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 

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

 

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

First Day of Kindergarten Lunch

My youngest is off to kinder today! This year there is something different to think of when I’m packing his lunch: I don’t need to pack it in an insulated bag because their lunches are stored in a fridge! 

I’ve never had this before, my eldest sons kinder had no fridges and neither does his school so it’s a little bit exciting and especially for my little one because he loves cold food 😊 this also saves the struggle of finding lunchbags to fit the boxes we use. 

They have the same as my eldest sons school: fruit break at 10am packed separately so I used this cute  double decker box and packed some of his favourite fruits: blackberries, strawberries and apple slices:

    
For his main lunch I have used the nude food movers Envirobox until I decide which one suits his kinder appetite best. I packed 1 and a half boiled eggs, cucumber sticks, roast chicken wholemeal roll, banana, babybel cheddar, yoghurt pouch, and sugar snap peas:

  
Once he gets home I will see what he ate and go from there as to what I pack next time. It’s all trial and error in the beginning so I stuck with foods he loves and eats at home I just need to get the amounts right because he is a big eater so may need more! 

Happy start of the year everyone, 

– Mel

Kindergarten Lunch

My youngest went to his kinder orientation day today. They needed to take some lunch so he was super excited! 

I packed his lunch in the bentgo kids box and managed to cover all bases: fruit, veg, carbs, protein and dairy. 

  
His lunch was: 

Car shaped carrots, cherry tomato and baby cucumber mini kabobs, plane shaped cheese slices, salami stick, vege spread funbites sandwich, grapes, strawberries and homemade strawberry yoghurt in his little mashie. 

My littlest is a much less fussy eater and is pretty happy with anything so I don’t need to do as much “presentation” in his lunches. I also try to use less picks for him because he has a habit of taking and playing with them so he’s really good at losing them! As he gets older I will make them more like his brothers. 

Do you have any little ones starting kinder or school next year? It’s going to be pretty exciting I think, my littlest gets a bit bored with just mummy at home so kinder will give him a break from me and a chance to learn and play without me there. Mummy’s heart is breaking just a little with how fast my boys are growing but it’s also such an exciting time. 

– Mel