Thursday, August 22, 2013

Doughnut Fake Out Bento Box

Mmmm.... Doughnut....
  We channeled our inner Homer Simpsons with this fake-out-doughnut bento box I did a couple weeks ago(yes, he has been in school that long).
 The doughnut is made from whole grain honey wheat bread with a little peanut butter and Crofter's Strawberry Fruit Spread. I cut it into a circle and then used a shot glass(super secret and handy bento tool) to cut our the doughnut hole middle. Then I drizzled with honey and stuck on some sprinkles. I don't care what I make if there are sprinkles involved my kids think it's a party! The "doughnut" hole I dusted with powdered sugar just to mix it up a little. He has pita crackers with cheddar cheese triangles on the side, as well as blueberries and blackberries. Had to stick the cute frog in, just for fun. He also has a GoGo Squeez Apple Sauce and water in his lunch bag. I'm happy to say he ate every single bite of this lunch.
All in all this lunch took me about 3 minutes to throw together and it was a big hit with my little guy.

Hope you are inspired to rock your own kids' lunches too!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Beach Bento

I'm a pretty proud mom, because E-man came up with this beach bento on his own. Actually after getting the little umbrella pick at our favorite sushi restaurant he demanded I make him a beach bento, with a sandwich as the sand, blueberries for the water and a sun made of cheese. I added in the clementines and one cookie on the side. He also has an organic Tubers yogurt and a water in his lunch bag. Maybe in a few years he will be packing up his own bento boxes! 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

When my husband and I first met he would stare at me in disbelief at the fact I could sit an eat a bowl of pickled jalapenos. I have always loved spicy foods, while he has always been evasive towards them. Over the last 8 years that we've been together I have learned to cook a little on the tame side- so I don't completely blow him away.

 But I just can't stop grilling bacon wrapped- cheese stuffed- jalapenos. I've made them so many times this summer, and each time they taste better and better. And, much to my surprise- my husband loves them too! The first time I made them, I felt pretty bad because I had left a little too much of the membranes (the spicy part of the pepper) inside and he cried as he ate them. 
   But he kept eating them. And yes, he was really crying. He's a man who isn't afraid to cry- okay (and also doesn't read my blog so I can post that for the world to see! HA!) especially when his sensitive taste buds are on fire. 

 Don't worry.....with proper cleaning and seed removal (wear gloves- Trust me!) and a whole lot of ranch to dip even the spice sissies in your family can find themselves enjoying these peppers. 

Start with good sized fresh jalapenos. You can either cut them in half lengthwise or cut a little slit in the pepper, making a tiny pepper door. Strip away the seeds and membranes inside. Stuff with your cheese mixture.  

Next wrap those stuffed peppers with a strip of bacon. Use a couple of toothpicks to secure each end of the bacon. 

Pop those bad boys on the grill, cooking with indirect heat until nice and crispy. About 15-20 minutes.

Gently, remove the toothpicks- so no one eats them ( happened to us...)