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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G.  She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself.  Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).

Bentoriffic pasta and fruit lunch in Planetbox

I packed the first lunch for her in it.  Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries.  In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.

Cukes, almonds and guac snack

For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes.  The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary.  The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping.  At the bottom are dried mango slices.

quinoa, black beans, peas & carrots

For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.

Happy Lunch Packing!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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LunchPunch flower by bentoriffic

Welcome to Wednesday.  I’m on day 2 of a diet cleanse and exactly 2 days that I’ve had a headache.  I cut out a number of things.  By far the hardest are soy and caffeine.   It’s a great way to find out how addicted to caffeine I am.  My answer was VERY addicted.  We’ll see how I do at the end of two weeks.  Just hoping the headaches don’t last that long!

Miss G is off to school with a flowery sandwich made with a Lunch Punch Sandwich cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Click on the photo below to find more fun sandwich cutters.  The flower in the middle is made with the heel of the bread loaf.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are kiwi and blueberries and in the top right are grape tomatoes.

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Snack time for my 4 year old is in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento with raspberries, mini carrots and dried cherries.

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My two year old has a LunchBots Quad with mini chickpea burger halves in the top left and bottom right compartments with mini carrots and at the opposite corners are kiwi slices and pineapple chunks.

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.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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I promised to do a giveaway when I got to 1000 likes on Facebook.  I didn’t forget!  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for many things, family, friends, a wonderful house and neighborhood, my group of bento bloggers who have been so supportive, and I’m also grateful for you.  Yes, YOU!   I started this blog as a way of helping a handful of friends with creative ideas, and now there are almost 1100 people on Facebook alone that follow bentoriffic, over 600 on twitter (bentoriffic) , over 600 on Instagram (bentoriffic), over 500 on Pinterest and the list goes on.  I really am grateful that you care, comment, read and offer suggestions.  I’ve gone from carnivore to vegan, inspired and creative to some days just throwing it together like we moms do some days.  I appreciate you sticking with me through it all.  THANK YOU!!!

These are the only turkeys my kids are eating this year.  I used pie crust cutters I had from last year as sandwich cutters.

My 4 year old’s lunch is a flock of turkeys on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread stuffed with almond butter.  Above the turkeys are a sliced kiwi and cashews.  In the top compartments are pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

My 2 year old from the top left has raspberries, 2 of the same turkey shaped sandwiches on almond butter, maple leaf shaped watermelon pieces and dried cherries, Marcona almonds with maple leaf dried apricots on top packed in her LunchBots Quad.

DETAILS OF THE LOOT!

I decided on 2 separate prizes for the giveaway.

The first person will win the following:

1 complete set of Easy Lunchboxes

1 CuteZCute cutter kit

2 sets of cookie cutter shapes and 3 sets of bento picks

The first drawing is open to residents of North America only.

The second prize will be a $35 credit to spend at Bento USA by All Things For Sale and is open to readers worldwide.

All you have to do to enter to win is leave me a comment telling me what you are grateful for this year and in which country you live.  Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you, please!

Both winners will be chosen when the contest ends on Wednesday, November 28th at 11:59pm by random.org.  You will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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.

My husband has to travel today so I suggested that I pack him a lunch.  Airport food is dreadful in general, but when I flew recently I realized how tough it is to find ANYTHING vegitarian, vegan or just plain healthy.  I packed my own sandwiches, but it was a long day of traveling.  We are still doing our plant based diet so the goal is to eat as little processed food as possible.  Since we’re still a bit new to the diet it takes some planning ahead.

He may want to kill me for a cutesy sandwich, but I couldn’t resist.  He has the airplane LunchPunch cut out of Rudi’s Whole Grain bread which is our favorite brand for the past few months.  The sandwich is surrounded by organic mini carrots and fresh blueberries on the top part.  At the top left are locally grown cucumber slices and at the top right are grapes and a strawberry heart packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Please excuse the poor photos for his traveling lunch.  I had to take them late last night.

Since I know he will be traveling most of the day,  I also packed a second smaller bento box.  The bottom part has a single serve Sabra brand hummus with whole grain crackers and a heart container with dried cherries in it.  The top portion is packed with halved strawberries as his afternoon snack along with a couple of Larabars.

Little Miss 2 year old is having an apple sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with a surprise “worm” coming out of it.  It’s actually an Annie’s Organic Fruit Bunny, but I drew a small face on one end with a food marker.  Looks like a worm to me!  She’s also having a small apple container of dried cherries.   On the left side of her LunchBots Duo is a flower cup of halved grapes and a strawberry heart on top.  Above that are blueberries.

Miss G is having a dog house sandwich with a silicone dog cup of blueberries, honeydew melon grass and a small orange cup of dried cherries.  At the top right are grapes surrounding a carrot stick.  At the top left is a cup of homegrown heirloom tomatoes and a green dog pick packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Back to school again today.  I feel like Sunday nights always sneak up and slap me in the face around 9pm when I realize all that I have to do for the following morning.  I wasn’t taking requests today so Miss G gets some square packages that I turned into a lunch “present”.  Her sandwiches are Justin’s Almond butter and strawberry whole fruit spread on Ezekiel Low Sodium bread.  I made my ribbon out of soy cheese and put a bow pick in the top to keep the two squares together.  At the top left is a pile of fresh blueberies from King Family Farm and Market that we visit weekly with a bunny pick and bunny baran (food separator) in the back for decoration.  At the top right are grape tomatoes and a blue monkey pick, and at the bottom right are watermelon squares packed in her Hello Kitty Sanrio bento box.

Miss A has the same sandwich on Ezekiel bread with Justin’s almond butter & fruit spread.  She has a pair of soy cheese shades and a fruit leather smile on her “cool” face today. To the left of the face is a small square of dried cherries and apricots.  At the top left are sliced pears with a pink bunny baran, the top right are watermelon squares and the bottom right is a small container of cashews packed in her pink Hello Kitty Sanrio bento box.  Both girls have ice water in their CamelBak kids bottles.

My husband is having black beans and rice with veggies not pictured here.  To go along with his main lunch, I packed him a salad of mixed baby greens.  On top are sliced baby cucumbers, red grape tomatoes and a mini sweet red pepper cut in half, seeded & shaped into hearts.  At the top right are heart shaped strawberries and at the bottom right are carrot & celery sticks packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

I’ll bet you can’t guess what letter they’re teaching at school this week!  It’s W week so I attempted my version of a windmill for Miss G.  I hand cut the base out of whole grain bread flattened with a rolling pin.  Then I decided to do Snyder’s pretzel squares stuck on crackers with Justin’s almond butter to make the blades. . At the top right are yellow tomatoes we grew in our backyard for the hair and a larger cherry tomato for the face.  I used vegan cheese to cut a winking face to go with the W theme.  At the bottom right are blueberries and a strawberry W.   Her lunch is packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A is having a W and a worm for lunch today.  From the top left are watermelon stars, cashews, a sliced strawberry a pick of blueberries and dried cherries with an apricot heart on top.  Her lunch is packed in a LunchBots stainless container.

My husband also gets a salad today to go with his lunch.  His salad is baby spinach leaves and butter lettuce with watermelon radish shaped into small pie pieces and a heart in the middle.  He also has a green onion on it, yellow carrots from the local market.  At the top right he has a bunch of mini carrots, and at the bottom right .  His lunch is also packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Happy Monday to everyone!

I am complying with yesterday’s request from Miss G for a van for V week at preschool.  It didn’t seem all that exciting to me, but if she’ll eat it I’m in.  She gets a Rudi’s whole grain van with Veggy brand vegan cheese VAN letters and a window.  Below the van is a road made of what my mom used to call “ants on a log”, celery with Justin’s Almond Butter and raisins on top.  Above the van are cashews and homegrown cherry tomatoes.  At the top right are watermelon flowers and on the bottom right are mango flowers in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A gets a VASE for her V letter today made from the same Rudi’s whole grain bread.  In the large flower, she has a bunch of watermelon flower cutouts.  In the smaller cups she has dried apricots and dried cherries and cashews at the top right packed in her LunchBots stainless bento.

Tomorrow is our Bento Bloggers Earth Day Blog Hop.  Please make sure to stop back, and click on the button below to check out all the great ideas for fun Earth Day foods!

The girls are out of school today so it’s another lunch at home.  I am always grateful for the easy of fun kitchen tools.  I just bought the puzzle piece set of 4 LunchPunches.  They take no more time to use than making a regular sandwich, but they make it so much more fun!  Both kids’ sandwiches are on whole grain bread with almond butter & agave nectar.  Miss G’s has an avocado half with a tomato half in where the pit was.  In the green flower cup are dried cherries with a strawberry heart on top.

Miss A has the same sandwich with a puzzle piece of avocado and apple on the top.  The green container has dried cherries in it and on the far right is a strawberry heart.  Wishing everyone a great weekend!


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