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Trying new foods is my thing.  Of course, these days it includes crazy seeds, fruits and things I’ve never heard of since dropping meat & dairy from our family diet.

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Soy curls couscous and chia bento

I made my own version of vegan barbeque last night which means it becomes lunch the next day.  I found a product called Soy Curls made by Butler Foods.  You just soak them in warm water for 10 minutes and add the desired flavoring.  Once hydrated, I added these to a skillet with about 4 tablespoons of water, 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke and about 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and cooked over medium heat for about 10 minutes.  I add water a tablespoon at a time as necessary to keep it moist.  For this lunch I poured it over whole wheat Israeli couscous in her Easy Lunchboxes contianer.  In the top left compartment are local strawberries we picked this past week from Eden Farm.  The top right compartment has a chia seed pudding I made with almond milk.  Chia seeds are high in Omega 3 acids (more than salmon or flax seeds), calcium, potassium, fiber and protein.  Click here to read more about these amazing little seeds. Benefits of eating chia seeds

CHIA SEED PUDDING RECIPE

1 cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk

1/3 cup chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons honey, stevia or agave nectar (depends on your preference)

Soak for 20-30 minutes until thickened like tapioca. Stir every 5 minutes to eliminate clumps out of mixture.  Pudding will thicken like tapioca.

I’ve also added cinnamon and raisins as a variation on this recipe.

Sabra & peace pretzel snack bento

For her afternoon snack, my 4 year old has a serving size of Sabra hummus, Laurel Hill brand peace pretzel chips, blueberries, strawberries and dried apricots packed in a LunchBots Uno stainless lunch container.

Happy Lunch Packing!

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Thank goodness I put it on my calendar.  I check my schedule last night, and Miss G’s school is celebrating International Peace Day today.  At first, I had a good laugh over what’s NOT appropriate for a kid’s lunch box that reminds me of peace and the 60s.  Cheech & Chong movies, protests, stinky hippies, a lot of grass (and I don’t mean to walk on) and some really good music I will pass on to my kids some day.  But for now, I decided on the basic peace sign lunch.

At the top left are barley and brown rice and black beans on top.  At the top right are blackberries, raspberries and a strawberry.  The peace sign is cantaloupe and piel de sapo is the greenish white melon.  It’s also called a Santa Claus melon and tastes a lot like honeydew.  I used a cookie cutter to cut the melon.  The PEACE letters are Stretch Island fruit leather.  The heart and Have A Nice Day sandwiches are Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter and sliced berries with fruit leather faces packed in her Easy LunchBoxes container.

In all seriousness, I think it’s great that they’re teaching 4 year olds about respecting others from all walks of life and all nations.  Being kind to others always goes a long way in accepting even when we don’t understand.

Miss G’s snack today is a sliced nectarine surrounded by more melon pieces.  In the round container is So Delicious brand coconut milk strawberry yogurt packed in her Happy Tiffin stainless container.

Have a great weekend!

Things I Used To Make This Lunch:

YO HO HO!  Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen!  There be a pirate hop today for Talk Like A Pirate Day with booty, loot, doubloons, coins, stash and pieces of eight.  That’s what ye lads & lasses will find that’s different from the other hops.  It’ll be worth ye while to hop through each page this time because ye can win some serious loot so don’t try to hornswaggle your way out early!  Visit every page, savvy?

Me little 4 year old Buccaneer got a girl and a boy pirate.  The bow, bandana and eye patch are made of Stretch Island Fruit Leather.  The skeletons are Rudi’s Whole Grain bread with almond butter & jam.  Me found the cookie cutter in Target last year.  It’s one of me favorites.  Above ye sandwiches are grape tomatoes on bones from Davy Jones’ locker.  ARG!  At the top left is me parrot, a gold doubloon and some raspberries, and at the top right are blueberries, a strawberry X marks the spot for the booty packed in ye trusty ol Easy Lunchboxes.

What good be a little pirate if she’s got the scurvy?  Had to send along some orange slices with Jolly Roger pick,  piel de sapo and mango slices surrounding for more Vitamin C.  In the tin be So Delicious coconut milk raspberry flavored yogurt packed in ye new Happy Tiffin bento container.  A special thanks to me trusty bento pal for the extra pirate picks!

Blimey if I don’t have another little scallawag to feed.  I made her a mini pirate sammy with a Stretch Island bandana, eye patch, smile and a candy eye.   At the top left are blueberries, a treasure map and a pirate doubloon.  The top right are raspberries and at the bottom right more orange slices to fend off the scurvy with a sticker on top.  All ye rations are packed in a LunchBots Quad.  Both lassies had rum ice water in their CamelBak kid bottles.

HERE ARE YE DIRECTIONS: Every Blogger Buccaneer in this here Hop has a piece of the treasure map! You’ll need to “collect” each piece and put them together in the right order to find the treasure! You’ll want some parchment and a quill, to keep a log with each clue and each number, because there are 39 scurvy pirates running amok with 39 pieces o’ the map to collect! 37 pieces will guide you to the hidden treasure (by spelling out the URL where you can enter to win!) and there are 2 bonus pieces with the “secret passwords” to get two chances to win some pirate booty!

This here’s my piece o’ the map! Good luck, Mateys!

Ye landlubbers better get to checking the other blogs for pieces of eight until ye solve the riddle what will get ye the booty.  Be sure to click the pirate button below to see what Cap’n Cristi with BentOnBetterLunches
did for her little scallawags.

Ye Olde Contest is sponsored by Bento USA by All Things For Sale the Bento Bloggers and Friends.

If any of ye lads & lasses want to check out a few past skeleton bentos from me, you can find them here!

Skeletons & X Marks the Spot

My fellow blogger friends and I are doing a summer blog hop.  We each got to choose what we thought reminded us of summer.  We hope this inspire some fun ideas for your summer picnics and lunches.  When you get to the end of each post, please click on the blog hop button or link to get to the next blog’s page.  Some people are posting later than others so make sure you loop through everyone’s creations during the day.  Enjoy!

These were fun afternoon snacks for my kids.  We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  I’m the big water fanatic in the family so we spend as much time as possible out walking the beach and playing outside.  We found a crab last week while walking the beach so I included him.  From the top left is a fruity drink made of watermelon and a cantaloupe strip on top with an orange slice garnish.  To the right is a beachy scene.  All the sand is cous cous with food coloring.  The crab is made of grape tomatoes, a tiny piece of uncooked pasta to attach his pinchers and 2 candy eyes.  The coconut palm is made from a pretzel stick trunk, kiwi palm fronds and dates rolled up for coconuts.  The flip flop at the bottom right is a pineapple chunk with Stretch Island brand fruit leather straps.

I also love to standup paddleboard which little Miss G did with me on Mother’s Day.  She was a bit nervous, but she ended up having a great time.  I did a scene with her half in the water hanging onto a surfboard (paddleboard) in the water which was cous cous dyed with food coloring.  The sun is a pineapple wedge.  The face and body of the girl are made from Stretch Island brand fruit leather and Vegan brand cheese.  Miss G knows that sharks live in salty water so I gave her coconut milk yogurt a water color too, and I put the fish(fruit leather) close to her & the shark far away.  At the top left is hummus with sea grass (snap peas) and an anchor.  Not shown were the quinoa chips for dipping.  Both snacks were packed in their Easy Lunch Boxes.

CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO SEE WHAT KEELEY MCGUIRE BLOG MADE FOR HER LITTLE MISS!

Tools I used to make these lunches are:

We were invited to a small pool get together late this afternoon.  I knew the girls would be hungry.  Since we’re trying to keep to our plant-based diet, it’s easier sometimes to travel with food.   I packed both of them snacky type dinners in their Easy Lunch Boxes to go.

Miss A has Tofurkey deli sliced flower and Vegan brand cheese flowers to snack on.  The snake picks on either side are blueberries, and below is a sliced strawberry.   At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon flowers.  Not shown are whole grain pretzels for dipping in the hummus.

Miss G’s snack box is similar.  She also has Tofurkey deli slices and Vegan brand cheese in tree shaped bites. Below the small bites are black plum slices.  At the top left is hummus and the top right are honeydew melon trees packed in her Easy Lunch Box.

Products I used to make this lunch are listed below.  Click on photo to go to the store:

STAY TUNED FOR TOMORROW’S SUMMER BLOG HOP!

CHECK OUT WHAT Keeley McGuire Blog MADE FOR HER LITTLE MISS!

If I had kept up with the paperwork that comes home from school, I would have known about kite day earlier!  Instead, Miss G’s teacher was kind enough to remind me yesterday.  I had another transportation lunch planned, but I decided to reroute.  It’s actually the perfect idea because my little girls have been very into Mary Poppins lately so I was thinking about the song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite”.    I did a FunBites giveaway a few weeks back, and I had a kite idea that I didn’t use. The two kites at the bottom were cut using the FunBites Luv It! cutter.

FunBites Luv It!

At the top left are pineapple chunks cut with the FunBites Luv It cutter and topped with a heart strawberry.  To the right is Sabra hummus in an orange flower cup.  The heart in the middle is a snow pea, on the KITE picks are edamame and below are mini carrots for dipping in the hummus.  The bottom 2 kite sandwiches are made on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread cute with the FunBites Luv It! cutter which can be found through their site or on Amazon.  Both have almond cutter & strawberry jam inside.  The kite to the left is topped with Veggy brand soy cheese, and the clouds are also made from the same cheese.  The kite strings are made from black rice vermicelli.  Miss G’s lunch is pack in an Easy Lunch Box, and she has ice water with her lunch.  In keeping with our new diet, her whole lunch is plant-based and vegan.

Below are the other lunches I made with the same cutter.  The giveaway is over, but there will be another one coming up soon so please stay tuned!  FunBites Fun Food Ideas for Kids (and big kids)

Miss G is still the only one at school so I decided on a routine traffic stop.  She loves the same thing every day.  Almond butter & strawberry jam on Rudi’s Nut & Oat bread is what she likes.  I used another LunchPunch from the transportation set since they’re studying things that go all week.

The windows on the car are Veggy brand cheese, and a lion pick is the driver today.  I used the same carrots today as I did yesterday for the wheels & stuck them on with almond butter.   In front of the car is a traffic light.  The strawberries are the red light, cantaloupe for orange and honeydew for the green light.  The bottom left flower cup has sliced kiwi in it and the bottom right are sliced soy ravioli packed in her Easy Lunch Box.


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