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We’re sharing a bit of the winter bugs going around so it’s only my 4 year old at school today. Hope everyone is staying healthy!

Pasta with tofu and red pepper stars

She’s having soba noodle pasta with Italian seasoned tofu stars and red pepper stars mixed in for color.  In the top left compartment of the Easy Lunchboxes container is a seckel pear and mini carrots in the top right.

Apple, raspberries and cashews

Snack in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box includes organic raspberries, a crimson gold organic apple and cashews and pistachios in the round container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Today is an important day.  Not the day to be apathetic & say that your voice doesn’t make a difference.  It does.  As Americans, we have the great privilege of living in a country that allows us freedoms and rights that were fought for and earned.  Regardless of who you will vote for, please go today and exercise your rights!

GO VOTE!

I made Miss G a patriotic bento today.  She has grilled non-dairy grilled cheese (Daiya brand) sandwiches on whole grain and pumpernickel with 2 tiny crimson gold apples and a Liberty Bell pick, dried apricots and an Easy LunchBoxes mini dippers container with cashews.  In the top left compartment are yellow and red grape tomatoes and at the top right is vegan pesto pasta with an American flag pick packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack from the top left are carambola/star fruit slices, a peeled clementine, star shaped watermelon pieces and plum slices in her LunchBots Uno.

Miss A has her scaled down version of the same lunch.  From the top left she has sliced strawberries, vegan pesto pasta, watermelon stars and Daiya grilled (dairy free) cheese sandwiches.

We had a rough morning in our house yesterday, and I failed to get a photo of one of the lunches.  Miss G’s lunch was ditalini pasta leftover from dinner.  I added steamed edamame and sliced grape tomatoes in one half of her LunchBots Duo container and on the left side are raspberries and seckel pear halves.

I decided to carve a clementine jack-o-lantern for Miss G’s snack.  It’s not perfect, but it was fun to make and she really liked it.  I placed sliced kiwi around the clementine and not shown is cinnamon applesauce as part of her snack in her Happy Tiffin bento container.

More Halloween fun coming tomorrow!

The smaller it is the more they eat.  I keep thinking about a mom sized stomach and forgetting to tailor to the pip squeaks.  I think every parent packing lunch needs that reminder.  If not, then this is just for me 🙂  Pack small portions and bite sized morsels!

From the top left are nectarine and mango slices with a duck pick, duck heart-shaped sandwiches, a sliced red d’anjou pear at the bottom right and gobbetti curly wheat pasta with green zebra striped heirloom tomato slices packed in her LunchBots Uno.

Little Miss A had a similar lunch.  From the top left are strawberries, mango & nectarine pieces, gobbetti curly pasta with kidney beans and a sectioned plum at the bottom left packed in her Hello Kitty Sanrio lunchbox.

Things I used to make this lunch:

Lots of love in these lunches today.   Some leftover love too.  I don’t like to waste food so Miss G has leftover spelt pasta with marinara today.  At the top right is forbidden rice with sweet potatoes and a baked potato heart on top from last night’s dinner.  In the main compartment are mini almond butter heart sandwiches on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, strawberry and watermelon hearts and green seedless grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G started a new preschool this fall, and she’s not allowed to have any characters on her lunchboxes, water bottles, etc.  Luckily we get a ton of use out of our Easy Lunchboxes and LunchBots containers.  I did scour the internet for new bento boxes to have on hand, and I found a company called Happy Tiffin.  They make old school tin lunchbox containers, stackable stainless containers, and they have an adorable line for kids that is perfect for us.  The one we chose is called “Lunch Time”.  They’re a bit more expensive, but from experience my stainless bento boxes stand the test of time.  Since these are going to be passed down to Miss A (2),  I decided it was worth it.

I packed the Lunch Time tiffin for snack with strawberry hearts, large green grapes and coconut milk peach yogurt in the stainless container for dipping.

My husband had leftovers today too with a giant bento of leftover pasta (not shown).  He has a mixed green salad with purple cabbage and carrot hearts.  At the top left are seedless green grapes and top right are jicama slices sprinkled with chili powder and lime for squeezing on top packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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.

I was excited to try making a little Dora sandwich for the little one . Dora is her favorite.  I simply cut a circle for the face out of whole grain bread.  I cut the fruit leather hair with the top half of a circle cutter and then cut the small pieces by hand.  I used the royal icing eyes and cut the bottoms off .  The rest of the face is fruit leather as well for the pupils, nose, mouth & tongue.  More leftover macaroni & cheese with veggies mixed in, blueberries and strawberries for the sides.

Little Miss G got sort of a strange creation for her lunch.  It started out at Rapunzel, but it wasn’t coming a long well and it was late last night so she ended up with my creation of a mermaid.  She has a whole grain sandwich for the face.  The body and tail are the heel of the bread.  She has a fruit leather face and think spaghetti hair sprinkled with fresh romano.  Organic blueberries are underneath her and two heart shaped strawberries are next to her.  Her carrot flowers are covering the girly parts and the rest of the carrots are supposed to be the scales of her tail.  Miss G told me it looked like a messy doll, but she ate it all anyway.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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