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We’re packing up for a beach playdate today.  I slacked on the rainbow theme this week so I decided to do a few last themed lunches for today.  It’s already in the mid-80s here so the kids need to stay well hydrated & snacked while we’re outside.

Miss G and Miss A both get rainbow and whale sandwiches today with the same bread from earlier this week.  It was made by Astrid at Lunch Fit For A Kid and her incredible baking skills.  Click on any of her links on this page to find out how she made this beautiful Rainbow Pan de Mie.  At the top left is a slice strawberry with peach slices below it.  On the bottom left is a cup of pineapple chunks, edamame and a flamingo pick with blueberries on it.  The sandwiches are both peanut butter with blackberry jam.  The candy eye is stuck on with peanut butter so it won’t move.

Miss A had the same exact sandwiches with the Rainbow Pan de Mie bread.  At the top left, she also had a sliced strawberry, peach slices, bottom left with pineapple chunks, and honeydew melon.  Next to her sandwiches are blueberries on a flamingo pick.

I also packed rainbow assorted fruit snacks and veggies for the girls to eat & share with our friends.  Clockwise from the top left are strawberries and a mandarin orange, honeydew melon, dried apricots and dried cranberries, mini carrots, blueberries, and pineapple chunks.  All 3 rainbow lunches were packed in our Easy Lunch Boxes

For more incredible rainbow ideas, please visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

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It’s still rainbow week.  I’m working with what I’ve got in the fridge instead of picking up a bunch of vegetables & fruits this week that we can’t finish.  So for the sake of practicality, I am using what I’ve got with some fun colored plastic cups my friend sent me for the girls.  They’re actually shot glasses.  You know the party life of parents with a 2 & 4 year old!  Whoot!  Early to bed, early to rise for us here.

Miss G wanted her Unicorn. I decided not to doll it up with a bunch of sugar today to keep it healthy.  Under the unicorn are spinach leaves.  Above the unicorn from left to right are strawberries, honeydew and pummelo, which is a ginormous grapefruit looking fruit.  It was larger than Miss G’s head, about 9″ across.  I like them because they aren’t quite as juicy so they pack well, and they’re not as tart either so the kids eat them up.  At the top left are mango chunks and at the top right is cannellini bean bruschetta leftover from dinner.  It has cannellini beans rinsed & drained, 5 leaves of fresh basil, an orange tomato, sea salt, pepper and red wine vinegar in it.  Yum!

Miss A has an umbrella with tiny vegan cheese umbrellas on top today.  Starting at the top left corner near the umbrella are honeydew pieces, top right are cannellini beans, bottom right are red carrot slices and at the bottom left are pummelo pieces.  At the top left of her lunchbox is a mandarin orange peeled with a yellow drink umbrella hat, and in the red heart are 2 sliced strawberries.  Both girls’ lunches are packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes today.

I looked at the school calendar yesterday and realized it’s rainbow week at the girls’ school.  I didn’t have anything naturally blue today so I just left it out & put food in blue cups instead rather than coloring something blue.  Boring, I know.

The coolest thing in the lunches is the bread which, admittedly, I did not make.  I have to give full credit and mad props to my baking envy of Astrid over at Lunch Fit For A Kid.  I have seen her amazing baking skills from breads to cakes and homemade rolls.  This girl can BAKE!  So I begged, and pleaded and bribed her to make me a loaf of her rainbow pan de mie.  Please click on the link here for her recipe for the Rainbow Pan de Mie.  She “veganized” it for me by using soy milk in place of the cow’s milk whey.  It was even more beautiful than I’d seen in her blogs, and my kids went nuts over it.  I even made vegan Easter french toast with it this past Sunday, and it was yummy!  I am not a great baker, and so I was extra grateful to have Astrid make something so special for my family.  Thanks again!

Here’s how our loaf turned out:

And this is Miss G’s lunch today.  From the bottom left up, she has strawberries, a mandarin orange, pineapple chunks and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden.  At the top left in the blue cup are sauteed broccoli & cauliflower, green pear tomatoes and kohlrabi slices in the middle for the purple.  I’m betting they won’t get eaten, but the rule in our house is that she has to at least TRY it.  At top right are three prunes surrounding some organic Lemon Snap spelt cookies that I found at Whole Foods.  And at the bottom right is her tulip sandwich on the rainbow bread filled with almond butter and jam all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her own version of a rainbow lunch today. This week is also the letter “U” so her tiny sandwich is a U.  From the top left clockwise, she has strawberries, half of a mandarin orange, at top right are leftover pieces of a Quorn brand meatless & soy free Vegan burger, her rainbow “U” almond butter & jam sandwich, dried cherries, kohlrabi, and pineapple and honeydew melon in the middle packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Lastly is my husband’s salad for lunch.  He is in on the rainbow theme too.  He has a spinach and baby greens salad.  On top are red bell peppers, orange heirloom tomatoes, yellow zucchini, spinach, raddichio, and kohlrabi on top packed in his LunchBots Uno.  Everyone in our family totes CamelBak bottles with filtered ice water throughout the day.

For more great rainbow ideas, please go visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

My little ones got aliens for lunch today.  Both of them had soy butter and jam on whole grain bread.  The eyes are candy and the feet & arm made from sliced carrots.  Miss G’s one-eyed alien has a hat pick,  carrot sticks, a skewer of pineapple and mandarins and whole pecans.  I sent an apple sauce as well and ice water to drink.

Miss A has a 3 eyed alien with a pick hat and carrot feet.  To the left are mandarin oranges, pineapple chunks, chopped medjool dates and 2 mini carrot sticks.  She also had an applesauce and ice water with her lunch.

Things I used to make this lunch:

I found out today that Miss G will be in angel in her Christmas program tomorrow.  Nothing like finding out last minute!  I guess she decided that it wasn’t important enough to tell me.  Today she had an angel shaped Wow! soybutter and jelly sandwich in her LunchBots stainless bento box. I “painted” the wings with honey and sprinkled on snowflake candy to make them white.  The halo is a snack from a friend who sent Asian treats.  If I only read Japanese, I could tell you what they are!  They tasted sort of like salty potato chip rings.  She has bread crust hair, eyes and mouth.  The BabyBel cheese has a small angel cutout and the wax leftover was placed on the sandwich for fun.  In the red silicone cup are mandarin oranges with sunflower seeds covered with red, white & green chocolate. I love them because they look like little ornaments or the vintage colored lights.  Also hidden to the far right is a long pick of fresh blueberries.

Miss A has actually been eating more of her mini sandwiches so I decided to try again today.  She got a tree and Santa’s sleigh on whole wheat with ham and provolone inside with a side of leftover Annie’s Organic macaroni shells to the right.  I put tree and star shaped marshmallow shapes on top for her treat.  She also had a mini container of mandarins sprinkled with the same sunflower seeds.  Both girls also had Lifeway flavored kefir with lunch.

OK. So posting this a day later, the sunflower seeds on mandarins was a terrible idea.  The chocolate melted & made them look nasty!  In the future I’d only put them on something that isn’t so runny or if you’re serving them right away it should be fine.

Hope everyone finds some peace and enjoyment during the holiday chaos!

My neighbor and I decided to try to stuff all the little tummies before the candyfest this evening.  We divided up duties and made a fun and healthier feast.  Most of the kids are under 4 which makes it a little tough.   We decided on PB & Js on whole grain bread since there were no food allergies in the group. The PB & Js are the skeletons and pumpkins so the jelly would “bleed” through the eyes and mouths.   We also made owls, cats and a few brooms.  We used pre-made candy eyes and used plastic rings as decorations.

 

We also did cups with ranch dip on the bottom and carrot & celery sticks stuck in them after seeing the idea on Pinterest.

Mandarin orange cups with Sharpie marker faces on them.

Green and black seedless grapes with skeleton rings.

Also included (and not impressive) were Sabra mini hummus cups with pretzels.

Hope everyone had a safe & fun Halloween evening!

I love cookie cutters.  If you’re running short on time in the morning, like I usually am, it’s a great way to make a cute lunch with minimal effort.  I also found the tiny star cutters in Michael’s in the cake decorating aisle.  They are fondant cutters.  She had her usual peanut butter & jelly with a royal icing eye (purchased through Amazon), honey wheat pretzel braids to dip in her hummus, and mozzarella cheese stars.  Her fruit bento is manadarin oranges, watermelon stars and blackberries.

Little A has been sort of an enigma.  It’s the toddler thing.  One day she’s crazy about a food and the next she flat out refuses it.  I have to keep trying new things.  Today she had the same star theme for her lunch.   The heart bento has mandarin oranges on the left with mozzarella cheese stars and watermelon stars on the right.  In the blue bento she has Annie’s Organic Macaroni & cheese shells on the bottom with carrots and Applegate ham stars on top.


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