Sunday, April 29, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/29/12

Good evening everyone!  I'm a bit late on this post but better late than never!  I try to get the weekly menu posts up on Fridays so you can see what we're having before the week actually starts.  This way, you can use some of these recipes in your menu for the week if you so choose.  However, I have not been feeling the greatest and this week we tried something new.  My husband and I spent all afternoon cooking so we could have the majority of our food for the week finished and we will only have to make a few things spread throughout the week instead of having to make a full dinner every night.  It worked really well!  We were able to get a lot accomplished and now we have dinners plus lunches for the first few days of the week.  This is especially helpful for the lunch situation because lunches need to be quick around here and because my husband has been trying to pack his food more often.  There aren't any restaurants where you can get real food let alone gluten free, dairy free or meat free where my husband works.....or around where we live for that matter.  So it's best that he pack if he wants to eat healthy and it's better on the wallet ~easier said than done though!  I'm really excited about this menu because we have some new items I've really been wanting to try!

Menu for the week of April 29, 2012:

1.  Soup beans and cornbread.  My husband requested this one.  I've never used ham in my soup beans as is common.  We didn't really like ham even when we ate meat and now, well, we don't eat meat so I still don't use it!  Tastes great just the same!

2.  Gluten Free Vegan GORDITAS!!!!!!!!  Seriously!  It's supposed to be chickpea flatbread pizza but I made them last week, and as pizza they were quite delicious, but I folded mine like a traditional taco and I was in gordita heaven!  I cannot tell you how exciting this is because when I used to eat standard American style, I used to eat some serious Taco Bell and I have been craving it this pregnancy.  Obviously, I can't have Taco Bell but this is so much better!  All the deliciousness without the sickness!  Amazing, you must try it! She's not kidding when she says you have to really cook the dough though! I am also making a raw sour cream to go with these.  I have a raw food book that has a recipe for sour cream using cucumbers and sunflower seeds that I'm pretty stoked about.  I also need the sour cream for another recipe this week so win-win!  Here's a recipe that uses cashews if you'd like to try and make something as well.

I took this picture after I had already taken a few bites and realized how delish it was!

3.  Quinoa Salad Sandwiches.  I am so very excited about this recipe as well!  I loved chicken salad growing up and we no longer eat such things.  Normally, this is not a problem.  Not in the least.  Pregnant....big problem!  I want so many foods that I can't have and I'll never understand why pregnancy does that to you but I am so thankful for recipes like this!  I hope it's as delicious as it looks because I plan on this recipe getting me through a lot of barbecues this summer!  ;-) I will use the sour cream I mentioned earlier for the dairy sour in this recipe and vegan non-gmo mayo for the miracle whip. We haven't yet decided if we are going to make bread or just wrap it up in lettuce, probably the lettuce. 

4.  Penne with Artichokes.  Easy.  I like easy.  This is actually one of the recipes that is already complete and yes, it was good!  I nixed the parmesan and used g-free penne.

5.  Roasted Corn and Potato Chowder.  As soon as I saw the picture of this gorgeous soup on Pinterest, I had to give it a try!  We made this soup already as well and it is just as delicious as it looks if not more!  Of course, I could have made some kind of bread to go with it but I decided I was too tired and it worked out.  This is a very filling soup and the bread isn't necessary.  A lot of people have problems with corn because it can be difficult to digest if your intestines are inflamed and unless you get certified organic, it's also genetically modified and chemical laden.  We used to have a problem with corn but as our guts have healed and we've extracted most of the toxins from our bodies, we are able to have organic/non-gmo corn!  Which is wonderful because this soup is insane and I do love popcorn as well! ;-)  ~Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that I subbed coconut cream for the half and half and used unsweetened almond milk for the milk.  Worked great! 

6.  Baked Vegetarian Spring Rolls.  I love Chinese take-out but I can't have it so 'nuff said about this choice!  I am using the linked recipe but substituting rice wraps and playing with the filling a bit. 

7.  Waffles.  Sigh.  This is probably no surprise.  It seems we eat waffles or pancakes at least once a week for dinner but my family loves them and they always ask for them.  I shall oblige yet again. 

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/22/12

Hi!  It's menu time!  But first, my goofy cuties would like to say hi....

Every Sunday morning my husband attempts to take pictures of the kids while I get ready.  Usually, I'm lucky if nobody gets hurt and everyone's shoes and clothes stay on!  Though, it looks like my daughter ditched the shoes for this pic! lol  However, once in a while, he gets a cute one!  This is one of my favorites!

Food, yes?

Menu for the week of April 22, 2012:

1. Carrot/Beet/Bean Burgers.  The grocery store did not have any usable beets last week and I refuse to pay full price for beets with completely wilted greens.  I asked two different stores and two different managers if they would discount the beets because I couldn't use the greens (most people don't realize you use the greens also) and they wouldn't do it!  I was not happy nor was I about to pay full price for half-usable beets!  Outrage!  We will try again this week.

2.  Lemon Garlic Pasta.  Looks easy and delicious, I'm sold!  I'll either omit the parmesan altogether or make a quick vegan version. 

3.  Salads with tahini dressing!

4.  Very Berry Millet Pancakes.  You know our love of having breakfast for dinner! We typically have juice/smoothies for breakfast around here these days so dinner is the only time we get to have pancakes and such!  Yum!  She uses blackberries in this recipe and I think that sounds amazing so I hope they are on sale this week! 

Another favorite pancake recipe with roasted red-skins.

5.  Zucchini Black Bean and Rice Skillet.  I have to modify this recipe from a few not so great ingredients to some better choices but it looks really easy and tasty nonetheless.  I'll nix the cheese, use brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice and canola oil is genetically modified so unless I'm sure it's non-gmo and organic.....I'm not using it! 

6.  Cheezy Mushrooms and 'Rice.'  This is a raw recipe and the rice is actually jicama!  Fun! 

7.  Roasted Grape, Goat Cheese and Honey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.  I'll probably wedge some for my daughter because she is picky about her sweet potatoes.  I don't know yet what I'll serve with these, we'll see what we have at the time ~I'm living on the edge!   

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/15/2012

Hi there!  As I am typing this, it's Wednesday.  It's been and will continue to be a rather busy week and I am trying to get everything in order for our weekly menu as well as for some future freezer cooking I'll be doing later in the pregnancy.  I love to freeze waffles, pancakes, energy bites, muffins, chilis, soups, and the occasional casserole.  Mostly though, we prefer to eat our food fresh and not everything we eat can even be frozen.  The only time this is a bummer is when it's time to have another baby and I need already made meals that I can easily throw in the oven or thaw and eat.  I have a good list of things that can be frozen for after the baby gets here but certain things, gluten free lasagna for instance, are going to be trial and error in the freezer department.  Gluten free pasta and breads can get mushy and gross if you're not careful and there is a fine line between undercooking and overcooking when it comes to gluten free freezer meals.  My plan is to have a trial freezer cooking run way before the baby so I can get some of the recipes in the freezer that I've never actually frozen before and see if they will be ok.  Bonus, I'll be tired and cranky in the third trimester heat anyway so I'll be more than happy to have a few freezer eats even before the baby arrives!  Anyway....I decided it would be a good time to make the menu for next week since I won't have time this weekend and I'll have to shop differently.  I'm DONE with recipes in any way, shape or form for the day.  My head is spinning but again, at least it's finished!

Menu for the week of April 15, 2012:

1. Carrot-Beet Bean Burgers and sweet potato fries.  If I don't feel like doing the fries when it comes time, I'll just bake the potatoes instead. 

2.  Mushroom Pizza Bites and salad.

3.  Chili.  The chili we had for Easter was insane!  We must have more, must!

4.  Pumpkin-Quinoa Breakfast Bake and......wait for it......asparagus!  I heart asparagus and so does my family so we've been eating it a lot!

5.  Sombrero Pasta Salad.  I'll make my own dressing, add cilantro and use lentils or walnut taco meat in place of ground beef.  Obviously, I will also subsitute gluten free pasta. 

6.  Collard Wraps and Chia Chili Cheese Dip ~it's been toooooo long!  YUM!

7.  Megan's Falafel's 

Hopefully, all will be well with our dinners this week and yours as well!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dairy Free Chocolate-Peanut Butter Milkshake

Yes!  The ultimate chocolate milkshake!  Now don't worry, if you're allergic to peanuts you can just use any nut butter, coconut butter or omit the peanut butter altogether.  The BEST part about this milkshake is, it's healthy!  You could have it for breakfast if you want!  (Don't mind if I do!) 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake!
3 cups vanilla almond milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
2 heaping cups frozen cherries
2 giant handfuls baby spinach
1/2 avocado
3-4 Tbs raw cacao powder (use cocoa powder if you don't have cacao but you may need more)
1 spoonful peanut butter, other nut butter or coconut butter (coconut butter would be amazing!)
*Optional:  handful of dairy free chocolate chips

*Just add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and creamy!!!
Note:  If you do not have vanilla flavored milk, you may need to add a small amount of honey, agave nectar or maple syrup.

This shake is so simple and sooooooo delicious!  Have you ever had Texas Gold Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream?  Or maybe Homemade Peanut Butter N Chip?  This milkshake tastes like a milkshake we used to make with those flavors when I was a kid!  The ingredients are much better though! ;-)  It's truly amazing and you'd never know it contains spinach or avocado!  The avocado makes it especially creamy.  Without it, the shake will be somewhat watery due to the cherries.  My husband and kids love it!  My husband actually likes it better than our previous favorite, Chocolate Banana Smoothie!  If you are having this shake as a meal, it will serve 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.  If this is dessert for you, you could probably get 6 servings out of it.  Let us know what you think!  Have a great day!  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/8/12

It's that time again ~weekly menu day!  I don't have a lot of new recipes in the menu this week.  As I was making our menu and as I am typing this, I'm tired.  I don't see myself gaining a lot of energy between now and when it is time to actually make these meals so I wanted a lot of easy.  If I do find myself with lots of energy, then I shall use it up doing something other than cooking ~yoga!  Hooray!

Menu for the week of April 8, 2012:

1. Chili leftovers.  (If that's not easy, I don't know what is!)

2.  Red quinoa and avocado salad 

3.  Roasted Veggies and waffles.  These waffles are our favorite.  We use a flax or chia egg and it makes about 16 waffles so I have some leftover to freeze for future breakfasts. 

4.  Pasta Bravo ~recipe located in my 'recipes' tab.

5.  Amazing Gluten Free Vegan Pizza.  I'm constantly surprised by the variety of gluten free/dairy free pizzas people have created.  The same goes for mac and cheese.  There are so many different recipes that I never feel like we are eating the same thing over again and they all look so good that I need to try them!  This one is particularly interesting because it has a vegan cheese sauce and some unusual toppings ~mushrooms, corn, onion ~that sound really delicious!

6.  Creamy Potato Onion Soup.  I'm cold.  I don't get it?  I'm pregnant which should equate to roasting all the time but I have not been able to get warm at all.  I have always had questionable circulation and I think that could be some of it but still, I want cold weather comfort foods so soup it is!  I'll also have some glazed carrots and probably broccoli or whatever we haven't used by this particular day.

7.  Cranberry Avocado Salad with Candied Nuts and Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Actually, I'll use whatever dressing I have on hand which will probably be a homemade Italian or some lemon juice and sea salt.  This salad is super yummy and surprisingly filling so we're excited to eat it again.  My kids will eat the individual ingredients ~avocado, cranberries, candied nuts, sliced pepper, carrots and I might make them some chickpea flatbread.  Ok, I will make them some chickpea flatbread.  They eat more than any adult I know!  ;-)

Super simple and equally delicious!  Have a marvelous week!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Easter Dinner

Hello all!  I wanted to share with you what we will be having to eat on Easter Sunday.  When I was growing up we usually had canned green beans with ham, cooked until absolutely zero nutrients remain just like a good southern chef would do! ;-)  We would also have a honeybaked ham (my mom used to bake hers with Pepsi), fried chicken strips, mashed potatoes with margarine (because apparently butter is bad for you?)and gravy, starchy dinner rolls, 7 layer salad with lots of mayo and cheese, canned corn and an entire table full of desserts people would bring to share with everyone.  I'm not gonna lie ~the food was good.  We all always looked forward to it.  Pretty standard American stuff ~you know...lots of fake food, gmo's, lack of nutrients, refined flour and sugar and a big food coma to follow.  Looking back, I cannot believe we ate all of that and actually looked forward to it!  Of course, the company is always fun but the food HAD to change!  We have been on such a wonderful journey to health and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Though we seem 'weird' to the 'Standard American Diet' folk, we couldn't be happier!  My husband and I love that all of our food is satiating and delicious and never leaves us feeling like we need to unbutton our pants (you know what I'm talking about!), take a massive nap or a pain killer for the sugar headache.  Our diet is most certainly not perfect but we do try and it pays off pretty big!  All of our holiday food is still indulgent but it's real, organic, non-gmo, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and meat free, did I mention delicious?!  We love it and whatever journey you are taking with your health, we hope that some of these ideas and the support will help you along the way!  Real food is the best food!  On to the menu!!!

Ooey gooey cinnamon rolls! (the frosting does contain powdered sugar if you use it)

All of the food for Resurrection Sunday was requested by my husband.  It's not exactly 'traditional' according to the usual springy and traditional type fare I listed above but it's what he said he wanted so I shall oblige! 

Breakfast:  Cinnamon Rolls with Spiced Buttercream.  I will be using a few different recipes to accomplish these rolls.  The picture above is from this recipe and I love the filling, the cloves taste amazing!  However, I wanted to try a different dough this time and settled on this recipe to which I shall add a chia egg.  The frosting is my favorite of all time and I will be using powdered sugar but I will use organic so as to avoid genetically modified ingredients and chemicals.  I am going to try powdering my own sugar sometime soon though, I think it would be fairly easy and then I can use sucanat or coconut sugar.  The sugar in the actual rolls will be replaced with coconut sugar.   I will also steam some asparagus because I want some kind of veggie in the morning and asparagus with cinnamon rolls has that whole sweet salty thing going on!  Love!  I'll pre-make the rolls on Saturday using this method and refrigerate the frosting for the next day.  Otherwise, we'll never have breakfast!  The idea of getting up early enough on any Sunday morning to actually make breakfast and get everyone ready is truly laughable!

Lunch/Dinner:  I don't know about you, but in our family....holidays are always busy.  After church we will have a visit with my husband's family and then come home before the massive overtired meltdown happens and try to get the kids into bed for naps.  After this major accomplishment, which is a major accomplishment, my husband and I will eat and lunch/dinner sort of runs together.  We've been married for 6 years and parents for 3.  I used to attempt breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  This left us with way too much food and me stressed and too busy in the kitchen to enjoy anything.  Now, we usually have a special breakfast plus one large, complete meal.  If we are traveling to multiple locations or if we will end up needing more food, I will plan accordingly but this Sunday, our lunch/dinner will be more than enough!  At my husband's request, we will be having a nice, hearty chili.  He loooooooves chili, we also had chili for Christmas this past year so I can't say I'm surprised that this is what he wanted for Easter as well ~ though I will have to put my foot down for the Fourth of July because July is just not chili weather! ;-)  We will also be having cheesy garlic breadsticks and salads.  We have actually had the cauliflower pizza crust before but this one seems a little better for using flax or chia eggs and I think the texture will be great!  I would like to use raw goat cheddar as the cheese but depending on my daughter, I may have to use daiya.  She is the only one of us who is still sometimes sensitive to goat cheese and I'll be sure to muscle test her with it first.  Remember the naps I mentioned earlier?  My kids will have eaten some snack type foods beforehand ~usually leftovers from previous dinners, hummus, veggies, almond butter, etc.  After naps, they'll enjoy the food listed above.   Being pregnant, I need some extra fat in my diet so I will also have avocado with my chili as will my growing kids!  Yum!
This salad has tahini dressing but we'll probably use homemade Italian this weekend.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you are able to find some fabulous food that won't hurt you! 

"Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to see the tomb.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake, because an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it.  His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.  The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.
Then the angel spoke to the women, "Don't be afraid!" he said.  "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn't here!  He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen.  Come, see where his body was lying.  And now, go quickly and tell his disciples he has been raised from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see him there.  Remember, I have told you." (Mathew 28 1-7 NLV)

"Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth.  Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you.  And be sure of this:  I am with you always, even to the end of the age."  (Mathew 28 16-20 NLV)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cheezy Alfredo Sauce (vegan/gluten free)

Good morning!  I mentioned in my last post that I made one of my favorite alfredo sauces for dinner but changed the recipe quite a bit.  It was hard to figure out what to call this sauce, it's not cheesy and it's not quite alfredo but it's so delicious that I have to share!  It can be really hard when you are gluten free and dairy free to find a really good, creamy pasta sauce.  I am certainly not a chef by any means, but I do want to help other mamas or anyone with food allergies or even those just choosing to go gluten or dairy free for health.  We need to stick together in this world of processed and instant 'foods.'  Let's feed our families healthy and fabulous food that won't hurt them!  This recipe does have cashews so it is not nut free.  It is gluten, dairy, egg, meat, corn, and soy free!  I hope you love it!

I baked our sauce with partially cooked brown rice-spinach spaghetti and topped with bread crumbs.

Cheezy Alfredo Pasta Sauce

8oz of desired gluten free pasta
Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbed pecans mixed with dried Italian herbs
1 Cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/3 heaping cup raw cashews
4 Tbs nutritional yeast
1 small to medium garlic clove
juice from half a lemon
1 Tbs tahini (sesame seed butter)
***2 tsp chickpea miso (I use South River Miso.  They do use barley in one of their misos but they are very careful and we have never had a reaction from their miso even at our most sensitive but use your own judgement)
1 tsp tumeric powder
3/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt (or good quality sea salt)
1/2 tsp paprika

Directions:  Cook pasta according to package directions.  If baking pasta as in the picture above, undercook by 3-5 minutes and pre-heat oven to 350.  Mix all ingredients for sauce together in blender until smooth.  Pour over pasta and heat on stove until desired thickness and temperature ~maybe 5 minutes.  If baking, place pasta in 8x8 casserole dish and pour sauce over pasta.  It will look watery but the pasta will continue to cook and absorb the sauce which will also thicken quite a bit.  Optional:  Add gluten free bread crumbs or crumbed pecans and herbs to the top of pasta/sauce mixture.  Place in pre-heated oven for 25 minutes or until pasta is done and sauce is thick and creamy! 

For optional crumb topping:  Crumb or finely chop pecans and mix with dried Italian seasoning.  Add to top of pasta dish prior to baking.  You could also use pre or homemade gluten free bread crumbs.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/1/2012 and Fun Kid Lunches!

Good afternoon to you all!  I can't believe it's April already but I'm loving it!  More warm weather lies ahead and that makes me happy!  We have been blessed to have my husband work from home on Fridays since the gas prices have been so lovely.  He loves working from home because it saves him the commute and he gets more work finished than at the office.  We love having him because, well, we love him!  So, he is able to take a few breaks in the day and the last two weeks we have done our grocery shopping on Friday afternoons!  This is really exciting for me because I don't have to do it alone while pregnant and toting the other two tots plus it's more fun!  Having our shopping done Friday made me even happier this week because I was particularly excited about the recipes on our menu!  So excited, in fact, that I have already made 3 of the dinners on our menu!  ~Thank goodness for leftovers too because it is only Monday! 

You may have just read that and thought, 'What?  I thought she was still hating food?'  Yes.  That is a very interesting story!  I will share it in another post but I am feeling better!  On to our menu for this week and some fun kid lunches as well! 

Menu for the week of April 1, 2012:

1.  Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Green Peppers.  I am making these tonight except I am doubling the recipe and using a mixture of red and yellow peppers because the grocery store didn't have organic green ones.  I am also subbing lentils for the edamame in the recipe.  We don't eat soy if we can help it and I already have lentils on hand. 

2.  Roasted vegetables and avocado with sea salt.  Sometimes the most delicious of recipes are the most simple!  I forget this all the time and I am glad that this picture popped up on Pinterest because I was looking for a few easy recipes this week.  I also had some of the veggies left from last week that needed to be used.  The veggies are zucchini, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and garlic. 

3.  Artichoke Spinach Pizza!!!  I have actually already made this one, I just couldn't wait!  My husband and I made it after the kids went to bed Friday night and it was splendid!  We couldn't get enough and I'll probably make it again later this week!  It was super easy too!  I took the recipe linked above and created a vegan/gluten free spin.  I used this Roasted Artichoke and Garlic Spread for the base sauce, which really made the pizza!  I followed the recipe but added a bit of olive oil to make it more sauce-like and spreadable.  Delicious!  Then I added a good swirl of Muir Glen mushroom marinara over the artichoke spread.  We then added spinach and sliced black olives.  We, of course, used our favorite pizza crust recipe and just let it rise a little before baking.  (I actually have a trick or two up my sleeve to make this crust even more spectacular....stay tuned, I hope it works!) 

Fresh from the oven!  This pizza was so good and so satisfying!!!

4.  Fettuccine Alfredo with Shitake Mushrooms, Sundried Tomatoes, and Kale.  This recipe is vegan and looks so good but I didn't realize how labor instensive it was when I added it to the list.  Yeah, I'm not so much into boiling almonds and peeling them.  So, I just adapted one of my favorite alfredo sauces to fit what flavors I was craving at the time.  (made it last night)  It turned out wonderful!  My husband even ate two giant bowls!  I'll share the recipe later because it is quite an adaptation.  I ended up leaving out the extra veggies but you could still add them if you like.  I might still make the original recipe this weekend but I we'll see.

5.  Holiday Soup for the Soul.  It was cold and rainy Saturday night so I made this soup at my husband's request.  It was really easy and delicious!  It also made a lot of soup and tasted better the next day!  He took some for lunch today as well.  I increased the quinoa to one cup, added a carrot, and used regular organic vegetable broth because I didn't have boullion.  Next time, we'll add some potato and more carrot!  We like lots of veggies in our soup! 

6.  Whatever's in the Fridge Skillet.  This one's my favorite!  I have everything to make this or at least some easy substitutions and it's quick in addition to being healthy ~love! 

7.  Baked Sweet Potatoes and salad.  Easy.  Delicious.  Enough said. 

As far as snacks and desserts and such....I made these crackers which were great with the hummus I whipped up.  The night we had pizza, we also made these cookies and they were yummy!  (and simple!)  I made a loaf of Teff Sandwich Bread for the kids to have this week as well.  It didn't turn out as soft and sandwich-like as I had hoped but it was good and has served it's purpose.   

This is not the best picture but I've been really into fun food for the kids recently!  You can see the sandwich I made for my daughter on the left.  What you can't see is the 'G' I cut into it with a cookie cutter.  It was G week and her name begins with G as well.  The kids spent Saturday with their grandparents so my husband and I could get some serious cleaning and organizing accomplished.  I wanted them to have cute, fun lunches to eat.  My daughter has been picky the last few months about her food and I thought doing stuff like this might help.  So far, so good!  It's also been more fun for me to make the lunches and doesn't take any more time than usual, especially since she actually eats it so the time I used to spend fighting with her over taking one more bite is no more!  In addition to the G sandwich, peanut butter and organic grape jelly, her lunch contains sliced black olives ( a special treat), carrot sticks, red peppers, hummus (in the square container), peas (half moon container), and one of the cookies I mentioned earlier.  Not pictured are frozen blueberries and a mandarin orange.  Here is a link to the lunch box I use for my daughter.  I really like it because it has all of those compartments which keep her from being exposed to cross contamination when we go out.  She can just eat out of her lunch container instead of putting her food on the table that may or may not have gluten crumbs.  Eek.  I don't like that it's so big and awkward because it's difficult to tote around.  She loves it though and it makes picnics ~her favorite thing ever~ a breeze!  Here is a picture of the lunch she had yesterday,

Clearly, this lunch was not super elaborate but having the little muffin cups made her happy and it looks cuter this way!  She had peas, carrots, red peppers, salted raw cashews and organic raisins.  Peppers, peas and carrots are some of her faves and they are easy on the go as well!  My son's lunches were less interesting because he is still young and eats everything but I did cut his sandwich into circles for him.  This week, our letter is 'H' and we had our first fun lunch this afternoon!

This was my daughter's 'H' lunch today.  I put her peas in a heart shaped cookie cutter, which was the talk of the table.  She had hummus, a slice of bread with almond butter and honey and the Big H little h made of carrots and yellow bell peppers.  Not pictured is half a banana.

She had to eat her lunch with her hat!
You see what I mean about my son's lunches, he usually has them gone before I can even do anything 'fun' with them!  haha

Just wanted to share a few of the things we have been doing to make food more fun!  Have a great day!