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Mittens and a Christmas Tree

NOW I’m in the holiday spirit.  The stress of all of it gets to me like it does everyone else.  Sometimes you just have to resolve to do what you can and leave the rest so you can stay sane and get enough rest.  Maybe I’m just saying that because I had a decent night’s sleep.  My kids requested these lunches.  Sometimes inspiration comes right from them without me having to dream it up.  Miss G, my 5 year old, is insanely artistic so she loves to give me ideas and help in the kitchen.  She wanted open faced sandwiches for both she and her sister today.

Mitten lunchI made this open-faced sandwich for little Miss A, my 3 year old.  She wanted a mitten.  I spread WOWbutter (soy based, nut-free spread) on top.  I added blueberries, mini carrot hearts and dried goji berries line the outside for decoration.  Snow peas are on either side of the sandwich which is on a piece of red russian kale.  Above in her Easy Lunchboxes container are a peeled mandarin orange with a mitten cupcake ring on top and sliced organic strawberries with green apple mitten cutouts on top.

Mitten close up

Goji berries are native to the Tibet, India and Mongolia.  They are considered a superfruit and are sometimes called wolfberries.  They are packed with antioxidants and Vitamin A.  They are also known to improve circulation so should be avoided by people taking blood thinners.  Otherwise, they can pack a lot of nutrients in a small snack.  They are much tougher than a dried cranberry or raisin, but I have come to enjoy a handful as a snack.  I also add a small handful in my green smoothies.  They are a bit on the pricey side ($7-10 per bag), but a bag can last me 4-6 months since I don’t eat a ton of them at a time.

Christmas tree bentoMiss G, my 5 year old asked for this very creation on her own.  She only wanted pumpkin butter on her Christmas tree sandwich.  She wanted it decorated with fun shapes so I took out the mini cutters for hers too.  Along with her sandwich are small organic tomatoes on plastic hors d’oeuvres picks, snow peas at the bottom, and blueberries and raspberries topped with a green apple Christmas tree on top in her Easy Lunchboxes container.

Christmas tree close up

Her tree is topped with mini carrot stars, a couple of blueberries for the trunk and goji berries strung around the tree for decoration.

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Jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and Halloween creepiness

Trying my hand at a bit of Halloween scaring in lunches today. My 3 year old gets the milder of the 2 lunches today with more cutesy than creepy. Her LunchBots Quad is packed with a pumpkin butter sandwich on whole wheat bread.  Along with the Jack-o-lantern is a peeled clementine, apple slices with a Continue Reading

CuteZCute pancakes, breakfast for lunch

To carry on with the CuteZCute cutter theme this week, I decided on breakfast for lunch.  Normally I’m pretty strict on the food my kids eat, but these pancakes have 2 TBPS of ground flax seed in them so I’ve snuck in some healthy. There’s no big secret to these.  I just whipped up some pancake batter, Continue Reading

CuteZCute Snake, Fish and a giveaway!

Simple tools and tricks of the trade are the key to making fast, cute lunches.  CuteZCute was invented as a way to make a ton of variety with one set of cutters. Leave it to a skillful bento artist to create a tool that is so easy to use, your 5 year old can make adorable Continue Reading

Waffle sandwiches and some watermelon

I was spending SO much money on waffles.  It sounds silly, but my kids wanted a certain brand and flavor.  I wanted organic & no junk ingredients.  I have been driving down to Whole Foods every week or two just to get waffles.  So I priced out the waffle maker, purchased one and decided to Continue Reading