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Daily Bento & Snack

3 Feb

It’s Monday again which means that I had to pack lunch and a snack this morning.

I’m loving that my daughter gets to have a snack in the afternoon even if it is just once a week. She is so much more pleasant when she’s not starving.

I packed a chocolate hazelnut spread sandwich on whole wheat bread, some broccoflower, a few sweet potato tortilla chips, a Babybel, a small handful of tiny cookies, and some grapes.

Plenty of food for both lunch and snack for a six-year-old and it all fits neatly in our Easy Lunchbox Brights container.

I also packed a thermos full of ice water that will easily last all day.

 

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Daily Bento

3 Dec

Lunch today is in one of our ELB Brights and consists of a chicken sandwich, strawberries, one single solitary grape, sweet pepper rings, and some veggie straws.

I smooshed a My Little Pony ring into the sandwich to cutify it a bit. I think that’s Pinkie Pie but I’m not totally sure.

Lunch for the 4th

4 Jul

7-4 lunch

 

For lunch today Camryn had a BLT on a hot dog bun (BLT dog?) It’s so much easier for her to eat that way. Bacon is straight, hot dog buns are straight, how did I not think of this before?

She also has some cheesy cut-outs made to sort-of resemble fireworks and of course she had to have a cheese pig since there’s bacon on her sandwich. 😉

In the smaller sections she has apple fries, some star-shaped cereal, and a scoop of homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream with a few rainbow sprinkles on top.

Happy 4th!

Breakfast for Lunch

26 Jun

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We had pancakes and sausage for dinner last night and I was sure to make a few teeny tiny pancakes for Cam to have for lunch today.

Why is breakfast so much better at lunch or dinner time?

I mean I never want a bowl of cereal for breakfast but I can always eat it for dinner or an afternoon snack.

What’s that about?

My kids go nuts when I tell them we’re having breakfast for dinner.

It’s like we’re breaking a rule but it’s o.k. because I’m the mom so I can totally do that.

In her ELB are those four left-over pancakes from dinner last night. I flavored them with cinnamon and a little vanilla. She also has some all natural breakfast sausage in her silicone pig (I couldn’t resist), a few slices of an organic apple, some maple syrup for dipping, and some organic raisins.

I always make pancakes from scratch because it’s so easy there’s really no reason not to. Here’s the recipe I always use. It’s never failed me.

Ingredients:

1 cup self-rising flour

1 cup milk (I use almond)

1 beaten egg

1/2 Tbsp sugar  (optional)

tiny pinch of salt (optional)

Directions:

Whisk dry ingredients together until combined. Add wet ingredients and whisk just until combined. A few lumps are o.k.

Heat griddle or pan to medium.

I like to keep a little bowl of melted butter next to my stove to brush the pan with between pancakes but you can also use non-stick spray if you need it.

Drop desired amount of batter onto your pan. I use an ice cream scoop but you can also use a squeeze bottle which makes it really easy. Don’t have a squeeze bottle? Wash out an empty ketchup bottle.

Cook on first side until bubbles appear on top. I usually take a little peek underneath before I flip to make sure things are nice and brown. Cook about 30 seconds to a minute more on the second side and then plate it up!

I usually get 6-8 regular sized pancakes out of this batter but you can easily double or triple it if you need more. As long as you have equal parts self-rising flour and milk, and an egg, you have pancakes.

You could also add to the batter:

2 Tbsp melted butter

nuts

chopped fruit

sprinkles

chocolate chips (or any other kind of chips really)

vanilla

pumpkin puree

nutmeg

cinnamon

preserves

melted chocolate

greens or protein powder

Daily Bento

11 Jun

Just popping in to quickly share today’s lunch.

In her ELB, Camryn had brown sugar deli ham roll-ups, a mozzarella cheese stick cut into thirds, a few Spring Ritz crackers, broccoli, and a parfait made from yogurt, strawberries, dried cranberries, almonds, and granola.

Daily Bento

6 Jun

rainy day lunch

I’ve said it before but unfortunately, gloomy days make for gloomy pictures.

Tropical Storm Andrea has been hanging out at our house since last night.

It’s been raining pretty much non-stop here for the last 15 hours and we’ve been under a tornado warning all day.

Good times.

Not to worry though. All my laundry is done and I washed my hair this morning.

I wouldn’t want you guys to see me on the news wearing dirty clothes with greasy hair if my house gets carried away by a water spout.

Never mind the stocking up of survival things like canned goods and batteries.

Priorities.

That might sound crazy to some of you but most native Floridians I know don’t get too concerned until we’re dealing with at least a Category 3 situation.

For us, a tropical storm is just another rainy day.

It’s a perfect day to read a good book, watch some movies, blog something, and just hang out with family. As long as you stay away from the windows, off the streets, and out of the water you’re good.

I will say that Andrea needs to carry on up north so I can get out to the store before my kids eat us out of house and home.

I watched the two of them tear through a family sized box of Cheez-Its last night like it was their job – after they had cleaned their plates at dinner and had dessert.

Hollow legs much?

Things aren’t looking good for my food budget.

In Cam’s lunch today she had Annie’s organic mac n’ cheese, organic strawberries, organic grapes, and sugar snap peas with a little sea salt.

Daily Bento

31 May

Summer vacation.

Or what I refer to as: Three seemingly endless months of incessant whining about how there’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to eat and how hot it is outside and how we never go anywhere…

Can’t wait.

My husband and I dread summer.

Sure we’re all tired of the homework, the endless things that need to be filled out and returned to school, last-minute book reports, IEP meetings, waiting in the car lane every afternoon, getting up earlier than any person should be required to get up to make sure the teenager eats, grooms himself, looks presentable, doesn’t forget his lunch, and doesn’t miss his bus and summer does allow us a welcome break from all that.

But couldn’t it be a shorter break?

There’s just something about your kids sticking their heads in your fully stocked fridge and/or pantry every half hour and then yelling across the house “Mooooooom, there’s nothing to eat in here” that will drive even the most sane, put together woman to the brink of madness.

It also gets hot – really, really hot and humid here in the summer. So you have to hit the park or the beach or any other outside activity early in the morning, otherwise you risk burning to a crisp or passing out from heat stroke.

Been there, done that. No thanks.

Don’t get me wrong. We’re very lucky to live where we do.

We have quick access to parks, beaches, amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, movie theaters, libraries, and museums. But the novelty of those places wears off all too soon.

We’re also right next to a very popular summer vacation destination so the traffic becomes horrible and the crowds are almost unbearable everywhere you go. It’s easier on my sanity to just stay inside.

My kids have just three days of school left.

Those three days are filled with parties, movies, games, and an outside water play day for my daughter.

My son gets to take exams.

He sure got the bad end of that deal.

Since today is Cam’s last Friday of the school year, I made her a colorful and fruity Friday lunch.

She’s basically having ice cream for lunch next week so it seemed like the right thing to do.

 

For lunch today, she had a fruit salad that contained organic strawberries, pineapple, organic grapes, and organic cherries. She also had french green beans, cheese, crackers, and a slice of a banana bread/carrot cake hybrid with salted caramel glaze that I whipped up two nights ago.

The banana bread/cake contains carrots and pineapple so it’s pretty much a salad in its own right as well.

Big Kid Bento

30 May

Today is a first.

I’m posting my oldest child’s lunch.

Can I still refer to him as a child if he’s old enough to drive?

That fact makes my brain hurt. It’s just weird. Wasn’t he just 7 last week?

I can’t even handle it. He’s like this huge teenaged person with a man-voice that still plays video games and watches cartoons, so child seems like the appropriate term here.

Anyway, he’s always been a lunch packer.

I could give him money for school lunch (which would be a lot cheaper) but he’d most definitely buy pizza and pop-tarts every day and that kind of diet isn’t good for anybody.

He’s not so good at making wise choices when it comes to food.

He’s also an Aspie (a term of endearment for someone with Asperger’s Syndrome) so for many years, he would eat the same lunch every day.

Every. Single. Day.

Sandwich, chips, cookies.

That’s it.

No fruit, no veggies, no variation.

The only exception to this rule was if pizza, chicken fingers, or a sugary treat of some sort were involved.

It’s hard to get kids to try new foods but it’s next to impossible to get a kid with Asperger’s to do it.

And even if you’re lucky enough to make that happen, it will almost always end in tears, gags, or vomits (if not all three).

Nobody needs that drama.

All that changed over the last couple of years.

I became super persistent about getting him to try new things and I finally wore him down.

I’m no quitter.

Of course there was whining, crying, and gagging in the beginning, but over time the process became easier for both of us and he has a much more varied diet these days as a result.

Now, let’s talk lunch!

 

I try to make bread at least once a week. The recipe I use is fabulous because it’s so versatile. That one dough recipe can be turned into cinnamon rolls, garlic & herb rolls, swirled breakfast bread, pizza crust, hoagie rolls, sandwich loaves, and so many other things. One day I’ll get around to posting it on this site.

I like to take that dough, roll it out, top it with all-natural lunch meat and cheese, roll it back up, slice it, and bake it. Pretty much the same way you would make cinnamon rolls (see, versatile).

D just pops them in the microwave at lunch time and in about 20 seconds they’re all warm and soft again with crispy meat on the edges and melty cheese in the center.

Nuthin’ wrong with that.

For lunch today, he had two of those meaty/cheesy spiral thingies, fresh pineapple, and some Big Cheez-Its.

 

Daily Bento

15 May

Today’s lunch: Chocolate hazelnut sandwich cut in half with organic fruit leather bunnies placed on top, two pieces of cheese, organic strawberries, and veggie chips all packed in an Easy Lunchbox (ELB).

In keeping with the super official recent theme on this blog of what works for us vs. what doesn’t, I’d like to share my opinion of Easy Lunchboxes with you today.

And here it is…

If I had to recommend only one lunch container to a friend, out of all of the containers that I own, it would most likely be the ELB’s.

Shocked?

I hear ya. That statement doesn’t make a lot of sense if you’re a regular reader of this blog. I haven’t used them very often for Cam’s lunch this year but my son, on the other hand, brings his lunch to school every day and has used an ELB religiously with only a couple of exceptions this school year.

He packs his lunch in an ELB at night and throws it in the fridge (most of the time, literally).

In the morning, he puts his ELB in his insulated lunch bag along with a drink and off he goes.

I wash them in the dishwasher after every use and they’ve held up beautifully. No cracks or stains. They look as good now as they did when I first got them.

More reasons why I ♥ ELB’s:

  • They are versatile and practical. No fancy bells and whistles or various parts to keep track of.
  • They fit in most lunchboxes
  • They are easy to clean
  • They are affordable
  • They are durable

And at only $13.95 for a pack of 4, they will pay for themselves over and over again because you won’t need anymore baggies or small containers.

Daily Bento

5 Apr

 

For lunch today, Camryn has a chicken sandwich made to her exact specifications: “light mayo no cheese”, veggie chips, tzatziki in the rainbow box, Hello Panda cookies, grapes, and carrot coins.

Have a great weekend!