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I ordered a new Planetbox lunchbox for Miss G.  She is over the moon about her new box and owl carrying bag, and she’s anxious to pack her lunch in it again all by herself.  Today’s lunches are vegan, gluten free and soy free (except the pretzels which contain wheat).

Bentoriffic pasta and fruit lunch in Planetbox

I packed the first lunch for her in it.  Clockwise from the top are slices of blood orange, Go Raw Pizza flax snacks, cashews, dried aprictos and dried cranberries.  In the round stainless container is gluten free, vegan pesto macaroni in it with black olives and heirloom tomato slices. The bottom left compartment has sliced kiwi and in the middle is a coconut covered date and raisin “snow ball”.

Cukes, almonds and guac snack

For her preschool snack today, Miss G has two small bento boxes.  The top contains mini cucumbers from a local farm, and Trader Joe’s brand marcona almonds with rosemary.  The bottom container has a Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie snack pack of guac with peace pretzel chips for dipping.  At the bottom are dried mango slices.

quinoa, black beans, peas & carrots

For Miss A’s toddler lunch, she has a LunchBots Quad stainless container.  From the top left are dried cherries, rosemary roasted marcona almonds, kiwi and watermelon slices, quinoa topped with black beans, peas, carrots and shallots, and in the bottom left are carambola (star fruit) and sugar snap peas.

Happy Lunch Packing!

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Ok, well he’s a mashed potato snowman.  I live in Florida!  It’s the closest my kids will ever get here.  So I got two HUGE bags of organic potatoes this week in our organic co-op box of fruits and vegetables.  I decided we could never finish them all unless I made something big with them.  Hoping to knock out some latkes this weekend with them too.

Snowman in LunchBots by bentoriffic

Little Miss A has lunch packed in her stainless LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are blueberries and raspberries, rice and quinoa mixed under the mashed potato snowman.  He has raisin bits for eyes and a teeny carrot nose.  In the bottom right compartment are cashews and dried cranberries and in the bottom left are snowman shaped watermelon pieces.

Berries and tomatoes in Paperchase

For her morning snack, my 4 year old has her new Paperchase bentos.  On the left are organic tomatoes and purple sweet potato chips.  On the right are organic raspberries with a snowman apple on top.

Snowman in ELB by bentoriffic

And Miss G, 4, has an Easy LunchBoxes container with Israeli cous cous on baby spinach with marinaded Lighlife brand Chik’n strips on top.  To the right is her mashed potato snowman and a baseball hat pick.  In the top left compartment are mini carrots and in the top right are blueberries and raspberries.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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The Quinoa Corporation makes packages of premade polenta.  They’re perfect for a last minute dinner or snack.  The polenta they make is USDA certified organic, kosher, gluten free and fat free with no funky additives.  It comes in all different types, plain, flavored with garlic.

They also make yummy pastas with corn and quinoa and fun shapes for kids.  For today’s lunches I used their blend of corn and quinoa for added protein.  I like to cut shapes for the kids out of 1/2″ slices.  I also cook the leftover scraps for me to eat.  I either bake or grill the polenta on the stove top.  It’s pre-cooked so there’s no worry about it not being cooked long.  I cook it long enough for it to be firm and picked up by little fingers without falling apart.  Below are quinoa polenta hearts baked in a skillet on the stovetop over medium heat for about 10 minutes on each side.  In her mini dippers container is barbeque sauce for dipping.  next to the polenta hearts are a cup of raspberries and a pick of yellow grape tomatoes.  At the top left are heart shaped watermelon pieces and at the top right are cantaloupe hearts packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

For her snack today, Miss G has a LunchBots Uno with a sweet potato pumpkin shaped muffin at the top left, 2 Crimson Gold mini apples, slices of local Florida oranges with a lion pick and snow peas.

Miss A has mini leaves in her LunchBots Quad.  From the top left are watermelon leaves, cantaloupe leaves, quinoa polenta leaves and a peeled clementine surrounded by dried apricots.

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Counting down…8 more days until Halloween! Included in the link below are quick photos and simple ideas of how to fill little tummies before the sugarfest!  Click the link below for my post from last year’s kids’ party.

2011 Halloween Party Ideas For Kids

Miss G (4 years old) is having a batty bento.  She has a larger bat and smaller bat sandwich on top.  They’re pumpkin butter and almond butter sandwiches made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and cookie cutters.  Above them are a seckel pear with bat sticker and red seedless grapes.  At the top left are mini carrots and grape tomatoes and at the top right is cannellini bean bruschetta with multi colored heirloom tomatoes packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

Miss G’s snack today is Sabra hummus with pretzel sticks, dried apricots and the heart shaped container with a bat has a few cinnamon apple almonds in it as a treat.

My husband had something far less organized for lunch.  I grabbed an Easy LunchBoxes  container and threw in a rainbow of fruits & veggies.  In the main compartment are snow peas, carrots, grape tomatoes, a seckel pear and a mandarin orange.  At the top left he has quinoa lentil tabouleh from Whole Foods and at the top right is my homemade cannellini bean bruschetta.

The quickest, simplest way to get your kids to eat their fruits and vegetables is to make it fun!  If it has a peel that they’re not going to eat like a banana or an orange, color on it or put a sticker on it!  This was a simple Sharpie marker on a clementine orange that took about 1 minute to make.

As long as I get creative with it, my kids will eat just about anything.  I took last night’s teriyaki marinaded gardein brand (faux) chicken over brown rice with quinoa.  I used a bear shaped rice mold to reshape the rice/quinoa mix.  The bear cup is filled with small pieces of the soy “chicken”.  Behind the bears at the top are 2 small bear sandwiches.  The water bottle in the middle compartment is great for keeping things compact in the lunch box, and it doesn’t leak.  I do handwash this whole box and the bottle.  At the bottom are watermelon pieces in the middle, strawberries on the side and a skewer of blueberries packed in her Raspberry Goodbyn brand bynto lunchbox.

For her snack today Miss G has mini organic carrots and organic green beans with honey mustard to dip in the bear container.

Miss A (2) is still allowed to take character themed items to school.  I found this small, 2-tiered bento box on eBay this summer with Stitch on it from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch.  She LOVES it.  We’ll be using it quite a bit this school year as it’s the perfect size for her. 

On the left are small almond butter sandwiches shaped like chicks and dried cranberries below.  On the right are organic blueberries with a watermelon chick, strawberries and watermelon pieces.  She also has a snack of nectarine and pineapple pieces not shown.

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I’m outta here!  It was a last minute decision, but I think it will prove to be a great one.  I was invited last minute to the Niche Mommy conference in New Orleans this week.  I’ve never been to New Orleans so I’m really looking forward to checking the French Quarter out.  My high school symbol was the fleur de lis (goes with my French loving theme well) so I decided to do a Fleur De Lis salad for my husband.  After all, he has to take care of the kids while I learn all kinds of new blogging techniques, social media tricks, hopefully improve my photographic skills and maybe have some good old fashioned girl fun while I’m away.  The salad is baby spinach and lettuce from the local organic farm.  On top is a heart of tempeh (fermented soybeans) which reminds me of a heavy barley.  Sliced mushrooms and fleur de lis cucumbers are also on the salad.  At the top left is quinoa salad with scallions, italian parsley, red and green peppers.  And at the top right are peach sections packed in his Easy LunchBox container.  Not shown is his ginger salad dressing.

I packed myself an Easy LunchBox for the trip today.  From the top left are dried mango pieces, pretzels and crackers for dipping.  In the small blue silicone cup is Eggless Salad by one of my favorite vegan chefs, Lindsay Nixon, better known as the Happy Herbivore.  Lindsay’s recipes are simple enough to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes, and yummy enough that they will become weekly staples in your house.  If you’re looking for meatless and/or dairy free recipes, I highly recommend purchasing her cookbooks.  I have 2 and a third pre-ordered from Amazon I like them so much!  Organic strawberry hearts mini almond butter sammies and Sabra hummus make up the rest of my lunch.

Hoping everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Miss G’s first day in pre-Kindergarten was yesterday.  I definitely had a proud mom moment realizing she was excited to go and well socialized enough to look at the positives of new friends and a fun new classroom.  I also had my sad moment where I felt like I was saying goodbye to my oldest baby.  She is definitely all girl now and ready to go out & meet new friends.  It’s hard to let go sometimes.  After all, it seems like only months ago when I was staring down at a new baby wondering, “What do I DO with her?”.  There is no manual.   As parents, we just do our best one day at a time.  Off to school she goes.

She will be in school until mid-afternoon which means she needs lunch AND snacks daily that I pack for her.  She wanted her trusty almond butter and jam today, but I told her we’re working on more variety from now on.  For today, the apple sandwiches are on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with Justin’s Maple Almond butter and strawberry jam.  Along with the sandwiches are an apple pick of red seedless grapes, a silicone apple container with small Apple Cinnamon Larabar bites (I cut them into small pieces) and grape tomatoes.  She also LOVES Israeli cous cous (top left) so I mixed it with quinoa and edamame which were cooked in vegetable broth.  At the top right are blackberries and raspberries packed in her Easy LunchBox container.

For her snack I used a small 2 tiered bento box. The top compartment is mini carrots and sugar snap peas.  In the green sauce container is Tofutti sour cream for dipping and below that is a mini vegan apple cinnamon muffin.  At the bottom are dried cranberries on the left and the right has sprouted pumpkin seeds and cashews.

The hubby has a salad again.  His mixed baby greens are arugula, tat soi, baby green and red chard, and baby bok choi.  On top is a piece of teriyaki marinaded tofu, a yellow roma tomato, a green heirloom tomato and sprouted pumpkin seeds on the sides.  At the top left are blueberries and raspberries and the top right is a wild rice salad with red & green peppers and pecans packed in his Easy LunchBox container.

Wishing all of my readers’ families a smooth transition during this back to school time!


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