Thursday, August 29, 2013

Back2School BENTOing Guest Post


I am excited to share with you a guest post I did today for Diana Rambles in her Back2School BENTOing series.  Stop by her blog to see my super easy tutorial for making this adorable Japanese-inspired panda bento!  While you're there, be sure to check out the other posts in this series, as well as the many lunches and awesome features on her blog.  I am truly honored to be featured on Diana Rambles!  


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Pink Piggies Bento

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I had leftover pink rice from yesterday's Sugarbunnies bento, so I decided to make a couple of little piggies for today's lunch.  It was super fast and easy, as I just placed the rice in plastic wrap and hand formed it into balls the way you would with dough. Including washing my produce, cutting it up, steaming the broccoli and putting two of these bentos together, it took me about 15 minutes.  
What's in the Box?
Pink Rice Ball Piggies (colored with natural vegetable-based dye)
w/ Radish & Nori Accents
Lettuce, Steamed Broccoli, Cucumber, Celery, Carrots, Tomatoes
Ham, Tri-Color Bell Pepper Rings, Apple

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sanrio Sugarbunnies Bento

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This past spring, I was browsing my local Sanrio shop when I first saw their Sugarbunnies characters.  They had the whole set of them on sale for Easter and I instantly fell in love with them.  I immediately knew I wanted to make a Sugarbunnies bento, and I finally got one made today!
What's in the Box?
Pink Rice (colored with natural vegetable-based dye)
Radish & Nori Accents (*see note)
Lettuce, Celery, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes
Yellow & Orange Bell Peppers, Cucumber, Steamed Broccoli
Clementine Orange

*The blue eyes are radish colored with a regular food coloring pen.  I did not have natural blue food coloring on hand.  I prefer not to use artificial dyes, but this is all I had available today, as I decided on the spur of the moment to make this bento without planning in advance.
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I wish I'd had these for today's bento:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Guest Post at Eats Amazing


I am so honored and thrilled to be a Guest Blogger today at my friend Grace's blog Eats Amazing.  
Grace is the mom of two precious boys, one who was born this summer!  She (and sometimes her husband) make healthy and fun bentos for her older son.  Grace's blog not only includes photos of these amazing lunches, but also recipes and tutorials, as well as a feature titled Cooking with Small Child where she focuses on meals that she prepares along with her 5 year old son.  Hop on over and enjoy getting to know Eats Amazing!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Leftover Pizza for Lunch

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I confess, I don't always feel like cooking dinner.  That means sometimes we go out, and sometimes we order in.  When we order pizza, we find that while one isn't enough food for our family, two is always too much.  That means we end up with leftovers, which can make a perfect lunch.  If I cut the pieces in half, two of them fit perfectly into an EasyLunchBox!  Add a salad and some fruit, and I feel good about providing a balanced meal, even though pizza isn't exactly what I would consider healthy.     
What's in the Box?
2 slices of leftover pizza (each cut in half)
Mixed green salad w/ tomatoes
Salad dressing in the blue container
Grapes & Clementine orange

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Mini Biscuits Bento

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I love providing variety in my children's lunches.  Let's face it, most people do not want to eat the same thing every day (although I know a few who actually prefer it that way).  While brainstorming lunch ideas recently, I remembered making mini biscuits with my daughter a few months ago.  I decided that would be a perfect addition to a bento lunch, so today I cut mini biscuits out of Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Golden Wheat Biscuits using a metal bento cutter (prior to cooking).  They were adorable in the bento and tasty, too!    
What's in the Box?
Pillsbury Grands Homestyle Golden Wheat Biscuits (cut into mini biscuits)
Clementine, Grapes, 1/2 Banana
Canadian Bacon, Colby-Jack Cheese Cubes
Baby Cucumber, Yellow & Orange Bell Pepper, Grape Tomatoes

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Breakfast Bento

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Bentos aren't only for lunch!  Whether you are making one to eat at breakfast, or having breakfast for lunch, bentos are the perfect answer!  

This bento was DELICIOUS!!  It contained fresh figs & strawberries, Vans Power Grains waffles & YoKids Squeezers yogurt.  The blue container held all natural maple syrup, but we didn't use it, as the waffles were AMAZING!  They are naturally sweetened and have a touch of cinnamon, which eliminates any need for syrup.  If you haven't tried them, you are missing out!
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