No-Junk Lunch Challenge with Organix

Earlier on this summer I wrote a post about the fantastic No Junk Challenge, created by Organix, which aims to help families find, cook and eat healthy food full of simple ingredients and free from junk.  In August, Organix were encouraging us to pack up a no junk picnic, and now that we’re in September, and our children are heading back to school, they’ve turned their attention to packed lunches, encouraging us to think about what we are packing for our children and inspiring us to make it healthier.

Organix No Junk Challenge

To mark the launch of the No Junk Challenge Lunchbox Campaign, Organix have revealed the results from a recent survey of over 700 Mums relating to lunch box foods.  They made fascinating reading, and I found myself nodding along as I read them, with the little voice in my head shouting “Yes, exactly this!” This statistic in particular stood out for me:

  • 71% of Mums get cross with the quality of food that is marketed for a child’s lunchbox

You can definitely count me in that 71%!  The more I read about what goes into our food, and the more I look at the labels, the more I realise just how much rubbish the food industry are pouring into it, particularly children’s food.  And I just don’t get it! Why has it become the norm to feed our children this rubbish? Once upon a time I had a rather naïve trust that if it was marketed at children then it was bound to be healthier – after all, that’s what we all want for them isn’t it, to somehow feed our children even healthier food than we eat ourselves? But no, children’s snacks are all to often a horribly unhealthy concoction full of sugar, chemicals and additives.  A prime example of this for me is yoghurt.  Look at the ingredients list of pretty much any yoghurt marketed at children and you’ll usually see sugar listed as the second ingredient (along with a long list of unfamiliar extra ingredients, most of the time).  This to me seems completely unnecessary.  When I gave up refined sugar for Lent earlier this year I tried in vain to find a children’s yoghurt with no added sugar, and it proved to be impossible, at least in the supermarkets in my area.  I replaced them with large tubs of natural yoghurt (containing no added sugar whatsoever, and still delicious!) which I portion out myself, and I’m pleased to say the habit has, on the whole, stuck.

Don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely do not judge anybody for giving their children this kind of food.  I have myself in the past, and sometimes still do, feed my children some of the very foods that I’m currently ranting about - it’s cheap, easy, and convenient, but I am always trying to improve our diets, and maybe one day I will succeed in having a junk free diet for myself and my children.  It just makes me cross how the food industry makes it so very hard to find junk free food.  All I want for my children is for them to be happy and healthy, and I truly believe that if we teach them about a healthy diet now, whilst they are young, then maybe they will have a good chance of forming healthy habits that will last them a life-time.

One company that I have long had great respect for when it comes to children’s food though, is Organix.  They are most definitely the exception to the rule, with their incredibly short ingredients lists and firm promise that they will never add anything unnecessary to their foods.  I have been a happy customer of Organix since Small Child was a baby, and I am very proud indeed to support their No Junk campaign.

Going back to the subject of lunch boxes, here are a couple more facts from the survey I mentioned above that I found interesting:

  • 61% of parents find that it’s difficult to make their child’s lunchbox varied and interesting
  • 81% of parents say that sandwiches are the lunchbox staple

With this in mind, I’ve created a special no junk lunch box and accompanying recipe without a sandwich in sight! The recipe is for a Fruity Couscous Salad, which is perfect for packing as part of a healthy lunch, and makes a great alternative to sandwiches.  The simple recipe, bright colours and sweet fruity flavours make it child friendly and appealing.

Eats Amazing UK - Delicious Fruity Couscous Salad Recipe - Child friendly and perfect for lunch boxes

Fruity Couscous Salad

Ingredients (serves 2):

100g Couscous
½ Red Pepper
50g Cucumber
75g Mango
75g Grapes
100g Chickpeas
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Orange Juice
Black Pepper (optional)

Prepare the couscous according to packet instructions.

Prepare the rest of your ingredients – finely chop the pepper, cut the cucumber and mango into small cubes, halve the grapes, drain and rinse the chickpeas.

Once the couscous is ready, stir in the pepper, cucumber, mango, grapes and chickpeas.

Whisk together the olive oil and orange juice, then pour over the couscous and stir until thoroughly combined.  Grind over some black pepper to taste (optional).

Serve immediately, or cool completely and chill in the fridge ready to pack in a lunch box.

This recipe would also work with pasta or rice in the place of the couscous, and the fruits and vegetables can be swapped to suit your tastes too.

I packed the couscous with some added side dishes to make a simple star-themed lunch.  I cut tiny stars from raw carrot and sprinkled them over the top of the couscous.  On the side I added half an apple with a star cut from the skin to decorate (dip any cut surfaces of apple in orange or lemon juice to prevent browning), stars cut from cheddar cheese and a few more raw carrot stars.  I used a reusable silicone cupcake case to hold the portion of cheese, which also added an extra splash of colour to the lunch box.  All of the star shapes were cut out using a mini cutter, but a small sharp knife would do the same job.

Eats Amazing UK - Simple star themed bento lunch box with fruity couscous salad for the Organix No Junk Lunch box campaignThis lunch was quick and simple to make, and demonstrates nicely how a few little touches like cutting a simple shape into an apple or the scattering of a few fun-shaped vegetable pieces can make all the difference to the presentation of a lunch box.  I hope I’ve managed to demonstrate how simple it really is to pack a delicious no junk lunch, and maybe inspired a few of you to try it yourself.

Are you packing school lunches this year? Why not make them no junk lunches! To help, here are some of my tips for making a healthy lunch fun:

  • Use reusable silicone cupcake or muffin cases to hold smaller pieces of food.  They’ll help with portion control and add a bright splash of extra colour to your lunch.
  • Food on a stick is always a hit with children!  Try making sandwich ‘kebabs’ with pieces of bread, ham, cheese, cherry tomatoes and crunchy veggies like peppers or cucumber, or use brightly coloured fruit to make a rainbow.
  • Keep your lunches interesting by varying the contents as much as possible.  Write a list of all the foods your children will eat (plus a few new ones for them to try!) and stick it to the fridge for inspiration when you’ve run out of ideas.  See this post of mine for lots of ideas of foods you could pack.
  • Try occasionally swapping sandwiches for pasta, rice or couscous salads.  Add shredded meat, veggies and fruit in as many different colours as possible to make it a rainbow salad!
  • With a bit of imagination you can turn your leftovers into fun and creative lunches.  Turn a jacket potato half into a fun boat with a cocktail stick and ham sail, add pairs of eyes cut from cheese to a pasta salad or cut fun shapes from crunchy veggies such as carrots and peppers and hide them in leftover rice to make an edible treasure hunt!

Will you be packing lunches this year? Do share your own tips in the comments below!

Grace

Disclaimer; This recipe and blog post was created for the Organix No Junk Lunchboxes Campaign.  I was compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Back to School Lunch with Branston Pickle

I was recently approached by Branston and asked if I could create a lunch for them featuring their pickle, and I was honoured to do so.  I love a good ham and pickle sandwich and I thought it was about time to introduce Small Child to this tasty treat.

Branston’s mantra is ‘Make it special’, and that is exactly what I try to do when I make Small Child’s lunches.  Sometimes I succeed, sometimes not, but I always try, and I know he appreciates the effort.  He has already started requesting themes for his lunches for the next school year, so I’d better recall my creative brain from holiday as we only have a few days left before term begins! I had the new school year in mind when I created this special lunch – I thought it would be good to start the year off with a positive and encouraging attitude.

In this lunch was a ham and pickle sandwich, which I shaped into a rocket with the aid of a sharp knife and a bit of imagination.  I cut windows into the rocket using a mini circle cutter, and added triangle shaped wings, which I had cut from a crust of bread.  I decorated the rocket with pieces of yellow pepper, and added flames cut from cheddar cheese and decorated with slivers of ham.  I rested the rocket sandwich on a bed of lettuce leaves.  On the side I packed raw carrot and yellow pepper strips with a nice dollop of pickle to dip them in, and a helping of grapes and blueberries for dessert.  I decorated the fruit with alphabet food picks spelling out the words ‘AIM HIGH’, and sprinkled over a few mini stars cut from another slice of cheddar cheese.  This was the first time I’ve packed a lunch in the new Yumbox Panino bento box from Yumbox UK – do watch out for my review of it coming soon.

Eats Amazing UK - Rocket themed creative lunch for back to school with Branston Pickle

Small Child was delighted to receive this creative offering for lunch, the first fun lunch he’s had in a while, and he soon devoured it, lettuce leaves and all! He said he really enjoyed the pickle sandwich, and actually asked if he could have some more vegetables because he still had some pickle left for dipping when he’d finished the ones I’d packed!  This is something of a result, because he seems to have gone off houmous a bit recently, which is our usual dip for veggies.

I’m really very sad that the holidays are almost over, but there is a little part of me that is looking forward to getting myself back into a creative frame of mind ready for another year of fun lunches!  Do you do anything fun with your child’s packed lunches? Over the next week Branston will be asking their fans to share how they make their child’s lunch special in their first week back at school, and there are prizes to be won too - head over to their Facebook page to find out more!

Grace

Disclaimer; This lunch and blog post was commissioned by Branston.  I was compensated for my time, however all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

The Ultimate UK School Lunch Box Guide for Bento Lunches

As you may have noticed, I have a pretty enormous collection of bento boxes and lunch boxes! I definitely have more than the average person, mainly because I make a point of regularly trying new boxes for the purpose of this blog (that’s my excuse anyway!).   I get asked a lot which box I would recommend, but I find it very hard to choose just one – different sizes suit different appetites and my favourite lunch boxes are all good for different reasons.  After seeing this fantastic guide to bento boxes put together by my blogging friend Wendy of Wendolonia, I decided to create my own version, based on lunch boxes suitable for packing bento style lunches that I have used and tried myself.

Eats Amazing - The Ultimate Guide to buying lunch boxes in the UK for bento style lunches with side by side comparisons - perfect for back to school 2014

Although there are many many different lunch boxes out there, I’ve limited this post to 12 (hopefully that’s plenty to be getting on with!), and have only included boxes that I have actually tried out myself and that are readily available here in the UK, so this guide will be particularly useful for my UK based readers.  I would recommend that US based readers check out Wendy’s brilliant guide for more relevant lunch box recommendations.

In my opinion, and based on personal experience, all of the lunch boxes below are of good quality and have so far held up well to repeated use. I’ve started with my 6 favourite boxes (I couldn’t fit all 12 in one chart!) and then compared 6 more that I personally use less often but are still well worth considering.

My six favourite lunch boxes that I use most of all at present are the original Yumbox, brand new Yumbox Panino (I haven’t yet finished a proper review post for this one, but it’s a fantastic lunch box so I couldn’t miss it out!), Laptop Lunches Bento Box, TUMTUM Lunch Set, Lego Lunchbox and Addis Food Container. Below are some side by side comparison pictures of these lunch boxes, so you can get an idea of size and layout, followed by a chart with all of the information that I thought might be useful.

Eats Amazing - The Ultimate Guide to UK lunch boxes for bento style lunches with side by side comparisons - back to school 2014

 
Approx.
size
22 x 15 x 5 cm22 x 15 x 5 cm23 x 18 x 6 cm23.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 cm20 x 10 x 7.5 cm22 x 15.6 x 5.6 cm
Approx.
volume
600 ml750 ml1 litre750 ml850 ml1.1 litre
Weight when
empty
495g495g385g
204g
173g
272g
No. of pieces2
2
9
4
2
5
No. of food
compartments
6 (5 medium, 1 small)4 (1 large, 2 medium, 1 small)
5 (2 large, 2 medium, 1 small)
1 (or 3 if divider container is used)
11 (or 3 if removable inserts are used)
Leakproof
Yes
Yes
Partly - 3 containers come with lids
No
No
No
Dishwasher
safe
Yes (top rack only) Handwashing recommended to preserve the seal
Yes (top rack only) Handwashing recommended to preserve the seal
Yes (top rack only)
Yes
Yes
Yes
BPA freeYes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Colour
Green, Pink and Blue
Blue and Pink
Several colour combinations available
Red or Blue
Several colours available
Clear
Recommended
retail price
£24.95£24.95
£19£10£9£4.99
Accessories
included
Removable trayRemovable trayRemovable inner containersLidded container which doubles as a divider-
Removable inserts
Extra
accessories
available
Extra removable tray
Extra removable tray
Lunch Bags & Bento Buddies (inner boxes in various sizes including an extra large box)
Ladybird/bee lunch bags, matching drinks bottle, cutlery, food flask and nesting snack potsMini snack boxes in 2 sizes, drinks bottle
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of this box
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Buy this box
online
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Below is a second chart comparing the other six lunch boxes I’ve selected.  As with the first set of boxes I’ve provided side by side comparison pictures, followed by a chart with all of the information that I thought might be useful.

Eats Amazing - The Ultimate Guide to buying lunch boxes in the UK for bento style lunches with side by side comparisons - back to school 2014

 
Approx.
size
20 x 16.5 x 6.5 cm17 x 17 x 10 cm
14 x 14 x 10 cm24 x 20 x 9.2 cm
16.5 x 16.5 x 8.4 cm
18.4 x 14 x 7.5 cm
Approx.
volume
950 ml2 litre
1.4 litre
2 litre
1.1 litre
1.1 litre
Weight when
empty
242g257g
160g
318g
200g
226g
No. of pieces

93
149
3
No. of food
compartments
3 (1 large, 2 small)4 (1 large, 1 medium, 2 small)
3 (1 large, 2 medium)
3 (1 extra large, 2 medium)
1 (or 4, if removable tray is used)
1 (or 3 if removable tray is used)

Leakproof
Yes
No, apart from lidded removable container

No
No, apart from lidded removable container
No, apart from small pot for salad dressing
No
Dishwasher
safe
Yes (top rack only)Yes

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
BPA free

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Colour
Blue, Green or PinkSeveral colours available

Several colours available
Several colours available

Several colours available
Purple, Blue, Pink or Clear
Recommended
retail price
£7.99£7.99£4.99£14.99£5.99£4.99
Accessories
included
Plastic spoon & fork, 2 removable lidded containers
Small screw top lidded container
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Small screw top lidded containePlastic spoon & fork, removable divided tray, small dressing container
Removable divided tray
Extra accessories
available
-
Extra lidded containers
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Extra lidded containers
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Polar Gear 2 Compartment Lunch Bag
My review
of this box
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See this box
in action
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Buy this box
online
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Please note: I have provided recommended retail prices where possible but prices may vary.

If you’re looking for lunch boxes ready for school (starting next week for us, eek!), I hope that this post has been useful. If you’re more organised than me and all ready for school by now, do bookmark or pin it for another day!

Which lunch box do you use? Do you have any other suggestions?

Grace

Disclaimer: All details and prices were accurate to my knowledge when this blog post was published, however they may be subject to change.  Eats Amazing is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information shown here.

This post contains some Amazon affiliate links; I may receive commission on items purchased through the links.

Alphabet Lunch – Letter Q

Today I’m sharing a lunch themed on the letter Q, as a part of my alphabet lunch series. I think this lunch was the most challenging lunch to make out of all of them.  I was completely without any ideas until the last minute, when I saw some leftover tortilla wraps in my kitchen and the word ‘Quesadilla’ popped into my head.  Yes, a food beginning with Q!  Lets just ignore Quinoa, which I didn’t think of until after this lunch had been packed and sent to school, and Quails eggs, which I couldn’t find in town and can’t stand the taste of anyway! The only idea I had before Quesadilla was Queen, so I decided to attempt to draw the Queen’s crown on our Quesadilla – lets just say it came out a little bit wonky – please don’t look directly at it!

Eats Amazing UK - Alphabet Themed Food and Bento School Lunch Ideas for Children

In this lunch Small Child had Quesadillas, filled with cheddar cheese, ham, yellow pepper and a little grated courgette. I attempted to decorate them with crowns drawn on with red and black edible marker pens.  On the side he had strawberries and grapes, topped with Q alphabet picks and crown picks.  I finished the lunch off with pretzel sticks and chocolate mini eggs – the closest I could come to a nest of Quails eggs!

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches - Q is for Queen Quesadilla Quails Eggs

I also packed a reusable food pouch filled with natural yoghurt (not shown).  Small Child is something of a Royalist (frequently to be heard singing ‘God Save the Queen’ among other things to himself as he falls asleep at night!) but he didn’t seem to mind the wonky crown and happily ate all of this lunch!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

      Princess Picks Thumbnail  Alphabet Picks Thumbnail

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60 Lunch Box Foods to Mix and Match!

Following on from my recent Lunch Box Food Ideas series, I thought it would be a good idea to bring all the information together in one blog post to create a useful mix-and-match food ideas resource.  As you may remember, I covered the five main food groups; starchy foods, vegetables, non-dairy proteins, fruit and dairy.  I shared twelve food ideas for each food group, making a total of sixty different lunch box foods.

If you pack one food from every food group in each lunch box that you make, and vary one item each time, there’s (according to my mathematician brother) a total of 248,832 possible food combinations! I think that’s enough to keep anyone going for a school year or two!

Image Map

You can use the lists below to help you create a healthy, balanced lunch box, by choosing one food from each of the five food groups to be included in each lunch that you make.  You can of course include more than one food from any category (I usually try to include at least two vegetables for example).  I created this method for myself based on the UK’s Eatwell Plate recommendations, and I find it helps me enormously when deciding what foods to buy and what foods to pack on any one day.

Having a list of different food ideas also helps me pack a great variety of foods so that I never get stuck in a rut, packing the same things over and over again.  We have our favourites of course, that we pack very regularly (carrots and cucumber feature a lot, and ham!), but when we fancy a change we always have plenty of ideas for substitutions.  Just changing one of the foods that you pack can make all the difference.

Here are the complete lists of lunch box food ideas by food group.  If you click on each picture you’ll be taken to the original blog post for that food group, where you’ll find lots of ideas and suggestions for how to use each individual food in a packed lunch box.

Starchy Foods (Carbohydrates)

Crispbreads
Rice
Crackers
Pretzels
Rice Cakes
Granola
Popcorn
Tortilla Wraps
Oatcakes
Couscous
Potatoes
Pasta

Eats Amazing - Lunch Box Food Ideas - 12 different ideas for starchy foods to include in your bento lunch box

Vegetables

Sweetcorn
Cucumber
Beetroot
Spinach
Tomatoes
Carrots
Mange Tout
Pepper
Sugar Snap Peas
Peas
Baby Sweetcorn
Broccoli

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Non-Dairy Proteins

Egg
Prawns
Roast Beef
Chicken
Ham
Nuts
Pâté
Seeds
Tuna
Sausages
Chickpeas
Houmous

Eats-Amazing-Lunch-Box-Food-Ideas-12-different-ideas-for-non-dairy-protein-foods-to-include-in-your-bento-lunch-box-2

Fruits

Kiwi
Apricots
Strawberries
Banana
Dried Cranberries
Grapes
Raisins
Blueberries
Apple
Citrus Fruits
Raspberries
Dried Apple Rings

Eats Amazing - Lunch Box Food Ideas - 12 differnt ideas for fruits to include in your bento lunch box

Dairy

Yoghurt
Goats Cheese
Milkshake
Red Leicester Cheese
Cream
Cheddar Cheese
Roulé cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Cheese Triangles
Crème fraîche
Babybel Cheese
Feta Cheese

Eats Amazing - Lunch Box Food Ideas - 12 differnt ideas for dairy foods to include in your bento lunch box 2

So to pack a balanced lunch box you simply choose one item from each of the food groups above (for example crackers, cheddar cheese, rolled ham slices, cucumber and grapes), pop it into a lunch box or bento box and voilà - a yummy, healthy, balanced lunch!

For example menus covering two weeks of packed lunches see the following blog posts: Menu 1 & Menu 2, which both include free downloadable menus for a whole week of healthy, balanced lunches.

If you’d like even more lunch box food ideas, have a look at my printable list of lunch box food ideas – there’s a free sheet to download and stick on your fridge to keep you inspired!

I hope this resource proves to be useful for new and experienced lunch packers alike.  What combinations would you use from the lists above?

Grace

This post has been linked up to Mum In The Madhouse’s Back to School linky

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Alphabet Lunch – Letter P

Today I have another alphabet lunch to share with you – this time it is the turn of the letter P.  After this one, I only have 10 more to go!  Thankfully, this letter was an easy one to make – I thought of so many foods beginning with P that I couldn’t include them all.  The stars of this lunch were the Pig and Panda Pancakes – I used some ready-made Pancakes that I had in the freezer (part of a hamper of Warburtons goodies that I won a while back), Popped them in the toaster to defrost and heat through, then cut them into shape using my CuteZcute Animal Friends cutter kit.  It couldn’t have been easier and I think they looked great!

Eats Amazing UK - Alphabet Themed Food and Bento School Lunch Ideas for Children

In this lunch Small Child had a Pile of Pancakes, cut into Pig and Panda shapes using the CuteZcute Animal Friends cutter kit, a boiled egg Panda, shaped using the CuteZcute Animal Palz set, some spaghetti cheese and a cheese string, topped with a Pirate cupcake ring.  On the side he had some Peas, topped with a carrot Plane and P alphabet Picks, all in a Purple silicone cup, some red Pepper strips, and finally some Pineapple, decorated with a Purple crayon Pick, a Plane Pick and a Penguin Pick. I finished the lunch off with a Pink fork, for Small Child to eat his Peas with.

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches - P is for Panda Pig Pancake Pirate Plane Peas Pepper Pinapple Purple Penguin Pink

Small Child LOVED having pancakes for lunch!  I won’t make a regular habit of it, because they aren’t particularly healthy, but I think they make a fun alternative lunch box food for the occasional treat! I must make a special mention of the plane too – which I made using a new 3D cutter set.  It was really easy to make and definitely the most fun way to present a carrot that I’ve ever seen!

Eats Amazing UK - Edible Carrot Plane made using a 3D Cutter - a truly fun and creative way to present vegetables

Items used to make this lunch:

 CuteZcute Animal Palz Set Thumbnail cuteZcute Animal Friends Cutter Thumbnail Pirate Cupcake Rings Thumbnail Square Silicone Cups Thumbnail 3D Cutter Airplane Thumbnail Alphabet Picks Thumbnail Crayon Cupcake Picks Thumbnail Spoon and Fork Set Thumbnail Ocean Friends Food Picks Thumbnail

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Alphabet Lunch – Letter O

Good morning! After a week of exciting giveaway posts, normal service resumes today! I’m back to sharing my alphabet lunches, and this time it’s the turn of letter O.  This one was quite tricky, as I couldn’t think of any O foods apart from Orange, and I found it surprisingly hard to think of many useful words beginning with O either! At the last minute I remembered Oats, and luckily had some Oaty Bakes in the cupboard (mini oat cakes).

Eats Amazing UK - Alphabet Themed Food and Bento School Lunch Ideas for ChildrenIn this lunch, Small Child had an Owl sandwich, filled with houmous and ham, topped with Babybel cheese and blueberry eyes and a carrot beak (see details below), resting on a pile of mini Oaty Bakes, some cucumber slices, topped with O‘s cut from raw carrot and an Orange crayon pick, and an Orange Octopus topped with a fun eye pick (you can see my Orange Octopus instructions in this post).

Eats Amazing - Alphabet Themed Kids Bento Lunches - O is for Owl Octopus Orange Oaty Bites

I also added a frozen Organic yoghurt tube (not shown).  Here’s how I made the Owl sandwich.  I used a Warburtons sandwich thin, filled it with the filling, then sliced two corners off and turned them around to make wings as shown below.  I then sliced a mini Babybel cheese in half, and topped each half with a blueberry to make the eyes.  As this sandwich was going in a lunch box, I added two polka-dot picks to secure them to the sandwich (see lunch picture above).  Finally I finished the Owl off with a slice of raw carrot, which I cut into a triangle to make the beak.

Eats Aamazing - How to make a simple owl sandwich using a Warburtons sandwich thin

In the end I was pleased with how the O lunch turned out, despite my initial lack of ideas! Small Child said he enjoyed his Owl sandwich too, though apparently he needed a little reassembling when it came to lunch time!

Grace

Items used to make this lunch:

  Polka Dot Picks  Thumbnail Crayon Cupcake Picks Thumbnail Eye Picks Thumbnail

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Back to School Giveaway Round-Up

Good morning, I hope you are having a lovely weekend! It’s been a very busy week here on the Eats Amazing blog, and I’ve been delighted with the response to the special daily ‘Back to School’ giveaways this week – I hope it will make 10 people very happy when the winners are announced in just over a week’s time! I thought it would be a good idea to bring all the giveaway’s together in one place in case you missed any, so you can hop over and enter them all if you wish!  I’ve posted a list of all the giveaways below - click on the links or the pictures to be taken to the individual posts where you can enter via the rafflecopter on each post. Thank you to everyone who has entered so far, and good luck to you all!

Eats Amazing UK - Back to School 2014 massive Giveaway Bonanza - 6 days - 10 prizes - fantastic lunch gear to be won - enter hereI started the week off with a review of the new Myrtille Blue Yumbox, and a giveaway of one Myrtille Blue Yumbox along with a £20 voucher for the Eats Amazing Shop, so you can accessorise your new Yumbox in style! Head over to this post for the chance to win this fantastic giveaway!

Yumbox UK back to school giveaway plus a voucher for the Eats Amazing UK bento shop - make super cute packed lunchesNext up was a post about our favourite reusable pouches, from Nom-Nom Kids.  There are three prizes to be won for this one, with three exclusive ‘back to school’ pouch kits up for grabs! Head over to this post for the chance to be one of the winners of this fantastic giveaway!

Eats Amazing UK - Nom-Nom Kids Reusable Pouches Review

On Wednesday I reviewed the new Cuddle Palz cutter from CuteZcute! There are two prizes to be won on this giveaway, with all three CuteZcute sets (Cuddle Palz, Animal Friends and Animal Palz) for one lucky winner and a Cuddle Palz set for one lucky runner up.  Head over to this post for the chance to be one of the winners of this fantastic giveaway!

Eats Amazing UK bento shop - Massive CuteZcute cutter set giveaway - all 3 sets for one lucky winnerOn Thursday I reviewed the lovely Bento Mealtime Set from Munchkin UK.  There are two of these lunch boxes up for grabs, so head over to this post for the chance to be one of the winners of this fantastic giveaway!

Eats Amazing UK - Munchkin Click Lock Bento Mealtime Lunch Box Set Review and Giveaway - click here to enterOn Friday I shared my top tips for getting started with bento lunches.  I hope I’ve managed to inspire you to give it a go, and to help one lucky winner get started I’m giving away a fabulous bento starter kit from the Eats Amazing Shop!  Head over to this post for the chance to win this fantastic giveaway!

Eats Amazing UK - Win  a bento box and starter kit including alphabet picks and silicone cups (400x400)Last but not least I talked about one of my favourite bento tools – the ingenius egg moulds! I wanted to share my love of these quirky tools by giving away a complete set of 6 egg moulds to one lucky winner.  Head over to this post for the chance to win this fantastic giveaway!

Eats Amazing Bento Shop UK - Fun egg moulds to shape hard boiled eggs quickly and easily

I hope you’ve enjoyed my special ‘Back to School Giveaway Bonanza’! Normal service will resume on Monday when I’ll get back to sharing some more of my alphabet lunches!

Grace

Moulded Eggs & an Egg Mould Giveaway

Good morning, and welcome to the last day of the Eats Amazing Back to School 2014 Giveaway Bonanza!  Over the course of this week I have been helping you to prepare for the new school year in style with several reviews and some fantastic giveaways (10 prizes in all!) of some of my favourite lunch-making supplies.  Today’s prize is the last of the week and for this one I am offering a complete set of my favourite egg moulds from the Eats Amazing Shop (6 moulds in total!), so be sure to read on to find out how you can enter for a chance to win this super fun prize!  Tomorrow I will write a round-up post of all the giveaways from the week so that you can go back and enter any that you missed – all giveaways currently running will end at midnight on Sunday 24th August, so you have just over a week left to get your entries in!

Eats Amazing UK - Back to School 2014 massive Giveaway Bonanza - 6 days - 10 prizes - fantastic bento lunch gear to be won - enter here

One of the very first bento tools that I spotted when I first discovered bento lunches and the amazing accessories that are available to decorate them were egg moulds.  I was absolutely amazed by the concept, and still feel a little buzz of excitement when I open up a mould to see if it has worked (fortunately I haven’t had any disasters so far!). People often ask me how it’s done when I post a lunch containing a moulded egg, they can’t believe that a humble hard-boiled egg can be so transformed!

If you haven’t seen an egg mould before, and you’re not sure how they work, it really couldn’t be simpler.  You peel your hard-boiled egg and place it in an egg mould whilst it’s still hot, pop it into a bowl of cold water to cool, then open it up 10 minutes later to find your egg has been transformed into a car, or a fish, or even a rabbit!  If you’d like a few more details on the process, hop over to my tutorial here, where you’ll find step by step instructions with photos.

Below I’ve shared a few of my recent lunches starring moulded eggs.  I really do love them, I think they add a seriously fun element to the lunches! I think I’ve mentioned before that Small Child thought it would be funny to tell his friends that the eggs were laid like that by special chickens – I wonder what a chicken that lays a car-shaped egg would look like?!

Car themed lunch – this lunch was created in our Yumbox, I moulded the car shaped egg first and created the rest of the lunch based on the car theme, which was very popular with my boy, he’s always loved anything to do with transport!  For full details of this lunch see the blog post here.

Eats Amazing - Car themed lunch in the Yumbox

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt book themed lunch – this lunch was created in the run up to World Book Day, when I made a whole series of book themed lunches.  The bear shaped egg made the perfect bear to finish this lunch! You can see full details of this lunch here.

re Going on a Bear Hunt book themed lunch

Bunny rabbit lunch – this lunch was created in my Laptop Lunches bento box for Wendolonia’s ’3 tools, 4 bloggers’ bento challenge series.  The idea was that we would all use the same 3 tools to create our own lunches, then put them together to compare the results.  The rabbit egg mould was one of the tools allocated for this challenge.  You can find all the details of this lunch in the blog post here, and check out the lunches made by the other three bloggers here – they all used egg moulds from the same set in their lunches, and I thought they were all so creative!

Eats Amazing - Using a boiled egg bunny and hat picks in a laptop lunches bento box as part of the Wendolonia 3 tools 4 bloggers challengeTiddler book themed lunch – Another lunch created in honour of World Book Day, I decorated the fish shaped egg in this lunch with edible marker pen to make the design stand out a little more clearly.  You can see full details of this lunch, including the edible tortilla net that was thrown over the fishes here.

Eats Amazing - Tiddler themed lunch for Wolrd Book Day - without net

Star themed lunch – This simple star themed lunch was created in our Yumbox, and featured a star shaped egg which fitted in perfectly with the theme! For full details of this lunch see the blog post here.

Eats Amazing - Star themed Yumbox lunch

Now it’s time for the giveaway! I love egg moulds so much that I want to share my excitement, so I am giving away a full set of egg moulds (6 different shapes) from the Eats Amazing Shop to one lucky reader.  The set consists of one each of the following shapes: star, heart, rabbit, bear, car and fish, and will be posted free of charge to one lucky winner.

Eats Amazing UK - Egg Mould Giveaway for fun moulded hard boiled eggs - click here to enter

To enter, please use the rafflecopter below, and don’t forget to leave your comment on the blog post. Be sure to check that you have entered all the fantastic giveaways that I am running this week as well, as I mentioned earlier I’ll be posting a round-up post tomorrow so you can see them all.
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