Earth Day Bento Boxes

Earth Day is the perfect day to celebrate bento boxes.  Just by using them we're helping our planet! The average school child generates 67 lbs of lunch packaging waste a year!   Can you imagine how much waste that is per school?  Per state?  That statistic is what originally earned my interest in bento boxes and greener, more earth-friendly lunchboxes.   Plus, you save a fortune by not having to purchase individually packaged snacks and juices.  They're cheaper and you get more when you buy in bulk. Here are three more fun bento box ideas for you in honor of Earth Day!  They're simple to make and the kids will love them.  The best thing about making bento box lunches is that the possibilities are endless and all you really need are some fun cookie cutters and a little … [Read more...]

Bento Box Lunches for Easter

Easter bento boxes are so much fun because there are so many fun things you can do.  Think carrots, eggs, bunnies, the possibilities are endless! This year we did this fun bento box lunch: The bunny's face is a turkey, ham and cheese sandwich. The eyes and nose are made from cheddar cheese and the whiskers are parsley stems. I made the ears from a regular cheese sandwich cut into strips and bent them into bunny ears. I laid the baby carrots on a bed of parsley and used.  The egg bunny was made by using an egg mold.  I use these egg design molds from Williams-Sonoma. Throw in some colorful jelly beans for a snack and you have the perfect Easter bento box lunch! [sc:adsense ] I didn't include this little peep in the bento box, but made it for a snack later on.  I … [Read more...]

Bento Box Lunches For Spring

Spring fever is in full swing here at our house.  Cleaning lists have been taped to the fridge, baseballs have begun to fly around the yard again, and spring themed bento boxes have been requested by my favorite little people. You know how much I love bento box lunches.  Not only because they're so much fun to create, but because I can include lots of healthy food that even my picky eater finishes! This week, we made this fun lunch: I made a turkey, salami and cheese sandwich and used a cookie cutter to shape it like an ice cream cone. [sc:adsense ] I even turned baby carrots into umbrellas with cute little j shaped picks! The first thing that comes to mind when I think of springtime are flowers.  So, I added some different flower creations by cutting tiny flowers out of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Cake Made Special: Easy Additions to Customize Your Dessert

Chocolate cake is great, I think most of us can agree on that.  But sometimes, I need more than just chocolate and frosting. One of my favorite chocolate cake recipes is an old Greek family recipe.  We do a lot of fasting in our Faith and so this recipe happens to be completely dairy free, so if you have any dairy allergies, or happen to be a vegan, you're especially going to love this. Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cocoa powder 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 2 cups water 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 tsp. vanilla 2 Tbsp. white vinegar [sc:adsense ] Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients well. Make a well in the center of your bowl and add the wet ingredients. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking … [Read more...]

Christmas Bento Box

It always makes me feel good to send my kids off to school with something that will make them smile while they're gone. Fun, healthy bento boxes are a great way to do that. For the holidays, you can make it even more gratifying, by sprinkling a little Christmas magic into their day. This one has gingerbread pizzas, ornament tomatoes, snowflake cheese bites, sprinkled blueberries and a decorated snowman marshmallow.  [sc:adsense ] I used cookie cutters to shape the pizza dough for the mini pizzas. For the cheese bites, I sliced a block of cheese in half and used a different shaped cookie cutter to make the snowflakes. The tomato ornament is an ornament shaped pick that you insert into each tomato as you eat them. (You can purchase them wherever bento box supplies … [Read more...]

Creative Fall Finger Foods

Spicy Maple Bacon, Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn with Diamond Almonds Ingredients 6 c. Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn, popped 12/3 c. (6 oz.) Diamond Sliced Almonds 1 t. chipotle chile powder 1/4 c. maple syrup 3/4 c. bacon bits 1/4 c. chopped Italian parsley 1/2 t. sea salt crystals Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread Diamond Sliced Almonds on a large baking sheet. Toast, stirring occasionally, about 8 mins. In a large bowl, combine the toasted almonds, Pop Secret Homestyle Popcorn and chipotle chile powder; toss well. Add the maple syrup; toss again. Transfer the mixture to baking sheet; bake, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasty, about 20 mins. In a large serving bowl, combine nut and popcorn mixture, bacon bits, parsley and salt; toss … [Read more...]