Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 148

What's for Lunch Wednesday

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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Just choose a bento (please, just one bento or post or link) you've made from the last week you want to share, copy the URL of that post from your blog (you may need to click on the title to get it), and enter it into the linky below.

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hormel March - March Holidays & Top Blogger Questions Answered


March features lots of fun ideas for food this year--St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Dr. Seuss's birthday, and more.

What could be more fun for kids than green eggs and ham?  Just add spinach or other green veggies, or even a drop or two of food coloring!  And don't forget coloring Easter eggs or making fun cupcakes--marshmallow bunnies and chicks make awesome toppers.  And there's always options for leftover ham, including a simple Cornbread Muffins with Ham that kids can help with.

Hormel bloggers also go the chance to ask Joan Hansen of Hormel some of their top question, and she answered in video form for the readers!  What would you ask if you could?  I want to save these questions for the next time.


Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. All opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Simple Angry Birds Bento, using the CutezCute cutter!

The other day, I made Ben a piggie shaped sandwich and he had commented that it looked like it could be an Angry Bird pig. I promised him I'd see what I could do about making it an actual Angry Bird pig and this bento was born.

 

Ben has two Angry Birds sandwiches--one King Pig and one regular, along with blackberries, blueberries and some veggie straws.  He also took a Greek yogurt for snack.

How to make the Angry Birds?  You'll need your sandwich fixings, the CutezCute cutter, and a bear shaped egg mold.

For the big pig, cut your standard sandwich (meat, cheese, bread) with the CutezCute cutter and make the pig face on one of the bread slices.  Using the heel of the bread, recut a nose and swap the pieces about for the darker shade.  Fill the eye holes with a dot of cream cheese.  I used two Wilton sugar eyes to cover up the eye holes, although I think they should be a little bit lower next time.  Cut a rectangle of cheese, scallop the end with a knife or a small circle and tuck into the sandwich like a crown.

For the small pig, use the flat side of the bear egg mold to cut your meat cheese and bread, assemble the sandwich.  Add an oval from the heel of bread for the nose and two more sugar eyes.

And you've got piggies, yay!  Even better?  You've got extremely quick-to-make piggies, the entire lunch took under 10 minutes to make.  And I saved the outside breads to make egg-in-a-hole for breakfast, so double win!

What did I use?  It's all right below!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 147

What's for Lunch Wednesday

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cute Little Kitty Bento for Faith!

Or maybe, it's a Soft Kitty bento? I do love Big Bang Theory, and my CutezCute cutter did make a perfect little kitty for Miss Faith today.


Faith has her kitty sandwich--ham, cheese and honey wheat bread, with a cheddar flower, cut with the CutezCute cutter (which is currently one of my favorite bento tools, extra cute with little work).  To go with her sandwich, she has strawberries, a cutie orange, baby carrots and cucumber rounds.  I also sent a container of Greek yogurt to up the protein.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Crunch a Color Bento

I do love a good challenge, especially lunch related ones.  Jennifer, from Crunch a Color, offered a healthy lunch challenge to bloggers, creating a fun, colorful meal that incorporated her game.  The specifics?  A protein, a healthy grain, and at least three colors of fruits and veggies.  Challenge accepted!


F&B and I talked about a few different ideas and decided to pick one that we thought lots of other kids might enjoy too.  While higher points are awarded for more unique vegetables, Faith mentioned that we should use ones that are easier to find, easier to serve, and ones that kids usually like--a very valid point from my 10 year old.  We actually came up with a 35-point lunch, featuring two veggies and two fruits, along with our healthy grain and protein.


So what's in our lunch?  We stopped by a local bakery and picked up some fresh whole grain pretzel breads.  F&B love these for dipping and they are really yummy.  We paired them with a homemade egg salad, which could be switched for tuna or chicken salad, depending on tastes.  For veggies, we added some baby carrots (orange) and cucumber slices (green) and for fruits, a Cutie (orange #2) and strawberries (red).  We packed our Crunch a Color meal in EasyLunchboxes, using silicone cups to store the egg salad and panda picks for decoration.


The other half of the Crunch a Color game is called Conversation Starters, another set of cards with topics for dinner conversations.  I think F&B might have even enjoyed this one more than the points counting.  We have ours currently on our kitchen table, and we've been pulling a few out for each meal. We recently had one asking what name we would have picked to rename ourselves, if we could, which led to the story of 3 year old me deciding my name was going to be Lisa instead.  We've had plenty of other spinoff conversations from the cards too, so would highly recommend them, especially for slightly older kids.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Green Giant: A Giant Surprise!

We're definitely not anti-treat in this house!  I bake for F&B a lot or try to find treats that aren't too junk-filled.  One of our favorite options have always been veggie chips or veggie straws.


And that's where Green Giant's Giant Surprise comes in.  They now have a line of veggie chips too and we got to sample them!  We received a bag of the Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips and a bag of the Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor.

So, as with any product, I rounded up F&B and told them they got to be the taste testers.  Because, as every parent knows, if the kids don't like something, there isn't going to be any way of making it happen.  And, over the years, we've definitely had our fair share of "Mama, please don't buy these again."


Thankfully, this was not one of those times!  All three of us loved them.  I even had to put the bags away so the husband can try a few and I can use them as treats in lunches later this week.  The kids absolutely loved the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips, and said they taste just like {insert popular name brand triangular nacho cheese chip here}.  I loved the Sweet Potato Chips, thinking about hiding the rest of the bag for me.


A few nutrition facts too, which make me quite happy:
  • The Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips – Zesty Cheddar Flavor are made with real vegetables, 17 grams of whole grain per serving (48g are recommended daily), and are naturally flavored.
  • The Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor are made with real sweet potatoes and made with 14 grams of whole grain. Plus, they contains 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips!
  • TheMultigrain Sweet Potato Chips (6g per 28g serving) have 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips (10g per 28g serving).
Thank you to The Green Giant™ for being a sponsor. Show the Giant your surprise talent at www.facebook.com/greengiant

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 146

What's for Lunch Wednesday

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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Monday, March 11, 2013

Quick Monday Morning Bento

I've got two specific bento related projects to work on this week, so did not want to have to make a fancy Monday morning bento too.  Plus a few items (the last few strawberries, for instance) needed to be saved for those projects, so we need something easy, quick and low on the required ingredients list.


So for an easy Monday morning, we opted for corn dog muffins from our freezer stash, a cutie orange, some carrots, and some veggie straws, along with a yogurt parfait (not pictured).  Despite the small appearance, sandwich boxes actually do hold quite a bit of food and are a great starter bento for only $1-$2!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A Sweet Strawberry Bento and a Guest Post

While the plague is going through my house, I was trying to figure out what to do blogwis. My awesome friend Cristi from BentOnBetterLunches offered to share a guest post for me because she is a wonderful person!

I'm so berry thrilled to be here! No, seriously, wordplay aside, it's truly an honour to be guest posting at What's For Lunch At Our House, one of my own inspirations for bento & blogging!

I chose to share my preschooler Birdie's bento:



Birdie asked for a strawberry lunch. Unfortunately I could not find any decent fresh berries!  I did have some frozen... I'm sure they thawed by lunch :) The grapes looked good, so I arranged some around a baby carrot in a flower shape. Birdie's preschool allows peanut butter so I gave her two little strawberry-shaped PB sandwiches, stacked, and in the dip cup, a scoop of yogurt, coloured pink with strawberry syrup. I also gave her strawberry milk to drink for a treat, she loves pink milk!


 I chose this particular bento because it's packed in one of our Goodbyn Mix&Match boxes, and I've not seen this container among any of Faith & Ben's lunches. her drink container is also by Goodbyn, and her spork by Light My Fire. And I know this doesn't look like a lot of food, but keep in mind, it's for a 3 year old :)

Thank you so much for this awesome opportunity Shannon - I love your blog! 
I hope you feel better soon   

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 145

What's for Lunch Wednesday

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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Friday, March 1, 2013

Sesame Street Bento

Despite the fact that my kids are now 10 and 7, I really really wanted the Sesame Street cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma. When they went on sale for $6ish with free shipping, I finally ordered them. They arrived, Faith took one look at them and said "You *have* to make me a Cookie Monster sandwich!!!"

Well then, that worked out perfectly!  She also popped into the kitchen to help out, along with making some suggestions to perfect the lunch.  She's the one who found the black gel icing to make the eyes and wanted the mouths cut out because it will, and I quote, "give them better texture in your picture."


So my girl headed off to school with a Cookie Monster and an Elmo sandwich, ham and cheese on honey wheat.  The cookie cutters made most of the impressions, then we added two drops each of black gel cupcake icing to make the eyes, and a slice of carrot (dot of cream cheese on the back) to make Elmo's nose.  To the right, she wanted carrots and some canned pears with cinnamon since she's tired of oranges right now and didn't like the berries I had. Lunch is packed in our Easy Lunchboxes (also available on Amazon).
 

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