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This afternoon we had some friends over to play.  I made some quick snacks with our FunBites Luv It cutters.  The girls had almond butter and jam mini sandwiches, strawberry hearts and this snack had a plum mouse with pumpkin seed eyes and nose and a Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred for the tail.

The second snack is a guacamole face with pretzel dippers and sliced olive eyes.  The mouth is a piece of Daiya (dairy free) cheese shred.  I made the rest of the FunBites mini sandwiches of almond butter and jam and strawberry hearts.

My husband had a baby spinach salad with teriyaki marinaded tofu in the middle and in slices around the edges.  I used a mini cookie cutter for the house shape.  I also included some yellow heirloom tomatoes.  At the top left are plum wedges and cantaloupe houses, and at the top right is a leftover soba noodle salad with cucumbers, scallions, radishes and carrots all packed in his Easy Lunchbox.  Not shown was his favorite ginger dressing.

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Sometimes the quick lunches turn out better than the planned ones.  The planned lunch I made today turned out to be a disaster.  I ate the scraps and grabbed for the cookie cutters!  Pastry cutters to be exact.  These are my new favorite tools for smaller foods.  I found mine at Amazon and at a local baking shop.  They have a plunger so they’re easy to release after pushing down on the foods to get the imprint.  They are easy to use on bread, fruit, vegetables and of course pastries.   I used the LOVE heart for the sandwiches and the cherries to cut watermelon pieces.

My girls wanted just almond butter today.  I ended up having to make tons more watermelon and grapes after these lunches were gone.  And Voila…cute lunch in about 3 minutes start to finish!

And last night’s dinner was so simple and good that I’m including it today too.  We had vegan BLTs for the first time since giving up meat & dairy, and they were surprisingly great!  I used our usual Rudi’s Whole Grain bread toasted.  Spread a dab of Earth Balance Coconut Spread and dab of Earth Balance Mindful Mayo on either side.  I sliced organic tomatoes, romaine,  and cooked some Smoky Maple Tempeh (soybean) “Bacon” strips to complete the sandwiches.  Tempeh is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the essential amino acids,  for those of you who may be wondering how non-meat eaters get our protein.  I also added avocados to all our sandwiches.  They were delicious!

It was a quick, simple dinner, but it was also important to me because it’s another meal that my husband and both kids LOVED and didn’t miss the meat or dairy one bit.  One more step in a healthier direction for us!

Can’t forget the salad!  My husband is the salad ingredient guinea pig around here.  If it tastes badly, he lets me know.  Today I slipped in a bunch of sprouts I found at our local Whole Foods.  They were mixed sprouted adzuki, lentil and mung beans.  The salad is mixed greens, mini cucumbers, sprouts, and sugar snap peas with a side of ginger dressing not shown.  At the top left are pineapple pieces and the top right are Rainier cherries packed in an Easy LunchBox.

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I am not posting for the rest of the week so I can spend time with my family for a long weekend.  Just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th!

Miss G had a large star made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread and a pumpernickel star sandwich.  Next to that she has a star container of organic cherries.  At the top left is a homemade mini pumpkin spice muffin.  I cut a star out of the top and filled it with a small bit of vegan cream cheese.  At the top right are watermelon and cantaloupe stars packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A had her version of the same with stacked peek-a-boo star sandwiches.  Above the sandwich is the same homemade mini pumpkin spice muffin with a small star of vegan cream cheese in the top and a star of cherries. At the top left she has blueberries sprinkled with raw goji berries on top.  At the top right she has cantaloupe and watermelon stars packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

My husband got in on the festivities with as much flair as I could pull off in his salad.  His salad is baby kale & spinach topped with sunflower seeds, zucchini stars and cherry tomatoes.  At the top left is a black plum and at the top right is a homemade vegan cornbread muffin all packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

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Today’s lunch was a quickie.  My kids were starving and not willing to wait for my usual lunch antics and photos before eating.  Sheesh!  After all, they are 2 & 4.  They have the patience of a gnat.  So I whipped out my latest fun tool to try out, and this is what I got.  4 hearts and a diamond sandwich pockets made from Rudi’s Whole Grain bread, Justin’s Almond Butter and jam.  The owls are “sitting” on 2 Snyder’s braided whole grain pretzel sticks.  There are 2 heart watermelon pieces and a bunch of seedless red grapes below.

I pressed them in my newest toy from Bento USA below.

My husband gets a baby green salad with swiss chard, arugula and spinach underneath.  On top are orange heirloom tomatoes slices, baby carrots, chopped celery, green onions and sugar snap peas packed in his Easy Lunch Box.  At the top left are watermelon chunks and at top right are Rainier cherries.

I loved some of the suggestions I got from the giveaway comments so I’m putting many of them into action in the upcoming weeks.  One of the comments from Mandie was that she wanted to see superhero lunches.   My kids are so young the have few superheros that they actually know yet, but I decided that they’d probably love the lunches anyway.

Miss A gets the Batman lunch.   She has an almond butter and jam sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  Batman’s mask and bat are made from Stretch Island brand grape fruit leather, and his eyes are vegan cheese. The bat picks surrounding the sandwich are sliced green grapes and blueberries.  She has honeydew melon bats. and dried cranberries and raspberries at the top.

Miss G has the Spiderman lunch today.  I used a spiderweb cookie cutter and made the web strings from Stretch Island Fruit leather.  Spidey’s eyes are made from vegan cheese.  The spider picks on the sides are tiny organic grape tomatoes.  She also has Spidey eye shaped honeydew melon pieces are at the top right with the spider and at the left are raspberries with a vegan cheese star on top.  Both lunches are packed in Easy Lunch Boxes.

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My littlest cherub asked for an angel lunch today so I pulled out the Christmas cutters in June.  This one was done quickly so not a lot of detail, but she enjoyed it.  She has a vegan deli slice and vegan cheese on Rudi’s whole grain bread.  Next to the sandwich is a Late July brand organic chocolate cookie with a dried apricot angel on top.  The top half of her LunchBots Duo box is (clockwise) blueberries, cantaloupe, and in the flower cup watermelon with a honeydew angel on top.

Miss G couldn’t make up her mind so I made her a tulip lunch.  Hers has the same vegan deli slice with vegan cheese on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  To the right are plum sections in the orange flower cup.  At the top left are picks of blueberries, honeydew melon circles in the pink flower cup and a Late July organic chocolate cookie with dried apricots tulips on top.

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My girls are at home with me during they day so unless we have an outing, we’re not packing many bento-style lunches these days.  Miss G is under the weather with a fever so we’re on quarantine for a few days too until she’s well.

Today Miss A asked more more little sandwiches.  I have some great options from my sets that I got from Bento USA.  I used the flower cutter from this set for her little flower sandwiches.  Click on the picture for the link to their site.

Miss A had Tofurkey deli slices on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  I used zucchini for the white flowers and the leftover rind for the stems of the flowers.  From the top left are Way Better brand Simply Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips (they have chia seeds and quinoa in them!), watermelon flowers and a flower of guacamole for dipping on the right.

Miss Sicky has a flop of a lunch.  I really meant to take some time with the teapot, but the more I tried the worse it looked.  Sometimes the image in my head is much prettier than the lunch itself. The teapot sandwich is a Tofurkey deli slice sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  The top is a slice of Vegan brand cheese.  I stared with a food coloring marker, and it went down hill from there.  I ripped the teapot handle, and I had to cover up some messy polka dots with some bad-for-you heart sprinkles to salvage it.  At the top left are watermelon flowers and at the top right are zucchini flowers.  The best part with little kids is that they even love the failures.

For all the smaller flowers, I use the flower cutter from this set of small cutters that I have.  I get lots of questions about which tools I use the most so I’m trying to include photos and links to those products for those who are interested.  I love these cutters because they never rust, they’re very easy to clean, and you can use them for just about any food item you want to cut.  If you click on the photo, it will take you to Bento USA’s site for more bento accessories.

Today is the last day to enter to win my FunBites Giveaway.

Click on the link below and be sure to use separate comments for each chance to win your choice of the Luv It or Cube It cutter.

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Stay tuned for another giveaway right around the corner!!!  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend.


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