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I couldn’t resist.  The girls have Mouse fever.  Like Hello Kitty, they can never get enough of Disney.  I found some Mickey & Minnie sandwich cutters on eBay, and I had to have them.  I made them chocolate almond butter and agave nectar sandwiches with fresh fruit.  From the top are pineapple, pear, mango and apple mice inbetween the sandwiches.   I found the fabulous vintage looking plate on clearance at my local Target store.

I rely on a few websites for great tasting, vegan recipes.  This one is adapted from Oh She Glows. Angela Liddon has amazing, original recipes that taste great.   This one’s called the Back On Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad.  You can revise it how you like as I did.  I had spelt berries and garbanzo beans in the pantry which is what I used.  I love extra vegetables so I used lots of grape tomatoes, cucumbers, 3 colors of sweet peppers and green onions.  The dressing is also by taste.  It’s a great, filling salad for summer or a potluck dish too.

My husband is having a mixed green salad with broccoli sprouts along the sides.  On top of the sprouts along the edges are sweet red peppers and cucumber Os.  His side of spelt berry salad is at the top right and heart shaped strawberries at the top left packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Today we had a rough morning at the dentist.  Miss G screamed like someone was stepping on her head for almost the entire visit.  I decided that a bland lunch would be best for her just in case her gums are sore.  I happened to have some Smart Dog brand soy dogs I needed to use up.  I decided to make babies. NO, not THAT way, with crescent rolls!  I had a roll of the Immaculate Baking Company’s crescent rolls in the fridge.  I sliced the hotdogs in half and then lengthwise since my kids are still susceptible to choking.  Then I used my little face cutters to poke small faces at the top.  Then I just took each little triangle starting at the small end and wrapped them up in their pastry blankets. I cut a small strip off of each end piece to make the “blanket” wrap around the baby’s head.  Then I just baked according to the instructions on the label (about 14 minutes at 350 degrees).

These are the cutters I used for my face cutouts available at Bento USA by All Things For Sale.

Here’s how the babies turned out.  A bit sloppy, but the kids loved them!

Miss G’s has 2 babies in blankets with bear shaped cucumbers and a slice of an apple with star cutouts.  In the yellow star is ketchup for dipping.

Miss A’s version has sliced strawberries, apple cutouts with the star pieces from Miss G’s lunch added for color and a small cup of ketchup too.

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And we’re off.  School’s off, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re using the last day of our 3 day passes to visit DisneyLand for the day.  I think I’ve mentioned before just how fortunate we are.  We live near one of the top beaches in the U.S. (Siesta Key) and we’re under a 2 hour drive from the Disney gates.  The girls are excited, and lunches are packed.  For the sake of simplicity, I am not doing a full description of sandwiches today since we are in a rush to get going early.  I just simply loaded up all 4 of our Easy Lunch Boxes with as many fruits and veggies as I could fit.  We will be there all day, and the meatless and cheeseless selections at the parks are few, very far between and not so reasonably priced.  We may end up getting a small snack there, but I try to prepare as many simple, healthy options for us as possible.  I also pack Larabars wherever we go.

Daddy Mouse gets the bigger sandwich and I fashioned girls’ mouse face sandwiches & ears out of smaller sandwich pockets (and leftover bread for the girls.  The mouse containers all have Craisins in them.  I’m the one eating the kale salad with cucumbers and red carrots (mouse in the middle).  Wishing everyone a safe & relaxing weekend.

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I’m not sure if my girls have seen Fantasia, but that would be the closest exposure they’ve had to a wizard. Today Miss G gets a wizard sandwich with vegan cheese stars and a crescent moon on his hat. He has candy eyes, a dried cherry piece for a nose and Daiya vegan shredded cheese for his beard. His wand is a pretzel stick with a strawberry star at the top. At the top right are watermelon stars and the bottom right are crescent sliced peaches packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Little Miss A has some bad weather for lunch. Because it’s W week they are talking about different types of weather. I made her a cumulonimbus cloud with lightning bolts coming out of the bottom. She also has some Veggy vegan cheese smaller clouds above the sandwich, and at the bottom right of the sandwich are Snyder’s pretzel snaps. At the top right are frozen guacamole pinwheels and at the bottom right are strawberry slices with a Veggy cheese umbrella on top.

Thu hubby also gets another salad to go with his lunch. He has an all spinach salad today with cucumber slices, mini carrots and edamame sprinkled in. (Not shown is a container of ginger dressing). Last night I also made oven roasted chickpeas. They turned out pretty well although some are a bit too soft for my taste. They are like a healthier version of corn nuts if done properly. I rinsed & dried the beans, drizzled a bit of olive oil, placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & baked at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Then I used sea salt & garlic powder to season once they were done (shown at top right). On the bottom right are mini grape & plum tomatoes from our plants out back. All 3 lunches today are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

It’s Bunny Hop day!  My post today is one of 20+ bento bloggers with Spring/Easter/Passover ideas for fun kid foods.  I hope that you find something cute that you can make for your kids over the weekend.

Please make sure to click on the bunny at the bottom to link to the next page!

Today my girls are having, what else, bunnies!

Miss G gets the bunny booty today.   I’m playing along with the Bunny Hop button and decided she gets the backside with the fuzzy tail.  It’s Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread with the same old almond butter & jam today.  The tail is a sweet & sara brand vegan marshmallow with toasted coconut.  To the left of the bunny are mangos cut into carrot shapes.  Above at the top left are bunny cucumber slices and at the top right are watermelon bunnies packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A is still 2 which means she likes a food one day, and the next day she says it’s yucky and it’s thrown on the floor.  I try to change it up for her a bit.  She has watermelon flowers at the top left, at the top right are pita bunny chips I made with garlic powder & sea salt.  In the blue flower are pink hummus flowers.  I colored some Sabra hummus with natural India Tree red food  color derived from beets.  I froze them in a silicone mold, and I’m hoping they’ll be totally thawed by lunchtime. At the bottom left are dried apricot bunnies and a small bunny sandwich made from the same Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread with Biscoff spread inside.  The tail is made from a sweet & sara vegan marshmallow tail all packed in her stainless LunchBots Duo.

And I decided that my husband would be in on the fun today too.  He gets a spinach salad with the leftover cucumber punchouts, a green plum tomato sliced and mini carrots.  At the top left is a cornbread bunny and the top right is a California mandarin with some peeled bunny ears packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Please click the bunny below to check out Stephanie’s lunch at A Pocket Full of Buttons!  Follow the bunny until you’ve seen them all. Happy Spring, everyone!


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