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Lunchbox inspiration …

Here is some lunchbox inspiration for you all from the last month or so from what I pack for my kids and I.  I hope this gives you some ideas on what to pack or how to pack things. Feel free to leave any feedback in the comments. Or better yet, email me on anita@lunchboxideasforkids.com.au and send me your photos and descriptions of what you pack your kids and I will share it on my blog! 

Have a great day! 

From Anita 😊

  

Cooked plain pasta, grapes, cheese, capsicum, ham and apple.   

Chicken and salad rice paper rolls, capsicum, jatz and grapes.   

Cooked chicken, avocado, apple, jatz,and capsicum.  

Lettuce as wraps with egg omelette, carrot sticks, garlic aioli and kimchi to go inside.   

Apple, capsicum, cheese and Vegemite in mountain bread wraps and jatz.

   

Zucchini slice, capsicum, grapes, avocado mashed with some jatz for dipping. 

Homemade teriyaki chicken sushi, cheese cut into shapes with cookie cutters, apple, capsicum and sugar free coconut bread muffin with butter.     

Zucchini slice, capsicum, celery, grapes and a poached egg inside a silicon muffin case.   

Apple, cheese block cut into sticks, zucchini slice, capsicum, carrot sliced, leftover roast chicken and eggs poached in silicon muffin cases.  Zucchini slice, capsicum, apple, butter on wholemeal bread and half an avocado. 

Cheese and Vegemite on mountain bread wraps, half an avocado, jatz and capsicum.     

Homemade bread rolls with butter, ham, cheese, apple cubed, half an avocado and carrot sticks.   Rice paper rolls with chicken and salad inside (wrapped in moist paper towel to keep them together good without sticking), grapes, premium biscuits, capsicum and half an avocado.   Chicken and salad wrap held together with a silicon band from Little Bento World, shredded cheese, capsicum and some grapes.   Capsicum, Apple with cores cut out, zucchini slice and jatz. Apple, capsicum, half an avocado and wraps with Vegemite and cheese rolled and cut like sushi.  

    

Mandarin, capsicum, sugar free pikelets my other half cooked, leftover chicken and mountain bread wraps with Vegemite and cheese inside.   

Capsicum, cheese, leftover chicken nuggets with tomato sauce and half an avocado. 

Salada biscuits with Vegemite, cheese, capsicum, ham and persimmon sliced.     Zucchini slice, sugar free pikelets with butter, strawberries and shredded cheese. Sugar free coconut bread muffin with butter, strawberries, grapes, boiled egg, shredded cheese and zucchini slice.   Wraps with Vegemite and cheese, boiled egg, shredded cheese, capsicum and sugar free banana bread muffin with butter.   

Savoury cheese and veg muffin, tomato sauce for dipping, Apple slices with core cut with small cookie cutters, capsicum, grapes and cheese and Vegemite on wraps.   

Sugar free pikelets with butter, savoury biscuits with sour cream as dip, apple, lettuce leaves and capsicum. 

Cheese and Vegemite on wraps, grated carrot, plain homemade popcorn, shredded cheese, capsicum and sugar free pikelets with butter. 

 

   

Grated carrot, zucchini slice, plain homemade popcorn, shredded cheese and sugar free pikelets with butter.   

Zucchini slice, capsicum, cheese and Vegemite wraps, tomato sauce in the container for dipping and sugar free pikelets with butter. 

Lunches from the last couple of days…

Well school went back today and Marlee was excited to go back which was great. I must say I do operate better having routine of the daily school drop off and pick ups and having to get things done between those times. I really did enjoy the time off with the kids and at the same time found it challenging being out of routine.  

As you can see with the kids lunchboxes below, I have packed quite similar lunches for the kids the past couple of days and ready for tomorrow as well. I am all about using up leftovers and sticking with things that work as well. Marlee’s lunchbox came back empty today and I’m not sure if it’s because she loves her new design Yumbox or if she was just hungry. It does seem to fit a lot more food then the last design of the original which is great and the fact it is leakproof is awesome! I highly recommend them along with the other lunchboxes I use as well. They all have varying qualities and have different benefits of using each one. 

  

Inside the above Panino Yumbox lunchbox is: grated carrot, capsicum, sugar free pikelet with butter, plain homemade popcorn, grated cheese and homemade zucchini slice. 

  

In the above Lunchbots lunchbox is capsicum, two slices of homemade zucchini slice, tomato sauce for dipping in the kids konserve pot,  cheese and Vegemite on mountain bread wraps and a sugar free pikelet with butter. 

In the two Yumbox lunchboxes are cheese and Vegemite on mountain bread wraps, plain homemade popcorn, capsicum and grated cheese. The two easy lunchboxes are packed with sugar free pikelets with butter, grated carrot, cheese and Vegemite on mountain bread wraps, plain home cooked popcorn and grated cheese. 

For my family and I, I am all about keeping the food simple, fresh and mainly whole foods. I am aiming to cut out processed food from my kids and my diet as the more whole foods they eat without preservatives and additives the better! I also believe fresh is best and I still give them ‘treats’ along the way as well. 

Review: Little Bento World Products

Today’s review is all about some amazing products that I got sent from Little Bento World. I received a package in the mail that had a set of 4 easy lunchboxes, a pack of some funky food picks, some square egg moulds and some silicon wrap bands.

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Now before I go ahead with the review I must say that I had the loveliest note in with the goodies welcoming me to the world of blogging from Yvette. It was such a lovely thing to read- it felt quite surreal really! I will never forget that little note so thank you!

So- over the past couple of weeks I have been trialling out these products. The lunchboxes fit lots of yummy food in them and I was so excited to receive them- more then my kids who would be using them the most.

Great things about easy lunchboxes include:
– my kids love to choose which lunchbox colour they want for the day- they come with 4 different colored lids!
-they hold lots of food and the sections are great and I can send lots of homemade non packaged food in there.
– the kids don’t have to open lots of containers to see what they have for lunch.
-no washing up lots of containers for me- it’s as easy as tip out the yucky leftover food and rinse and pop the container and lid in the dishwasher (another thing I love about them)
– I can’t forget to mention that the lunchboxes have enough space for sandwiches if you want as well.
– the easy lunchboxes can go in the dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer so you can heat up your lunch if you want or pre pack the lunches and pop them in the freezer for some easy go to lunches or dinners and the bonus is the food will be cold for the kids lunches if need be too.
– they are airtight and they are a great price! $25 for 4 lunchboxes is a bargain! You can order them from here and read all of the information on the website https://littlebentoworld.com/shop/bento-lunch-box/easylunchboxes/.

The only thing I would suggest is the easy lunchboxes be leakproof (only because my old lunchboxes that were similar were and I loved being able to send yogurt etc in there without it leaking when it was closed properly). This isn’t a problem any more as I have come up with a great solution- use food pouches or a small sealed container inside the lunchbox. If you’re using things like rock melon or water melon I put folded paper towel underneath and on top to soak any of the excess liquid so they are great still to use!

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Now onto the silicon wrap bands. These things are super handy! I keep forgetting to take photos of me using them but they are great for using around your wraps inside the lunchbox, tying up packets of food that have been open, holding apples together after you have sliced them to keep them from going brown and for storing in the lunchbox, keeping the serviette held down on the top of my bottle of milk kefir so it could ferment and breathe, popping it around celery or asparagus or any food in the fridge

as they are all safe. They are easy to use and my daughter loves the bright colours of them too! (Ok, so do I! Hehe). Oh and I also love that they can go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning and I don’t have to worry about them breaking as they seem strong so far when using them. These are definitely something I never would have went out and bought but have found them so useful and great! Here is a link to check out the silicon wrap bands at Little Bento World-https://littlebentoworld.com/shop/bento-accessories/silicone-wrap-bands/ They cost $10.00 for a pack of 5 which is great and they come in varying sizes in the pack so they are so useful for many different things.

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Next is the food picks. I have to say, I never thought I would enjoy using food picks, sandwich cutters etc. But! The amount of excitement and joy these little things bring to my kids faces is so cool! My daughter had to have matching foods to the colors of the picks when she was placing them in her lunchbox and because Marlee had some in hers Darcy wanted them in his! I also love the fact they don’t go down the hole in the sink if I forget they are in there as the head of them is big enough to stop them with the ones we got. They are easy to clean, in the sink or dishwasher and the bright colours are awesome too- I love bright things! They are definitely not something in the past I would go out and buy however I am very tempted now to go buy some funky kebab sticks for fruit etc to go on or some other cute picks for the kids as they fight over them! I’m afraid of starting to buy more and it becoming an addiction to be honest! You can check out the cool food picks we got here https://littlebentoworld.com/shop/food-picks/hello-people-food-picks/. The ones I got were called hello people food picks but there are so many to choose from it makes it hard to not want to buy lots of different ones. This particular pack came with 8 food picks for $8.00. I think I need to go check their website for some more for me! Oops, I mean the kids!

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Ok, last but definitely not least is the egg moulds. They are called Monbento egg moulds. These are super cute when you do them properly. When I have used them my eggs haven’t been big enough so the result wasn’t as good as it could be so I look forward to using them again. I don’t think I would have bought these myself if they weren’t sent to me as I didn’t think bento style lunches were my thing. I am changing my mind I think! Thank you Yvette for opening my eyes to the world of bento-ing! I am learning heaps and enjoying trying new things. Marlee absolutely loves that the eggs come out with words printed on them- in her words they are ‘coolio’! Haha!

The egg moulds I have are freezer and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning too which is awesome. I love any product that can go in the dishwasher, at least I know if I put it in there that it is safe. The pack comes with two egg moulds in it- one says BON APPETITE and the other says EGG and they only cost $8 for them both. I can’t forget to mention that you can use them as little containers to hold food (or small treats) as they close and open easily too! You can buy them online here-
https://littlebentoworld.com/shop/bento-sale/monbento-egg-mold/

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A massive thank you goes out to Yvette at Little Bento World for all her helpful advice, tips and friendly service. I have purchased products from her previously and she has been great to deal with and her sending me this pack to trial was an awesome thing to do and I appreciate it.

Thank you again Little Bento World for opening my eyes to the world of bento-ing and to the world of blogging! I am excited to see what else I can create in these great lunch boxes etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

From Anita 🙂

Lunch for tomorrow 02.02.2015

It’s that time again… Packing lunches for school tomorrow. While I cooked dinner earlier I made my daughter and partners lunches.

In the wraps are chicken dipped in cornflour and moroccan seasoning mixed together and cooked in olive oil and butter. There is also capsicum, carrot, lettuce and cheese.

In my daughters lunchbox is homemade bread with butter inside, carrot and capsicum leftover from dinner, fresh pineapple cut into pieces and homemade processed sugar free banana bread with butter in the middle of it. Yummo! Hopefully tomorrow’s lunch gets eaten as she hasn’t been eating much at school the past week.

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Lunch for tomorrow 28.01.2015

I’m organized already for tomorrow’s lunch which is great! My daughter came home from her first day of prep/school and brought me her lunchbox from today for me to clean out. Instead of packing it later tonight or early tomorrow morning, I packed a new lunchbox for her straight away. Lucky I have four of the easy lunch boxes ready to use each week!

Anyway- here is her lunch all ready to go! It includes- a homemade cheese and bacon bread roll with butter in the middle, capsicum sticks, carrot sticks leftover from making spirooli veggies for dinner, rock melon cut into cubes, sour cream mixed with some homemade milk kefir to get some great probiotics into her and some homemade processed sugar free banana bread with butter in the middle. I hope this is enough, although I think it should be as she didn’t eat all her lunch today!

Phew! We survived the first day! I’m buggered after getting up at 5am to go running/walking before the early start of getting the kids ready for school drop offs. I must say though my daughter made it easy as she was so excited to go this morning!

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