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EYE love pasta!  I really do, and so do my kids.  What’s even better is that this stuff is homemade.  Not by me, but my local pasta place here in Sarasota, Florida, Peperonata Pasta.

They make all their pasta here in town, and it’s sold at Whole Foods stores all over the state.  I usually pick some up from the owners themselves at the local Sarasota or San Marco Plaza farmer’s markets on the weekend.  They make Vegan pasta that is incredible and loaded with healthy grains like quinoa, flax seed and millet.  There are never leftovers in our house!

Above is Peperonata’s tagliatelle vegan pasta topped with 2 eyeball rings and grape tomatoes.  Underneath the sliced  strawberries at the top are golden grapes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes.

For her snack this afternoon, Miss G had sliced apples and ants on a log (celery with SunButter and raisins on top).

So I spotted this glow-in-the-dark container at the store.  It was filled with Skittles.  Of course, I dumped the Skittles and filled it with trail mix.  The mouth twists open and shut.  I love this for raisins, seeds, etc to make healthy snacks fun.

My husband had a container of soup (not shown) and this fruity bento to go along with it.  At the top left are mango chunks, the top right is a clementine with Jack Skellington drawn on it.  My kids are still to young for movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, but I love it.   Who doesn’t love a good Tim Burton movie?  In the bottom compartment are green grapes, sliced dapple dandy pluots, and d’anjou pear sections packed in an Easy LunchBoxes container.

Some of my bento blogging friends also did Jack Skellington lunches.  Click on each one to find more Halloween ideas!

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Happy Monday!  It’s a perfect fall day here in Florida.  Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Miss G is the only one in school today.  She has a Rudi’s brand Cinnamon Raisin spelt bagel with almond butter & jam.  I stuck on two candy eyes with almond butter.  Next to the sandwich she has grapes and raspberries.  The hair is Shirataki tofu noodles.  The face reminds me a bit of Beeker from The Muppets.  At the top left is leftover rice pilaf and the top right are watermelon pieces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack she has sliced kiwi and sections of Dapple Dandy Pluots packed in a sistema snack bento.

We recently got in our new LunchBots thermal insulated containers for winter soups & stews.  It keeps foods hot of cold for hours.  This morning I put in boiling water, let it stand in the container for about 10 minutes, poured it out and poured in the heated stew.

Last night’s dinner was Gardein brand “beef” tips made of vital wheat gluten and cooked in vegetable broth with a mixture of vegetables including potatoes, carrots, fresh corn off the cob, celery, edamame and tomatoes with some spices added.

The winner of my GreenPaxx reusable straws and lids giveaway is Corey from Family Fresh Meals!

Everyone is still a winner as Cindy from http://greenpaxx.com is offering 20% off with the coupon code SUMMER at checkout on her website through September 14th, 2012.  Some of her products are also available on Amazon.com.

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.

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Hello Bentoriffic readers! I’m Cristi, a friend of Sarah’s and
a fellow bento blogger
(at BentOnBetterLunches). I’m delighted to
have this opportunity to guest post on one of my favourite blogs!
Sarah is an inspiration in healthy food choices and creative bento
making! I chose our PlanetBox for this guest lunch, since I know she
doesn’t have one of those … yet!

We did Kid’s Choice lunches at our house today. That’s something we do
when I don’t have a lunch plan, and/or we are low on groceries, and
maybe don’t have enough of everything for everyone. I take out a
selection of what we do have from all the food groups, and let the
little ones decide what to fill the sections of their bento boxes
with. I’m often pleasantly surprised by their choices too!

3½ year old Birdie and I packed this PlanetBox together, but she chose
everything that went in it. Birdie loves elephants, so it was no
surprise that she wanted to include elephant picks, or that she chose
to put them in the strawberries and pluots – they were the first
things she asked to have in her lunch. I think she could happily live
on fruit alone – well, no, she’d want cheese as well. But we were out
of cheese.

She liked these colourful silicone mini squares, so we picked out some
little nibbles to fill them with – NatureBox dried apples &
organic Mighty Mix, raisins, and Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies:

Like her mama, Birdie has a sweet tooth, so she also chose some
chocolatey peanut butter granola bars her big sister Bella made over
the weekend (that are secretly healthy), marshmallow stars, sprinkles
on her yogurt – specifically butterfly sprinkles. And she insisted
her spoon be included in this photo:

Of course, the sweets were the first things she ate. She eventually
did eat some of everything – although she spit the dried apple back
out, pronouncing it “yucky chewy”. Oh well, at least she tried it! A
sampler-style lunch like this is good for that.

My other sproutlets had similar lunches, except for my middle son, who
had his usual PB. Here’s his “plane” peanut butter sandwich, made with
a Lunch Punch:

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at what’s for lunch at someone
else’s house while Sarah’s away – although I’m sure you’re looking
forward to her return, and seeing more of her terrifically artistic
& nutritious lunches – I know I am!

It’s been well over a week since I’ve made a decent meal for my kids so thank you for being so patient as we recover from our ailments!  The girls are both back for their half days of preschool this week.  Little A, who is 19 months, is either finishing her whole lunch or barely eating.  She adores school so sometimes she’s just distracted.  She has definitely decided for now that she does not like sandwiches so I have to be very creative with what to feed her. Miss G on the other hand only wants peanut buttter & jelly or turkey & cheese on whole grain bread every single day.  Yesterday she requested a butterfly.  I used a plastic cookie cutter (SUPER simple), cut the body out of strawberry fruit leather & stuck candy heart decorations on the wings with honey.  The antennae are decorative picks.

Miss G’s favorite fruit as of late is pluots.  They’re a hybrid of a plum & apricot mixed.  They look like a wild plum.  There are a few different varieties, but our favorite kind is the dapple dandies.  They taste like a slice of candy.  If you haven’t had one, they are a must try in any variety.  Her fruit container has half of a pluot sliced underneath, heart shaped strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.

Miss A got leftover Annie’s Organic spiral macaroni with edamame mixed in, Babybel cheese hearts on top with 2 of the candy heart decorations on top. On the left side in the silicone sheep are cashews and above are mandarin oranges, blackberries and raspberries.  The girls both had Lifeway kefir pouches and apple sauce as well.


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