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Today I’m starting with my husband’s salad since it’s the prettiest.  Since school has been out for a week for my kids, I’m enjoying a bit of lazy lunch time.

The salad is baby romaine & mixed greens on the bottom.  The deep pink stars are watermelon radishes, the almost white stars are zucchini, and also included are yellow squash slices and carrot slices.  At the top right are seedless green grapes with dried apricot stars on top.  At the top left are our taco leftovers of Lifelight Smart Grounds (faux beef) mixed with black beluga lentils and heirloom tomatoes sliced on top packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

So we packed a lunch for the local aquarium today.  We love it at Mote Marine Laboratory because we get to watch them feed sharks, see the graceful manatees eat, witness first hand how they rehabilitate the local sea turtles, dolphins and other sea life.

I packed a dolphin for Miss G with lots of snacking fruit & veggies.  She has green grapes, at the top left are grape tomatoes with a dolphin pick.  At the top right are raspberries, blueberries, mangoes, prunes and dried apricots on picks.

Miss A had leftover pieces of  Field Roast from dinner last night made by The Grain Meat Company.  It’s a vegan roast made entirely from wheat, grains and vegetables and tastes a whole lot like a normal roast.  It will be on my shopping list for the holidays for sure!  Yum!

And she got my very messy attempt at using a template for rice.  I tried sprinkling cinnamon on her brown rice over a fish template.  It was supposed to look like a fish, but it’s barely recognizable.  On the top of her LunchBots are swords of grapes, blueberries and raspberries.

Not shown was my sandwich & fruit which were also eaten (mostly) by my kids!

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I looked at the school calendar yesterday and realized it’s rainbow week at the girls’ school.  I didn’t have anything naturally blue today so I just left it out & put food in blue cups instead rather than coloring something blue.  Boring, I know.

The coolest thing in the lunches is the bread which, admittedly, I did not make.  I have to give full credit and mad props to my baking envy of Astrid over at Lunch Fit For A Kid.  I have seen her amazing baking skills from breads to cakes and homemade rolls.  This girl can BAKE!  So I begged, and pleaded and bribed her to make me a loaf of her rainbow pan de mie.  Please click on the link here for her recipe for the Rainbow Pan de Mie.  She “veganized” it for me by using soy milk in place of the cow’s milk whey.  It was even more beautiful than I’d seen in her blogs, and my kids went nuts over it.  I even made vegan Easter french toast with it this past Sunday, and it was yummy!  I am not a great baker, and so I was extra grateful to have Astrid make something so special for my family.  Thanks again!

Here’s how our loaf turned out:

And this is Miss G’s lunch today.  From the bottom left up, she has strawberries, a mandarin orange, pineapple chunks and yellow pear tomatoes from our garden.  At the top left in the blue cup are sauteed broccoli & cauliflower, green pear tomatoes and kohlrabi slices in the middle for the purple.  I’m betting they won’t get eaten, but the rule in our house is that she has to at least TRY it.  At top right are three prunes surrounding some organic Lemon Snap spelt cookies that I found at Whole Foods.  And at the bottom right is her tulip sandwich on the rainbow bread filled with almond butter and jam all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little A had her own version of a rainbow lunch today. This week is also the letter “U” so her tiny sandwich is a U.  From the top left clockwise, she has strawberries, half of a mandarin orange, at top right are leftover pieces of a Quorn brand meatless & soy free Vegan burger, her rainbow “U” almond butter & jam sandwich, dried cherries, kohlrabi, and pineapple and honeydew melon in the middle packed in her LunchBots Duo.

Lastly is my husband’s salad for lunch.  He is in on the rainbow theme too.  He has a spinach and baby greens salad.  On top are red bell peppers, orange heirloom tomatoes, yellow zucchini, spinach, raddichio, and kohlrabi on top packed in his LunchBots Uno.  Everyone in our family totes CamelBak bottles with filtered ice water throughout the day.

For more great rainbow ideas, please go visit The Rainbow Connection at Bent On Better Lunches.

I was voted Bento of the week on the Bento Blog Network!
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Bento of the Week Winner

Yay! Thank you so much to all of you who voted for me. I appreciate it, and I am honored!

Here’s the bento that won:

https://bentoriffic.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/i-vant-to-eat-your-lunch/

Little Miss A had dress up day today at school so she’s decked out in her Minnie Mouse dress & polka dot bow today.    Miss G is home with me still under the weather, but resting in full Cinderella decor on the couch.  I sent Miss A with a turkey & cheese on pumpernickel cat sandwich, Applegate turkey dog stars and a moon marshmallow on the left.  On the right are watermelon cats, a pasta skewer of sliced green grapes, prunes and dried cranberries.  She also has an ice water and a whole milk, berry flavored Lifeway Kefir pouch with her lunch.


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