Tag Archives: Non-Sandwich Lunches
8 Jun

 

Hi guys!

Just popping in over the weekend to share a quick bento that I packed the hubs for work last night.

He has dinner with us before he leaves for work every night so he likes to keep his snacks pretty light.

Just a little protein and some veg and he’s good to go.

In our Lunchbots Trio, I packed two organic cage-free hard-boiled eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, broccoli, and a few snap pea crisps.

In a separate container (not pictured) he also had black beans flavored with cilantro and lime.

That’s it!

Happy weekend 🙂

 

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

28 May

Look who’s back on top of things!

I made a lunch, photographed it, then had time to post it on the actual day that it was eaten.

Whaaaaat?

I know.

 

For lunch today, Cam had three whole wheat mini vegan chocolate & root beer cupcakes…

Wait.

I know what some of you are probably thinking – OMG she put 3 cupcakes in her daughter’s lunch! Where’s the sandwich?! Where are the healthy carbs!? 3 cupcakes full of sugar & who knows what else? The humanity!!!

It’s cool. I get it. And I have a perfectly reasonable explanation for you that will clear up this whole debacle and put your mind at ease.

Ready?

Sometimes my kids get cupcakes for lunch.

Shew! Glad we got that all cleared up.

In addition to her cupcakes she also had organic strawberries, fresh pineapple, colby jack cheese, and cherry tomato slices.

It was all packed in that nifty food storage box I found at Marshall’s for like $4. I ♥ Marshall’s. I wish I could remember the brand name of the box for you so you could all run out and get one of your very own but it has escaped me.

If you happen to be in a Marshall’s, T.J. Maxx, Ross, Beall’s, or any other discount store, look around their food storage department. You never know what you might find.

Daily Bento(s)

28 May

Was May a busy (and expensive) month for anyone else?

Sheesh!

We had two birthdays, two Mother’s Days, a wedding, recital stuff, family coming in from out of town, and now that the end of the school year is fast approaching, we have ice cream party day and water fun day coming up next week for Cam.

Seriously.

We’ve had a lot going on around here over the last couple of weeks so posting took a backseat to my sanity.

It happens.

Anyway, I have a few of Camryn’s lunches from last week to share today.

This first one was last Wednesday’s lunch:

In her Bynto was organic strawberries, turkey and cheese roll-ups, a granola bar, a juice box, some honey almonds, and veggie chips.

This was last Thursday’s lunch.

It contained a granola bar, a juice box, baby goldfish, Greek yogurt with sprinkles, a cheese stick (under the spoon), grapes and strawberries.  It was all packed up in her Laptop Lunch Box.

And this one was Friday’s lunch:

Packed in her Yubo was a chicken sandwich, organic strawberries, baby goldfish crackers, honey roasted almonds, and a juice box.

There are no pics of her lunches that I packed earlier in the week because I slept in those days, then drug myself into the kitchen, slapped a sandwich together and threw it into an ELB along with some chips or goldfish, and cookies or maybe fruit? I can’t even remember. Let’s go with fruit.

Since this post is already pretty lengthy, I’ll keep my reviews short. First up, the Bynto…

Goodbyn Bynto:

Would I buy it again? Yes. It is inexpensive, it works well, holds quite a bit of food and Cam loves it. You do have to buy the stickers separately but you get a lot and they are dishwasher safe and easily changeable.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yep. But I would be sure to inform them that you have to close the middle section first to get the other sections to close.

Laptop LunchBox:

Would I buy it again? Yes. I had actually been eyeing them for a while and was finally able to get a great discount on the one Camryn wanted. So I would say wait until they offer up a discount code and then snag one for yourself because they are on the pricey side.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, but only to friends with older kids. Say 1st grade or above. The lids can be tricky to get off. I rubbed Cam’s with a little vegetable oil which has helped but they can still be tricky. The box itself can be hard to open and close occasionally too. Not sure what that’s about. It also holds a lot of food. Maybe more than a pre-schooler or a kindergartener would need. It is lovely to have all those compartments to keep everything sectioned off so nicely. That in itself is a big plus.

Yubo:

Would I buy it again? I was lucky enough to win our Yubo so I didn’t pay for mine. That being said, I was eyeing that lunch box too and waiting for a discount code to pop up so I could snag one for Cam. This lunch box is definitely pricey. Especially if you’re going for personalization. But… it would make a great birthday or Christmas gift so if you look at it that way, it’s not so bad.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. But wait for a discount code and definitely spring for the drink holder. Camryn is the only one in her school with a Yubo and the kids and teachers go nuts for it. It is easy for little ones to use but holds enough food for older kids to use as well. The interchangeable face plates are fairly inexpensive so it doesn’t cost much to swap them out when your kid gets ready for a new look. I also love that the whole thing comes apart and goes right in the dishwasher. Genius!

*Alll of the products listed can also be found on amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate for any of the companies reviewed above. I make no money if you purchase any of their products. This is just my unsolicited, honest opinion.

Daily Bento

8 May

I love our little Lock&Lock box.

It’s been one of my absolute favorite boxes to pack Cam’s lunch in this year and probably one of the most often used (if the not the most often used) bento box in my collection.

It’s held up really well through a school year of use and it holds just the right amount of food for her.

Now that we’re getting close to the end of the school year, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight which bento supplies have become favorites, which ones I use on a regular basis, which ones held up, and which ones didn’t. You get the idea.

I hope that by letting you guys know what worked for us and what didn’t, you’ll be better informed when you make your bento purchases.

Today our Lock&Lock was filled with saltines, a cheddar stick, carrot sticks, broccoli, strawberries, and watermelon.

I purchased mine here.

Unfortunately they are out of stock right now but I know there is a big demand for these boxes so keep checking back. You can also purchase them on amazon.

 

3 May

We’ve talked before about how from time to time I like to send a little something with the hubs to work to munch on.

Makes me feel like a top-notch housewife and it keeps him out of the vending machines in the break room.

There’s nothing good for anybody in those things.

Really, all I’m doing is slapping whatever produce we have in the crisper, a carb, and a little protein in one of his daughter’s bento boxes and then maybe adding a cute pick or two.

No biggie.

But he really appreciates it and the guys at work always come over to see what he has to eat which is adorable to me.

For lunch last night, I sent him with some veggie crackers and a spreadable cheese wedge, cara cara orange slices, broccoli, grapes and carrot sticks all packed in Camryn’s Lunchbots Trio.

 

Daily Bento

1 May

For lunch today I warmed the last of the homemade herb rolls and put it in Camryn’s thermos to keep it soft and warm until lunch time. I was going to make a sandwich with it today but she wouldn’t hear of it. So I wrapped a slice of deli turkey around some cheddar cheese, sliced into bite-sized pieces, and then put a few picks in for easy eating.

She also has a cara cara orange, grapes, and watermelon balls in her Lock&Lock four square box.

 

Daily Bento

30 Apr

We’re getting back on track today after a long weekend that included Camryn’s birthday party, a trip to a bouncy place, and a day off of school yesterday.

It’s nice to be getting back into our regular routine again.

I made a loaf of sandwich bread and some herb rolls last night.

Cam and I each had a roll fresh out of the oven.

My intention was to just have a bite to try it but before I knew it, I had devoured the entire thing.

No shame – or self-control, evidently.

Seriously. Is there anything better than freshly baked bread warm from the oven?

Camryn said I had to put one in her lunch today. So I did.

Also in her lunch  are some carrot and celery sticks, a mozzarella cheese stick cut into bite-sized pieces, Greek yogurt with organic granola, and watermelon balls.