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Miss G has days of the week lessons in spanish this week so I made her a Lunes lunch today.  In the top yellow flowers are raspberries with a blackberry in the middle and a sectioned plum on the right.  In the middle is her ice water and the bottom compartment are almond butter and jam sandwiches with LUNES cut out in Stretch Island fruit leather letters packed in her raspberry Goodbyn Bynto box.

For her snack today, nectarines, blueberry picks and strawberry hearts are packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento.

Little Miss A, 2, is having an insect filled lunch today.  They are studying bugs this week so I’m playing along.  She has Wholly Guacamole frozen in a spider cup.  The spider’s 8 eyes and mouth are made from kalamata olives.  Underneath are pretzel chips for dipping.  At the top right are organic raspberries on spider picks. Below that are strawberries and blueberries on ladybug picks.  And at the bottom left are plum sections with a bee pick packed in her LunchBots Quad.

My husband has a green salad today to go with his lunch.  He has mixed baby greens, organic green zebra stripe heirloom tomatoes, scallions and sugar snap peas.  At the top are mini carrots and strawberries packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

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A fiesta sounds a lot better than leftovers, right?  They don’t look so appetizing left in the bowls or on the plates after dinner, right?  So I put things in pretty silicone colored cups, call it something new and it’s lunch made from last night’s meal!

We had veggie crumbles with taco seasoning, and all the taco fixings. From the top left are blackberries.  Instead of tortillas or shells, I included sweet potato chips for her to dip in her soy crumbles and guacamole. Grape tomatoes which Miss G loves to eat whole are below the chips.   I put some sliced black olives on the soy meat crumbles (which are mixed with a bit of Tofutti sour cream.  I revised it a bit for the lunchbox version. At the bottom left is lettuce and some Daiya cheddar “cheese” dairy free shreds.  I’m quite sure she won’t eat the lettuce, but I try to include something new at almost every meal.   Instead of avocado slices, I froze guacamole in grape ice cube shapes.  It should be thawed by lunchtime for dipping.  All of it packed in her Easy LunchBox.

Her morning and afternoon snacks are packed in these smaller strawberry shaped bento containers.  The larger one has nectarine slices and pieces and halved strawberries.  In the smaller container are medjool dates and dried mangos cut into pieces along with dried cranberries and shelled pistachios.

And my husband had a left over fiesta too.  Underneath his veggie crumbles is the israeli cous cous mixed with quinoa.  Then a mix of soy taco flavored crumbles, black beans cooked in shallots, sliced grape and heirloom tomatoes, sliced black olives, lettuce shreds, Daiya cheddar cheese shreds and a side (not shown) of salsa verde as a topping.  At the top left are blackberries and sliced figs and at the top right a whole plum sliced into sections packed in his Easy LunchBox.

This afternoon we had some friends over to play.  I made some quick snacks with our FunBites Luv It cutters.  The girls had almond butter and jam mini sandwiches, strawberry hearts and this snack had a plum mouse with pumpkin seed eyes and nose and a Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred for the tail.

The second snack is a guacamole face with pretzel dippers and sliced olive eyes.  The mouth is a piece of Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred.  I made the rest of the FunBites mini sandwiches of almond butter and jam and strawberry hearts.

My husband had a baby spinach salad with teriyaki marinaded tofu in the middle and in slices around the edges.  I used a mini cookie cutter for the house shape.  I also included some yellow heirloom tomatoes.  At the top left are plum wedges and cantaloupe houses, and at the top right is a leftover soba noodle salad with cucumbers, scallions, radishes and carrots all packed in his Easy Lunchbox.  Not shown was his favorite ginger dressing.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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.

What better way to say you love your mother than to win a fun kitchen tool?  Or one that will help kids to make their own meals!  I was introduced to FunBites a few months back when they were kind enough to include me in doing a review for the Luv It cutter.

FunBites wants to celebrate Mother’s Day with my readers by giving away one of their cutters.  The winner may choose which cutter they want.  Please read the end of this post to find out how to win one of these!

I must admit that the first time I got the FunBites Luv It cutter, I played with it for a few minutes.  Then my creative brain took over.  My kids didn’t need any time to decide to play.  They still think it’s a fun toy.  Luckily, it is also seriously durable and washes clean quickly.  I am not afraid to let them have the FunBites cutters to experiment.  Yes, it’s been chucked across the table, accidentally dropped and well used by my 2 and 4 year old, and both cutters still look like new.  NOT that I recommend trying it, but with toddlers anything can happen.  The best part is that once you show them, even the littlest kids can use it to help make their own snacks.  Mine LOVE creating shapes and playing with the pieces of bread, fruit, pitas or anything cut out of these fun food cutters.

One of the most important parts of the piece for me when spending money on my family is the kind of business I support.  If you don’t think about who you’re buying from, you should.  FunBites is a family-owned business started by a mom just like you and me.  Their products are made of safe, BPA-free, non-leaching plastics, and are made in the USA supporting families here.  Please check out their brief story here: FunBites-Our Story.

Here is one of the FunBites lunches I recently did:

FunBites Kite Lunch

For Mother’s Day, I thought it would be great to think of all the things we do.   Without mom’s a house is just a house, but with love and care it becomes the place your heart and home are.  The cantaloupe at the top left was cut with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  At the top right is guacamole in the yellow flower cup.  In the green clover cup are small, square tortilla chips I made with the Cube It FunBites cutter (see how below!)  The sandwich is Justin’s almond butter & strawberry jam on Ezekiel bread all cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter shapes.  The sun’s rays are soy cheese cut with the same cutter, and the hearts are fruit leather cut from the FunBites Luv It cutter too.

So for the homemade tortilla chips, I cut a whole grain tortilla (also pita bread or flatbread is easy for these too) with the Cube It FunBites cutter.  I placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Then I lightly misted grapeseed oil (or any oil, just go easy with it) over the pieces and lightly sprinkled garlic powder over them.  I placed them in the oven on my low broiler setting and placed in the middle of the oven.  As long as you’re watching them, you can do this at 300-350 too.  They take about 5-7 minutes depending on your oven.  Again, just make sure to watch them.  Because they’re small pieces, they brown quickly.  My kids like the garlic chips with guacamole and hummus.  You can do the same thing and use cinnamon instead of the garlic powder.

Here’s how they turned out:

And then I arranged them into a fun flowery snack with some hummus:

Don’t forget to do something special for yourself this weekend if you’re a mom!

Here’s how to win your choice of a Luv It or Cube It cutter from FunBites.  You must submit separate entries for each one of these items to receive separate chances to win.

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GOOD LUCK!

This contest will go through midnight on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 10pm.  I will choose a winner by random.org and contact you.  You will have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose a new winner.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

What does the mother of all these cute lunches eat?  The honest answer from most of us is nothing that cute.  My lunch usually consists of leftover fruit & vegetable scraps that I cut from the girls’ lunches and maybe a Larabar on the run.  I carry my CamelBak water bottle just about everywhere to stay hydrated, but my lunches could be a LOT better.  I pick my girls up at lunchtime.  They have eaten, but I am usually running like a mad woman to finish errands before I get them

Today I made myself something healthy & a bit more organized than normal.  I took a piece of Ezekiel bread, spread guacamole on it, sliced a baby cucumber and laid the pieces on top of the guac.  Then I cut 1 heirloom tomato in slices then quarters and laid those pieces on top.  A bit of fresh ground pepper on top, and lunch is served!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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.


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