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My favorite pasta place in town, Peperonata Pasta in Sarasota, FL has started making gluten free, egg free, soy based pasta, and we love the fun shapes!  I buy it at the Saturday Farmer’s Market fresh.  These creste shapes are made to look like a rooster’s comb, and my kids love them!

Bentoriffic G pasta bentoI cooked the pasta and then stirred in some seasoned black beans, steamed broccoli and topped with black olives.  Included are honeydew melon and cantaloupe balls and a silicone cup of red grape tomatoes in my 4 year old’s Easy LunchBoxes container.

Bentoriffic fruity snack bentoA simple fruity snack box went off with Miss G today too.  In her LunchBots Uno, she has watermelon, strawberries, pineapple and kiwi slices.

Bentoriffic gluten free pasta with rainbow fruitLittle Miss just turned 3 has a smaller version of the same gluten free pasta with black beans and broccoli with black olives and a rainbow of fresh fruit in her LunchBots Duo with sliced kiwi, pineapple and watermelon pieces.  Both girls have ice water daily with their lunches.

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Miss G’s preschool is reviewing day in English this week, next week in Spanish.  Wednesday’s lunch is leftover dinner.  We had homemade fusilli pasta from Peperonata Pasta, a local company here in Sarasota that makes delicious homemade vegan pasta.  I mixed in butter beans and edamame, vegan pesto and organic cherry tomatoes in the shape of a W for Wednesday.  I used a cookie cutter to stamp a messy W in a large apple piece at the top left and the top right are seedless organic black grapes packed in her Easy Lunchbox container.

For her snack today, Miss G had circles of honeydew melon and watermelon with raspberry flavored So Delicious coconut milk yogurt in the small stainless container packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless bento.

And Miss A (2) had the same smaller portions of the vegan pesto fusilli pasta too packed in her LunchBots Quad.  She also had honeydew circles, pineapple and plum pieces and watermelon circles in her lunch.

We are so fortunate to live in Florida where we have exposure to so much marine life and education.  My kids get great learning experiences whether it’s at the beach or at the local aquarium.  We also get to visit the birds and mammals who have been injured from fishing lines, plastic bags and other various injuries and watch them rehabilitate here and be released.   During turtle nesting season here (now, spring through fall) we see the roped off sea turtle nests and have even found sea turtle eggs after they’ve hatched.  At our local aquarium, Mote Marine Laboratory, we get to visit the hatchlings when they are there before their release and the older turtles who live there.  They have loggerhead and green turtles which are both native to the area.  Mote does a lot of great research and education in our area and in other areas of the state.  We are lucky!

Miss G has my cartoonish version of a sea turtle.  They’re much cuter in person!  She has a Justin’s Almond Butter and jam sandwich on Rudi’s Whole Grain bread.  The fun pie pieces on its back and its eyes are made from dairy free cheese.  His legs are made from the crusts.  At top left are nectarine slices and a watermelon octopus.  At the top right are watermelon chunks with soy cheese fish on top packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Miss A has mini boats for her lunch below.  At the top left are watermelon chunks and a soy cheese boat on top.  At the top right are nectarine slices and a nectarine boat on top.

And to go with his rice, tofu & veggie bowl lunch, I packed my husband an Easy Lunch Box of a salad of mixed greens and spinach leaves, locally grown grape tomatoes and a red sweet pepper “I heart you”.  At the top left is a homemade zucchini mini muffin.  At the top right is a single serve container of Sabra hummus and not shown are whole grain crackers for dipping.

Miss G wanted to learn about what state we live in so she got a new 50 states map puzzle for her birthday.  Since it’s still “S” week at school, I decided to make her a Sarasota, Florida lunch.  I rolled out whole grain bread with a rolling pin & hand cut the Florida shapes.  Inside is almond butter, agave nectar and sliced strawberries.  I decided to just make a small fruit leather star to show her “You are here.” in Sarasota.  For fun I added dried cherries in an orange blossom cup for the state flower some watermelon chunks in a pretty cup and on top are flamingo picks of edamame and carrot suns on top.  She’s also having a dapple dandy plum half at the bottom right with a strawberry heart on top.

Little sister got a space themed lunch today with a space shuttle and an S sandwich with the same whole grain bread, almond butter, agave nectar and sliced strawberries. The sandwich is surrounded by watermelon shuttles, a watermelon star and dried apricot crescent moon and a star.  In the pink sheep are dried cherries topped with a watermelon sun & stars and on the bottom left are watermelon chunks topped with a space shuttle strawberry and shuttle picks with edamame on them.  Both girls had ice water in their CamelBak kids bottles.


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