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I want to thank each one of you personally who voted for me in the Circle of Moms contest.  It ended last night, and I’m # 7 in their Top 25 contest again this year thanks to you.  I am overjoyed!  I don’t win any money, but I do gain a great group of new  people who look at my blog because of the list.  I also have made new blogging friends from last year when I was in the Top 25 for Foodie Moms.  Thank you again for your continued support.  I encourage you all to peek at the lists that Circle of Moms provides. There are some amazing moms out there blogging from home & creating masterpieces to share in the hopes that we’ll help you find healthier meal solutions.  We can’t do it without you so THANKS!

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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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My favorite pasta place in town, Peperonata Pasta in Sarasota, FL has started making gluten free, egg free, soy based pasta, and we love the fun shapes!  I buy it at the Saturday Farmer’s Market fresh.  These creste shapes are made to look like a rooster’s comb, and my kids love them!

Bentoriffic G pasta bentoI cooked the pasta and then stirred in some seasoned black beans, steamed broccoli and topped with black olives.  Included are honeydew melon and cantaloupe balls and a silicone cup of red grape tomatoes in my 4 year old’s Easy LunchBoxes container.

Bentoriffic fruity snack bentoA simple fruity snack box went off with Miss G today too.  In her LunchBots Uno, she has watermelon, strawberries, pineapple and kiwi slices.

Bentoriffic gluten free pasta with rainbow fruitLittle Miss just turned 3 has a smaller version of the same gluten free pasta with black beans and broccoli with black olives and a rainbow of fresh fruit in her LunchBots Duo with sliced kiwi, pineapple and watermelon pieces.  Both girls have ice water daily with their lunches.

Just read a great quote that I loved so I’m sharing it below.  Happy Thursday!

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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G.  She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself.  Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).

Bentoriffic pasta and fruit lunch in Planetbox

I packed the first lunch for her in it.  Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries.  In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.

Cukes, almonds and guac snack

For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes.  The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary.  The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping.  At the bottom are dried mango slices.

quinoa, black beans, peas & carrots

For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.

Happy Lunch Packing!

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LunchPunch flower by bentoriffic

Welcome to Wednesday.  I’m on day 2 of a diet cleanse and exactly 2 days that I’ve had a headache.  I cut out a number of things.  By far the hardest are soy and caffeine.   It’s a great way to find out how addicted to caffeine I am.  My answer was VERY addicted.  We’ll see how I do at the end of two weeks.  Just hoping the headaches don’t last that long!

Miss G is off to school with a flowery sandwich made with a Lunch Punch Sandwich cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Click on the photo below to find more fun sandwich cutters.  The flower in the middle is made with the heel of the bread loaf.  In the top left of her Easy Lunchboxes container are kiwi and blueberries and in the top right are grape tomatoes.

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Snack time for my 4 year old is in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento with raspberries, mini carrots and dried cherries.

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My two year old has a LunchBots Quad with mini chickpea burger halves in the top left and bottom right compartments with mini carrots and at the opposite corners are kiwi slices and pineapple chunks.

I promised to do a giveaway when I got to 1000 likes on Facebook.  I didn’t forget!  This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for many things, family, friends, a wonderful house and neighborhood, my group of bento bloggers who have been so supportive, and I’m also grateful for you.  Yes, YOU!   I started this blog as a way of helping a handful of friends with creative ideas, and now there are almost 1100 people on Facebook alone that follow bentoriffic, over 600 on twitter (bentoriffic) , over 600 on Instagram (bentoriffic), over 500 on Pinterest and the list goes on.  I really am grateful that you care, comment, read and offer suggestions.  I’ve gone from carnivore to vegan, inspired and creative to some days just throwing it together like we moms do some days.  I appreciate you sticking with me through it all.  THANK YOU!!!

These are the only turkeys my kids are eating this year.  I used pie crust cutters I had from last year as sandwich cutters.

My 4 year old’s lunch is a flock of turkeys on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread stuffed with almond butter.  Above the turkeys are a sliced kiwi and cashews.  In the top compartments are pineapple, honeydew and cantaloupe pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

My 2 year old from the top left has raspberries, 2 of the same turkey shaped sandwiches on almond butter, maple leaf shaped watermelon pieces and dried cherries, Marcona almonds with maple leaf dried apricots on top packed in her LunchBots Quad.

DETAILS OF THE LOOT!

I decided on 2 separate prizes for the giveaway.

The first person will win the following:

1 complete set of Easy Lunchboxes

1 CuteZCute cutter kit

2 sets of cookie cutter shapes and 3 sets of bento picks

The first drawing is open to residents of North America only.

The second prize will be a $35 credit to spend at Bento USA by All Things For Sale and is open to readers worldwide.

All you have to do to enter to win is leave me a comment telling me what you are grateful for this year and in which country you live.  Please make sure you leave me a way to contact you, please!

Both winners will be chosen when the contest ends on Wednesday, November 28th at 11:59pm by random.org.  You will have 72 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

One of my favorite things to do when I have a moment of spare time is to find local grocers with imported foods and dive in.  I have found some tiny grocers in my town hidden in small strip plazas and off the beaten path.  One of my favorites is a small Asian grocer.  I’ve discovered vegetable and fruits I’ve never seen, foods that aren’t normally available here and more importantly some inspiration to look at food a little differently.  A few weeks ago we tried Forbidden Rice which has a heavier feel to it and is black in color.  This time I found black rice pasta.   It looks jet black before it’s cooked and then it takes on a purplish hue once it’s cooked.  It’s gluten free, allergy friendly and makes the same old dishes more interesting.

Miss G has black rice pasta mixed with a bit of Earth Balance coconut spread.  I sauteed some Field Grain vegetable sausages to go with the pasta and made a face of it.  The “hair” is vegan parmesan, eyes and nose are roma and grape tomatoes and the sausage pieces are the mouth.  In the top left compartment are dried cherries and cashews and at the top right are black seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento are purple sweet potato chips, pear slices, clementine orange sections and sliced kiwi for her preschool snack.

And my little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are black seedless grapes, black rice pasta and Field Grain sausage, pear and clementine pieces and raspberries for lunch.

Mom’s had her hands in the Play Doh collection again.  I found a mini Cinderella crown cutter in the Play Doh stash so I’ve scoured it off and I’m using it for lunches now.  Miss G has a princess sandwich today cut with a LunchPunch sandwich cutter.  She has yellow and red grape tomatoes surrounding the sandwich.  At the top left are crown shaped cantaloupe pieces with a princess wand pick and at the top right are kiwi slices with a tiara on top packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack today, my 4 year old has a Happy Tiffin stainless bento filled with sliced mangos, a peeled clementine, 2 Crimson Gold tiny apples and whole cashews.

My 2 year old had leftovers from last night.  She had plums, carambola (star fruit) spaghetti squash with marinara sauce topped with dairy free parmesan and pineapple chunks packed in her LunchBots Quad stainless lunch container.

Happy lunch packing!

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Happy Friday!

Above is my husband’s lunch of vegan scrambled eggs, hashbrowned potatoes at the top left and pineapple chunks packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

It’s chilly here even for Florida (in the 40s) so breakfast is what’s for lunch!  One of the things I was missing as a vegan was eggs.  Not the gross, slimy raw part, but just the texture.  So now I’ve found it.   It’s vegan scrambled eggs!  Here’s how I make them:

I use 1 package of extra firm tofu drained and crumbled.  I cut the small pieces for this one, and it didn’t absorb the flavors as well as crumbling.  I add a bit of water so it doesn’t stick while warming.  You could also add a bit of oil or margarine.  I saute the tofu over medium heat with 1 small onion, chopped and a half of a bell pepper (any color) diced.  Cook for 5 minutes until onions are cooked.  Then I add:

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp turmeric which give it it’s egg-like color

Options:

black olives, halved grape tomatoes, 2 italian sausages diced into 1/2 inch pieces, I used the Field Grain Meat Company’s sausages.

Mix ingredients well and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes over medium heat.  Serve plain or inside warmed tortillas with dairy free sour cream and salsa.

Miss G’s (4 years old) is above.  She has the same tofu scramble with lots of black olives.  At the top left she has pineapple pieces and 2 small pancakes sliced in half.  Not shown is her Mini Dippers container of maple syrup for the pancakes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack for today is packed in her LunchBots Duo stainless container.  One the left side is a leaf shaped sweet potato muffin with 2 Crimson Gold apples.  On the right is a peeled clementine orange and sliced kiwi.

Today is the last day to enter to win a CuteZCute sandwich cutter kit!  Please click on the photo below to enter!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Wednesday is a perfect day for leftovers.  Mom’s feeling a bit under the weather so dump dinner in an Easy LunchBoxes container & voila.  Lunch is served.

Lunch today (dinner last night) is brown rice with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snow peas and onions) on top.  I packed a tiny sauce container of soy sauce.   In the top left container are grape tomatoes and in the top right are red grapes.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento, Miss G’s snack is a seckel pear, clementine sections, kiwi slices and a container of roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

Little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad for lunch.   From the top left are clementine sections with a star container of pumpkin seeds, red seedless grapes, star sandwiches with pumpkin pecan butter and a small Hail Merry brand chocolate vegan macaroon, and at the bottom left are mini carrots and sugar snap peas.

My 4 year old loves her sandwiches.  She has whole grain and pumpernickel puzzle pieces.  I used the The Lunch Punch puzzle piece cutters for this one.  I cut the bread first, fill the sandwiches and then reassemble the pieces.  To the left is a pick of grape tomatoes and dried apricots.  Above the sandwich are red seedless grapes.  In the top left compartment of her Easy LunchBoxes are heart shaped strawberries and the top right are apple pieces.  I soak the apples immediately in a bowl of cold water with a bit of lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.  I soaked these for about 10 minutes and then toweled dry and put in the lunchbox.

See this great post by Cristi of  Bent On Better Lunches on different methods for preventing your fruits from browning in the lunchbox.

The Great Apple Browning Experiment

For her snack, Miss G has Sabra hummus with two different types of grapes and sliced kiwi.  Not shown are crackers for dipping in the hummus.

Still going on with the giant box of clementines we have, today’s face is a vampire.  Stay tuned for one last Halloween lunch and a giveaway this week.  Stay warm & safe, everyone!

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