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Bentoriffic stars and hummus bento lunch

Miss G (my 4 year old) asked for stars in her Planetbox lunchbox today.   From the top left are cucumbers, cashews, grape tomatoes, and pistachios.  In the bottom right compartment are Laurel Hill brand peace sign pretzels.  Miss G is crazy about peace signs so she requests them every week.  An organic plum is in the bottom corner and the green square silicone cup has chickpea hummus with a cucumber star on top.  Organic kiwi and carambola (star fruit) are in the bottom left and above are blueberries and an apple star cutout.  In the center is a Hail Merry brand raw macaroon.  Miss G loves the small portions and lots of variety.  Her lunchbox rarely comes home with food in it!
Bentoriffic stars and hearts snack bentoShe stays a bit longer in school some days so I send snacks with her.  In her LunchBots Duo.  On the left are local Minneola tangelos sliced and in the I Love U container are currants (small raisins).  In the right compartment is a pink heart full of cashews and half and apple with a star cutout.

Bentoriffic-Dr.Teeth & toothbrush bentoThe end of dental week is today at Miss A’s (my 3 year old) school.  I wanted to fit in a set of choppers with a toothbrush.  When I got done with this lunch it was NOT what it looked like in my head.  I wanted something cuter.  Instead it reminds me of Dr. Teeth or Janice from the Muppets in the 70s.  It’s still fun, and she giggled when she saw the crazy face so I guess it serves the purpose.  I used heart shaped silicone cups to fill for the eyes. Inside are plum sections topped with more cucumber stars.  The nose is made of a few dried apricots and the mouth is her sandwich on Rudi’s Organic Whole Wheat bread.  I used a lips cookie cutter and sliced the mouth in half.  The teeth are peeled apples cut into sections and soaked in citrus water and then towel dried and placed in the mouth.  I also hand cut an apple to make the toothbrush and then with a paring knife, sliced the skin off to make it look like white bristles.  The apple pieces also soaked in citrus water for 5-10 minutes.

Bentoriffic spinach & stars salad bento

My husband took some leftovers not worth photographing so I made him a salad to go along with his lunch.  Baby spinach leaves are at the bottom of his Easy Lunchboxes container topped off with the cucumber cutouts from Miss G & Miss A’s lunches, grape tomatoes, carrot sticks and celery pieces down the middle.  In the top compartments are carambola (star fruit) and blueberries.  Everyone in our house takes a reusable bottle of ice water to go for the day.  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!

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Heart fork picks

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I got caught with my hand in the Play Doh cabinet again.  I found these cute little bread cutters, washed them off and made these mini sandwiches today.  I cut Stretch Island grape fruit leather faces for both of them.  Just above the sandwiches are picks of green and black olives.  At the top left are raspberries and top right are blueberries.

Little Miss 2 year old is my finicky eater.  She had three little birds today for her lunch.  My kids love that Bob Marley song.  A pick of black olives is just above the sandwiches.  Raspberries, blueberries and a cantaloupe bird are at the top.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

And I’m working on a local food story so my husband’s lunch today included foods I purchased at the local farmer’s market.  The base of the salad is baby spinach leaves.  I placed okinawan spinach leaves (purple and green) on top for color and for him to try, organic radishes which I bentoed out with these cute faces, and topped the salad with fresh sunflower sprouts.  I had never seen the okinawan spinach before so we had to try it.  Here’s a link to find out more about okinawa spinach.  Besides adding awesome color, it apparently has cholesterol lowering properties in it.  All of the ingredients came from My Mother’s Garden at the Sarasota, FL Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.  In the top compartments are organic blueberries and organic red quinoa at the top right (cooked in vegetable broth) packed in an Easy Lunchbox container.

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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.

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For today I thought I might do a basic how to for faces using the basics from my kitchen.  People assume that I spend a lot of time making the kids’ lunches.  I don’t, and this is how to make things simply and fast.   I used a set of circle fondant cutters at the top left, on the right side are 3 biscuit cutters and the tools, a sharp paring knife, a straw and a vegetable peeler.

Cut out two pieces of bread with the larger circle cutters.

Next I peeled a strip of cucumber skin with the vegetable peeler, and use the straw to poke 2 small holes for the pupils of the eyes.  I used the smallest fondant cutter for the whites of the eyes and then a small dried cranberry (raisins work well too) for the nose.

To make things like eyes and noses stick to the bread, I use honey, agave nectar, cream cheese or a peanut butter substitute since the girls’ school is peanut free.    I used one of the circle cutters to cut a mini carrot into hair pieces and the mouth.  You can also grate a carrot for hair.  I sometimes use leftover spaghetti for hair as well.

And TA-DAH!  It’s a boy.  Add 2 more carrots on the side for a girl.  I used a crinkle cutter to cut the edges of the hair.

I did this all in under 10 minutes.  I also use the facial features as a way to get my kids to try something they may not normally eat without wasting a lot of food.  Now it’s your turn to try!

I found my last bit of bento mojo before leaving on vacation.  I used a circle cutter for the whole wheat sandwich with ham & cheese.  He has hard boiled quail egg eyes and provolone teeth.  I broke a chocolate almond Pocky stick in half for his legs.  Below him are cashews, Miss G’s favorite snack.  The plum has a cheese squinty face with blueberry legs.  The strawberry has a cheese smiley face too with a raspberry leg.  I cut off the top but left it in there for his hair.  The small face is BabyBel cheese with a black sesame seed face.  I was thinking I was a bit crazy for trying the quail egg thing.  They carry them at any Asian grocer and at Whole Foods.  They are actually quite good and very similar in taste to chicken eggs.  I like them a lot since my kids are 1 and 3.  It’s the perfect portion size to keep around for snacks.  It ended up not being such a crazy thing after all.  Happy Friday everyone!

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