10-min Bunny lunch

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter!

I bought these bunny eggs from the last spring on clearance. After-holiday clearance sales are a great (and not to mention CHEAP!) way to build up your lunch supply stash . 
Miss C's lunch:
Mini peanut butter sandwiches (cut with a flower cutter)
breadstick crackers with cheddar cheese stick
apples and Gogurt. 

Sausage with Spinach

Thursday, March 28, 2013

 Mommy's Lunch:
Sausage and Spinach
hardboiled egg
blueberries and strawberries

My husband and I go to Crossfit classes 2x during the work week. We usually need quick dinners on those nights so we have time for bedtime routines for Miss C. This dinner was super simple and quick. Brown your favorite sausage (we used turkey sausage) and drain. Set aside. Saute garlic and onions, add mushrooms and sausage. Stir in spinach and let the spinach wilt.  Season according to taste, (since the sausage was already seasoned we didn't need to add salt/pepper) Remove from heat and serve.

packed in EasyLunchBoxes

Rambling lunch...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Miss C's lunch:
Ham and Babybel cheese
green peppers and ranch
clementine, grapes and Clif KidZBar brownie
(time to put it together: 5 minutes.)

I was stopped by a woman yesterday coming out of my Zumba class: 
"Aren't you the bento lady? How do you find time to make cute lunches? It must take forever" 
Not really.  Seriously--15 minute tops. 
And another 2-3 minutes taking pictures.

As many of you know, I'm a mom of a 5 year old. 
I work a full-time job. I design houses and draw buildings and fun architecturey stuff.
I try to squeeze in workouts in the evenings (sometimes with my child in tow). 
I'm pregnant. So I sleep in as late as I can... 
I love sleep. The snooze button is my best friend... x7 times.
I value sleep now... because in 3 months, well, that will definitely change
So in 15 minutes, while Miss C is eating her breakfast, I pack her lunch.
I take a picture (or 10) while she's brushing her teeth. 
It's been our routine since preschool.
It doesn't happen everyday, we pick out 2 school lunches she likes for the week.
(because I guess kids who buy lunch sit together and packs sit together, 
and there are some friends that buy lunch that she likes to sit with occasionally.)

Granted, some themed lunches may take longer. Planning definitely helps.
Precut veggies and prewashed fruits. 
Leftovers are great especially for Mommy Lunches
As with having the fun supplies on hand... 
(check out AllThingsForSale for cute bento stuff 
that can put "instant cute" in otherwise boring lunches)

And don't get me wrong, I'm no supermom.
I've had days when I had to convince Miss C to please eat school lunch
because my morning sickness has been so bad.
Or I quickly put an uncut sandwich with crusts on (gasp!) with a graham crackers
in her lunch box with Capri Sun and called it lunch.
Or forgot to wash her lunch container a week later...

The last one was my husband.  Ha! I don't wash dishes.
I'm spoiled that way.
Maybe that's why I have too much time on my hands... 
because my  husband does most of the kitchenclean up...

I linked up to Bentos on the Bayou's 15 minute Fridays!
Bentos on the Bayou

Butternut Squash Soup

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mommy's Lunch:
Butternut squash soup
ham, cucumbers and Alouette mini

Butternut Squash Soup

1 large butternut squash (cooked--see below)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced
2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 can coconut milk

Cooking the butternut squash (choose one of the following:)
Option A 
Roast butternut squash in the oven at 400°F
If you cut in in half, roast cut side up for 50-60 minutes.
If you cut it in cubes, roast for 35 minutes
(roast until fork tender)
Option B
Cut in half and place in a Crockpot or slow cooker. 
Add a cup of water and cook on high for 2 hours (low for 4)
(a friend of mine suggested I left it whole, but I haven't tried it yet.)
Option C
If you have no time roasting or slow cooking, 
just cut squash into cubes and boil until tender.

Soup directions:
1. In a large pot, saute the garlic and onions in olive oil.
2. Spoon out the squash meat into the pot and stir.
3. Add broth and coconut milk and stir. 
4. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes
5. Use an immersion stick blender or puree in food blender 
or food processor until smooth and creamy.
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Also, I packed my leftovers in EasyLunchBoxes
I reheated the soup and it did not stain or melt the ELB! 

Following In My Shoes Bento Lunches Grown-Ups Gotta Eat

Quick Easy Lunches

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Miss C's lunch:
ham and cheese sandwich on Goldfish bread
mini cucumbers with ranch
grapes and applesauce

Mommy's lunch:
chicken salad stuffed tomato
with cucumbers and yellow peppers
cantaloupe and trail mix mix

both packed in EasyLunchBoxes

Following In My Shoes Bento Lunches Grown-Ups Gotta Eat

Super Fast Lunches!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Not every lunch end up super detailed or themed or cute--or even have the crusts of the sandwiches cut off.
Miss C's Lunch:
Peanut Butter Sandwich w/a heart cutout
cucumbers w/ranch, banana
Mommy's lunch:
Leftover meatloaf, green beans, apple, and nuts

Wizard of Oz - follow the yellow brick road

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Follow the yellow brick roadfollow the yellow brick road 
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow-brick road...

Yellow Brick Road Lunch - ham and cheese sandwich
with Emerald City - celery (with peanut butter dip-not shown)
with cantaloupe and strawberry yogurt
and a Rainbow sour candy.

And check out this cake I made ages ago:

Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful will be released this Saturday. In honor of the classic book and classic movie Wizard of Oz, my Bento Blogger Friends and I are participating in an Oz blog hop. Next up is Crystal of Crystal's Ramblings You know the drill... click on the link to hop onto the next blog, and the next... If you get lost, just follow the yellow brick road!