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Little Miss 2 year old will be back to school next week so I will be a lunch making fool next Sunday night!  Enjoying a few extra moments until then.  Today I packed Miss G (4) black bean wraps.  I used a Rudi’s Spelt tortilla, spread on some Tofutti brand non-dairy cream cheese in a thin layer.  I added black beans, a tiny bit of shredded purple cabbage, julienned carrot strips and a tiny bit of Daiya cheese shreds.  I rolled it tightly, wrapped it in press & seal wrap whole and refrigerated it overnight.  I cut it into small wheels in the morning so it would be easier to cut and stuck in some cute animal picks to hold them together.  I also included grape tomatoes which she loves, sliced kiwi and strawberries packed in her LunchBots Uno.

For snack time today I packed her a small, double tiered bento box.  In the bottom are papaya flowers and raspberries and the top container has a halved dill pickle, more grape tomatoes and assorted olives.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Did you know that less that 1% of plastic bags are actually recycled?  LESS THAN 1%!   Don’t kid yourself by thinking that you will keep taking plastic & just throw them in that green bin outside the store.  Bring your bags, and stop taking plastic.  It’s something so small that will make a big difference.  Please consider doing your part!

One of the main reasons I began to use reusable lunch boxes is that I realized just how much waste one family can produce.  Once little Miss G started school, they never sent her home with the ziploc bag or leftovers.  Sometimes they even threw out the reusable plastic fork I sent.  Not only did it upset me, but it also made me realize how much money we spend on things that we throw out.  I completely revamped the way our family does things as a result.  Now we reuse the same stainless lunch boxes daily & produce little to no trash.

I was reading the following paragraphs on ECOlunchboxes’ website (http://www.ecolunchboxes.com/index.html) last night, and this information never ceases to make me sad, disheartened and scared for the future of our kids.

Don’t let your lunch trash the planet!

The average school-age child, using a typical disposable lunch, generates 67 pounds of waste each year. Plastic sandwich bags do not biodegrade. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, much of which has ended up in our oceans creating enormous garbage dumps like the Pacific Trash Vortex. This plastic pollution kills about 1 million marine animals every year.

It’s easy to green your lunchbox by replacing disposable bags, plastic wrap and aluminum foil with sturdy, reusable containers! You might even be surprised to find out that you’re saving more than the planet because the cost of prepackaged convenience foods and disposables really adds up over a year’s time.

Sea turtle eating plastic

Please consider buying a BPA/phthlate free plastic bento or lunch box or one of the many stainless boxes out there for you & your family.  I use http://reuseit.com since they have such a great selection.  You will feel better about doing your part!

Have a great Monday!


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