Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Penguins! Before & After

I made this little penguins lunch for Emily and had a rare moment to snap a photo of the "after".

red & green grapes, a couple of carrot penguins, strawberries
Strawberry jam sandwiches, string cheese

This is what came home at the end of the day.
She ate almost everything. 

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Back to School - Day 1.

The first week of back to school went well! Girls did a great job of getting ready in the morning. Although the wee one was a little slower than the rest ;)

This is Emily's lunch from the first day of school. It's packed in her Yumbox lunchbox.

Honeydew & Cantaloupe, Cucumbers & Carrots
Graham Crackers, Cheese Stick & Pistachios and a few blueberries

She ate almost everything - no surprise there since she picked her lunch! She picked her "flair" too. 
Everyone else had school hot lunch on the first day -- I think it was pizza.

Hope your back to school time is going well. I have actually been away for work all week so Dad has been on lunch duty. He told me he has made salads, wraps and sandwiches. 

It's hard to find time to blog but I do have quite a few pictures from the first week so I'll do my best to share them all. My girls do like looking back at their lunches and I do too!

Here they are - M1, P5, P4, P2!

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch. The yumboxes come in different configurations and colours as shown below. They can also be found at Lindo's Devonshire and People's.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

School Healthy Lunch Competition

Today Amy. Rose & Heidi participated in the School Lunch Challenge.

Each student had to write a paragraph about what should be in a healthy lunch and talk about the food groups and their health benefits Then they had to plan and make a healthy lunch to bring to school to be judged. They were working on ideas for the past few days. They sure had plenty of ideas!

Here's what they made (with a little help, all choices were theirs, some chopping was mine).

Amy, Age 9

Amy chose, cucumber & carrot sticks (from our garden), a rainbow of fruits, Organic Valley mozzarella cheese stick, 2 Lady Moon Organic grape tomatoes, Natural no salt almonds and an Applegate Naturals ham sandwich.

Rose, Age 7, vegetarian

Rose chose boiled egg on organic spinach (that is one egg split in half with the yolk removed), berries, carrots, grape tomatoes & bell peppers, unsweetened coconut & pepitas, with an Applegate Naturals ham, Applegate Naturals cheese & mustard sandwich.

Heidi, Age 5

Heidi chose carrot sticks from our garden with organic ranch, Organic Valley mozzarella cheese stick, natural no salt almonds, strawberry from our garden & clementine, pineapple and an Applegate Naturals ham & mustard sandwich.

They were to be judged on  their Nutrition Paragraph, Nutrient content - 1 point for each food group actually included, Eye appeal - 1 point for each colour in the lunch, Original use of vegetable - different and fun ways in which the vegetable are included and bonus points for a litter free lunch and 1 point if their drink was water. The Nutrition paragraph plus a photo of the lunch of the 3 winners from each class are to be submitted to the health department and would be judged against the other schools. 

A good effort by all, I am pleased with their lunch creations. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Snack box lunch packed in a Planetbox Rover

Remember me? So... I haven't blogged since October. I've found life to be very busy and I haven't photographed a single lunch until now. I found a moment this morning to take a photo of two lunches. Yay! Back on the wagon ;)

Snack box Lunch packed in a Planetbox Rover.

This was for Heidi. She has a boiled egg (yolk removed), grapes & strawberries (from our garden - deelish!), some nuts, apples, carrot coins with a bit of ranch dip and 2 slices of Peanut Butter Bread from one of our favourite lunch cookbooks. The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on The Planet .

If you haven't bought it yet - go and get it right now. You will love it!

Heidi ate everything in her lunch save a few nuts.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cheese & Crackers lunch

This was a lunch for Rose from a couple of weeks ago. I am taking a children's natural nutrition course right now - this one breaks the rules as the cheese wedge & graham crackers were not the best choices- but I was using up some items that we still had on hand. We're a work in progress!

Rose has - apple slices, green grapes, mini bell peppers and snap peas, Laughing Cow cream cheese spread & cheddar cubes, graham crackers & pumpkin seeds.

I love the Yumbox for this kind of snack style lunch. Little bites of many items. Rose loves her lunch to have this kind of variety.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shel Silverstein's Birthday today!

We are celebrating the birth of Shel Silverstein, he would have been 84 today. I remember when my Mom first gave me A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, I instantly read them cover to cover. The poems made me chuckle and I loved the drawings. Right before school started in September, I bought A light in the Attic for my 8 year old. She enjoyed it just as much as her Mom and has read loads of poems aloud to her sisters.

Today's post is part of a blog hop with my Bento Bloggers and Friends in honour of Shel Silverstein's birthday. Welcome to any new readers! To hop along to the next lunch in the hop, click the button at the end of the post.

This short poem from  A Light in the Attic , gave us all a giggle and inspired today's lunch.

Gumeye Ball

There's an eyeball in the gumball machine,
Right there between the red and the green, 
Lookin' at me as if to say, 
"You don't need any more gum today."

~Shel Silverstein

Rose's lunch is a cheese sandwich with a tortilla gumball machine topper. yellow tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese, grapes and blueberries.

For more fun Shel Silverstein themed lunches click the button to hop over to Lunches Fit For a Kid and see what Astrid has made. I bet it's fab!

Friday, September 5, 2014

A new milestone - all girls at the same school! (and some vegetarian lunches too!)

Yesterday was Emily's first day at school! She handled it like a champ. No tears and enjoyed her day at big school. She will be at home by lunchtime each day this year so I won't be packing her a lunch to take.

Here are all of my girls ready for school yesterday. They were greeted by a bunch of smiling teachers who have known most of them since they were babies, happy to have all of them at school together at last! It was quite a moment for me to have them all climb out of the car and head off to their classrooms. Of course, I spent the morning thinking of them, particularly Emily on her first day, hoping that it was a good one! And it was. 

Poor Rosie did not have a good day, I had to pick her up after lunch as she was not feeling well. Fever & a sore throat  - we're off to the Dr today. Yikes!

The girls wanted a little yogurt in their lunches today so I used our leakprook Yumbox lunchboxes.

This was Rose's lunch - she didn't eat much on account of not being well.
yogurt, cheese sticks, sprinkles in the little cup for her yogurt, no bake energy bites, pepitas, grapes & strawberries, grape tomatoes, yellow bell pepper.

Heidi's is similar

Just realised that I put her eye picks in with the eyelashes facing the wrong way - oops!

Amy's lunch is packed in our brand new Yumbox Panino. Sadly, this photo is pretty terrible. I was a bit nervous for Emily's first day and trying to get out the door early enough in case she had a meltdown at dropoff. My hand must have been shaking!

Annie's cookies, strawberry fruit leather, energy bites, almonds, bell pepper & cucumbers, clementine, grapes

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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Japanese Fun Eyes Bento Food Pick, for your lunch box - Small Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup 12pcs Square

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Here chicky, chicky!

I packed this fun little chicky lunch for Rose to take to camp a couple of weeks ago.

Rose has a couple of grape tomatoes, a little surprise treat in the chicky cup, 2 tortilla roll up sandwiches (possibly cheese but I can't remember!), a little cheese chick wrapped around them. She also has red grapes, carrot sticks and a cut apple - believe it or not those two apple pieces were from the same apple even though the colour is so different.

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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  Japanese Bento Accessories Silicone Food Cup Bear Brown   Japanese Bento Accessories Food Cup with Animal Head Lid 3 sets   Decorative Bento Plate Cutters 4 Animal and Rice Mold
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer Camp Lunch

Last week three of my girls had a week at Aqua Camp. That's a week long day camp operated at our local Aquarium, Museum & Zoo. Super fun week, and a few fun lunches too.

Here's one of Rose's vegetarian lunches packed in a Planetbox Shuttle.

Cheese sandwich pinwheels, grape tomatoes, blueberries, apple & pear slices

The Shuttle is becoming one of our favourite containers to use right now.  I can fit a whole sandwich (crusts off) in the small compartment, leaving the larger one with space for fruit & veggies. It really works out to be the perfect size! 

I have never liked raw tomatoes. Rose loves grape tomatoes and I always buy them when our garden is not producing. Lately, the Lady Moon Farms organic grape tomatoes that I have been buying have just looked so inviting. So, I finally tried one. WOW! They are awesome. Now I love these raw tomatoes. Funny how your taste buds change. 

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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  Japanese Bento Food Pick 10 pcs

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Packing yogurt in the Yumbox - no leaking!

This was one of Heidi's lunches from last week. She has wanted to have yogurt in her lunch quite a bit lately. The Yumbox is perfect for that! Each compartment seals when the lid is closed so there is no leaking between the compartments and her yogurt stays put until lunchtime.

yogurt with sprinkles, red grapes, strawberries & blueberries, cherry, cheese, strawberry jam sandwich bites.

Here are a couple of items that I used when making this lunch.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Look, Lunch!

We have only a few days left of the school year for the 3 eldest girls and Emily has already finished up play group for the year. Woo hoo! 

Here is Rose's lunch from yesterday. She's been a lunch time vegetarian these days. Now that I think about it, she is vegetarian for most breakfasts too, but she does prefer a few non-veg dinners.

strawberries & blueberries, red grapes, mini yellow peppers, no bake energy bites, goldfish, carrots, cucumber & tomatoes.

These little energy bites are a family favourite and I seem to be constantly making them these days.
I often tweak it a bit if I run out of something, I might add a  Linwoods seed mix instead of chia, sometimes wheat germ, sometimes ground flaxseed, half the chips as mini chips + a few currants, Enjoy life dairy free chips and almond or soy butter to make them peanut and dairy free and so on. This time they are made exactly as the recipe suggests.

I swear that I have been making lunches for my girls during this loooong blogging break! Sometimes I'm so busy living life and getting the daily tasks accomplished there just isn't any time left to blog about it! I'm sure my fellow bloggers out there know how easily this can happen if you don't dedicate blogging time. My real problem seems to be in the morning, no time to snap a photo before the lunches go off to school!

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Easy Dinner Side Dish - Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Platter

The witching hour at our house is without a doubt between 5pm and 6pm. I am still working on dinner and everyone is just starting to get a little bit restless and hungry. My husband comes home just after 6pm and most every night, we all eat together as soon as he comes through the door. Frequently, I make fresh fruit and veggies as a side to go with our dinner and on the particularly restless days I serve that to the children earlier. Here are a couple of funny face fresh fruit & veggie platters.

There were no fancy techniches as you can see. Everything was peeled or cut very simply and just arranged to make a funny face. On this day I used red apples, red pepper, cucumber, cantaloupe, blackberries, strawberries, carrots, radishes and two mini cups of ranch dip with a blueberry in each. Everything was devoured! Even the blueberries which I was expecting to be cast aside as blueberries in ranch didn't sound that yummy to me!

Another night I made this funny face fruit & vegetable platter.
I used some similar ingredients, red pepper, sliced apples, carrots, green grapes and an orange. I believe this was a blood orange but the colour wasn't as dark as they usually are. Arranging the platters in this way, takes hardly any extra time and adds a bit of fun to the meal.

Another great time to make fun fruit and vegetable platters is for birthday parties; like this easy butterfly fruit platter for a Cute Bugs Party. I used cut watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, strawberries,green grapes and a couple or maraschino cherries to make it.

A mini version is also great for an afterschool snack. For an afterschool snack I often add a  few crackers and cubes of cheese. It makes a really fun playdate snack too.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vegetarian Yumbox

Rose is on a bit of a vegetarian kick lately. We could all use a few meatless meals so everyone had similar vegetarian lunches packed in their new Yumboxes. This is Amy's very easy to pack vegetarian school lunch.

Amy has diced peaches, sliced apples with a yummy greek yogurt & peanut butter dip (recipe from BentOnBetterLunches), sliced veggies - radish, carrots & cucumber. There are 2 no bake energy bites (recipe from MOMables) and a boiled egg. 

Most foods in this lunch were considered her favourites so I thought I could sneak in a few new tastes like the dip and the radishes. Amy didn't like either, but her sisters sure did! Rose & Heidi had extremely similar lunches. Rose had pineapple instead of peaches and Heidi did not have radishes or cucumbers. 
They ate everything from their lunch save a few bites.

This lunch was extremely fast to pack! The boiled eggs were made the night before using this fool proof method and I had also made the energy bites ahead of time. Packing all 3 lunches in the morning took less than 10 minutes! Now that is FAST.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Vegetarian Yumbox

I packed a very simple vegetarian lunch for Rose in her new Yumbox last week.

Rose has cherry yogurt & plain greek yogurt swirled together and topped with sprinkles, diced peaches, cheddar and colby jack cheese cubes, mini crackers, a couple of fruit snacks and her favourite veggies - cucumber and yellow peppers.

When it came home empty I asked her about eating everything worried that she was still hungry. Nope! Her teacher had birthday cupcakes but they had to eat all of her lunch first. So the size is actually quite perfect.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Jolly Holiday - fun blog hop.

As mentioned last week I am joining in on another blog hop with the Bento Bloggers and Friends. There are actually 4 hops in total this year. I have only joined in on the middle two, the last one will be on Dec 19th. You can find links to them all here.

This is Amy's Jolly Holiday lunch.

Amy has the jolly old man himself for lunch. Her sandwiches are chocolate and peanut butter spread shaped like Santa's hat and his best reindeer pal, Rudolph. She has lots of fruit - half a clementine, strawberries and cantaloupe. Trix yogurt and greek yogurt combo complete her lunch.  It was time to grocery shop so we were out of all of the raw veggies that she likes.

I have continued to pack the LunchBox Love FREE printable holiday jokes. The kids are loving these jokes.
Q: What do you call Santa when he has no money?
A: Saint Nickel-less
Hardy har har! 

Now on to the fun holiday blog hop.  Click the button to hop on over to Bento Days to see what Jean has made. There are 15 blogs to hop through. When you hop back to me you will have seen them all!

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Season's Eatings - A holiday blog hop

Today I am joining in on a blog hop with the Bento Bloggers and Friends. There are actually a series of holiday hops this month. Stay tuned as I will be participating in another hop next week!

For today's hop I made a fun Gingerbread People themed lunch for Rosie. Tonight we are going to have a gingerbread cookie baking evening in our house. It seems like everyone needs to bring cookies for something tomorrow! We're going to go with gingerbread people. Amy has to bake and decorate a bunch for her Brownies party as part of her cooking badge. I expect that we'll all have some fun in the kitchen. I"ll try to snap some photos to share.

For lunch Rose has greek yogurt & cherry trix yogurt mixed together, half of a clementine, cantaloupe, strawberries, and a marshmallow gingerbread boy.  Her sandwiches are her favourite chocolate & peanut butter (who wouldn't like that?) filling. I cut them into the shape of girl and boy gingerbread people.

I tucked a fun joke in her lunch. These jokes are free online printables from Lunchbox Love. You can find them here.  The joke Q: What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?  A: a cookie sheet! haha. Kid's humour, I love it and I know that Rose and her friends will too!

This post is part of the Season's Eatings hop. Click the button below to hop on over to Student Bento to see what eatings Stacey has made for the Season ^_^. There are about a dozen or so blogs participating. When you hop back to this post you will have seen them all. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vegetarian Toddler Lunch

This simple lunch for Emily was packed for her to take to her playgroup about two weeks ago.

Emily has a bunch of mini jam sandwiches cut with the FunBites cutter, and a few cheddar cheese shaped bunnies to add a little protein. They were sort of hard to cut out and they broke a bit at the ears. I should have used a little punch out tool to carefully remove them from the cutter. I also packed a leftover mini ear of corn, a clementine, strawberries and blackberries.

Emily goes to playgroup with her cousin and Emily shared her corn with her since she didn't seem to want it. She also left most, if not all, of the cheddar and the blackberries. Doesn't sound like she ate much, but there was plenty of food in there so I assume she just wasn't very hungry that day. If you are local I believe the FunBites cutter can be found at People's Pharmacy.

Here are some items that I used when making this lunch.
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  Japanese Bento Accessories Sandwich Cutter 4 designs Animal Food Sandwich Cutter set Small Fun Bites - Cube

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