28 August 2014

Finding Nemo Bentos

Just keep swimming.   Just keep swimming.  Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming......

The boy's lunch:  Orange pepper rings, grape tomatoes, yogurt covered star cookie, Finding Nemo fruit snacks, rocket cheese crackers (I ran out of goldfish....let's just pretend they are goldfish), and a Nemo ham and cheese sandwich.  To add some more fun to this lunch, I packed it up in our bento box that has turtles printed on the bottom.  I bought this box from Target last summer.

The Nemo cookie cutter is from Disney Cakes & Sweets.  The magazine subscription comes with baking tools that are perfect for bento.  The magazine is now available in the U.S. :-D

The girl's lunch (a little more generic):  Orange and red pepper rings, nectarine slices, pita crackers, yogurt covered star cookies, and Applegate hot dog and dill pickle kabobs on clown fish picks.

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26 August 2014

#RocktheLunchbox with Giveaway

Kids are headed back to school, which means parents are back in the kitchen packing school lunches.  In need of some new lunchbox ideas? Rock the Lunchbox has teamed up with Annie's Homegrown, Applegate, Organic Valley, Rudi's Organic Bakery, and Honest Kids to share some healthy lunchbox inspiration.  I was invited to participate and was sent lunchbox gear and coupons from the participating vendors to pack some easy, fun, and healthy school lunches.  Be sure to visit rockthelunchbox.com and print out some coupons from your favorite brands.

I made three separate lunches and packed them up in a few different types of lunchboxes to hopefully give you all some fresh lunch packing ideas.

Lunch 1:  Broccoli, cheese sauce for dipping in the little Woodstock cup, red grapes, Stonyfield yogurt pouch, Annie's buttery rich crackers, Applegate bologna, Applegate American cheese, and Honest Kids grape juice.

Lunch 2:  Organic Valley whole milk, Applegate black forest ham, mini peppers, mango chunks, watermelon hearts, and Annie's fruit snacks.

Lunch 3:  Annie's shells & white cheddar  (mac & cheese) with broccoli added,  nectarine slices,  sandwich with Applegate black forest ham and Applegate swiss cheese on Rudi's sourdough bread, wheat thins, and basil goat cheese in the Woodstock cup.

You have a chance to win a Rock the Lunchbox prize pack.  Prizes are:  purple Laptop Lunches bento box, box of Honest Kids juice pouches, and coupons from the participating vendors.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Please enter the giveaway widget below and follow the instructions.  Entries that do not fulfill requirements will be deleted.  Giveaway ends 9/1/14.  Winner will be notified via email and has 48 hours to claim prize.

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24 August 2014

Purple Corn Tortilla and Ham Roll-ups Bento

I found purple corn tortillas on my last shopping trip at Sprouts.  I bought them hoping they will be a good replacement for the blue corn tortillas we liked that I can no longer find anywhere :-/  Why does that always happen?!  You find something you really like then poof........they stop making it!  These tortillas seem to work well as a replacement for now.  I am fond of how colorful they look in a bento.

In this bento:  Watermelon squares, cucumber slices, yogurt star cookies, and purple corn tortilla and ham roll-ups.

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21 August 2014

Hard-Boiled Egg Bentos

Hard-boiled egg bentos for Friday's lunches.

In this bento:  Car shaped carrots, champagne grapes, car shaped hard-boiled egg (cut in half), lemon yogurt with a mini rocket cutter to add some decorations, and rocket cheese crackers.  All packed up in our Tomica fire truck bento box.

In this bento:  Rice crackers, carrot sticks, Hello Kitty hard-boiled egg, cherries, and champagne grapes.  The egg was not quite large enough for my egg mold but it mostly came out - minus the ears.

My daughter's school has a half day every Friday and I have been packing a "snack lunch" on Fridays.

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