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Quick summer lunches can be as easy as breaking out that container of cookie cutters.  It takes no more time than a normal lunch to do these.  I started with candy eyes which I still use sometimes, but fruits & vegetables can be just as quick.   I recommend using leftovers from dinner & getting creative rather than cutting into new fruits & veggies.  I often pack a small container of leftovers while we’re cleaning up dinner of things that I could include in the kids’ lunches.

Today’s lunches were simple.  Miss A has a hedgehog with a black bean for an eye.  At the top left is a quinoa salad I made the night before that makes great leftovers.  It was made of quinoa, black beans, lemon juice and lemon zest, tomatoes and green onions.  At the top right are halved green grapes with a watermelon crown.

Miss G had a cartoon looking dinosaur sandwich for her lunch.  At the top left are honeydew and watermelon animals at at the right in the green clover are edamame.

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Both girls wanted Hello Kitty lunches for school today.  This will officially be their last bento lunch of this school year since tomorrow is a water day with lunch in the the classroom.  You never know how much you appreciate all that teachers do until you have your kids at home for a week straight with no curriculum planned!  Thank you to each and every teacher, aide and friend who touches my kids’ lives.  You are truly a gift!

Miss A has Hello Kitty face on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  The face, bow & whiskers are cut from Vegan brand cheese.  To the left are raspberries with a blueberry in the middle.  At the bottom left are watermelon pieces and at the bottom right is a giant strawberry heart with Hello Kitty picks of edamame on either side packed in her pink Sanrio brand Hello Kitty bento box.

Miss G has the same Hello Kitty face sandwich with a fruit leather face, bow & whiskers.  Above the sandwich are two Hello Kitty picks of edamame.  To the right of the sandwich is a giant strawberry heart and a Hello Kitty container above that with dried cranberries and cashews inside.  In the purple flower cup are raspberries with a Hello Kitty pick and at the top right are watermelon pieces in Hello Kitty’s face shapes.  The top piece has a bow pick and black sesame seeds for eyes and a nose.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

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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.

We’re packing up for a beach playdate today.  I slacked on the rainbow theme this week so I decided to do a few last themed lunches for today.  It’s already in the mid-80s here so the kids need to stay well hydrated & snacked while we’re outside.

Miss G and Miss A both get rainbow and whale sandwiches today with the same bread from earlier this week.  It was made by Astrid at Lunch Fit For A Kid and her incredible baking skills.  Click on any of her links on this page to find out how she made this beautiful Rainbow Pan de Mie.  At the top left is a slice strawberry with peach slices below it.  On the bottom left is a cup of pineapple chunks, edamame and a flamingo pick with blueberries on it.  The sandwiches are both peanut butter with blackberry jam.  The candy eye is stuck on with peanut butter so it won’t move.

Miss A had the same exact sandwiches with the Rainbow Pan de Mie bread.  At the top left, she also had a sliced strawberry, peach slices, bottom left with pineapple chunks, and honeydew melon.  Next to her sandwiches are blueberries on a flamingo pick.

I also packed rainbow assorted fruit snacks and veggies for the girls to eat & share with our friends.  Clockwise from the top left are strawberries and a mandarin orange, honeydew melon, dried apricots and dried cranberries, mini carrots, blueberries, and pineapple chunks.  All 3 rainbow lunches were packed in our Easy Lunch Boxes

For more incredible rainbow ideas, please visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

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!

If I had kept up with the paperwork that comes home from school, I would have known about kite day earlier!  Instead, Miss G’s teacher was kind enough to remind me yesterday.  I had another transportation lunch planned, but I decided to reroute.  It’s actually the perfect idea because my little girls have been very into Mary Poppins lately so I was thinking about the song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”.    I did a FunBites giveaway a few weeks back, and I had a kite idea that I didn’t use. The two kites at the bottom were cut using the FunBites Luv It! cutter.

FunBites Luv It!

At the top left are pineapple chunks cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter and topped with a heart strawberry.  To the right is Sabra hummus in an orange flower cup.  The heart in the middle is a snow pea, on the KITE picks are edamame and below are mini carrots for dipping in the hummus.  The bottom 2 kite sandwiches are made on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread cute with the FunBites Luv It! cutter which can be found through their site or on Amazon.  Both have almond cutter & strawberry jam inside.  The kite to the left is topped with Veggy brand soy cheese, and the clouds are also made from the same cheese.  The kite strings are made from black rice vermicelli.  Miss G’s lunch is pack in an Easy Lunch Box, and she has ice water with her lunch.  In keeping with our new diet, her whole lunch is plant-based and vegan.

Below are the other lunches I made with the same cutter.  The giveaway is over, but there will be another one coming up soon so please stay tuned!  FunBites Fun Food Ideas for Kids (and big kids)

Miss G wanted to learn about what state we live in so she got a new 50 states map puzzle for her birthday.  Since it’s still “S” week at school, I decided to make her a Sarasota, Florida lunch.  I rolled out whole grain bread with a rolling pin & hand cut the Florida shapes.  Inside is almond butter, agave nectar and sliced strawberries.  I decided to just make a small fruit leather star to show her “You are here.” in Sarasota.  For fun I added dried cherries in an orange blossom cup for the state flower some watermelon chunks in a pretty cup and on top are flamingo picks of edamame and carrot suns on top.  She’s also having a dapple dandy plum half at the bottom right with a strawberry heart on top.

Little sister got a space themed lunch today with a space shuttle and an S sandwich with the same whole grain bread, almond butter, agave nectar and sliced strawberries. The sandwich is surrounded by watermelon shuttles, a watermelon star and dried apricot crescent moon and a star.  In the pink sheep are dried cherries topped with a watermelon sun & stars and on the bottom left are watermelon chunks topped with a space shuttle strawberry and shuttle picks with edamame on them.  Both girls had ice water in their CamelBak kids bottles.


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