Easter Lunch

Today’s lunch is packed in the Planetbox, It’s almost Easter time so I thought my son would enjoy an Easter Bunny themed lunch before the holidays start this week: 

I went with a bunny and chick theme, both of which were easy to make but very cute. 

I started with the sandwich which I cut some circles for the head, a smaller circle for the mouth and long strips folded in half for the ears: 

  
I made another bunny, this one from a babybel cheese and carrot: 

  
For the Chick egg I hard boiled a egg, sliced a zig zag around and carefully peeled off the top to reveal the yolk, foodoodler dots for eyes and carrot for beak. 

  
Happy Easter! 

– Mel

Go Green Lunches

Roundup of Lunches packed in the Go Green from Thursday – Tuesday:

 

St. Patricks’s Day Lunch: Fruit and Veg Rainbow, Cheese Coins, Yoghurt Drops, Corn Cob, Sultanas, Natural Popcorn, Tuna Mayo Sushi, Chicken and Cheese Wrap.

  

Bee Lunch: Coco2 Sandwich, Lindt Choc Bee, Corn Cob, Salami,Chicken, Watermelon, Apple slices, Carrot

  

Dinosaur Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Salami Stick, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Grapes and Watermelon Strawberry Yoghurt

  

Grade 1 Lunch: Coco2 Funbites Sandwich, Apple, Carrots, Corn Cob, Grapes, Yoghurt covered apricots, Natural Popcorn, Organic Orange Juice

  

Grade 1 Star Wars Lunch: Crackers, Coco2 Sandwich, Popcorn, Yoghurt covered Apricots, boiled egg, Salami stick, Grapes, Yoghurt

  

Kindergarten Star Wars Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Salami Stick, Raspberries, Strawberries, Kiwi Berry, Boiled Egg, Cucumber, Yoghurt


– Mel

 

Bear Hunt and Farm Animal Go Green Lunches

  Today’s Lunches are both packed in the Go Green Lunchbox, for my Kinder son I’ve made a Bear Hunt theme because they’ve been discussing this at kinder and he was reciting the story as he fell asleep do I thought it was only fitting to bring that into his Lunchbox: 

  
He has Bear ham sandwiches, Strawberry Hearts, Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes, Bear shaped Apple slices, Bear boiled Egg and Homemade Choc Yoghurt in the My Squueze Pouch.

For my Grade 1 boy I’ve packed a Farm Animal theme:

 

Apple Slices, Cheese Stick, Ham Pig Sandwich, Organic Farm Biscuits, Raspberries, Carrots, Corn Cob, Chicken Egg and Homemade Choc Yoghurt in Reusable My Squeeze Pouch

  

I picked up these cute Organic animal farm biscuits in the baby food aisle of my supermarket, they were a perfect addition to this lunch.

  

For his boiled egg i cut some carrot and poked it into the egg and added an eye pick, very quick and easy but very cute.

 

– Mel

Tuesday Go Green Lunches

Lately I have been tired, worn out and feeling like I haven’t been enjoying making lunches as much, it’s in part because my ASD son has decided he won’t eat even more things and partly because I’ve just been too tired to think of things to do. 

On the weekend I went through my Bento Box Pinterest board and created all new boards with proper headings and re pinned everything so it’s organised and easy to find. Today I felt re-inspired to put the extra touch in the lunchbox and I’m pretty happy with the results 😊

My youngest son, Kinder boy requested a car sandwich and egg so I was excited to do a traffic light and car theme for him:

  
I started with the celery traffic lights: I filled celery stalks with corn relish then added red and orange cherry tomatoes and cucumber. Ham sandwich using LunchPunch cutter, traffic light salad: strawberries, Grape Tomatoes and Baby Cucumber, for the Apple slices I used a green apple then the orange side and red side of a royal gala apple. Boiled egg made using car mould, and finally a Ladyfinger Banana. I added some road sign cupcake toppers and the lunch was done. My car mad boy is going to be one happy kid at lunchtime!

For my eldest son, Grade 1 Boy, I went with Under the Sea theme.

  
I included something I normally wouldn’t and that’s the sprinkles on top of the yoghurt, my son has been refusing more foods lately so I’m trying to get him eating yoghurt again and thought this might help. Making things visually appealing is the main way to get through to him, he is the whole reason I started making bento lunches! 

His lunch has octopus and whale coco2 sandwich, Grapes, Peas, Corn Cob, boiled egg moulded into a fish, carrot “anemone” and Apple Seaweed, Vanilla Yoghurt with polka dot Sprinkles and a Banana. 

– Mel 

Go Green Lunches

Go Green has been the lunchbox choice this week and I’ve enjoyed working with it packing larger things which I’m usually restricted   to fit in our other lunchboxes. 

Here are the rest of my Grade 1 boys lunches from this week: 

 

Coco2 Dinosaur Sandwiches, Melty Egg, Banana, Strawberries, Slinky Apple, Yoghurt Covered Apricots and Nudie Orange Juice

  

Top and Tailed Banana, Starwiches, Apple Slices, Grape and Raspberry Kabob, Star Carrots, Corn Cob, Salami Stick, Babybel and Smoothie in MySqueeze

  

Tuna Corn and Mayo Pita Pocket, Orange, Slinky Apple, Melty Egg, Peas and Vanilla Yoghurt

 

Kindergarten Lunches

 

Ham Bagel, Cheese Stick, Sugar Snap Peas, Cucumber slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries, Boiled Egg, Slinky Apple.

  

Monkey Sandwich, Blueberries, Banana, Boiled Egg, Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes.

  

Ham Wholemeal Roll, Grape Kabobs, Cheese Stick, Cucumber Slices, Apple, Cherry Tomatoes.

  

Cheese and Bacon Scroll, Cheese Cubes, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes , Baby Cucumber, OJ Gelatin Gummy, Strawberries Raspberries and Blueberries

  

Ham Wholemeal Roll, Salami Sticks, Pear Slices, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes and Organic Strawberry Yoghurt

 

Latest Planetbox Lunches

 

Boiled Egg, Sugar Snap Peas, raspberries, salami sticks, grapes, flower carrots, coco2 caterpillar sandwich with foodoodler accent

  

Peas, Carrot, Apple Slices, Raspberries, Rice Crackers, Coco2 Sandwich with 2 by 2 Animal Picks and Salami Sticks

  

Baby Carrots, Apple, Bagel Crisps, Cheddar Babybel, Roast Chicken, Peas, Strawberries and Blackberries

  

Peas, Baby Carrots, Banana, OJ Gelatin Gummy, Raspberries, Strawberries and Hawaiian Pizza Bun

  

Peas, Raspberries, Banana, Cheddar Babybel, Baby Carrots, Grapes and coco2 Robot Sandwich

  

Peas, Carrot, Inside out Cheese Sandwiches, Salami Stick, Strawberries, Banana, Apple Slices.

  

Raspberries, Pretzel Sticks, Roast Chicken, Baby Corn, Apricot Yoghurt Balls, Baby Carrots, Grapes, Coco2 Web Sandwich with Grape Spider and Spiderman Babybel

 

Dr. Seuss Day Lunches

Happy Dr. Seuss day! March 2nd is the birthday of a man who is regarded very highly in our household from my own childhood and in my children’s. 

I have many fond memories of learning to read with Suess’ amazing quirky stories and many more of reading them again to my own kids. There is just something about all the quirkiness and fun that draws everybody in and I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t adore his stories. My kids are lucky,  they have “The Cat in the Hat” and “The Lorax” on DVD as well as many well loved stories in our home. What better way to celebrate than by including their favourite stories in their lunchboxes today!

First up is my Kindergarten Boys lunch. Packed in his Kmart lunchbox (I really love this box for kinder) he has “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green eggs and Ham” theme:

  
I started with a vegemite cat sandwich using a cute z cute animal palz cutter, a Hat carved apple, a cheese stick with cat in the hat drawn on the packet, a fruit and veggie yoghurt, Green eggs (I opted for filling them with peas because my kids won’t eat green devilled egg) ham rolls, a blueberry and strawberry Thing 1 and some kiwiberries that have just come into season. 

My Grade 1 Boy has his favourite “The Lorax” and “Green eggs and ham” plus “Cat in the Hat”.

  
Packed in his planetbox is Ham and Pretzel Truffula Trees, yoghurt covered apricot green eggs made with a foodoodler spot, broccoli trees, carrot flowers, cat in the hat cheese stick, green eggs, baby corn and coco2 Lorax sandwich with Gouda cheese moustache (I find Gouda great for not breaking) 

Plus we will share some Seuss favorite stories tonight. 

– Mel

Grade 1 First 3 Lunches

It was a short week for the first week back in grade 1 for my boy. Big adjustments after the holidays so I just did some simple lunches without many picks to ease him back in. 

Wednesday:

  
Peas, corn cob, babybel cheddar, apple slices, boiled eggs, dried apricots and roast chicken spinach wraps.

Thursday:

  
Roast chicken mountain bread wraps, corn cob, apple slices, peas, boiled eggs, bagel crisps and watermelon.

Friday:

  
Peas, corn cob, apple slices, sultanas, coco2 wholemeal sandwich, grapes, cheese sticks wrapped in salaam and watermelon.

If your kids returned to school this week I hope it went well. 

– Mel

Last School Lunches for 2015

Our first school year has come to an end! I didn’t realise just how busy things get with a little one at school and preparing another for kinder next year. I’m pretty glad it’s holidays now and we can start watching Christmas movies, doing Christmas crafts and baking and of course driving around finding all the Christmas lights πŸŽ„ 

Without further ado here are the last lunchboxes of the school year:

   
Thursday Lunch: gingerbread silicone cup with shredded chicken, popcorn, apricot coconut ball, apple slices, pineapple and strawberry kabob, mini cacao and date balls, yoghurt covered sultanas, twiggy stick, babybel cheese and peas.

 
Friday Lunch: RUDOLPH! My favorite of the Christmas lunches. Rudolph sandwich and boiled egg, apple, peas, apple biscuit, yoghurt covered sultanas, grapes and strawberries and apple and cherry fruit leather in the reindeer rings.

   
Monday Lunch: coco2 candy cane sandwiches, cheese stars, strawberries, peas, bagel crisps, salami stick, boiled egg, grapes and watermelon balls.

 
Tuesday Lunch: leftover butter chicken, apple slices, cacao and raspberry popcorn, apple biscuit, peas, bagel crisps, watermelon and grapes.

   
Wednesday Lunch: my second favourite Christmas lunch. Coco2 Christmas tree sandwich, mini gingerbread people, watermelon kabob, apple slices, carrot stars and strawberries.

 
Thursday Lunch: Last day of Prep Lunch! My sons graduation day lunch has apple slices, twiggy stick, peas, fruit leather squares, babybel cheese, strawberries and coco2 star sandwiches.

  
As it was graduation day we had a special Christmas class party farewell and were asked to bring a plate. My son had requested something healthy because some kids might want fun healthy food…he’s so sweet sometimes! I made up the watermelon Christmas trees by buying a whole watermelon and cutting into large discs then going along with a Christmas tree cookie cutter making the shapes. I think they turned out really cute and they were a hit because the kids gobbled them all up! 

Is your school year almost at an end? Do you have a platter to make? Hopefully I’ve given you some healthy ideas to work with. It doesn’t have to be difficult to be cute 😊 stay tuned for healthy fun food over the holidays!

– Mel