Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day Lunches 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I managed to throw together a quick lunch this morning despite our late rising and me single-mommin' it w/ the hubby sick in bed. Simple yet fun. That's my goal.




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In this lunch:
  1. Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Flat Rounds sandwiches - Applegate Turkey and American Cheese, lettuce and mayo for Big Sis and a fried egg, bacon and Applegate Muenster Cheese sandwich for Little Sis
  2. Organic carrot chips cut using my crinkle cutter from Pampered Chef and Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  3. Peeled Snacks Apple Berry Clusters for Big Sis and deliciously sweet cantaloupe for Little Sis
  4. Stacy's Multi-Grain Pita Chips with Sabra Classic Hummus
  5. Andes Mint, Mint Dove Bar and a couple gold coins for 'em both

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

     


My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup 



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Pizza Lunchables for Two, Munchkins for One

Monday lunches have GOT to be easy because Monday mornings are hard enough. Girls said they wanted some pizza lunchables today and I was happy to oblige. The one on the left has Dunkin Donuts' Blueberry Cake Munchkins for a treat but the other does not because *someone* ate their treat on Friday without finishing lunch and wasn't even CLOSE! So per our house rule, no treat for you the following day! Sorry Charlie!


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In this lunch:
  1. Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Rounds with Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce and Shredded Mozzarella Cheese from Trader Joe's
  2. Organic carrot chips from Trader Joe's (cute using my wavy cutter from Pampered Chef) with Marzetti's Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing
  3. Munchkins for Little Sis and Peeled Snacks' Apple Berry Clusters
  4. Whole Milk Organic Vanilla Yogurt from Trader Joe's with some shaved Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Chocolate Chips
  5. Simply Sun Chips 
Here are some close ups. :)

Pizza Lunchables - So easy and kids love 'em! in @Easylunchboxes

Pizza Lunchables - So easy and kids love 'em! in @Easylunchboxes

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

         

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Japanese Bento Accessories Sauce Container set of 4 Lovely Mayo Cup 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Simple Sandwich Lunch and a Ho Ho

It's been a week of particularly rough mornings thanks to springing forward- ie no one wants to get out of bed, including me! Who woulda thought that just 1 measly hour could be so painful? And try as I might, I just don't have it in me to pack lunches the night before, so my lunches have been REALLY quick and simple. Nothin' fancy, but it does the trick. And this lunch box usually comes home emptied to me, so that works for me! Here's today's lunch for Little Sis. Big Sis once again wanted to buy the school lunch. After all, it is National Breakfast week. Maybe I'll make her a breakfast for lunch lunch tomorrow - IF I can drag myself outta bed! ;)


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In this lunch:
  1. Archer Farms' Hard Salami from the Super Target deli counter with Applegate Black Forest Ham and Muenster Cheese on Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  2. Trader Joe's 12-grain mini crackers with Laughing Cow Cream Swiss Cheese
  3. Strawberries
  4. SmartFood White Cheddar Popcorn
  5. Hostess Ho Ho - why not. ;)
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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)


   

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Springing Forward with Lunchables

This morning I called up to my girls: "Come on down for breakfast before it gets yummy warm food cold!!" I blame this entirely on being forced to "spring forward". 

I somehow managed to get lunch packed (this is Little Sis', Big Sis wanted to buy lunch and I just sent in some snacks) and get them on their way to school - ON TIME no less on this sluggish Monday morning. It's a small victory, but a victory nonetheless. :)

Easy Peasy DIY Lunchables in @easylunchboxes... for when it's not so easy to "spring forward" ;)

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In this lunch:
  1. Applegate Muenster Cheese and Black Forest Ham and Archer Farm's Hard Salami from the deli counter with Premium Rounds with Whole Grain Saltine Crackers
  2. Kiwi, cut up
  3. Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
  4. Yoplait GoGurt
  5. Maplehurst Bakeries' Peanut-Free Cupcake sent home from a birthday party who's mom is ALWAYS thinking about my peanut-allergic Little Sis. How lucky to have such caring, thoughtful friends?!? <3
Happy Monday!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

    

My favorite Bento supplier @ All Things For Sale.  Just click on the pix to view/purchase now! :)

Bento Silicone Baking Food Cup - 12 Heart 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup


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It's snow day 3.5 and it's cold out so I was having a hankering for some good ol' fashion chicken noodle soup. The girls have been tracked out for 2.5 weeks only to return to school 0.5 days before they called it early to due to snow/ice, which means by now I'm pretty tired of cooking! So, soup, but easy soup was on mind. Here's that easy soup. It hit the spot. :)

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup
by happyvballgirl of @MyEpicureanAdventures

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup finely diced onions
1/2 cup diced carrots (I buy shredded carrots and then further chop them up)
1/2 cooked, chopped chicken (rotissery chicken works great here!)
1/3 cup uncooked small sized pasta (simply balanced organic ditalini pasta from Target used here)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
a pinch or two of black pepper

DIRECTIONS:
Simply combine all the ingredients in a large sauce pan/pot and bring to boil. Once it's boiling, reduce heat to med-low to low and simmer until the veggies are tender.

Enjoy!

Makes about 4 servings.

To further spice things up, I also add a couple turns of this Organic All Purpose Seasoning (with no salt added) from Earth's Pride Organics. I believe I found this bottle at BJ's Warehouse. This season-all is simply a mix of various organic dehydrated vegetables including onion, garlic, carrot, red bell pepper), organic mustard spice and organic lemon peel. I find that it rounds off this soup quite nicely, but the soup is just dandy without it, too. :)


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

Handy Kitchen Tools:
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Spinach and Mushroom Frittata


I just made my first frittata this morning and I'm happy to say that it was deeeee-licious!! I sauteed all the veggies and ham in my cast iron skillet and then just stuck it right in the oven. I just love that! And paired with some grape tomatoes and a quick cafe Americano using our espresso machine, I was a happy camper. :)

Heres' a link to the recipe I used: Culinary Arts' Spinach Frittata, but added a few things of my own:

INGREDIENTS
8 eggs
½ cup whole milk
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
3 slices ham, diced (bacon is awesome in here, too, about 6 slices, crumbled up)
½ large onion, diced
½ green pepper, diced
1 cup fresh mushrooms, diced 
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
1 tbsp cooking oil (I use grapeseed oil)
Kosher salt, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. 
  2. In a glass mixing bowl, thoroughly beat the eggs until frothy. Add milk and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and set side.
  3. In a 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat, sauté onion and green peppers for 2 to 3 minutes or until it's slightly translucent. 
  4. Add mushrooms and ham and sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  5. Add spinach and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until just wilted.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and mix all the ingredients together evenly.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the egg begins to set. Don't stir!
  8. Add the shredded cheese, sprinkling it evenly across the top, and then place the skillet in the oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.
Tada!

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I'm excited about the leftovers I stuck in one of my Pyrex dishes. Makes for an easy breakfast tomorrow morning!

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

      

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Kids' Meals: Cheese and Crackers Lunch

The girls are still tracked out and you know what that means... time to schedule all those doctor's appointments! lol.  To the girls' dismay, they both had their annual check ups this morning. Little Sis got off easy, but Big Sis had to get 2 shots and was not terribly pleased about it. The appointments went fine, but the doctor did tell Big Sis that in order to keep growing taller and stronger, she needs to try to get more protein in her. This probably has something to do with the fact that at age 11, she's in the 53rd percentile for height but only in the 9th percentile for weight. Little Sis, 3 years younger, is quickly catching up in height and has surpassed her Big Sis in weight by a couple pounds with her consistent 97th+ percentile showing. Little Sis is lucky because growing just comes easy for her, because she loves to eat, and pretty healthy at that. She reeeeeeally enjoys her food and quite often prefers the healthy stuff over the less-healthy, minus her undying love of all things pasta.

Conversely, it's not easy to get lots of protein in a kid (Big Sis) that just doesn't eat a whole lot to begin with and when she IS hungry, she'd far prefer carbs and junk over the healthy stuff. But that's what we parents are for and try really hard to mix in the good stuff along with the not-so-good. She luckily eats her veggies without much fuss or effort but those fresh fruits? Forget it, beyond the maybe 4 kinds she'll even consider eating!

So after our appointments, we made a stop at Trader Joe's for a little grocery shopping and then headed home for lunch. Here's the lunch I made for them. We've learned that with Big Sis, it's best to give her light meals as that minuscule tummy of hers just doesn't hold a whole lot at one time. Plus, this way, she has a fighting chance of actually finishing what's on her plate. And if you're still hungry afterwards? Of course you can have seconds (and thirds), just like Little Sis did.


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In this lunch:
  1. Organic Golden Crackers from Whole Foods
  2. Applegate Roast Turkey and Muenster Cheese
  3. Trader Joe's Mac and Cheese
  4. Avocado cubes
  5. Organic carrot stubs (or whatever they're called) cut into hearts :)
... oh yeah, baby cut carrots! They were cut on a slant and stuck together with a dab of ranch dressing because picks just don't pierce carrots very easily!

Here they are, enjoying their meal and I'm happy to say that both cleaned their plates (minus a couple avocado cubes that Big Sis left because their playdate arrived before she finished). Rest assured, she'll be seeing them again come snack time. :)


* "Kids' Meals" is a series of plated lunch/dinners that I serve at home.

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

   

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