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Anyone who knows me well knows I’ve been obsessed with everything French since high school.  I’ve never been to Paris or anywhere in France so at this point it’s a romantic dream and a bucket list item of mine to visit Paris and spend time roaming the countryside in Provence.  We read a lot of Madeline books too so my girls are familiar with the Eiffel Tower and many things French.

I decided to make my Parisian obsession into lunches for the girls. I used an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter for the sandwich and pastry cutters for the LOVE hearts for the “City of Love”.   I also made croissants (crescent rolls) that I stuffed with a few vegan chocolate chips for a special treat today which I rarely do.  The PARIS letters are cut with mini alphabet cutters in Stretch Island grape fruit leather.  At the top left are sugar snap peas cut in half and cashews with a French poodle pick.  At the top right are kiwi pieces and cloud shaped cantaloupe since it rains in Paris a lot with a black Eiffel Tower pick.  Lunch is packed in our good ol’ reliable Easy Lunch Boxes.

Little Miss 2 year old had a French poodle today.  The eyes and nose are Stretch Island Fruit Leather as well as the BONJOUR letters. The poodles ear, tail & legs have mini vegan marshmallows stuck on with a dab of agave.  She had the same croissant as big.  At the top left is a half of a plum and at the top right are kiwi pieces and cantaloupe clouds packed in her Easy Lunchbox.

For my husband’s lunch, I got most of the salad ingredients at the local farmer’s market here in Sarasota, FL.  Baby spinach leaves, organic sprouts, raw walnuts, seasoned pumpkin seeds and orange heirloom tomatoes.  In addition are sugar snap peas and plums packed in an Easy Lunchbox.

Things I used to make this lunch:

STILL TIME TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!

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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.

Things I used to make today’s lunch:

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