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For last night’s dinner we had quinoa pasta.  I love that I can find healthy, fun pasta for my kids in great shapes.  The Quinoa Corporation makes these garden pagodas that I cooked with Lightlife brand vegan italian sausages and marinara sauce and grape tomatoes.  The thing I really like about the quinoa pasta is that it’s organic, non-GMO (not genetically modified), gluten-free and use plant based colors.  Better than that they don’t get mushy and my kids love them.  I decorated with vegan (non-dairy) cheese butterflies. At the bottom are two small apple slices with a butterfly and a G for Miss G with the opposite color plugged into the cutout packed in her Goodbyn bynto lunchbox.

For her snack today, Miss G has black seedless grapes, honeydew melon and the red butterfly cutout from her apple in the middle packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento box.

Little Miss 2 year old has the mini version of the same lunch of quinoa garden pagoda pasta, vegan italian sausage pieces, vegan cheese butterflies and a yellow flower cup of red and green apple butterfly pieces with raspberries at the top packed in her LunchBots Duo.

My husband’s lunch is the third more adult version with vegan cheese hearts, a plum at the top left and a d’anjou pear sliced at the top right packed in his Easy LunchBoxes container.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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So the Bento Blog Network is having Hello Kitty week.  I put in a lunch from last year, but I am overdue for a Hello Kitty lunch considering how crazy Miss G is over her.  This one would have been fabulous had I put it together last night.  Since I did it in a rush this morning I had to patch a few botched cheese oopsies.   The actual sandwich is cut from a circle biscuit cutter on Rudi’s 14 Grain Bread with almond butter & jam.  The cheese for Hello Kitty’s face is Veggy brand “Mozzarella” cheese made from soy.   It tastes just like cheese to me but it’s a lot more fragile to cut than real cheese (hence the tearing).  I used a template and a tiny paring knife to cut her face out. The bow underneath was a bit mangled so I made a new one of a raisin in the middle and 2 Craisins for the outside.  The whiskers are fruit leather strips poked into her face to stay.  The top left cup has watermelon and strawberry flowers and the top right cup has spinach leaves for garnish, blueberries underneath and a plum slice flower.

Little Miss A has been a super picky eater as of late.  The terrible 2s have really set in with her.  She’s come out of her little shell chucking food and climbing furniture like a pro these days.  Appropriately she gets a little monster today for lunch.  On the right side are quinoa veggie curl pasta with eggplant meatballs.  His eyes & nose are made from the same Veggy “cheese” slice, his mouth is a crinkle cut mini carrot and above his eyes are Daiya vegan  “cheese” shreds.  On the left are watermelon and strawberry flowers packed in her polar bear bento box by Gel-Cool.

Please don’t forget to visit the Bento Blog Network and vote for your favorite Hello Kitty bento!  (HINT: mine are #20 and #23!)


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