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Sometimes the quick lunches turn out better than the planned ones.  The planned lunch I made today turned out to be a disaster.  I ate the scraps and grabbed for the cookie cutters!  Pastry cutters to be exact.  These are my new favorite tools for smaller foods.  I found mine at Amazon and at a local baking shop.  They have a plunger so they’re easy to release after pushing down on the foods to get the imprint.  They are easy to use on bread, fruit, vegetables and of course pastries.   I used the LOVE heart for the sandwiches and the cherries to cut watermelon pieces.

My girls wanted just almond butter today.  I ended up having to make tons more watermelon and grapes after these lunches were gone.  And Voila…cute lunch in about 3 minutes start to finish!

And last night’s dinner was so simple and good that I’m including it today too.  We had vegan BLTs for the first time since giving up meat & dairy, and they were surprisingly great!  I used our usual Rudi’s Whole Grain bread toasted.  Spread a dab of Earth Balance Coconut Spread and dab of Earth Balance Mindful Mayo on either side.  I sliced organic tomatoes, romaine,  and cooked some Smoky Maple Tempeh (soybean) “Bacon” strips to complete the sandwiches.  Tempeh is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids,  for those of you who may be wondering how non-meat eaters get our protein.  I also added avocados to all our sandwiches.  They were delicious!

It was a quick, simple dinner, but it was also important to me because it’s another meal that my husband and both kids LOVED and didn’t miss the meat or dairy one bit.  One more step in a healthier direction for us!

Can’t forget the salad!  My husband is the salad ingredient guinea pig around here.  If it tastes badly, he lets me know.  Today I slipped in a bunch of sprouts I found at our local Whole Foods.  They were mixed sprouted adzuki, lentil and mung beans.  The salad is mixed greens, mini cucumbers, sprouts, and sugar snap peas with a side of ginger dressing not shown.  At the top left are pineapple pieces and the top right are Rainier cherries packed in an Easy LunchBox.

Things I used to make today’s lunch:

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So I said it would be the last lunch yesterday, but I ended up having to make one for Little A today.  I remembered to pay for Miss G’s lunch, and in the rush out yesterday forgot to include her.  Oops!

I also volunteered for the snack for the 2 year old room since it was a water day for them spending the morning in the hot sun.  I offered for a few reasons.  I really dislike the “snacks” that most other moms bring with tons of added sugar, food dyes, and the like, and I want to see all the kids refuel on the right foods.  After some great suggestions from friends, I went to the fruit skewer idea.  I had some issues this round though.  These are 2 year olds.  Not only do they put everything in their mouths, but they are also clumsy by nature.  I knew I couldn’t use the sharp, wooden skewers.  I poked myself plenty of times just making them so I was hoping to avoid injuries.  I decided on cake pop sticks.  They are the thicker, paper sticks with blunt, rounded edges like on a large lollipop.  There is one big problem with those sticks and fruit.  Paper and water don’t go well together.  DUH!  So they ended up being ok, but the sticks were wobbly by the time the kids ate them.  They didn’t fall apart, but they were not ideal.  Next time I will look for a different alternative.  Lastly, watermelon is terrible for the skewer idea. If you’re going to use it, you’ll have to do it in large pieces or it falls apart.  I also like the idea of leaving the rind on and poking the stick through it as separate snack.  All in all, the kids loved them, it was a healthy snack and they looked good.  They were made of cantaloupe flowers, pineapple chunks, honeydew melon stars, cherries and black seedless grapes.

Here is Miss A’s last minute lunch for her.  I used the puzzle cutter by LunchPunch for the sandwich and made a piece of vegan cheese and a piece of fruit leather on top.  To the right are mandarins and watermelon pieces packed in her LunchBots Duo.

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So I’m a day behind as our Verizon phones, cable and internet were down for almost 24 hours.  We’re back up and running now.  I made a Christmas elf for Miss G.  It ended up looking more Shrek like than I hoped, but she loved it & ate every bite.  His eyes are candy and nose and mouth are fruit leather.  Inside it was ham & provolone on whole wheat.  The hat is just bread with honey & sprinkles with mini marshmallows for the hat.  I pitted cherries & put them at the top and mini carrots are at the bottom all in a LunchBots stainless bento box.

Little Miss A had her mini holiday version of ham & cheese on Rudolph and a snowflake with snowflake shaped watermelon and dried apricots.  Both girls had ice water and flavored Lifeway kefir with their lunches.

The girls both love Lightning McQueen so today we decided on cars for lunch.   PB & Js on whole grain.   I used the same cookie cutter to cut the apple,  The tires are dried cherries as well as at the bottom of the plate.  I took a small car cutter to make the strawberry mini cars.  Ca chinga Ca Chinga Ca Chow!

 

Normally I do lunches for Miss G when she’s off to preschool, but every now & then I find the time to do something quick for both girls at home.  These are just tiny PB & Js with cherries and plums.  Miss G wanted to make her own so I try to keep it as simple & mess free as I can.  Even little Miss A who is 17 months is starting to enjoy the fun shapes.   It doesn’t have to be complicated to make it fun for them.  Remember, their tummies are small so try to make realistic portions (size of their fist).  The plate should be half fruits and veggies at every meal!

Things I used to make this lunch:

Parenting Magazine published this a while back, but I save it as inspiration for new ideas.  Those of you who want to try things and need a great visual, this is great “how to” link for you!

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/bento-lunch-boxes

I had not one piece of bread in the house today so it was a good day to improvise.  Luckily I keep a bag of Jolie Ravioli in the freezer.  I found these at Whole Foods.  The kids love them and they’re pretty healthy too.  These are cheese  & broccoli ravioli in awesome shapes (cars, bears, rockets, dinosaurs, hears and stars).  Little G also loves carrots with ranch dip, and today I made cherry flowers with some fun green pea looking crackers that my lovely friend P sent from the Asian market out in California along with the cute koala crackers.  Thanks, P!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


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