paleo challenge 2014 - with banana pancake recipe

Monday, September 15, 2014

My husband and I are taking part in the Lurong Living Paleo Challenge again this year. We did this last year and it was a great way to sort of reboot/restart/reset our eating patterns since we over-indulged over the summer. Time to get rid of sugar cravings. Our children usually eats what we serve for dinner, but lunch is usually when I let Miss C have an sandwich or grain or a treat. Baby E is now eating regular food and drinks organic whole milk. 

Mommy's Lunch: (paleo challenge - day 1)
Pork chili
pear and nuts

packed in an EasyLunchBox
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Miss C's lunch:
Cheese quesadilla with sour cream
lettuce, rice and tomatoes
(we had Mexican food for our "last dinner before the challenge" and this was leftover from Miss C's dinner that she wanted to pack for lunch)
2-ingredient banana pancake{paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free}

Mash 1 banana in a shallow bowl. Add and scramble 2 eggs.
Heat coconut oil in a frying pan.
Fry 1 Tbsp at a time (2" mini pancakes) for 40-60 seconds each side.
Serve with maple syrup (optional)

Review: It was okay... I'm not a sweets for breakfast person.  I prefer eggs and bacon.  It tasted like a sweet egg and banana omelet. Well, that's pretty much it. Miss C said "eh, it's okay... can I have oatmeal?" but Baby  E gobbled it up!

turkey rollups w/Kale Chips

Friday, August 29, 2014

Miss C's Lunch:
Turkey rollups with lettuce and cheese
raspberries and blackberries
snap peas w/ranch
kale chips

packed in a Planetbox Rover

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
(remove stems, wash and make sure they are dry)
splash of olive oil
sea salt 
optional parmesan cheese (omit for paleo)
optional seasoning: garlic powder, red pepper flakes, etc
Preheat oven at 350deg.
Toss kale with olive oil, and salt (and/or optional seasoning)
Arrange kale in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
(optional - sprinkle parmesan cheese)
Bake for 20-25 minutes until crisp, turning halfway. 

Everyday Bento

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This spring, my friend Wendy published Everyday Bento
She has plenty of ideas that are doable and easy to follow. 

packed in a Lunchbot Trio
In her blog, I've always admired her orange flowers... and it's really easy to arrange!

My daughter loved the book. She saw the mini waffle sandwiches and created her own version using mini pancakes and used whatever we had available as for her sides.
Miss C's Lunch:
Mini pancake sandwiches w/banana and almond butter
greek yogurt with strawberries and mini chocolate chips
This book has recipes and step-by-step pictures of a variety of fun lunches... or you can be like my daughter and be inspired by Wendy, add your own twist and create your own fun lunch!

Following In My Shoes Bento Lunches

2nd Grade!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Miss C starts 2nd grade today...


When did she become so big?
Have a great day at school baby girl!

I am praying for protection and safety 
and fun and learning and 
make new friends.

The neighbor kid started kindergarten (blue shirt) today...
Seems like yesterday Miss C was that teeny!
Miss C's lunch
Sunbutter sandwich
grapes and apples
packed in an EasyLunchBox
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We are using CuteZCute's new Cuddle Palz sandwich/cookie cutters! We love it! It comes with 4 faces and  a body that you can configure in a lot of ways! 

Arroz a la Cubana {Filipino style}

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mommy's Lunch:
Arroz a la (cubana?) with poached egg
sweet peppers and medjool dates
packed in an EasyLunchBox
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My mom used to make up this dish growing up. It's a mixture of ground beef, potatoes and carrots with tomato sauce. Served on top of rice, she usually tops it with fries egg. I never really knew what it's called and after much googling, Arroz a la Cubana (Pinoy style) is the closest recipe I can find.

Competition lunch

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2 weeks ago, I competed in my first ever Crossfit competition. Of course we packed our lunches (mine and my husband's) in EasyLunchBoxes. As for the competition, I did better than I thought I'd do and that's really all that matters to me.  :) 

Mommy & Daddy's lunches:
grilled ginger chicken with sweet potatoes
carrots (with cheese dip for Daddy)
banana chips and Enjoy Life chocolate chips (for Mommy)
{packed with fruit, yogurt protein shakes/recovery drinks, and lots of water!}
packed in an EasyLunchBox
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PlanetBox and Wendolonia!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This lunch is being featured over at Wendolonia as part of 3 Tools, 4 Lunches.   I'm so excited... I've never really been featured outside my own little corner of the Internet.

4 moms use the same 3 tools... 
we all come up with different lunches
to show how with the right simple tools, 
you can create lunches in multiple ways!

Miss C's birthday is on Friday. Ever since we got Wendolonia's new bento book, Everyday Bento, Miss C had wanted a PlanetBox.  And she's ecstatic to be getting her birthday present 4 days early!! 

You'reTheBestMommy Ever!!!"

Miss C's lunch: 
Butternut Squash Ravioli
w/ parmesan and cheddar cheese
Celery w/ Almond Butter and Raisins,
Green Apple and Raspberries
and a Kiss