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Oh, brand new Planetbox, how we love thee! Anything that makes my life a little more organized with less thinking is for me!

Bentoriffic- Lots of Love bento in Planetbox

I decided to start a couple weeks out from Valentine’s Day to get some ideas cooking. I love pastry/cookie cutters for preschool lunches. They make perfect bite sized goodness, and then kids have to fill up on fruits and vegetables. Muhaha! Sneaky mom! The sandwiches are Justin’s Almond Butter with small pieces of fresh strawberries inside. A few raspberries are in with the mini sammies. To the left are orange slices with grape tomatoes stuck in between. In the top left compartment are carrot and celery sticks and the treat in the center is a Hail Merry brand raw vegan vanilla coconut macaroon. The top row of tiny heart silicone cups are filled with blueberries and dried apricot hearts. Yum! This lunch is for my 4 year old packed in her Planetbox stainless lunchbox.

Bentoriffic- Hearts with love bento in LunchBots

Miss A (3 years old) has her hearts lunch in our new LunchBots Trio. In the left compartment are raspberries and strawberries. At the top are blueberries and carrot sticks and in the bottom compartment are the same mini heart love sandwiches.

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EYE love pasta!  I really do, and so do my kids.  What’s even better is that this stuff is homemade.  Not by me, but my local pasta place here in Sarasota, Florida, Peperonata Pasta.

They make all their pasta here in town, and it’s sold at Whole Foods stores all over the state.  I usually pick some up from the owners themselves at the local Sarasota or San Marco Plaza farmer’s markets on the weekend.  They make Vegan pasta that is incredible and loaded with healthy grains like quinoa, flax seed and millet.  There are never leftovers in our house!

Above is Peperonata’s tagliatelle vegan pasta topped with 2 eyeball rings and grape tomatoes.  Underneath the sliced  strawberries at the top are golden grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes.

For her snack this afternoon, Miss G had sliced apples and ants on a log (celery with SunButter and raisins on top).

So I spotted this glow-in-the-dark container at the store.  It was filled with Skittles.  Of course, I dumped the Skittles and filled it with trail mix.  The mouth twists open and shut.  I love this for raisins, seeds, etc to make healthy snacks fun.

My husband had a container of soup (not shown) and this fruity bento to go along with it.  At the top left are mango chunks, the top right is a clementine with Jack Skellington drawn on it.  My kids are still to young for movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, but I love it.   Who doesn’t love a good Tim Burton movie?  In the bottom compartment are green grapes, sliced dapple dandy pluots, and d’anjou pear sections packed in an Easy LunchBoxes container.

Some of my bento blogging friends also did Jack Skellington lunches.  Click on each one to find more Halloween ideas!

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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.

I can see clearly now.  The rain is gone.  It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day! Now that you have that classic Johnny Nash song stuck in your head I made a lunch about it!

From the top left are black seedless grapes and watermelon suns.  At the top right is barley, white beans and carrot pennies from dinner the night before.  In the bottom compartment is a smiley sunshine sandwich on Rudi’s Honey Wheat bread.  Above the sun are pineapple pieces with a honeydew bird.  To the right are honeydew pieces with a cantaloupe sun and the bottom right pink cup are cantaloupe pieces with a honeydew palm tree and some fun face picks for decoration.  Her lunch is packed in Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack, my 4 year old has a matching smiling sun d’anjou pear surrounded by dried cranberries and raisins.  In the orange blossom cup are carrot bread circles.

Little Miss 2 year old has a veterinarian visiting her class today so I made her a dog.  We actually have a long haired dachshund so this looks a lot like him, without the raisin eye and nose, of course.  I used the leftover crust for his ear.  She also has carrot bread circles in the tiny green bucket above the dog.  In the Stitch container is trail mix of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds.  At the top left are pineapple pieces with a watermelon sun and the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her LunchBots Uno stainless container.

And packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container are leftovers for my husband.  The last night we had barley with white beans, carrots, onions and a bit of celery seasoned with cinnamon and oranges from one of my new plant based cookbooks.  Yum!   I made a smiley face with the carrots.  At the top left are honeydew and cantaloupe pieces and at the top right, a clementine.

Happy Friday!

My kids love Play Doh.  I really hate the mess it leaves.  What I DO love is the Play Doh cutters.  As a bento lunch freak, I look at everything as an idea for a lunch.  I have used Play Doh and play kitchen cutters (well washed, of course) to cut kid foods before.  I used a cookie cutter this sandwich to make the princess crown.  The sandwich is Justin’s Almond Butter & Jam on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  I also stuck a few candy hearts on the crown for the jewels with almond butter.  At the top left are kiwi flowers and the top right are watermelon shoes and magic mirrors for my little princess.

This time of year seems to drain many of us having to buy new shoes, school supplies, uniforms, tuition and just paying for growing kids in general.  Cristi from BentOnBetterLunches did a great post on how to make budget bentos.  She is a mom of 5, and has such a wonderful eye for organization, fresh ideas and keeping kids well fed.  I love that she finds use out of every day items like Play Doh cutters, paper muffin cups and rubberbands that make great bento items.  Her post here on Budget Bento by BentOnBetterLunches can help give you some creative ideas for lunches without spending a penny!  Thanks for the inspiration, Cristi.

Little Miss A, my 2 year old, is having mini square sandwiches.  She has been licking the filling off of the bigger sandwiches I made for her and leaving the bread.  When I switched to something more bite sized, she seems to pop the whole thing in her mouth.  I used the FunBites Cube It cutter to cut the bread and then filled the sandwiches.  In the middle is a silicone heart shaped container with seasoned pumpkin seeds.  The sandwiches are surrounded by dried cranberries.  At the top left are raspberries with a kiwi heart on top and at the top right are watermelon flowers.  The lunch is packed in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.

Chevrons have resurfaced in design, fashion and now I’m putting them into my food.  I love them.  The bright colored Vs in this salad are all different colored sweet peppers.  Underneath the salad is baby spinach and around the salad are cucumber flowers packed in an Easy LunchBox.  At the top left are carrot & celery sticks and at the top right are fresh nectarine slices & raspberries.

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Hi everyone!! I’m Michelle from Creative Food(creative-food.blogspot.com).  I’m so happy to be here on Bentoriffic! I am such a fan and am always in awe of what Sarah creates for her little girls Miss G and Miss A. I am such a fan of Sarah and her food artwork. She is incredible! Even though I haven’t met her in person (yet!) I am happy to call her my friend 🙂 So here I am honored to guest post on her amazing blog!

My blog, Creative Food( creative-food.blogspot.com), is a collection of snacks and lunches that my daughter Eliana and I make together in the kitchen.  I started making creative food because she would literally live off of bread alone if it were up to her.  So I began to present fruits and vegetables in a fun and creative way to encourage her to eat better, which has worked tremendously! It is fun creative outlet for me, and she loves it (win, win!)  We also found out this year that Eliana is allergic to peanuts, cashews and pistachios, so most of the meals (with a few exceptions) are peanut free and nut free.

So without further ado..I made this cute Frog bento in an EasyLunchBox with Eliana last week:

This lunch was very simple, quick to put together and she loved it! 🙂

The frog is a ham and cheese sandwich on a spinach tortilla cut with a frog cookie cutter.  I added edible candy eyes and used a food safe marker to draw a mouth.The lily pad is sliced cucumber.The “water” is white cilantro lime rice dyed blue. (I took some leftover rice, put it in a bowl and mixed in two small drops of blue food dye.) I added some goldfish crackers for added cuteness 🙂 The fly is a raisin with sunflower kernel wings (you can easily put almond slices as wings instead. For example see my spider lunch (http://www.creative-food.blogspot.com/2012/06/very-busy-spider-lunch.html) Eliana isn’t allergic to almonds but has now decided she will not eat them either because they are a nut).

In the upper right Eliana had some “flies on a log” (raisins, sunflower kernels wings, and I.M. Healthy Creamy Honey Soynut Butter on celery. Chocolate sprinkles were used to show the path of the fly).

In the bottom right she has a fruit salad or blueberries and strawberries in a frog silicone cup.  Eliana wanted to add the cute frog pick to finish the lunch!

This really was a simple to do and Eliana loved it and ate it all up. That always makes me happy and keeps me making Creative Food 🙂

Thank you to Sarah for inviting me to share this bento as a guest post on Bentoriffic!  I hope you have a wonderful day!! 🙂

~Michelle

Please visit Michelle’s fun food over at http://creative-food.blogspot.com/ to subscribe to her blog and like her on Facebook here at http://www.facebook.com/creativefoodblog

Today it’s still raining so we’re doing leftovers for lunch.  My husband is having a black bean & spinach enchilada leftover from dinner.  Don’t let the cheese & sour cream fool you.  It’s totally vegan.  Tofutti brand sour cream and Daiya brand cheddar “cheese” shreds are easily substituted and taste just like the real thing.  I incuded some chips and guacamole (not shown) for him to eat with the enchilada.  At the top left are carrot and celery pieces and the top right compartment are nectarine slices packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

The kids got a smaller version of this in quesadilla form today.  I mixed some mild salsa in with black beans, wilted baby kale & spinach & mixed it in too.  Then I stirred in some Daiya brand cheddar “cheese” shreds and small, diced tomatoes.  I put them on a whole grain tortilla in a skillet and warmed them, folded the tortilla over & cut into slices.  The heart cup is Tofutti brand sour cream mixed with lime juice for dipping.  At the top are organic nectarine slices.

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