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Birdies and stars lunches

Birds make me happy.  I don’t have a specific reason.  They just cheer me up so I’m hoping that my kids find the same joy in them that I do.  All the lunches today are vegan (meatless and dairy free), soy-free, gluten-free and all ingredients are organic.

spinach pasta with stars & birds

Miss G’s lunch (4 years old) is spinach rice noodles with a small bit of Earth Balance coconut spread mixed in and Field Roast sundried tomato (meatless) deli slices on top shaped into stars and a bird.  In her Easy Lunchboxes container at the top are heart shaped strawberries and watermelon birds.

Oh my stars snack bentoAlong with lunch is her preschool snack in a LunchBots Duo stainless container.  In the left compartment are carrot sticks, blueberries and dried apricot stars, and in the right are sugar snap peas, a Crimson Gold apple and a “snow ball” made of dates and raisins rolled in coconut.

Matryoshka with stars bentoIn our fancy matryoshka bento box is little sister’s lunch.  On the left side she has raisins in the flower cup with star shaped dried apricots.  Below that is jasmine rice with carrot mini stars and sugar snap peas.  On the right side are watermelon stars and below are bird-shaped sundried tomato deli slices and cucumbers.

Spinach with black bean saladAbove is the elusive mom lunch.  I am usually on the run, but decided to make a salad today.  I had a giant pile of organic spinach, about a cup of black beans, bird shaped cucumbers and some daikon I found at my local Whole Foods.  I have to say that the daikon wasn’t a good match with the salad.  I read later that its taste softens with cooking which is what I’ll do with the rest.  It was a little bitter to eat raw. On the sides are avocado slices.  For my dressing I topped with a bit of red wine vinegar.

Things I used to make this lunch:

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Batty bento and Halloween party ideas

Counting down…8 more days until Halloween! Included in the link below are quick photos and simple ideas of how to fill little tummies before the sugarfest!  Click the link below for my post from last year’s kids’ party. 2011 Halloween Party Ideas For Kids Miss G (4 years old) is having a batty bento.  She Continue Reading

Happy Ghoul bentos for the Halloween Blog Hop

My new friend Michelle bought me a cookie cutter, and as slim as the chances were it was one I did not have yet!  These cute little ghouls are made with my new ghost cutter. Thank you, Michelle!  The sandwiches are made on Rudi’s brand whole grain bread with pumpkin pecan butter filling.  The ghost Continue Reading

Sunshiny Day

I can see clearly now.  The rain is gone.  It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day! Now that you have that classic Johnny Nash song stuck in your head I made a lunch about it! From the top left are black seedless grapes and watermelon suns.  At the top right is barley, white beans Continue Reading

Taco face bentos

When my kitchen’s full of leftovers, I always try to turn it into lunch for the next day. Last night’s was enough to make 3 lunches! At the top left Miss G has seasoned soy crumbles with black olive eyes, lashes and a grape tomato mouth. Above are mini corn chips for dipping.  At the Continue Reading