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If I haven’t raved about them enough, The LunchPunch makes some of the greatest sandwich cutters out there.  They are cute, they waste little bread, they’re sturdy and they save SO much time with lunches!  This one is Rudi’s Nut and Oat bread with a pumpernickel dog piece in the middle.  I used bread crust for his collar and the flowers cutouts are from the apple at the top left and a tree trunk pick.  On the dog picks on either side are green seedless grapes.  The top left is an apple tree with flower cutouts and more green grapes underneath.  At the top right are watermelon fire hydrants because we all know dogs are drawn to them!

Miss G’s snack today is sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes and mini carrots.

And Little Miss A is doing the letter C this week so the topic of the week was the circus.  From the bottom left is a round clown face sandwich.  The eyes are vegan chocolate chips, the nose is a dried apricot, the cheeks are raspberries, the mouth is Stretch Island fruit leather and the hair is Shirataki brand tofu pasta.  The hat above is watermelon and cantaloupe triangles surrounded by green grapes.  At the top right are mini carrots and a honeydew melon elephant with a pick hat. He’s standing on a circus stand below made of watermelon and cantaloupe with circus themed picks of the big top, another elephant and a seal in her LunchBots Quad.

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Lots of love in these lunches today.   Some leftover love too.  I don’t like to waste food so Miss G has leftover spelt pasta with marinara today.  At the top right is forbidden rice with sweet potatoes and a baked potato heart on top from last night’s dinner.  In the main compartment are mini almond butter heart sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, strawberry and watermelon hearts and green seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G started a new preschool this fall, and she’s not allowed to have any characters on her lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.  Luckily we get a ton of use out of our Easy Lunchboxes and LunchBots containers.  I did scour the internet for new bento boxes to have on hand, and I found a company called Happy Tiffin.  They make old school tin lunchbox containers, stackable stainless containers, and they have an adorable line for kids that is perfect for us.  The one we chose is called “Lunch Time”.  They’re a bit more expensive, but from experience my stainless bento boxes stand the test of time.  Since these are going to be passed down to Miss A (2),  I decided it was worth it.

I packed the Lunch Time tiffin for snack with strawberry hearts, large green grapes and coconut milk peach yogurt in the stainless container for dipping.

My husband had leftovers today too with a giant bento of leftover pasta (not shown).  He has a mixed green salad with purple cabbage and carrot hearts.  At the top left are seedless green grapes and top right are jicama slices sprinkled with chili powder and lime for squeezing on top packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

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I loved some of the suggestions I got from the giveaway comments so I’m putting many of them into action in the upcoming weeks.  One of the comments from Mandie was that she wanted to see superhero lunches.   My kids are so young the have few superheros that they actually know yet, but I decided that they’d probably love the lunches anyway.

Miss A gets the Batman lunch.   She has an almond butter and jam sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  Batman’s mask and bat are made from Stretch Island brand grape fruit leather, and his eyes are vegan cheese. The bat picks surrounding the sandwich are sliced green grapes and blueberries.  She has honeydew melon bats. and dried cranberries and raspberries at the top.

Miss G has the Spiderman lunch today.  I used a spiderweb cookie cutter and made the web strings from Stretch Island Fruit leather.  Spidey’s eyes are made from vegan cheese.  The spider picks on the sides are tiny organic grape tomatoes.  She also has Spidey eye shaped honeydew melon pieces are at the top right with the spider and at the left are raspberries with a vegan cheese star on top.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

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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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And we’re off.  School’s off, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and we’re using the last day of our 3 day passes to visit DisneyLand for the day.  I think I’ve mentioned before just how fortunate we are.  We live near one of the top beaches in the U.S. (Siesta Key) and we’re under a 2 hour drive from the Disney gates.  The girls are excited, and lunches are packed.  For the sake of simplicity, I am not doing a full description of sandwiches today since we are in a rush to get going early.  I just simply loaded up all 4 of our Easy Lunch Boxes with as many fruits and veggies as I could fit.  We will be there all day, and the meatless and cheeseless selections at the parks are few, very far between and not so reasonably priced.  We may end up getting a small snack there, but I try to prepare as many simple, healthy options for us as possible.  I also pack Larabars wherever we go.

Daddy Mouse gets the bigger sandwich and I fashioned girls’ mouse face sandwiches & ears out of smaller sandwich pockets (and leftover bread for the girls.  The mouse containers all have Craisins in them.  I’m the one eating the kale salad with cucumbers and red carrots (mouse in the middle).  Wishing everyone a safe & relaxing weekend.

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My big shout out this week goes to my kids’ teachers.   I love my kids.  They’re wild, fun and ran like a pack of small, cute wild animals last week while they were out of school.  I am hoping that the teachers got a bit of a break because today it’s back to school for them.

My husband got a big spinach salad today with snow peas, carrots, tomatoes, and scallions.  In the small striped containers are his ginger dressing.  He also has green grapes and leftover Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas and rice) salad with tomatoes, scallions, italian parsley and celery seasoned with salt, lemon juice and garlic packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Miss G has a seascape today.  Now that we’re back to school it’s “S” week.  The water is blue colored barley.  The starfish is an almond butter and jam on whole wheat pita, the sun is a yellow tomato, the waves and whale are made from Veggy brand soy “cheese” and the whale’s eye is a piece of quinoa.  The top right are watermelon stars and on the bottom right are green grapes and a plum octopus with Veggy cheese eyes and mouth all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

In keeping with the “S” theme again today for little A, she has a whole wheat pita STOP sign sandwich.  On the right are green grapes with a plum and watermelon heart on top and on the bottom right is a peeled clementine packed in her LunchBots Duo.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

Ever since I made the Kai Lan bento, Miss G has continued to ask me to make it.  I asked her who her 2nd favorite character is, and she said Rintoo.   Rintoo is Kai Lan’s little tiger friend who is loud & playful.  I used a kitchen glass upside down to cut his face and a small circle cutter to cut his ears.  The stripes are the heel of the bread handcut with a knife.  He has fruit leather eyes and mouth with vanilla yogurt covered raisin bits for the pupils and his snaggletooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with Rintoo, Miss G has flower carrots on the left, the pig container contains ranch dip and the bamboo shaped watermelon chunks.  The watermelon actually looks like upside down bats…note to self for Halloween!   On the right are seedless green grapes with some fun decorative picks.

Miss A gets Annie’s Organic macaroni shells on the bottom covered by corn off the cob, three little colby cheese bears and leftover chicken breast pieces.  The middle bear has black sesame seed eyes.

Which way to the fruit?  Quartered seedless green grapes with watermelon arrows and a blackberry in the middle.

Mr. Working Man gets his usual sandwich and a giant bento of fruits & veggies to keep him healthy. Included are watermelon chunks (some hidden), seedless green grapes, mini carrots, blackberries on toothpicks, 2 medjool dates and a Babybel cheese in the middle.


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