Little Lunchbox – Butterfly in a Grape Sky– for September 25, 2015

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3 year old’s lunch – Hummus and shredded carrot butterfly sandwich, Thomcord grapes, bread and butter Bubbie’s pickles, tangelos, and coconut milk creamies for a treat. Baby brother has the same stuff, just cut up a bit.

I used a butterfly cookie cutter and added the carrot body with a little extra hummus. I love mixing shredded veggies like carrot, sweet peppers, cucumbers, or broccoli slaw in with hummus or vegan cream cheese for a sandwich or wrap filling. Many kids will pick out big pieces of veggies but happily gobble up veggies that are mixed into a creamy spread. You can also use a piece of one of those other veggies for the butterfly body. Both big sister and baby brother love these little vegan coconut milk treats from Happy Baby, and they provide a little dose of probiotics and Vitamin A

Little Lunchbox – Cats and Mac and Cheeze -for September 23, 2015

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Little Miss’s (3.5 yo) lunch – butternut squash mac and cheeze made with Oh She Glows recipe and zoo pasta, cat watermelon with Thomcord grapes, fava beans and black olives, and a dark chocolate covered graham cracker treat!

This lunch was pretty successful, both in the making and the eating.  Little Miss and I put it together after dinner, using the leftover mac and cheeze from our dinner.  She had already helped make dinner by stirring the sauce and the pasta and pouring measure ingredients in the pan.  The butternut squash mac is wonderful way to get some healthy veggies into a picky eater.

She loved using the cat cutter on the watermelon, and she kept trying them out on the extra pieces.  We used these cutters, and they are great, because they are small but sturdy and not too sharp for littles to use.  They worked well on the precut chunks of watermelon from the grocery store.

The Thomcord grapes are a fun change from the more commonly found green or red seedless grapes.  They are smaller and intensely flavored, and I had to stop myself from polishing off the pack before they made it to the lunchbox!

Black olives are a frequent addition to our meals, since they are one of Little Miss’s favorite foods, since she was around a year old!  What foods are you surprised that your children just adore?

Only the fava beans and a bite or two of pasta made it home.  When I asked her about lunch on the way home, Little Miss’s only comment was, “I ate my chocolate . . . yummy in my tummy!”

Little Man (15 months) went to preschool that day, too, and his lunch was similar to big sisters.  I used plain pasta for him, and of course, I chopped his olives and grapes up a bit.

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