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We are big fans of matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls) here.  I think I was more excited than my girls to have found this 2 tiered bento box on line.

Little Miss 4 year old had her new bento box today full of fresh fruits and vegetables.  On the left are pineapple chunks and red seedless grapes with a carrot flower on top.  One the right side are Rudi’s brand spelt tortilla wraps with almond butter, carrots and green apples julienned and sliced with cherry tomatoes and a cucumber flower below.

For her snack today, she has a Happy Tiffin packed with organic peaches slices, plums and raspberries. Not shown is her Kleen Kanteen bottle with ice water.

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Miss G’s preschool is reviewing day in English this week, next week in Spanish.  Wednesday’s lunch is leftover dinner.  We had homemade fusilli pasta from Peperonata Pasta, a local company here in Sarasota that makes delicious homemade vegan pasta.  I mixed in butter beans and edamame, vegan pesto and organic cherry tomatoes in the shape of a W for Wednesday.  I used a cookie cutter to stamp a messy W in a large apple piece at the top left and the top right are seedless organic black grapes packed in her Easy Lunchbox container.

For her snack today, Miss G had circles of honeydew melon and watermelon with raspberry flavored So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in the small stainless container packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento.

And Miss A (2) had the same smaller portions of the vegan pesto fusilli pasta too packed in her LunchBots Quad.  She also had honeydew circles, pineapple and plum pieces and watermelon circles in her lunch.

Little Miss 2 year old will be back to school next week so I will be a lunch making fool next Sunday night!  Enjoying a few extra moments until then.  Today I packed Miss G (4) black bean wraps.  I used a Rudi’s Spelt tortilla, spread on some Tofutti brand non-dairy cream cheese in a thin layer.  I added black beans, a tiny bit of shredded purple cabbage, julienned carrot strips and a tiny bit of Daiya cheese shreds.  I rolled it tightly, wrapped it in press & seal wrap whole and refrigerated it overnight.  I cut it into small wheels in the morning so it would be easier to cut and stuck in some cute animal picks to hold them together.  I also included grape tomatoes which she loves, sliced kiwi and strawberries packed in her LunchBots Uno.

For snack time today I packed her a small, double tiered bento box.  In the bottom are papaya flowers and raspberries and the top container has a halved dill pickle, more grape tomatoes and assorted olives.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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We’re back from a fun, long weekend away.  I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend and a safe 4th!  I can’t say I planned well for lunches today since I was feeling especially sleepy this morning.  The girls are off to a week of summer camp at their regular school, and the adults are back to the grind.

I got a new bear face sandwich cutter.  To be honest it was not what I expected.  Maybe that is because I haven’t learned how to use it properly yet (instructions in Japanese), and maybe I should have planned ahead.  In any case, Miss G gets to be the guinea pig on this one.  Whole grain bread, although it is the best FOR you does NOT make the best shapes and mold well in presses.  What I got was a bear with a bit of a skull fracture.  Oops!  It’s definitely not the prettiest lunch I’ve ever made, but I believe it’s important to show you that nothing’s ever perfect.  My daughter will still think it’s fun and like it even if his face is falling apart.  To salvage his face I stuck raisins in his eyes, almonds in his ears, a prune (which she really does love and eat) and dried goji berries in for the mouth.  The goji berries are a newer food to my girls.  I don’t expect them to eat it all, but they must TRY them.  The bread is Rudi’s brand Nut & Oat bread filled with almond butter & strawberry jam.  Above the bear at the top left are mini carrots & dip in the bear container.  At the top right are bear shaped watermelon pieces packed in her Easy Lunch Boxes container.

Miss A gets a simplified version with little bear sandwiches today.  She doesn’t do well with the bigger sandwiches so I made her 3 little bears.  Hers are also almond butter and jam on whole grain bread.  With the sandwiches are organic raspberries, a bear pick and bear baran (food separators) just for fun decoration.  On the left side of the bento box are mini carrots, bear shaped watermelon pieces and pineapple chunks with more fun bear picks.

My husband gets a baby spinach salad made into a funky food face.  Broccoli sprouts make up the hair, cherry tomatoes for the eyes, a sugar snap pea for the nose, a carrot for the mouth cut with a crinkle cutter and walnut ears.  I buried more walnuts and peas under the face for him to find while he’s eating.  At the top left are pineapple pieces and at the top right is leftover whole grain elbow macaroni with marinara sauce & veggy crumbles packed in his Easy Lunch Boxes container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

After I made the recent Batman bento a couple of weeks ago, I got a thoughtful message from my friend Kelly who liked the lunch. She happened to mention that her husband, Loren Lester, was the voice of “Robin” in Batman: The Animated Series. She thought it would be fun for me to create a Robin bento & dedicate it to him, and I’m always up for a new challenge. Please visit his website at www.lorenlester.com. He has not only done some amazing voice acting but also film, stage and TV over the past 35 years. He and his lovely wife are certainly not lacking in talent!

And even though you can’t eat it, I hope you enjoy the lunch I made for you, Loren!

Robin’s made from Rudi’s Oat & Nut bread and hand cut. His hair, mask and part of his cape are made from Stretch Island brand grape fruit leather. His eye whites are Vegan brand cheese. His torso is a Pink Lady organic apple with yellow squash stripes and R on his chest. His green sleeves are zucchini. In the top left are cherry tomatoes and in the compartment at top right are pieces of zucchini and yellow squash packed in an Easy Lunch Boxes container designed by Loren’s amazingly talented wife, Kelly!

Below is the Batman post from from a couple of weeks ago. Please click the photo to see the whole post along with my Spider Man bento too. Thanks!

And the best lunch containers a mom can ask for:

Easy Lunch Boxes

STAY TUNED TOMORROW FOR OUR PATRIOTIC BLOG HOP!

Hope you’ll forgive my absence!  I took an unexpected trip, but I’m back on target now.   Back to Halloween!

Little Miss 3.5 got an eyeball surprise in her lunch today.  I used a wine glass to cut the circle for her PB & J.  I took a red food safe marker to draw the veins and a gummy eyeball for the center.  The sandwich is surrounded by grape tomatoes and 2 marshmallow bats.  The mouth below is 2 large apple slices (soaked in lemon water for a few minutes to prevent browning) with mini marshmallows for teeth.  Around the mouth are red seedless grapes.

Little Miss 1.5 also got a fun lunch today.  To the left is Annie’s Organic spiral macaroni leftover with a tomato face on top. On the right are mandarin oranges with a colby cheese ghost on top.

And a jack-o-lantern PB & J with a couple of fun marshmallows for a treat.  On the left are red, seedless grapes and 2 colby cheese ghosts on top.  For bigger kids, you can make the jelly bleed out of the face by removing punchouts, but my kids just end up with lunch all over them so I try to save the clothing.


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