For Barnyard Bonanza week at The Little Gym, I made farm-themed lunches for all three days that we needed a packed lunch. Since I already showed off two of hers in my Lunchbox Love Notes giveaway post (ended,) I decided to "round up" all of our lunches from that week into one post.
Tuesday, 8/21/12 - She had asked for a cow-themed lunch, but I couldn't find my cow sandwich mold, so I stalled and made a generic barnyard theme.
|Strawberries, SunButter-jelly sandwich, CoJack cheese, green beans|
Above the cut green bean "grass," I used my mini cow and pig cutters on some cheese. The mini llama came with some farm set, but I'm not finding it online, so it may have been taken out of the set.
And those animals are actually cleverly stacked cheese shapes, so all together they almost equal a whole slice of cheese!
|Lettuce salad w/carrots, raisins, and Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing;|
black-and-blueberries, Special K Crackers w/cheese scraps
Thursday, 8/23/12 - I needed to get my rear in gear and showcase my Lunchbox Love notes for the giveaway, so I went with a chicken theme next, to match one of the Fun Facts, instead of making her a cow lunch.
|Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt, TJs jellybeans, grapes, cinnamon,|
Sunbutter-Honey and Biscoff sandwiches, strawberries, green beans and broccoli
For a fun treat, I put a few dye-free Trader Joe's jellybeans in the little chick-shaped Easter egg I found at Target on clearance after Easter. In the chick sauce bottle is cinnamon to sprinkle onto her Chobani Greek yogurt.
I used my mini barn cookie cutter to make a SunButter and honey sandwich, and used a steak knife to cut a door and window in, just to give it some detail. My mini rooster cutter made a little Biscoff sandwich, as a fun treat.
To add some fun chicken-y details, I chose my long chicken skewer picks for the grapes, and a hatching chick pick and chicken head pick for the strawberries.
The yellow chicken spoon is for mixing in her cinnamon, and the Cool Straw (outside the box, on the right) is for slorping up her yogurt.
|Lettuce salad w/blueberries, carrots, cauliflower, raspberry vinaigrette;|
1/2 tomato, broccoli and green beans w/hummus
Friday, 8/24/12 - Still couldn't find my cow sandwich mold, so I gave up and used a regular cow cutter.
|Grapes, Co-Jack cheese, chocolate, hummus, WowButter-Honey sandwich, green beans|
The chocolate tractor was a freebie in one of my organic produce boxes that I have delivered in the Winter. It's from Theo Chocolates, which is a veeeeery fancy chocolatier in Seattle, and one of only, like, 10 chocolate makers in the US (not to be confused with chocolates makers, who take chocolate and do things with it. Chocolate makers actually make the chocolate from the cacao nibs, and there are not many worldwide. Most companies get their chocolate from the same company, then add their fillers to lower the quality, and thus the price.) It was a hard call giving her this, since it's such good quality, and she isn't very discerning. But she's worth it! Plus it totally fit the theme. How could I not?
My cow cutter was from a thrift store, and is an older version of the current Wilton cow cutter. Mine's also a little warped. But I made it work! I used tiny bits of raisin for the eyes and the hint of a swishy tail, and glued them on with the WowButter.
|Lettuce, cabbage, and purple cabbage salad w/yellow crookneck squash,|
blueberries, peas, carrots, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing w/nutritional
yeast added for protein. Special K crackers, cheese scraps, 1/2 tomato
I would like it noted for the record that I specifically designed these lunches to be nut-free to be school safe (even though she doesn't eat lunch at her school yet.) Mine are nut-free too (except the Special K crackers probably have cross-contamination warnings. So not safe for an allergic person to ingest, but usually safe to be around.)
I made sure to use SunButter, which she has been enjoying for a while, and hasn't noticed that I'm subbing it in for PB randomly, and we tried WowButter for the first time as well. Contrary to the claims on the jar, it does not taste "just like peanut butter." It tastes like dried soybeans. Not bad though.
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