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Happy Valentine’s Day!   It was a very long night in the kitchen last night for me.  I decided to make a special dinner for the family…which the kids hated and wouldn’t eat.  Sound familiar?   I wanted to make red pasta for them.  I bought a bunch of beets at the local market.  I washed, peeled and grated them.  Then I cooked them in a small amount of coconut oil and minced garlic.  I added them to cooked pasta with some of the pasta water & stirred until the color bled into all the pasta.  I left the shredded beets in the pasta.  Next time for the kids, I’ll probably remove them & eat separately.  I also made a cream sauce with coconut milk, Daiya “cheese” and garlic that was easy & tasty.

I also made purple cauliflower sauteed and carmelized which the kids also didn’t like.  At least my husband and I liked it and the kids did try it!

The next project was rice krispie treats for Miss G’s class.

And last and certainly not least were the lunches.  My husband even got a special lunch today in his new Easy Lunch Box container.  A spinach salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.  Raspberries and heart shaped strawberries are in the top right and the bottom right was the leftover beet pasta with garlic.

Little G had to have Cupid explained to her.  It is sort of funny to tell her why a fat baby shoots arrows at people.  She thought it was silly. Cupid is on whole grain bread with Biscoff spread (thanks Keeley McGuire Blog  for the tip) and jam.  I used the leftover beet pasta for the hair even though she won’t eat it.  Above is a heart container with a tiny bit of dip in it for the carrots.  The bow is made of fruit leather and the pick is the arrow.  On the top right are picks of raspberries and a strawberry.  On the bottom right at the bottom are mini carrots, a heart shaped plum, kissing strawberry birds, a strawberry heart and a heart shaped mango in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her mini version of cupid.  She barely ever gets picks.  She just turned 2 so very often I find objects in her mouth just for fun.  Cupid has a bow and no hair on her version with a fruit leather bow and carrot arrow.  Above in her LunchBots container are strawberries, a plum and a mango heart.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.

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It’s still O week at school, but this morning was more like Uh Oh, Mommy woke up late!  I guess I overdid it the day before so I’m entitled to slack, right?  On the left side of the LunchBots container are 2 mango hearts and below it 2 juicy strawberries sliced in half with a dab of Nutella inbetween them.  One the right are blueberry picks and a whole grain heart with jam & almond butter with a heart pick piercing it.

Miss A had the same sandwich with a mango heart, sliced strawberry and a clementine orange peeled for her.

I disappeared again for a bit, I know.  I had to leave town for a week or so, but I’m back again and back at the lunches too.  Our family is 30 days in today to our new vegan/plant-based diet.  It has taken a lot of new learning, information and recipes to get informed.  I still have plenty to learn, but we feel a lot healthier already.  The biggest change at home for the girls has been getting rid of cow’s milk.  After taste testing many alternatives, they decided that they like almond milk the best.  It has more calcium than cow’s milk and less calories which makes it an easy decision for the parents too.  One in every 6 children today in the U.S. is obese, and that does not include the children who are in the overweight category.  I am rededicating myself to make better choices for my family, and I hope that I can help to pass on the information to other families at the same time.

If you haven’t yet checked the brand of bread you buy, it’s an important thing to do for you and your family.  Make sure that the first ingredient has the word WHOLE followed by the grain.  If it says wheat, oat,  enriched, unbleached, etc. it is NOT a whole grain product and has been processed and refined first.   Many of the breads that I have found on sale at my local store ARE whole grain breads and affordable.  Just be sure to read the label before you buy.

The girls had heart themed sandwiches and fruits today.  Miss G had a heart shaped sandwich on whole wheat bread with almond butter and jam.  The heart on top of the sandwich is cut out of a piece of organic raspberry fruit leather.  Above the sandwich are 2 picks of blueberries, and to the bottom left of the sandwich is a “snow ball” cookie made of raw dates, almonds, raisins, walnuts and rolled in dried coconut.  On the left side from top to bottom are heart shaped strawberries, heart shaped apples and a kiwi sliced in a LunchBots stainless container.

Miss A had a smaller version of the same lunch.  She had a double heart sandwich on whole wheat bread with small raspberry fruit leather hearts on top.

In a separate container, she had leftover macaroni shells on the right and on the left were heart shaped strawberries and heart shaped kiwi slices.  Both girls had 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.

Happy Friday everyone!  My little A didn’t finish her Mr. Potatohead yesterday with all the excitement going on at school so I scaled back a bit today.  She loves baked beans so I included the leftovers from dinner with some pieces of colby jack on top for fun.

I also decided on some small flower sandwiches in the hopes that she’d finish her lunch today.  They are just small PB & Js on whole grain bread with heart candies in the middle.  The stems are blueberries on toothpicks.  Next to those is a bouquet of strawberries cut into flowers and the stem is a vanilla biscuit.  Under it all for the “grass” are organic green grapes sliced in half.

Miss G got a dachshund sandwich and some carrots with ranch dip and a strawberry heart.  In a separate container (unshown) are seedless green grapes & blueberries.  Both kids got lime Lifeway Kefir pouches today and ice water.

A passion of mine for the past couple of years is to do small things to save the honey bees.  We use as few pesticides and toxic things in our yard as possible, we buy our honey from local bee farms and most of our garden is planted to attract pollinators. Honey bees and other pollinators like butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate.  What you do directly effects the food you eat!  Did you know that one in every three bites of food we eat is attributed to honey bee pollination?  Honey bees pollinate over 100 fruits vegetables and nuts.   Can you imagine a world without bees?  Haagen-Dazs has a wonderful website to explain what each of us can do to help with this epidemic.  Please visit: Help The Honey Bees

So, again the cute heart shaped bento is among the bunch that I got from http://www.Japanistic.com from their Elph & Epha collection.  I put the fruits & veggies separately so the moisture doesn’t ruin the sandwich.  In the “Bill” heart shaped bento are flowers made of organic blueberries & 2 raspberries for the center.  On the bottom are carrot & celery sticks cut with a crinkle cutter and the yellow sauce container has ranch dressing for dipping in it.  The beehive was cut by hand out of whole grain bread & took a couple of times “remodeling” before it looked a thing like a beehive.  The layers and letters are cut out of fruit leather.  The tiny bee is a small egg shaped cookie cutter with fruit leather stripes & eye, and the wings are small bread scraps cut by hand.  I also used the small egg cutter to cut the opening to the hive and replace with the same shaped bread heel.  Phew!  This one took me much longer than most because it was my first attempt at my own design.  Happy Monday, everyone!

Normally I do lunches for Miss G when she’s off to preschool, but every now & then I find the time to do something quick for both girls at home.  These are just tiny PB & Js with cherries and plums.  Miss G wanted to make her own so I try to keep it as simple & mess free as I can.  Even little Miss A who is 17 months is starting to enjoy the fun shapes.   It doesn’t have to be complicated to make it fun for them.  Remember, their tummies are small so try to make realistic portions (size of their fist).  The plate should be half fruits and veggies at every meal!

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