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Who has time to make these lunches?  If I had a nickel for every time someone said that to me, I’d have a whole lot more in savings.  The answer is anyone.  It doesn’t take as much time as you think.  Grab a mini cutter and try it!   Today I’m posting some not as pretty lunches.  They took me about 5 minutes each to make.  Still cute, still healthy and barely any time at all.

One of my favorite lunch tools is the Lunch Punch cutter sets.  They are super quick, cute and simple to make lunches.  At the top left are pluot slices and sugar snap peas.  At the top right are raspberries and a watermelon whale packed in a Lunchbots Uno.

Miss Four Year old had mini leaf and flower sandwiches are almond butter and jam with hummus and black bean crackers for dipping at the top.  Her Goodbyn Bynto lunchbox has a water bottle that fits in the middle and below that I packed sugar snap peas and watermelon pieces.

My husband had leftovers from dinner that we will definitely be making again!  I made my own version of this recipes for Six Sisters’ Stuff Spicy Rice and Bean Wraps that I found on Pinterest.  I made it vegan, and I keep out the spice at least for the ones I made for the little ones.  We added a little salsa on the adult versions at our house.

I used whole grain tortillas for the wrap.  In a bowl I mixed  1 cup of brown rice and quinoa mixed, 1 can of pinto beans (what I had in the pantry), and 1 tsp cumin.  I smeared a small bit of Tofutti brand vegan sour cream on the tortilla, then I loaded up with rice, quinoa and pinto bean mixture and added some julienned carrots and cucumbers on top.  I rolled them tightly, cut & served with sides of green and red salsa for the adults.   Dinner and leftovers for lunch too!  At the bottom I packed some sliced kiwi and cantaloupe in a LunchBots Duo.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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So I know this isn’t a bento post, but it’s still cute food so I guess I can pass it off.  Last weekend we threw a Pinkalicious birthday party  at the community swimming pool for our 4 year old..  As one of my neighbors said, I “went bento” on the fruit.  It was a fun party once it started, but my note to self is that I shouldn’t have taken most of the preparation on by myself.  I thought the project was manageable until I found myself cutting fruit hearts at 1:30 am the night before the party, and then I realized I must be crazy to think I could do it all alone.  Of course, I owe some credit to the idea which I found on Pinterest.

and a great watermelon on a stick idea from my blogger friend Keeley McGuire Blog

Here’s what I came up with:

GRAPE SKEWERS

HEART SHAPED MELON SKEWERS (HONEYDEW, CANTALOPE AND WATERMELON)

MORE SKEWERS OF HONEYDEW & STRAWBERRIES

AND WATERMELON HEARTS ON POPSICLE STICKS.  IDEA COURTESY OF KEELEY MCGUIRE BLOG.   THANKS AGAIN, KEELEY!  THE WATERMELON DIDN’T STAY ON THE SMALL WOODEN SKEWERS AS WELL AS I HAD HOPED SO I REMEMBERED HER POPSICLE STICK IDEA & VOILA!  PROBLEM SOLVED.

MY FRIEND LIGA AT LIGA’S SWEET CREATIONS MADE THE PINKALICIOUS CUPCAKES FROM SCRATCH & HAND DECORATED THEM ALL.  SHE EVEN MADE FONDANT CHERRIES SINCE I DIDN’T WANT ALL THE FOOD DYE FROM THE MARACHINO CHERRIES.  SHE USED ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS AND FOOD BASED, NATURAL FOOD DYES.  SHE IS AMAZING.  THE CUPCAKES WERE THE ONLY THING THAT WEREN’T VEGAN, BUT THEY WERE INCREDIBLE!

I was determined to keep the party as healthy as possible but still fun for the kids.  I had 3 trays of skewers and about 20 kids there.  There were only 7 skewers left at the end of the party!  I was so glad I spent all that time cutting those hearts when I knew my friends’ kids were all going home not filled with junk.  There was also a basket of clementine oranges and pretzels with hummus.  I wanted to use natural food dye to make the hummus pink, but I decided against my plan so that I could do the individual hummus packs & keep them cool.  It was about 87 degrees here on Saturday which is always tricky keeping fresh fruit and other foods safe AND fresh.  We had organic tea, raspberry lemonade and ice waters for everyone to drink.

Again, because the party was outside, I kept decorations pretty simple but VERY pink.  We had pink tissue paper flowers, hot pink lanterns, pink baskets for all the Pinkalicious plates, cups & napkins and I was able to use some of my spring pink baskets that I have to put things in.  I bought two glass vases from the dollar store, filled them with pink Peeps (not for eating), shredded pink recycled paper on top and used them to hold some of the party favors for the girls which doubled as the centerpieces.  They had pink and purple flower wands in one and pearl wands or pinwheels for the smaller siblings who attended.

The treat bags that went home had some Pinkalicious stickers & temporary tattoos for the girls and prince/knight themed ones for the boys.  Each child also got a cookie cutter of a crown, a unicorn (for Goldilicious, Pinkalicious’ imaginary unicorn friend) or a frog for the boys.  It was tough to figure the boy part out, but they all had fun.

A big thanks to all Miss G’s friends who were there, and we missed all those who couldn’t make it.  Happy Friday!

Pinterest is great for so many things.  I am not very organized so I find it fabulous for filing away creative ideas.  I have made a few recipes from the foods I’ve pinned.  Many were good and some were terrible.  I wanted to pass on this one that’s a tried & true keeper.  I like it because I don’t have to turn on the oven, the kids can actually help with them and despite their sweet taste, you sneak in a 1/2 cup of ground flax seed for fiber, vitamins, protein and omega-3s.  Make sure to buy ground  flax seed or grind yourself at home for the full benefits and store in the refrigerator to keep it from going rancid.

Be careful not to eat too many!  They are SO yummy and also pack a lot of fats into one bite so limit how many you eat.   I substituted for vegan chocolate chips and agave nectar.  Peanut allergic houses can revise and add SunButter or another nut butter to make them safe.

Here’s what the pin looks like:

And the recipe as written from Pinterest:

1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter), 1/3 cup honey 1 cup coconut flakes, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1 tsp vanilla Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

At home with just dry ingredients:

I recommend adding more agave nectar or honey than the recipe says.  The first time I made them they didn’t stick together well.  This time I added approximately 1/2 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of agave, and they stuck together much better.  Again, it depends on how you like them.  You can always add more and re-refrigerate before making them if you decide they’re not sticking together well.

Here’s my end result.  Yum!


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