Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Quick Bento, and Some New Easter Picks!

We're having a relaxed Sunday right now. I spent yesterday baking (banana nut mini muffins, chicken & veggie stuffed muffins, and yellow cake cupcakes), so not a whole lot to do today.

However, we did have to do a quick bento to show off our fun Dollar Tree find for Easter!



Faith has a chicken & veggie stuffed muffin with cute new bunny picks! They are actually pegs from a game, but I'm OK with decorating with them. To go with, we added carrots and cucumber flowers, along with sliced strawberries and a couple of pretzels to hold things in place. The kids have both had their fair share of cupcakes and muffins already, so skipping the desserts till after dinner.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chicken Alfedo Wraps, Bento-style

AKA, this is what we do with our leftovers!

I made chicken alfredo a couple of nights ago and had enough left for ??? Definitely not for another meal for anyone, and enough that I refused to throw it out. I shredded the chicken, which meant the sauce was pretty thick, so decided to turn it into wraps for the kids. (I also had two awesome butter tortillas left from the other night, our grocery has awesome freshly made tortillas.)



Mr. Ben has an alfredo chicken wrap, topped with his Peanut picks, some of his favorite veggie chips (the green ones are his most favorite), and some freshly cut fruit--strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe stars!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 39

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 39!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sushi Birthday Bento for my Husband

Today would be my husband's birthday and I promised him I'd make sushi for lunch.

I did make sushi, actually a ton of sushi on a huge platter, so we've got this and about 4-5 times more because I decided to use all the rice, defrosted some sushi grade tuna, bought crab, and opted to try a bit of grilled salmon.


Anyhow, in one of our EasyLunchboxes, Shaun has:
2 pieces crab/cucumber rolls (top circles)
2 pieces tuna/cucumber rolls (middle triangles)
1 piece tuna nigiri (center)
2 pieces crab/tuna roll (mini squares on bottom)
1 piece salmon nigiri (bottom center)

The right compartments hold his favorite Thank You Berry Much Girl Scout cookies and some pineapple and strawberries.

The salmon did not turn out as well as I hoped. It tasted fine, but I had to cook it (frozen and I'm not a fan of food poisoning), so it started to flake. Got to work on that one to make it a bit prettier!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Daddy-made Bentos (guest post)

My friend Chrystyna posted these on Facebook the other day, and when I saw them, I knew I needed them for the blog. She was kind enough to send me the pictures to post!

She had foot surgery last month, and while recovering, her husband has been in charge of lunches & snacks for their little girl. Like any good daddy, he made bentos for his little princess!





I seriously think this is so awesome that he got out the boxes, the picks, and the cutters, just to make his little girl happy! :o) Yay Daddy!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Faith-made Bento

Mr. Ben is napping and I am getting ready to go out, so Faith took it upon herself to make a lunch. Sounds good to me!

She also requested I take pictures and post it, so here you go!



She made a cream cheese and jelly sandwich on Honey 7-Grain bread and decorated it with a teddy bear. She drew the face with food-safe markers. To the right, she has a couple of chocolate covered strawberries and grapes from her Valentine's fruit bouquet, carrot sticks, and pretzels. I'm impressed!

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 38

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 38!!!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Silly Snack Bento for Ben

Ben needed a taekwondo snack, so it was the perfect time for some random silliness for him.

My parents sent the kids a fruit bouquet for Valentine's so we have some lovely fresh fruit in the house to fill one side of his bento. Side two was perfect for the aforementioned silly stuff.



Ben has fresh cantaloupe, grapes and a strawberry on the left, then a cream cheese & jelly castle on the right. It's one slice of honey 7-grain bread, flattened and cut into three castle pieces. I added cream cheese between one layer and jam in the other, then topped with a white cheddar finishing castle. It's being guarded by a couple of Teddy Graham sentries, and being attacked from the side by other Teddy Grahams. The pretzels have no meaning, they just kept things from spilling. ;o)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Muffin Tin Monday - Valentine's Day

Muffin Tin Monday

I finally got my act together and remembered before Monday afternoon that there was a Muffin Tin Monday. Of course, since Monday is actually Valentine's Day, there is only one acceptable theme in our house!



Faith has a bbq pork stuffed muffin, topped with cheese hearts, heart shaped cantaloupe, grapes (I tried to make them heart shaped, but ended up with squished grapes), heart shaped cucumbers and carrots, a heart shaped container with ranch dip for her veggies, and a homemade devil food cupcake, with sprinkles and a cherry heart on top.

The carrots were totally inspired by Sheri at Happy Little Bento. She made the cutest sausage hearts for her daughter's bento that I wanted to try. Except we didn't have sausage, so baby carrots give you essentially the same shape to work with. Mine are skewered on a toothpick, but Faith is 8 and knows not to eat the pick. ;o)

Check out Muffin Tin Monday for more fun tins!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Valentine Bento for Ben

Since Faith had a Valentine's bento the other day, I could leave out Mr. Ben. I've also got a really cute muffin tin to post, utilizing a few neat Valentine ideas for food too.



But for now, Ben has a BBQ pork stuffed muffin, topped with some cute cheese hearts, some carrots and pretzels to the left, and some grapes and heart shaped cantaloupe on the right. I love cantaloupe for cutting fruit shapes, it slices really well with a metal cookie cutter, and I just tuck the less cute parts at the bottom of the container.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine Hearts Bento for Faith

I decided that today would be a good day for a Valentine's bento. Mostly because I am afraid I'll forget if I say, no, I'll wait a few days.

I really want to pop by the dollar store to see if I can find any cute bento-ish items for Valentine's, but thankfully I do have a plethora of heart related items.



Faith had a heart shaped turkey & cheese sandwich on 7-grain honey bread, topped with white and orange cheddar hearts. To the right, she has heart shaped cucumber pieces (in a heart shaped silicone cup) and some strawberries that I had hoped to make heart shaped. However, said strawberries were frozen and even thawed were a bit messy to shape. So they got a cute pick and dropped in another silicone cup. Above the sandwich, she has some carrot sticks and some strawberry panda cookies.

I do have a few Valentine's ideas, just need to pick up some supplies first.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 37

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 37!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Oh me, oh my, oh dinosaurs, for Ben

I'm sure I've done variations on the dinosaur theme before, but we do like our dinosaurs around here.

We've been switching bookcases around--chapter books to Faith's room, early reader books to Ben's, toddler & board books packed away, so there have been lots of fun dino reads while we've been moving things. I'm not entirely sure I want to put the Sandra Boynton books away, *I* like those ones!



Mr. Ben has a dinosaur sandwich--turkey, cheese on Nature's Own Honey 7-Grain bread. The dual dino cutter was from a regular store, not specialty, maybe Walmart or Target? The dollar stores sometimes have them too.

Anyhow, back to the dino. He's got cheddar cheese spots, a white cheddar eye with a bit of cucumber to make him see. ;o) We've got carrots, mostly to hold the top dino in place, grapes with bone picks, and some teddy bear graham crackers because I need to bake.

I still think he's quite the cute prehistoric creature.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Kids Cook Monday - Enchilada Casserole



Another favorite around here! You don't have to use the refried beans, but a thin layer seems to really work well in this recipe.

Enchilada Casserole:
1lb ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can refried beans
shredded cheese
soft tortillas
garlic, onion, etc for the beef

Saute the ground beef with onion, garlic, etc, drain.
Mix together soup & enchilada sauce, add to beef, simmer.
At the bottom of a casserole dish, place a layer of tortillas (I actually use scissors and trim mine to fit into the corners ;o) )
Spread refried beans over tortillas, sprinkle with cheese.
Spread most of the meat mixture over top, reserving a bit of meat and most of the liquid), sprinkle with cheese.
Top with another layer of tortilla.
Cover with reserved liquid, sprinkle with more cheese.
Bake covered at 350 for about 30 minutes, until heated through. Remove cover for last 5 minutes to melt cheese.

Serve with sour cream, guacamole, extra salsa, etc.

**You can also roll individual enchiladas with this recipe, then pour the rest of the sauce on top to bake, but I'm entirely too lazy to do that. It tastes exactly the same with much less work.

And Yet Another Peanut Bento

Between the ice storms in Dallas, and the fact that I think I might have the plague***, bentos have been few and far between over the last few days

However, I did have to feed the kids at one point and decided to make Ben a happy lunch since he is also slightly under the weather (aka, drippy and sneezy and generally unpleasant).

Nothing cheers the boy up more than a few peanuts!



So he had his favorite cream cheese and blackberry-pomegranate jam sandwich on whole grain rounds, a few strawberry panda cookies, grapes, carrots, and a few strawberry licorice pieces. The meal, of course, is accented with a cute little cheese Peanut on the sandwich (orange & white cheddar with a bit of cucumber for the eye) and his Peanut picks.

And currently working on fixing the What's for Lunch Wednesday Link-Up. Should be working sometime later today. :o)

***OK, maybe not the plague exactly, but definitely a whole sinus mess. I bet this is what the plague feels like though.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 36

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to "What's for Lunch" Wednesday, Week 36!!!

Thanks so much for joining in last week if you did and looking forward to seeing all the fun lunches this week!

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"The Weather Outside is Frightful" Bento

But the fire is so delightful! (Yep, got one of those going too.)

Tuesday greetings from the frozen tundra that is North Texas today. It's not even all that snowy, but it is soooooo icy today. We are staying indoors, away from all the crazy drivers and just hanging out.

But Ben & I were bored, so we decided to use out some leftovers and crafted a lovely batch of cheesy BBQ stuffed muffins. I had a bit of pulled pork BBQ leftover from the other day, cheese, corn muffins fixings, and a plan. The boy was happy to help, but requested we showcase our creations in a bento. Will do!



Ben's bento features a cheesy BBQ muffin, grapes, carrots and a few wee bits of red licorice for a treat. The picks were from the Dollar Tree before Christmas time. We used the Christmas-y ones awhile ago, but saved the winter ones for later usage. Today, we broke them out, used the snowflake cupcake wrappers for our muffins and the picks for decoration!

For the corn muffin base, I recommend this recipe or you can cheat and use Jif (which I sometimes do too). The BBQ pork would be this recipe, on my family blog. I used the rest of the pork, maybe 1.5 to 2 cups-ish? and half a bag of shredded cheddar cheese.
 

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