To celebrate Valentine's Day, Bento Bloggers and Friends is doing some heart-y blog hops! Click the button below to see what amazingly love-ly lunch Bento Monsters has created!
But first, check out my lunches!
Love Pizza Bites
|Leftover GF pizza, GF vanilla sandwich cookies, CoJack cheese, organic green beans and strawberries|
I used a mini heart cutter on some leftover pizza and some Colby Jack cheese for Z. She loves Pizza Bites!
To keep with the heart theme, I added some heart fork picks to the strawberries, which are also cut into heart shapes.
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Mini Burger Sliders
|Z's lunch: Mini banana, leftover hamburger w/GF toast, leftover tater tots, organic ketchup, organic carrots|
Since most places don't offer gluten-free buns, and I hate paying the upcharge for a gluten-free bun that no one's going to eat anyway. And there aren't a ton of other gluten-free options in the kids menus at various restaurants. So I often have leftover hamburger patties with just a bite or two eaten. Since the girls tend to fill up on french fries.
To make the leftover hamburger patties interesting (and palatable!) I used a mini heart cutter to cut as many hearts as I could, then cut some more out of gluten-free bread. I toasted the bread in the oven (on Broil, a few minutes on each side - watch them carefully!) and sprinkled a little garlic salt on them. Then I alternated them onto long heart picks, after spreading a little ketchup on each hamburger bite.
I put some organic ketchup in a Mini Dipper to dip the sliders in, as well as the leftover tater tots. And I added a single heart pick in with the tots.
|E's lunch: Leftover hamburger w/GF toast, mini banana, organic apples and carrots|
Since banana peels brown when you break the skin, cutting in designs is a fun way to jazz up a lunch. I used a tiny heart cutter to make an image in the peel the night before, and it had browned nicely by morning. They also brown by lunchtime, if you pack in the mornings.
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