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My dad died last week.  Just as I was typing away about the things I was grateful for last week, I realize now that the small things, tiny things we think are so insignificant can sometimes be the most precious memories.  My dad was a gifted writer and storyteller.  He loved to write and shared that love with me.  My dad read my blog.  I think he appreciated that I was using my writing and creativity, making a hobby out of it and feeding my kids healthy food. I live 3400 miles from my family so I was not there for this holiday.  All my siblings were fortunate enough to be there.  He had been ill for a while, but it doesn’t make his passing any easier.   I did have the chance to talk to him to say hi, catch up for a minute and to tell him I loved him the day he died.  And for that I am truly grateful.  The conversation was nothing significant, but it is one I will always remember since it was our last.  Today, more than most, I am grateful for the time I had with my dad.  Life is fragile and fleeting so be sure to stop and appreciate all the gifts in your life, no matter how small they seem.

My 4 year old daughter had an Easy LunchBoxes container filled with angels.  From the top left are pear pieces and angel shaped pears.  In the top right compartment are honeydew angels.  And in the main compartment are carrots, farfalle pasta with vegan parmesan sprinkled on top, grape tomatoes on wing bento picks and a spinach angel on top.  In the bottom right corner is a Crimson Gold apple surrounded by purple sweet potato chips and in the bottom left corner are Field Grain veggie sausages with wing food picks.

For her snack today, Miss G has a Happy Tiffin brand stainless bento box filled with dried cranberries, medjool dates, sliced kiwi, and apple angel and whole cashews.

Miss 2 year old is back to school this week to with a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left she has dried cranberries, cashews, farfalle pasta with small Field grain Italian veggie sausage pieces and a slice of Field Grain sundried tomato angel on top.  In the bottom right compartment are pear angels and in the bottom left are honeydew angels.

I packed my husband his daily fruits and vegetables in his Easy LunchBoxes container to go with his leftovers for lunch (not shown).  He has raw walnuts, the negative cutout angel pieces of honeydew melon, mini carrots, medjool dates, an apple and a clementine.

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Things I used to make this lunch:

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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.

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.


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