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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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Is everyone getting in gear for the holidays?  I’m still planning our Thanksgiving meal.  It will be just the 4 of us this year so the pressure’s off.  I am starting to get a bit jittery about the holidays.   So much to do!  It’s all good, family fun though.

Miss A doesn’t have school this week so I’m just packing for Miss G, 4, and her preschool lunch.   I made some almond butter mini pocket sandwiches with Rudi’s brand Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread.  It helps to flatten the bread a bit before making these pockets so the filling is less likely to pop through the bread.  To the right of her mini sandwiches are watermelon hearts surrounded by steamed edamame and dried apricot tulips.  In the bottom tier from the left are black seedless grapes, a piece of cauliflower, 2 Hail Merry macaroons in between the cups, and a silicone flower cup of grape tomatoes on the right.

Miss G’s snack is 2 Crimson Gold organic apples, sliced plums, mango hearts and a dried apricot shape on a ring pop holder.

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Things I used to make this lunch:

I can see clearly now.  The rain is gone.  It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day! Now that you have that classic Johnny Nash song stuck in your head I made a lunch about it!

From the top left are black seedless grapes and watermelon suns.  At the top right is barley, white beans and carrot pennies from dinner the night before.  In the bottom compartment is a smiley sunshine sandwich on Rudi’s Honey Wheat bread.  Above the sun are pineapple pieces with a honeydew bird.  To the right are honeydew pieces with a cantaloupe sun and the bottom right pink cup are cantaloupe pieces with a honeydew palm tree and some fun face picks for decoration.  Her lunch is packed in Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack, my 4 year old has a matching smiling sun d’anjou pear surrounded by dried cranberries and raisins.  In the orange blossom cup are carrot bread circles.

Little Miss 2 year old has a veterinarian visiting her class today so I made her a dog.  We actually have a long haired dachshund so this looks a lot like him, without the raisin eye and nose, of course.  I used the leftover crust for his ear.  She also has carrot bread circles in the tiny green bucket above the dog.  In the Stitch container is trail mix of mixed nuts, dried fruits and seeds.  At the top left are pineapple pieces with a watermelon sun and the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her LunchBots Uno stainless container.

And packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container are leftovers for my husband.  The last night we had barley with white beans, carrots, onions and a bit of celery seasoned with cinnamon and oranges from one of my new plant based cookbooks.  Yum!   I made a smiley face with the carrots.  At the top left are honeydew and cantaloupe pieces and at the top right, a clementine.

Happy Friday!

In a rush for fun lunches?  My go to is always the stash of cookie cutters.  These sandwiches are made from linzer cookie cutters which have interchangeable shapes in the middle.

As far as children go, they aren’t any different than adults.  They like their food to be pleasing to the eyes.  If it looks fun and colorful, they are more likely to try it and eat it!  Above is my 4 year old daughter’s lunch. The Rudi’s brand whole grain bread sandwiches are filled with almond butter & strawberry jam.  The cut out shapes came with my linzer cookie cutters.  Near the sandwiches are mini carrot pieces, cashews and dried cranberries.  At the top left are raspberries and the top right are d’anjou pear pieces packed in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Miss G’s afternoon snack packed in her Happy Tiffin brand stainless container is Amande brand almond milk yogurt in the bottom with a Stretch Island fruit leather bird.  Above are more d’anjou pear pieces.  The birds on the outside look like honeydew melon.  I actually found a new melon at the local organic market this weekend called Piel De Sapo.  It looks like the shape of a honeydew with the skin of a watermelon.  It is a bit sweeter than honeydew & delicious!  I may go back & buy another one before they’re gone.

My 2 year old likes to have everything bite sized otherwise it ends up being picked over and left.  This morsel-sized lunch is packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless container.  Clockwise from the top left are piel de sapo melon flowers, d’anjou pear pieces, flower sandwiches are Rudi’s whole grain with almond butter & jam, and mango flowers.

My favorite part of packing lunches every day is knowing that there is no waste.  No disposable plastic bags as the silicone cups and Easy Lunchboxes compartments do the work for me.  I send the girls and my husband with cloth napkins and reusable napkins each day, and they all take their water bottles which can be refilled thoughout the day.

My husband has leftover dinner from last night.  I made the Engine 2 Diet’s plant based Sweet Potato Lasagna.  I think it looked prettier on the plate last night.

And below are the leftovers  with nectarines and carrot sticks packed to go for lunch at the office.

Live music thumping on the streets, gorgeous old architecture, cobblestone streets and lots of interesting people.  What’s not to love about New Orleans?  I spent a long weekend there for a blogging conference.  I met some wonderful people, left with many pearls or wisdom and a large to do list and had a bunch of fun too.  I thought that hurricane Isaac would be hitting my house in Florida when I got home.  Luckily all we’ve seen is a bunch of rain and now the sun peeking out.  Just hoping for my New Orleans friends that they escape the worst.  Sometimes we need a little reminder of how lucky we are to have each day, and that our true needs are few.

A rainbow lunch is what I decided on for Miss G’s school lunch today.   A rainbow after the storm.  We have a new LunchBots Quad stainless container for the new school year.  At the top left are flower sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, top right are mini carrots underneath sugar snap peas and yellow bell pepper strips.  At the bottom right underneath are lots of pineapple pieces, and papaya and strawberry flowers on top.  And at the bottom left are picks of blueberries and blackberries.

For her snack today she had Sabra hummus with Sesmark brand Ancient Grain crackers made of amaranth, millet, sorghum and quinoa.  She also has sugar snap peas and pistachios mixed with dried cranberries packed in her sistema brand bento.  Not shown is her Kleen Kanteen water bottle.

And I sent my husband off to work with some leftovers (not shown) and a mixed green salad with sugar snap peas and mini carrots.  At the top left are organic blueberries and at top right are organic plums and nectarines packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

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Who has time to make these lunches?  If I had a nickel for every time someone said that to me, I’d have a whole lot more in savings.  The answer is anyone.  It doesn’t take as much time as you think.  Grab a mini cutter and try it!   Today I’m posting some not as pretty lunches.  They took me about 5 minutes each to make.  Still cute, still healthy and barely any time at all.

One of my favorite lunch tools is the Lunch Punch cutter sets.  They are super quick, cute and simple to make lunches.  At the top left are pluot slices and sugar snap peas.  At the top right are raspberries and a watermelon whale packed in a Lunchbots Uno.

Miss Four Year old had mini leaf and flower sandwiches are almond butter and jam with hummus and black bean crackers for dipping at the top.  Her Goodbyn Bynto lunchbox has a water bottle that fits in the middle and below that I packed sugar snap peas and watermelon pieces.

My husband had leftovers from dinner that we will definitely be making again!  I made my own version of this recipes for Six Sisters’ Stuff Spicy Rice and Bean Wraps that I found on Pinterest.  I made it vegan, and I keep out the spice at least for the ones I made for the little ones.  We added a little salsa on the adult versions at our house.

I used whole grain tortillas for the wrap.  In a bowl I mixed  1 cup of brown rice and quinoa mixed, 1 can of pinto beans (what I had in the pantry), and 1 tsp cumin.  I smeared a small bit of Tofutti brand vegan sour cream on the tortilla, then I loaded up with rice, quinoa and pinto bean mixture and added some julienned carrots and cucumbers on top.  I rolled them tightly, cut & served with sides of green and red salsa for the adults.   Dinner and leftovers for lunch too!  At the bottom I packed some sliced kiwi and cantaloupe in a LunchBots Duo.

Things I used to make this lunch:

We were invited to a small pool get together late this afternoon.  I knew the girls would be hungry.  Since we’re trying to keep to our plant-based diet, it’s easier sometimes to travel with food.   I packed both of them snacky type dinners in their Easy Lunch Boxes to go.

Miss A has Tofurkey deli sliced flower and Vegan brand cheese flowers to snack on.  The snake picks on either side are blueberries, and below is a sliced strawberry.   At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon flowers.  Not shown are whole grain pretzels for dipping in the hummus.

Miss G’s snack box is similar.  She also has Tofurkey deli slices and Vegan brand cheese in tree shaped bites. Below the small bites are black plum slices.  At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon trees packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Products I used to make this lunch are listed below.  Click on photo to go to the store:

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I ran out of creative steam last night so I decided to sleep on it.  I woke up a bit fresher this morning, and thought Pinwheels!  I haven’t done those in a long time.  I usually do a sloppy job of making them.  This time I didn’t put as much filling in them and loaded the girls up with other yummy things in their lunch.

Both of them have almond butter & jam on whole grain tortillas.  Miss G’s version has musical note picks in them to hold them together.  Below on the left are cashews and raisins, and on the bottom right are blueberry stuffed raspberries.  In the top compartments are a mini homemade vegan oatmeal muffin with a tree pick and carrot and celery sticks.

Make sure to ask schools or play places if they are peanut or nut-free before your bring your lunches there.  It could save a child’s life!  As a rule in our family, we don’t take peanut butter out in public just as a precaution.   We only eat it at home now.   We pack SunButter, almond butter and sometimes even a soy based butter.  There are lots of great options out there to explore that won’t endanger someone’s health.

Miss A’s version has the food she likes and will eat.  She has the same mini tortilla roll ups with flower picks.  Below that to the left she has picks of pineapple and blueberries and underneath those are sliced green grapes, at bottom right are cashews and a dried apricot flower.  In the top left compartment is a mini oatmeal muffin with a bee pick and at the top right are raspberries.   Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

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Bentoriffic One Year Giveaway

My girls are at home with me during they day so unless we have an outing, we’re not packing many bento-style lunches these days.  Miss G is under the weather with a fever so we’re on quarantine for a few days too until she’s well.

Today Miss A asked more more little sandwiches.  I have some great options from my sets that I got from Bento USA.  I used the flower cutter from this set for her little flower sandwiches.  Click on the picture for the link to their site.

Miss A had Tofurkey deli slices on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used zucchini for the white flowers and the leftover rind for the stems of the flowers.  From the top left are Way Better brand Simply Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips (they have chia seeds and quinoa in them!), watermelon flowers and a flower of guacamole for dipping on the right.

Miss Sicky has a flop of a lunch.  I really meant to take some time with the teapot, but the more I tried the worse it looked.  Sometimes the image in my head is much prettier than the lunch itself. The teapot sandwich is a Tofurkey deli slice sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  The top is a slice of Vegan brand cheese.  I stared with a food coloring marker, and it went down hill from there.  I ripped the teapot handle, and I had to cover up some messy polka dots with some bad-for-you heart sprinkles to salvage it.  At the top left are watermelon flowers and at the top right are zucchini flowers.  The best part with little kids is that they even love the failures.

For all the smaller flowers, I use the flower cutter from this set of small cutters that I have.  I get lots of questions about which tools I use the most so I’m trying to include photos and links to those products for those who are interested.  I love these cutters because they never rust, they’re very easy to clean, and you can use them for just about any food item you want to cut.  If you click on the photo, it will take you to Bento USA’s site for more bento accessories.

Today is the last day to enter to win my FunBites Giveaway.

Click on the link below and be sure to use separate comments for each chance to win your choice of the Luv It or Cube It cutter.

FunBites Giveaway

Stay tuned for another giveaway right around the corner!!!  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend.

Some of the fun things I made over the weekend.  A beehive lunch with fruit.

And a taco dinner on our funny face plate with Lightlife brand Smart Ground (faux beef) mixed with black beluga lentils, tomatoes, avocado and chips.

And a mini lunch with the Cube It FunBites cutter.   An almond butter & jam sandwich on whole grain with pear cubes in the middle and a raspberry on top.

Please be sure to enter my FunBites giveaway by clicking the link below.  The contest goes until this Friday, June 8th at midnight.

FunBites Giveaway


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