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It’s a rainy, cooler day here in Florida today so there’s some sunshine inside the lunchbox.  I made Miss G some vegan BLTs for lunch.  I found these mini slider buns at Whole Foods in the bread section, and they’re they perfect size for preschool lunches.  I cooked some vegan tempeh (fermented soy) bacon.  I use a tiny bit of Earth Balance vegan mayo on the bun, then romaine leaves and sliced tomatoes.  Above the mini sandwiches are grape tomatoes and pineapple pieces.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are honeydew melon pieces and in the top right is a sunshiny face clementine.

Mini BLTs with happy orange by bentoriffic in ELBs

My girls also love sliced avocado or guacamole on their BLTs.

Side view blt

Miss G’s snack today is freeze dried mango pieces, a Crimson Gold organic apple and roasted cashews in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Freeze dried mangos and apple snack bento

Vroom!  Miss A is off with her LunchBots Quad filled with cars.  From the top left are pineapple pieces with 2 honeydew melon cars on top.  In the top right is chickpea hummus with a pita bread car on top.  In the bottom right corner are honeydew melon pieces with dried apricot cars on top, and in the bottom left are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels for dipping and mini carrots.

Car and hummus bento by bentoriffic

Happy Lunch Packing!

Happy Monday!

Barbeque tofu wrap by bentoriffic

Fun colors make almost anything look delicious.  I use a lot of silicone baking cups to entice my kids to eat.  This tortilla wrap is leftovers from last night’s dinner.  I used Rudi’s Organic brand whole grain wraps.  Inside are romaine leaves, fresh roma tomatoes, barbeque black beans with onions and tofu.  I used a recipe from Robin Roberston‘s Vegan On The Cheap cookbook.  Above the wraps is a little silicone square of Go Raw brand coconut cookies.

Inside tofu wraps by bentoriffic

This dinner is one I double the recipe for to save time, and the leftovers taste better the next day.  I included a clementine orange in the top left compartment and in the top right of her Easy Lunchboxes container are honeydew melon pieces.

butterfly snack by bentoriffic

For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin stainless bento box with cashews at the bottom, a butterfly cup with dried cherries and underneath the cup are dried apricots.

Open faced heart sammy by bentoriffic

For my almost 3 year old’s lunch, I made an open faced heart sandwich on Rudi’s Organic whole wheat bread with Justin’s almond butter spread and strawberry heart halves on top.  Above that in the silicone cup is a peeled clementine with a leaf pick.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are Go Raw brand Super Cookies made with all organic coconut, sprouted sesame seeds and dates for her gluten free, nut free snack.  And in the top right heart silicone cup are cantaloupe hearts.  Both girls have ice waters with their lunches.

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Gift box bento lunch by bentorifficEvery day with my kids is a gift.  So I decided to put a small gift in Miss G’s lunch today.  She has an almond butter and jam sandwich shaped like a Christmas gift on Rudi’s Organic Whole Grain bread.  I put a Stretch Island fruit leather bow on top.  Above that are breaded soy nuggets in a star silicone cup.  Wedged in between is a Hail Merry Vanilla Macaroon for a treat.  Pineapple chunks and a peeled clementine are packed in next to her lunch.  In the top left are organic blueberries with a peppermint swirl food pick and Christmassy cous cous in the top right with red peppers mixed in packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container

Cashews, apple and purple chip snack bento by bentoriffic

The snack bento of the day is cashews, a small organic apple and purple sweet potato chips in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Holly & mitten bento lunch by bentorifficMy littlest munchkin has a holly lunch today in her LunchBots Quad.  From the top left she has organic raspberries with a mitten ring.  In between the cups are 2 dried apricots and a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon, cashews in the top right with a holly food pick, organic blueberries and three small holly sandwiches on Rudi’s Organic whole grain bread made with a small cookie cutter stamp.

Fruit & Cous Cous bento by bentoriffic

I packed this fruit and grain snack box to go with my husband’s lunch. In the top compartments are festive colored cous cous and dried cranberries.  In the bottom of his Easy LunchBoxes are raspberries, mixed grain and walnut salad, a local organic Florida tangerine and a mini apple.

Christmas snack box by bentorifficMiss G (4) has an Easy Lunchboxes container full of goodies today.  Her entree is separate.   We are loving the mini Crimson Gold organic apples this year.  They’re a bit tart and quite crunchy.  Best of all they are preschooler sized and fit into any lunchbox.  Nothing goes to waste since even a 2 year old can finish one of these.  I made gingerbread men and Christmas tree pumpkin muffins this week. In the top is a Christmas tree pumpkin muffin I made in a smaller silicone muffin tray.   The gingerbread men came out without limbs (can’t say I recommend the silicone mold on those).  They were all delicious but not too pretty for pictures.  In the bottom compartment are a peeled clementine orange, grape tomatoes with a candy cane food pick, mini carrots and a mixture of cashews, almonds and pistachios for munching.

LunchBots Insulated Chili by bentorifficThis LunchBots Insulated stainless container is filled with homemade vegan chili for Miss G’s main dish for lunch today. The recipe for the chili can be found here and modified depending on how you like it.  Vegan Chili Recipe  I fill the container with boiling water and let it sit for about 10 minutes with the lid on.  I heat the chili during that time, dump the water after 10 minutes and fill the container with chili.  She says it’s still warm at lunchtime 5 hours after packing it.  The best part about these containers is the wide mouth opening.  She can eat out of it just like a bowl without fumbling to get to the bottom or dumping things over.

Snowman LunchBots Quad by bentorifficMy 2 year old daughter took a LunchBots Quad  for lunch today.  From the top left she has a dairy free pumpkin muffin in a Christmas tree shape, a peeled clementine with snowman ring, small mini snowmen sandwiches on Rudi’s organic whole wheat bread made with a small pastry cookie cutter stamp, and pineapple pieces.  Both girls always have ice water with their lunches.

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Peace dove lunch by bentoriffic

Miss G went off to school today with a peace dove for lunch.  Surrounding the sandwich are grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas halved on holiday lunch picks.  In the top right are organic raspberries and in the top right are pineapple pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Peace dove LunchBots by bentoriffic

For her snack today, she has a LunchBotsDuo packed with yellow grape tomatoes, dried apricots and carambola (star fruit) slices on the left and a dove cut out of her green apple on the right with a peeled clementine.

Peace dove and starfruit lunch by bentorifficAnd my 2 year old has her LunchBots Quad today packed with pineapple pieces, pears, carambola (star fruit) and small peace dove sandwiches.  Both girls have ice waters not shown.  TGIF!

Elf hat bentoToday I made black bean wraps for the girls.  I used raw, organic sunflower seed spread on Rudi’s Organic Wraps. I julienned carrots and cucumbers and topped then black beans.  I roll as tightly as I can and I stick them in the refrigerator so they’re cut more easily without falling apart.  It also helps to put a pick through the rolls to hold them together so the kids can easily pick them up.  In the top left are hat shaped watermelon pieces.  And the top right is an apple with the hat cut out and replaced with another watermelon in the middle packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Elf apple hat, hummus & pretzel bento by bentoriffic

Today’s bento snack is a green apple hat with the cutout used from lunch, a peeled clementine, a container of Sabra brand hummus, sesame pretzel sticks and Marcona(Spanish) almonds.

Black bean wrap & elf hat in LunchBotsThe mini version for my 2 year old is the same black bean wraps on Rudi’s Organic wraps, sunflower seed spread, black beans, cucumbers and carrots with holiday hat picks.  One the left are watermelon hat pieces and a silicone pea pod with raspberries, almonds and blueberries packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Packed lunch by bentoriffic

I thought it might be nice to show you how the lunch looks for my 4 year old once it’s ready to go.  She has a pink Easy Lunchboxes lunchbox.  It easily fits two Easy Lunchboxes.  Hers has 2 cooler packs in the bottom, then her lunch, more ice packs and then her CamelBak water bottle, snack bento, napkins with silverware rolled inside, and I pack an oilcloth placemat on top (not shown) before it gets zipped up.  I find that packing it tightly means less shuffling of the food, and the food stays better insulated until lunchtime.

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My dad died last week.  Just as I was typing away about the things I was grateful for last week, I realize now that the small things, tiny things we think are so insignificant can sometimes be the most precious memories.  My dad was a gifted writer and storyteller.  He loved to write and shared that love with me.  My dad read my blog.  I think he appreciated that I was using my writing and creativity, making a hobby out of it and feeding my kids healthy food. I live 3400 miles from my family so I was not there for this holiday.  All my siblings were fortunate enough to be there.  He had been ill for a while, but it doesn’t make his passing any easier.   I did have the chance to talk to him to say hi, catch up for a minute and to tell him I loved him the day he died.  And for that I am truly grateful.  The conversation was nothing significant, but it is one I will always remember since it was our last.  Today, more than most, I am grateful for the time I had with my dad.  Life is fragile and fleeting so be sure to stop and appreciate all the gifts in your life, no matter how small they seem.

My 4 year old daughter had an Easy LunchBoxes container filled with angels.  From the top left are pear pieces and angel shaped pears.  In the top right compartment are honeydew angels.  And in the main compartment are carrots, farfalle pasta with vegan parmesan sprinkled on top, grape tomatoes on wing bento picks and a spinach angel on top.  In the bottom right corner is a Crimson Gold apple surrounded by purple sweet potato chips and in the bottom left corner are Field Grain veggie sausages with wing food picks.

For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento box filled with dried cranberries, medjool dates, sliced kiwi, and apple angel and whole cashews.

Miss 2 year old is back to school this week to with a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left she has dried cranberries, cashews, farfalle pasta with small Field grain Italian veggie sausage pieces and a slice of Field Grain sundried tomato angel on top.  In the bottom right compartment are pear angels and in the bottom left are honeydew angels.

I packed my husband his daily fruits and vegetables in his Easy LunchBoxes container to go with his leftovers for lunch (not shown).  He has raw walnuts, the negative cutout angel pieces of honeydew melon, mini carrots, medjool dates, an apple and a clementine.

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One of my favorite things to do when I have a moment of spare time is to find local grocers with imported foods and dive in.  I have found some tiny grocers in my town hidden in small strip plazas and off the beaten path.  One of my favorites is a small Asian grocer.  I’ve discovered vegetable and fruits I’ve never seen, foods that aren’t normally available here and more importantly some inspiration to look at food a little differently.  A few weeks ago we tried Forbidden Rice which has a heavier feel to it and is black in color.  This time I found black rice pasta.   It looks jet black before it’s cooked and then it takes on a purplish hue once it’s cooked.  It’s gluten free, allergy friendly and makes the same old dishes more interesting.

Miss G has black rice pasta mixed with a bit of Earth Balance coconut spread.  I sauteed some Field Grain vegetable sausages to go with the pasta and made a face of it.  The “hair” is vegan parmesan, eyes and nose are roma and grape tomatoes and the sausage pieces are the mouth.  In the top left compartment are dried cherries and cashews and at the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento are purple sweet potato chips, pear slices, clementine orange sections and sliced kiwi for her preschool snack.

And my little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are black seedless grapes, black rice pasta and Field Grain sausage, pear and clementine pieces and raspberries for lunch.

The Quinoa Corporation makes packages of premade polenta.  They’re perfect for a last minute dinner or snack.  The polenta they make is USDA certified organic, kosher, gluten free and fat free with no funky additives.  It comes in all different types, plain, flavored with garlic.

They also make yummy pastas with corn and quinoa and fun shapes for kids.  For today’s lunches I used their blend of corn and quinoa for added protein.  I like to cut shapes for the kids out of 1/2″ slices.  I also cook the leftover scraps for me to eat.  I either bake or grill the polenta on the stove top.  It’s pre-cooked so there’s no worry about it not being cooked long.  I cook it long enough for it to be firm and picked up by little fingers without falling apart.  Below are quinoa polenta hearts baked in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 10 minutes on each side.  In her mini dippers container is barbeque sauce for dipping.  next to the polenta hearts are a cup of raspberries and a pick of yellow grape tomatoes.  At the top left are heart shaped watermelon pieces and at the top right are cantaloupe hearts packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack today, Miss G has a LunchBots Uno with a sweet potato pumpkin shaped muffin at the top left, 2 Crimson Gold mini apples, slices of local Florida oranges with a lion pick and snow peas.

Miss A has mini leaves in her LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are watermelon leaves, cantaloupe leaves, quinoa polenta leaves and a peeled clementine surrounded by dried apricots.

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I admit there are days when I really miss the smell of dried leaves and the beautiful fall colors.  For my 4 year old daughter’s lunch, I tried to make a little autumn in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

I love finding new ways to reuse existing tools.  My readers have probably noticed my slight obsession with the small cookie cutter presses.  I loved the patterns they leave in the sandwiches.  This leaf cutter was part of a set for cutting fancy pie crusts.  I use them year-round for cutting fruit, vegetables and mini sandwiches.  The leaves are made from Rudi’s organic whole grain bread and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter.  The tree trunk is two pretzel rods.  Green grapes are the grass on a pick.  The top left is filled with organic rapsberries with an oak leaf & acorn pick.  In the top right there are 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and a peeled clementine with a scarecrow pick.

Miss G’s snack is a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento filled with cashews and dried edamame in the bottom container.  At the top are dried apricots, grape tomatoes and a peeled clementine.

For my 2 year old daughter, I packed a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left, she has long grain brown rice mixed with vegetables and black beluga lentils.  Green grapes and raspberries are in yellow silicone ovals at the top right.  In the bottom right compartment are Rudi’s organic whole grain bread cut into mini ice cream cones with a small cookie cutter plunger and filled with Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter and in the bottom left compartment is a peeled clementine and a small silicone container of marcona almonds.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

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