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Leftovers.  It’s what’s for lunch.  It’s not exciting sometimes, but it sure is a timesaver for whoever is packing lunch!

Bentoriffic- Hato Mugi and Cannellini bean dinnerI have gotten in the habit in the past few weeks of doubling my dinner recipes.  I am always grabbing lunch on the go, and it’s nice to have something I can just reheat.  Plus it makes for simple lunches the next day.  In this case, I had been browsing through Christy Morgan’s Blissful Bites cookbook while meal planning.  She suggested a grain called hato mugi.  In all my years of cooking I hadn’t ever heard of it.  It’s also called Job’s tears.  It’s a barley like grain that is actually the seed of an Asian grass that has a higher quantity of protein, fat, calcium, iron,  B vitamins and more amino acids than most grains.  It also helps with the stomach and cleansing the blood.  I decided to order some for fun.  It’s a wonderful, gluten-free grain.  My best description of it would be a heavy, more textured barley and with a more distinct taste.  I cooked  the hato mugi first.  While it was simmering, I cooked cannellini and pinto beans separately with lemon juice, garlic rosemary, salt and a bit of tahini.  When it was done, I arranged it over the grain.

Bentoriffic- Hato mugi and bean heart leftover lunchAnd above is the same dish packed in an Easy LunchBoxes container for lunch the next day.  The beans got a bit smooshed when I stored it overnight, but I just added fresh fruit in the morning (honeydew melon balls and mango slices).  Lunch is served.

Bentoriffic- bear bento lunchMiss G wanted bears today so I obliged.  She has mini sandwiches in the bottom left with bear faces stamped on them.  Above are cashews, a date, almond and raisin ball rolled in coconut and grape tomatoes on bear picks. In the top right are fresh mango slices with more little bears, and in the bottom right are strawberry hearts and a silicone bear cup with honeydew melon balls packed in her Planetbox stainless lunchbox.

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It was Miss A’s birthday this week.  She turned 3.   I think every mother sits back and asks where the time went.  It certainly doesn’t feel like 3 years ago!  In any case, I made her a special birthday lunch, and her Easy LunchBoxes container came back empty which is always a sign of success to me.

Bentoriffic- Three Years Old bento

I used the LunchPunch birthday cake cutter on Rudi’s Whole Wheat bread.  Inside is Justin’s Almond butter with a bit of agave nectar.  I cut a 3 out of  Stretch Island fruit leather and used a tiny heart cutter for the flames of the candles.  On either side of the sandwich are heart picks of organic blueberries.  In the top left compartment are 3 pineapple chunks and three candle cupcake picks and in the top right are 3 number 3 pieces of watermelon and a date and raisin ball rolled in coconut.

Stitch present

Her favorite present?  A Stitch action figure which I found on eBay.  He speaks alien, makes laser gun noises and comes with green alien drool.  I know, I’m not winning mother of the year in some people’s eyes, but she LOVES her Lilo and Stitch Disney movies.

Bentoriffic- Cupcake by Miss G

Miss G wanted to make her own lunch today so I obliged.  She had a cupcake shaped sandwich with the same LunchPunch set.  She filled it with chocolate almond butter and cut a fruit leather cherry for the top.  She also has organic blueberries and ice cream cone shaped watermelon pieces in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Bentoriffic- BBQ beans and veggies bento

My husband is having last night’s leftovers of barbeque black eyed peas, beans and vegetables.  It’s as simple as it sounds. Cook black eyed pease and your favorite beans (I used pintos) or open the can & dump into a skillet.  In a separate skillet I cooked 2 carrots chopped, 1 shallot finely chopped, 1 cup of peas and 2 turnips and sauteed them in a separate skillet until cooked.  I used about a 1/2 cup of barbeque sauce and coated the beans while heating them.  When the vegetables were done cooking, I merged the two and coated it all with the barbeque sauce.  Dinner is served!  In the top left are pineapple pieces and in the right compartment are watermelon pieces in his Easy Lunchboxes container.

Please click on each photo to find out where I bought tools I used to make this lunch:

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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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