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Daily Bento

9 Sep

 

For lunch today, Cam has a Hello Kitty Biscoff sandwich on potato bread that was cut and stamped with our CuteZCute cutter, some fruit and veggie gummy snacks, Triscuit minis, and some fresh pineapple.

There’s a bit more sugar in today’s lunch than I normally pack for her but that’s o.k. every now and then.

 

 

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Daily Bento

6 Sep

 

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier that it’s Friday.

Two days of sleeping past 5:40! Sounds good to me.

 

My favorite grocery store makes pizza dough in-house and it’s delicious. So when I see it go on sale, I always grab a couple pounds of dough to stash in my fridge. There are so many things beyond pizza that you can make with it.

Last night however, my kids wanted cheese pizza. So that’s what they got. They love flavored pizza crust so I brushed the crust with a little olive oil and then sprinkled some garlic salt and Italian seasoning on it before I put in the oven.

The leftovers went into their lunches today. My kids have no problem eating cold pizza.

I cut Cam’s into bite-sized pieces for easy eating. She also has a fruit leather, grapes, celery, and a flapjack from our Graze box.

Both lunches took me no more than 10 minutes to pack. I made them last night and tossed them into the fridge so that they were ready to go this morning.

Happy Friday!

Daily Bento

5 Sep

 

 

For lunch today, Cam has a chicken sandwich on Hawaiian bread, a strawberry banana fruit rope , grapes, and mini Triscuits which are just the cutest little crackers ever.

It’s all packed up in her ELB with some sweet gnome and mushroom picks that I added for cuteness.

Daily Bento

20 Aug

If you were a regular follower of this blog last school year, you might remember how I would gripe from time to time about how early the kindy kids ate lunch. 10:45! That’s bonkers early.

I thought for sure that Cam would be eating lunch later this year being in a higher grade.

Nope.

She eats lunch even earlier than last year!

Only by a minute, but still. That is super early to be eating lunch. And they do not get snack time.

Needless to say, the girl has been coming home hungry every day.

Although she has been eating more of her lunches instead of messing around during lunch time like last year.

So that’s a plus.

 


For lunch today I spread Laughing Cow cheese on a spinach wrap and then filled it with sliced carrot, bell pepper, and a piece of salami.

I made this for her over the summer and she wasn’t crazy about it. Most likely because I used veggie cream cheese. The Laughing Cow cheese made a big difference in flavor. Much better!

I rolled her wrap up nice and snug and I sliced it into bite-sized pieces for her so it would be easy to eat.

She also had pretzel crisps, grapes, and Annie’s Bunny Friends cookies.

First Day of School Lunch!

19 Aug

Daily Bento is back!

I’ll hope you weren’t expecting a full on “back to school” themed lunch today.

I think that the first day of school can be hard, especially at lunch time when you don’t know everybody yet, so I went for comfort over detail and packed some of her favorites.

She also got to use her new Yumbox that we bought over the summer.

 

 

For her first lunch of the new school year she had strawberries, pineapple, pepper rings, mini heart-shaped sandwiches filled with Justin’s chocolate hazelnut spread, a Babybel cheese cut into fourths, strawberry yogurt with a few rainbow sprinkles, and a few fruit and veggie gummies.

The Yumbox is pretty neat. It’s leak proof, which is so great, and it has a divided tray inside that is removable for easy clean up. It’s also easy for her to open and close which is always a plus.

 

Camryn was really looking forward to showing of her new lunch container at school today.

I just hope she actually ate her lunch.

Daily Bento: Dinner

31 Jul

I thought it might be fun to shake things up a bit and serve Cam’s dinner to her bento style.

I took the same food that would have been on her plate and arranged it in her Easy Lunchbox instead.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to my camera and had to snap the pic with my phone.

Ugh.

Is that pic killing your eyes too?

I apologize.

 

 

For dinner in her ELB, Cam had a turkey meatball sandwich with homemade bbq sauce and melty cheese on a teeny whole wheat bun, fries, organic apple wedges, broccoli, cauliflower, and red pepper strips.

 

 

Look! It’s a Lunch.

22 Jul

 

Don’t worry, my kids have been getting lunch over the summer.

I just take a more relaxed approach to lunch these days. Nothing worth photographing, really.

Most days, they get a sandwich or leftovers and some fruit. I don’t cut it up with cute cutters or put picks in it and it doesn’t go into a cute box.

In fact, most days they’re lucky if it even goes on a plate. Who needs more dishes to wash?

I made some veggie wraps for dinner over the weekend and they were fabulous so I had to remake them with one minor change for my little veggie loving lady.

And since they turned out so darn cute, I had to put them in Cam’s new bento box and then blog about them – of course.

In this lunch are 6 veggie wrap slices, an organic gala apple wedge, some fruit and veggie shreds from Plum Kids Organics, and a flapjack from our Graze box.

To make the veggie wraps:

Spread cream cheese or tzatziki on a wrap or tortilla (I used veggie cream cheese & a spinach wrap)

Then layer on some spring greens or baby spinach, thinly sliced red bell pepper, shredded or thinly sliced carrots, sliced avocado, and a thin sprinkle of shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese.

Cam’s wrap didn’t have avocado because she hasn’t really developed a taste for it yet but yours should because it’s delicious!

Feel free to switch up the veggies to suit your taste.

My First Time

15 Jul

I’m about to share with you the very first bentos I ever made for Camryn.

The lighting is bad and the pictures are blurry because I took them with my cell phone in my dimly lit kitchen before I ever thought about starting a blog.

I never had any intention of sharing these with strangers on the internet and I think that point is pretty clear based on the quality of those pictures (yikes!).

But I’m sharing them today because these are the two that started it all.

These two bentos were my very first and second attempt at bento style lunch making.

The first bento, which was made on March 5th of last year, contains tuna salad on spring greens topped with half of a hard-boiled egg that was decorated with eyes made from cucumber peel and a carrot beak, flower-shaped toast, yogurt covered raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, cheddar butterflies, carrot slices, and grapes.

There is also some dye-free yogurt in the heart-shaped silicone cup in the middle, topped with a flower that was cut from cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber.

Whew… That’s a lot of different foods!

I think Cam ate two bites of this lunch because she couldn’t stop looking at it. She told me that it was the best lunch ever.

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The second bento was made the very next day. It contained flower-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches, mixed nuts, grapes, carrot slices, spring greens, dye-free yogurt, cantaloupe and cucumber cut-outs, and a happy cherry on top. The facial features on the cherry were cut from a cucumber peel.

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I started making bento style lunches because the idea of mostly healthy, fun, and trash-free lunches really appealed to me. I also love being creative with food and making lunch this way allows me to do just that.

I had so much fun last year making Cam’s lunches and I think she enjoyed eating them just as much.

Here are a few of my favorites from this past school year:

Lunch for the 4th

4 Jul

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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