.
For her morning snack is a small coffin with dried cranberries and a handful of bone shaped candies.
Need quick & healthy last minute Halloween snack ideas? Here are a few that your store won’t be out of if you need something fast.
Raisins-They’re like nature’s sugar, you can use them to make eyes on just about anything. Raisins are full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Eating raisins can help your energy levels. They’re high in the best kind of natural sugars. They also promote healthy bones since they contain high levels of calcium.
Clementine oranges or mandarin cuties-Mother Nature’s fast food. Grab a box or bag and a few Sharpie markers or a pack of fun Halloween stickers & get creative. A basket of these are more appealing to little ones than you may think. For some reason stickers and fun faces make it enticing. The best part is that they’re packed with nutrients like calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
Popcorn– NOT the microwave kind, the real no additive kind. Pop up some corn in an air popper or a paper bag. Here are the paper bag instructions:
We like to sprinkle a light dusting of sea salt or sometimes a bit of cinnamon on top for an afternoon snack. For my kiddo party later today, my neighbor and I are putting popcorn in witch hand shaped bags as a snack. Popcorn has more antioxidants than some fruits and vegetables so skip the heavy butter & oil and dig in!
Pumpkin Seeds-Roast a few lightly salted seeds at home, and you’ll be snacking on these minerals: phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper and zinc as well as vitamin K and B.
Wishing everyone a fun, safe & happy Halloween!
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Hot! That’s what fall is like in Florida. While everyone else gets cool evenings and crunchy fall leaves with gorgeous color, we’re still sweating and pretending it’s summer. I remember the good old days when October meant snow in Minnesota where I grew up. My kids don’t know any better so I made some Florida fall bento lunches.
Packed in her sistema brand lunchbox, my 4 year old has kiwi slices with a clementine peel squirrel on top, mini acorn sandwiches, black seedless grapes and orange cantaloupe leaves.
For her snacks today, Miss G has grape tomatoes with mini carrots and in a smaller container she has trail mix with cashews, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruit.
I like to change things up between kids so my 2 year old is having the same trail mix with a squirrel cutout for decoration. She also has acorn and pumpkin sandwiches, honeydew leaves and cantaloupe acorns packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless container.
And for the other snack I packed a fall themed squirrel bento with strawberries, plums (underneath) and a peeled clementine orange in the middle.
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I usually start with my kiddo’s lunches, but Miss G was out sick a day last week so today I’m starting with my husband’s lunch.
I tried my hand at making Mujadara, a lentil dish with mixed rice and carmelized onions. It’s a very simple, budget-friendly recipe, and the key is to carmelize the onions well. The longer they cook, the sweeter they become.
This recipe is revised from one I found through Vegetarian Times Magazine.
- 3 cups rice (I used a brown and wild rice mixture)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 large onions, thinly sliced
- 1 15-oz. can lentils, rinsed and drained, or 1 ½ cups cooked lentils
- ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
I made about 3 cups of brown and wild rice. While the rice was cooking, I sliced 2 whole onions (I had red onions) in thin slices, and cooked them in about 1/8 cup of water on a medium-low heat adding water as necessary so they don’t stick. I sprinkled about 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt over the onions an cooked for roughly 30 minutes. I used red lentils which is what I had in the pantry. While the onions were still cooking, I grated lemon zest and cut fresh parsley. When the rice was done cooking, I poured it into a large bowl, fluffed, and stirred in the onion, parsley, lemon zest, and cumin and then placed the rice mixture on plates and scooped the lentils on top. You can also garnish for dinner with a sprig of parsley or lemon wedges. It was very simple and delicious!
The above photo is the leftovers packed in an Easy LunchBoxes container with organic raspberries, watermelon and a cantaloupe $ sign for the breadwinner. I made a sun from the lemon wedges I zested and stuck a parsley sprig in for decoration.
Little Miss A had a very simple bento herself. In her LunchBots Quad are organic fruits (grapes, raspberries and watermelon pieces) with small heart shaped almond butter sandwiches.
Have a great Monday!
When my kitchen’s full of leftovers, I always try to turn it into lunch for the next day. Last night’s was enough to make 3 lunches!
At the top left Miss G has seasoned soy crumbles with black olive eyes, lashes and a grape tomato mouth. Above are mini corn chips for dipping. At the top right are grape tomatoes and black olives. In the middle of her Goodbyn bynto is her leakproof water bottle. In the bottom compartment are plums and mango pieces.
And snacktime for Miss G has d’anjou pears and a happy apple in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento. The round container has So Delicious brand raspberry coconut milk yogurt in it.
Miss 2 year old is still picking at her lunches like most 2 year olds. I have been limiting her breads since I find that’s all she eats. She has a mini version of the leftovers in her LunchBots Quad.
My husband has the adult version. He has Lightlife brand soy chicken strips with taco seasoning on a bed of romaine and red, leafy kale topped with black olives and grape tomatoes. At the top left are the same mini corn chips and at the top right are organic figs packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.
Things I used to make this lunch:
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The smaller it is the more they eat. I keep thinking about a mom sized stomach and forgetting to tailor to the pip squeaks. I think every parent packing lunch needs that reminder. If not, then this is just for me 🙂 Pack small portions and bite sized morsels!
From the top left are nectarine and mango slices with a duck pick, duck heart-shaped sandwiches, a sliced red d’anjou pear at the bottom right and gobbetti curly wheat pasta with green zebra striped heirloom tomato slices packed in her LunchBots Uno.
Little Miss A had a similar lunch. From the top left are strawberries, mango & nectarine pieces, gobbetti curly pasta with kidney beans and a sectioned plum at the bottom left packed in her Hello Kitty Sanrio lunchbox.
Things I used to make this lunch: