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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.

Things I used to make this lunch:

Wednesday is a perfect day for leftovers.  Mom’s feeling a bit under the weather so dump dinner in an Easy LunchBoxes container & voila.  Lunch is served.

Lunch today (dinner last night) is brown rice with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, snow peas and onions) on top.  I packed a tiny sauce container of soy sauce.   In the top left container are grape tomatoes and in the top right are red grapes.

In her Happy Tiffin stainless bento, Miss G’s snack is a seckel pear, clementine sections, kiwi slices and a container of roasted pumpkin seeds.

 

Little Miss 2 year old has a LunchBots Quad for lunch.   From the top left are clementine sections with a star container of pumpkin seeds, red seedless grapes, star sandwiches with pumpkin pecan butter and a small Hail Merry brand chocolate vegan macaroon, and at the bottom left are mini carrots and sugar snap peas.

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.

This week is the letter V at preschool.   Miss G gets an A E I O U lunch today.  We’re working on some bigger concepts now so this is her intro to vowels.  I don’t expect her to get it right away, but she’s reading enough now that she can have an introduction to them.  She did tell me on the way to school that I should have known she wanted a van for lunch.  Can’t win them all.  I guess tomorrow we’ll do a van unless the teacher comes up with something more interesting.  Her AEIOUs are made with Rudi’s brand whole grain bread and almond butter in them.  The small orange picks have blueberries on them and I wrote vowels on the mandarin orange in marker.  At the top left are snow peas and top right are sliced mini carrots.  In the pink polka dot container is honey mustard which she discovered she likes recently.  Her lunch is packed in an Easy Lunch Box.

Little Miss A is still doing her 2 year old finicky eating.  Today she has a Sabra plain hummus cup with whole grain crackers and quartered mini carrots.  Below that are sugar snap peas, a pick of mandarin orange wedges and blueberries.  Both girls have ice waters with their lunch.

And last but not least is my husband’s sides.  He’s having Amy’s brand frozen vegetable lasagna for the entree.  To go with is is a mixed green salad with red onion slices, green and yellow plum tomatoes from the local market, sweet clover sprouts and mediterranean flavored vegan (soy) feta cheese on top.  At top left is a cup of lentil & quinoa tabbouleh and at the bottom left are purple rice crackers for the tabbouleh and 2 dried apricots packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

My big shout out this week goes to my kids’ teachers.   I love my kids.  They’re wild, fun and ran like a pack of small, cute wild animals last week while they were out of school.  I am hoping that the teachers got a bit of a break because today it’s back to school for them.

My husband got a big spinach salad today with snow peas, carrots, tomatoes, and scallions.  In the small striped containers are his ginger dressing.  He also has green grapes and leftover Hoppin’ John (black eyed peas and rice) salad with tomatoes, scallions, italian parsley and celery seasoned with salt, lemon juice and garlic packed in his Easy Lunch Box.

Miss G has a seascape today.  Now that we’re back to school it’s “S” week.  The water is blue colored barley.  The starfish is an almond butter and jam on whole wheat pita, the sun is a yellow tomato, the waves and whale are made from Veggy brand soy “cheese” and the whale’s eye is a piece of quinoa.  The top right are watermelon stars and on the bottom right are green grapes and a plum octopus with Veggy cheese eyes and mouth all packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

In keeping with the “S” theme again today for little A, she has a whole wheat pita STOP sign sandwich.  On the right are green grapes with a plum and watermelon heart on top and on the bottom right is a peeled clementine packed in her LunchBots Duo.  Both girls have ice water with their lunches.


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