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I already know that tomorrow’s going to be an insanely busy day so I’m posting 2 lunches I did long ago before my blogging universe began.  I started blogging about 11 months ago, and this was one of my first lunches that I made for little Miss G from my original cookie cutters.  Please keep in mind that these are NOT vegan lunches, just ideas that can be replaced with other ideas.  Also, I had a much worse camera then too!

The two sandwiches were cookie cutters, and I’ll be were turkey & mozzarella if I had to guess.  The flower is a piece of fruit leather cut with a fondant flower cutter.  The mushrooms are biscuits with chocolate tops that I found at our local asian market.  To the far right is a pick of edamame, cashews, strawberry flowers, carrots at the bottom, and in the middle is a BabyBel cheese with part of the wax removed to make a toadstool.

The lunch below was a whole wheat sandwich thin cut into an egg shape with colby jack cheese on top in a bunny shape nested in whole wheat pasta.  The face was made of noir (seaweed paper) which my kids did NOT like.  To the left are alfalfa sprouts, mini carrots.  On the right are grape tomatoes, blueberries, an apple cut into a tulip shape and a piece of lettuce below that.

The last lunch is another bunny sandwich on whole wheat with a provolone cheese face.  To the left are halved mini carrots, broccoli at the bottom, and on the right is a colby jack cheese carrot with alfalfa sprout top, cinnamon almonds, raspberries and a sliced kiwi.  All 3 lunches were packed in a LunchBots stainless container.

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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!

The week before Easter is fun for me because I love building up the excitement for my girls.  How many more “sleeps” until the Bunny comes?  My kids, like most, adore little animals.  They recently got their spring pictures taken with some little baby chicks.  Miss G was VERY into mothering them and holding them while little A just stared at them.  She wasn’t sure whether or not they were scary, and every time these 3″ high chicks walked towards her she would shriek.   These chicks are the best kind.  Nothing to clean up!

Miss G has watermelon flowers at the top left with a chick pick, at the top right are blueberries and a strawberry butterfly with a duckling pick.  The chick sandwich is on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread with almond butter & jam.  On top are slices of mozzarella and cheddar Vegan brand cheese, a candy eye and a carrot beak.   In the yellow chick cup are edamame and carrot butterflies on top, and in the Easter egg are cashews packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A has a duckling today with the same sandwich and Vegan soy cheese on top wearing a hat pick.  The beak and wing are carrots and the eye is a pre-made candy eye.  At the top left are blueberries with a strawberry butterfly and a chick pick, a clementine orange is next to that, and in the yellow chick cup are edamame with a carrot butterfly on top.  Her lunch is in a Hello Kitty bento box.

I also made a salad for my husband to go with his Amy’s brand frozen rice & veggie bowl lunch.  His salad is all spinach leaves underneath topped with a quartered watermelon radish (the purple slices with the green edge).  I hadn’t ever seen one before until a few months ago.  They are pretty plain looking outside, but inside they’re amazingly pretty.  They are also much spicier (I think) than a normal radish.  I also included orange & yellow carrots from the local King Family Farms and a handful of walnuts packed in his LunchBots stainless bento.

Please check back tomorrow, as I’ll be linked to Stephanie from A Pocket Full of Buttons and 15 other bento bloggers for a Bunny Hop with awesome springtime ideas for lunches!

Well, not really, but this is the closest to eggs my kids are getting this year!  It’s Easter week!  Be sure to check out my post this Wednesday too.  My blogger friends and I are doing a Bunny Hop so you can get dozens of ideas no matter what holiday you’re celebrating.

Today’s lunch is egg themed. Miss G has a whole grain sandwich with almond butter & strawberry jam.  On top is a strip of soy cheese with a few colored sprinkles.  Above that is a pink plastic egg filled with dried cherries.  At the top right are egg shaped mango pieces with a bunny pick and at the bottom right are small purple and orange tomatoes.

 

Miss A has the same sandwich as Gabby today with a soy cheese strip.  Her dots are made from fruit leather and dried apricots.  Above that in the pink bunny are dried cherries.  At the top right are blueberries and an egg shaped dried apricot. And in the pink flower are egg shaped honeydew melon pieces with a bunny pick.  Both girls have ice water with their lunch.

We celebrate Easter in our house.  Like many parents, I think candy is ok in very small doses.  I am not a fan of filling up a giant basket of junk that sends my kids spinning like tops for hours afterwards.  We chose pretty woven baskets to be reused every year.  I happened to pick these up at Michael’s.   We leave our baskets and our eggs out every year to be hidden, and in the morning the hunt for them.  This way we re-use the same things every year, and it’s more of a fun game than about the candy.

As of the first of the year, we are also not eating eggs any more on our plant-based diet.  We had some decorative eggs that we use every year that will be hidden, and this year we will hide non-toxtic painted wooden eggs that can be re-used each year.  There are a lot of choices now to be able to avoid buying more junky plastic each year, and we like that they can play with them year-round.  Here are the eggs I like that I found on Etsy sold by applenamos:

Wooden Easter Eggs

If you’re still a fan of the plastic eggs, why not try something new?  These eggs are made from corn, are biodegradable and compostable.  These options may seem a bit pricey, but if you never have to buy them again it may actually save money over time.  At least you don’t have to worry about toxic chemicals in your little one’s mouths.

Eco Eggs

All that being said, I am still realistic.  My kids want to get fun Easter things.

This year I decided to put new bath towels as their bigger gift from the Bunny.  They were in need of new towels, so why not make it a gift?  My kids will be getting new bath towels and matching wash cloths Kohl’s, Target and Cost Plus World Market all have cute kid towels that you can find for girls and boys.  I also chose some small toys, stickers and books to fill their baskets.  We feel like our kids have WAY too much stuff as it is so we try to keep it pretty simple.

Miss G’s basket (just turned 4) contains a panda bath towel & wash cloth (Kohl’s), a new Pinkalicious book, a Hello Kitty pencil, a Hello Kitty hair bow (attached to wash cloth panda’s ear),  Pinkalicious matching game, stacking crayons and duck necklace bubbles (both found in Target dollar bin), Max & Ruby stickers  (not shown but also from Target dollar bin),  and a Hello Kitty utensil set.

And Miss A’s basket (just turned 2) has an elephant towel & matching wash cloth (from Kohl’s, Hello Kitty hair barrette, stacking crayons, Max & Ruby stickers and duck bubbles (again, Target dollar bin) and a fun Easter book.

Try your local Dollar store too for fun, non-food spring gifts.  I also saw some great ideas for egg stuffers if you want snacks in them like homemade mini muffins, bite size granola, small fruit bars (LaraBar makes healthy ones with no additives!)  organic gummies and even dried fruits.  That way your kids won’t be overloaded with unhealthy candy.   I hope that this spurs some healthy ideas for spring baskets.  Happy Spring everyone!

It’s spring break week here in Florida so the girls are eating at home.  It’s incredibly warm here again too so it feels like spring too.  Miss G is definitely in a girly girl phase.  Everything must be princesses, pink, flowery and fancy.  I went with butterflies for today’s theme.  In the yellow butterfly cup is leftover cannellini bruschetta with rice vinegar, fresh basil from the garden, mini heirloom and grape tomatoes from the local market mixed with salt & pepper.  It’s great on bread but awesome without it too.  At top right on the plate are heart-shaped strawberries, below that is a small black plum cut into a butterfly shape with pick antennae.  Her sandwich is a whole grain bread butterfly with almond butter and agave nectar.  On top are peeled plum slices on the wings and another slice of black plum for the body and more colored picks for antennae.

Little A had a flower themed lunch today.   Since she turned 2 it’s pretty much anyone’s guess as to whether she’ll devour the whole lunch or smile and chuck it all on the floor.  Today she went with option C which was to push the food around on her plate a bit, make a pattern in the applesauce and then proclaim that she’s “all done”.   I try.  Her sandwich is a whole grain flower with almond butter and agave with a blueberry on top and a snap pea crisp for the stem.  The yellow flower cup has cinnamon applesauce and a grape in it.  Below that are sections of black plum in a flower shape and next to that are a couple of strawberry flowers.

I know it’s WAY too early to be bringing out Easter already, but the kids found my Easter cookie cutter stash last night.  It’s “R” week at school so rabbits it is.

Miss G has a big earred rabbit with Veggy brand “cheese” for eyes and nose and the whiskers are fruit leather.  The sandwich is almond butter & jam on whole grain bread.  At the top right in the squished yellow bunny are cashews, below that are fresh plum slices topped with a prune that she didn’t finish for breakfast.  At the top left are watermelon rabbits and below that a few mini carrots.

Today little A gets her own mini version of the R theme.  The round rabbit sandwich and the letter R are both almond butter.  One has fruit & the other a bit of agave nectar.  In the top left star are mandarin oranges, in the green rabbit cup are pineapple chunks and watermelon rabbits and in the orange rabbit container are cashews.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.


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