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Lunch can get boring for little kids so why not put it on a stick.   It’s amazing how they’ll eat something new just because it looks different.  I realized the other night that other than birthday parties, I’ve never done a lunch on skewers.

I used 8″ wooden skewers and broke them at the end to fit the size needed.  I made little square almond butter and agave sandwiches with grape tomatoes inbetween.  The fruit skewers on either side are green and red seedless grapes and raspberries.  At the top left are cashews and dried cranberries and the top right are snap peas and mini carrots packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For a snack at school today, Miss G has a butterfly container with mini carrots and one of the new Easy LunchBoxes Mini Dippers with almond butter for dipping.

Little Miss A has a smaller version of the same.  Her lunch includes blackberries too packed in a LunchBots Uno stainless container.

And another cashew and dried cranberries snack packed in the new Easy LunchBoxes Mini Dippers that are now available.

My husband had leftovers from last night’s dinner.   He has Hoppin John in the main compartment of his Easy LunchBoxes container, sugar snap peas at the top left and mini carrots in the top right compartment.  The green heart is Avocado Cucumber dressing.

  I have always been a fan of Hoppin’ John.  It’s a flavorful dish traditionally made with rice, black eyed peas and ground beef  or bacon served often in the Southern United States on New Year’s Day.  I found this recipe for the plant based, meatless and healthier version on a website I admire by Chef Cathy Fisher and her website Straight Up Food.  She also has a Facebook page where you can follow her at Straight Up Food on Facebook.  This recipe is not just meatless.  It’s dairy free, salt and oil free too.  It’s also packed full of collard greens which aid in cholesterol lowering, cancer prevention and are high in vitamin K,  vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, manganese, and calcium.  We’ll be making it again.  Please visit Straight Up Food here for the recipe!

Hoppin John with Avocado Cucumber Dressing by Cathy Fisher of Straight Up Food

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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.


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