It’s time for the tenth and final installment in the 3 Tools, 4 Lunches series I’ve been running this summer. (Yeah, yeah — we only have three lunches this week. I know.) Each week, I’ve challenged some of my bento blogger friends to make lunches with the same three tools. It’s super fun to see how each person uses the tools in their own, unique way and I’ve been really inspired by the demonstration of how versatile these tools can be!
Here are the tools we used this week:
- EasyLunchboxes bento box — This popular lunch box has appeared a lot in this series for good reason — it’s inexpensive, versatile and sturdy as all get out!
- Cuddle Palz — This versatile and hecka cute cutter/stamper set is the newest offering from CuteZCute and it’s quickly become a favorite in our house.
- Animal Food Picks — This set comes with 10 picks in a variety of animal designs. There’s also a tree trunk you can use to turn fruits and veggies into little trees. Fun!
And here are the lunches we made:
The first lunch I have to share this week was made by Astrid Lague from Lunches Fit For a Kid. Astrid used the CuteZcute cutter to make a tortilla grilled cheese with a tiger face. The rest of her lunch consists of lettuce, a mini vanilla cupcake, apple, champagne grapes, and trail mix.
Here’s how Astrid describes her start with bentos: “I got started packing bentos when my daughter was in kindergarten, but didn’t start blogging until she was in first grade – so I have been blogging for about 5 years. I love packing as waste-free as I can, and I love to make healthy food fun and delicious. In addition, The Boy is a Type 1 diabetic, and blogging his lunches makes it easier for the school nurse to check his carb count and dose his insulin correctly for what he eats. It’s also good to pack lunches for The Hubby and for myself, so that we have a healthy and less expensive dining option during the work day.”
Picture courtesy Nina Holstead, Mamabelly
Next up is a koala lunch from Nina Holstead of Mamabelly. Nina’s Easylunchbox contains a peanut butter CuteZCute Cuddle Palz koala bear sandwich holding a pepperoni fork and about to devour some celery bamboo. She also packed a carved apple tree with a koala peaking out from behind and some fresh grape tomatoes decorated with leaf picks. Read more about Nina’s cutie patootie lunch on her blog.
Nina is a Military Wife and Mom of four and enthusiastic about packing healthy and fun lunches. She packs lunches for her kids and for herself and since she loves cooking you can even find the occasional recipe on her page. She packs bento boxes because she loves creating something fun and special for her kids while making sure that they eat a balanced and healthy diet. Her favorite part of bento-ing is the smiles she gets at the end of the day when the kids come home from school and tell her they loved lunch!
Finally, I have this orange and green tiger lunch to share today. I made a peanut butter tiger sandwich with the Cuddle Palz set, then filled in the rest of the space in the large section of the EasyLunchboxes bento box with some carrot sticks. I also added some pizza flavored goldfish crackers for the tiger to fish out of the river and a few melon trees for his jungle.
Do you have these tools? How do you like to use them?
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