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Super Simple Super Hero Preschool Lunch

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

super simple preschool lunch


SUPER is the theme of today’s lunch! Super simple that is! Lately my time has been much consumed. Lots of stress at work, a child with an upcoming surgery and numerous other things that have distracted me from blogging! Nothing however has stopped me from packing lunch! In many ways it is therapeutic for me! When times are tough though, I keep it simple!

Today’s showcased lunch was packed for my 4 year old Trevor. Lately Trevor has been obsessed with superheroes! This is very entertaining for me as I know he has never seen them on TV, never watched a movie but yet he still knows all the superheroes! He loves Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, Iron Man etc. Where does this come from? Well lucky for me I have some Marvel Superhero Cookies cutters! These are a spring loaded press style cookie cutters and really you could use any cutter you could find!

Before I assembled today’s sandwich I simply pressed my cookie cutter into one of my bread slices. In this case a cutter depicting Iron Man! Trevor was excited! I popped in some organic apple sauce and some Original Tings snacks by Pirate Brands. I know this is not a fancy lunch but a great example of a simple but fun lunch I packed for me preschooler. Now he is asking for the other superheroes in the cookie cutter pack! I know I can easily deliver!

This lunch is packed in an Easylunchboxes container.



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Simple Patriotic Preschool Lunch

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

patriotic preschool

School is out! For us working parents that often means the scramble of finding summer care for our children. None-the-less in many ways it is more relaxed! Most of us also manage to squeeze in some vacation time in the summer as well. My family will be packing up and heading to the New England seacoast in less then 3 weeks for a full 7 day respite! I am definitely looking forward to that!

My toddlers do actually continue year round at preschool so the lunch packing never stops. This week with Independence Day coming, is a short week for my kiddos, only 3 days. So I just had to sneak in a simple Patriotic Lunch for the holiday.

I used red and blue silicone baking cups to start with. This gave my Lunchbots Duo some additional compartments and set the patriotic background. I added strawberries in the blue cup (for contrast) and cucumber stars in the red cup. I set down a layer of Late July Mini Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches (I am not paid to promote their brand but love their organic snacks). I added a sandwich cut with a star cookie cutter and a smaller cheese star as a fun detail. A fun lunch with simple details. I might have added a fun food pick but alas just didn’t have one appropriate for this theme! That’s OK… I think the red, white and blue theme comes across enough!




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Gluten-Free Friday 5/3/13

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

gff collage 5-3-13


Phew I made it, it’s Friday! TGIF! I am SO thankful indeed! That means it is also time to recap the gluten-free lunches I served to my 2 year old Evan this week. I know that I have previously discussed gluten-free savings so I thought I would discuss one more way I try to save! I try to save by being efficient with what I buy. As much as I would like to create an endless variety  of lunches for my son to choose from I have to shop within reasonable budget limits. I do have 4 children to feed! This means I have to find creative ways or use clever combinations to use the same ingredients in lunches more than once. Let’s face it, that is real life! I have tried to illustrate that this week.

Here is a recap of some of the ingredients used more than once:

2 times – Glutino Pretzels

2 times – cheese stick

2 times – green grapes

3 times – green beans

(If I was picturing the other lunches I served this week to my other family members you’d see just how efficient I can be).

I hope you’ll agree that even though I have repeated ingredients that the different combinations and the brightly colored offerings still look appealing each day!


GF turkey sushi


Lunch #1 (pictured above) served in an orange lunch container (sorry don’t know the brand)! On this lunch I went back to the MOMables cold cut/cheese stick sushi rolls which Evan seemed to like last time. I also served green grapes mixed with blueberries, Glutino pretzels (which Evan loves) and a banana.


GFF BC Muffin


Lunch #2 (pictured above) served in a Leaflet Tight Container. This past weekend I made a special treat for Evan. A gluten-free blueberry cheesecake french toast muffin. I served one in this lunch cut in half with some pure maple syrup in the small rainbow container. This lunch also container cooked green beans and strawberries.


gff grilled chicken


Lunch #3 (pictured above) served in a Leaflet Tight container. Perdue Chicken Shortcuts for me is a great go to easy food. It is gluten-free, can be served as is OR made into a chicken salad, put on a pizza, or served tossed into stir fry etc. In this case it is indeed served as is cold. This lunch also includes green beans, Glutino Pretzels, a cheese stick and green grapes.


gff chicken tenders


Lunch #4 (pictured above) served in a Glit & Brillia 2 tier container. I think all you busy parents out there will appreciate that it is nice to have a “frozen pre-cooked chicken” on hand. I personally think in moderation a frozen pre-cooked chicken is fine especially if you are going to balance it out with fruits and veggies. I would take this over a fast food restaurant nugget any day. Obviously if you are up for it make and freeze your own so you’ll have them on hand. The problem is there are very few pre-cooked gluten-free selections available at the store. Perdue has now come out with a gluten-free chicken tender in their Simply Smart collection and I must say Evan is a fan! I have served 2 in this lunch along with plums, green beans (yes, again) and Puffins Multigrain Cereal.

You may also notice that I use reusable lunch containers, very few individual serving packaged items and no sandwich bags. These things are all friendly on the wallet and friendly to our environment! Check around my blog and you’ll find many lunchbox suggestions!

I’ll be back next Friday for more Gluten-Free fun and with any luck you’ll see some posts from me before then. Just in case go visit my gluten-free friends!

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