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Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Categories: healthy recipes, kid friendly recipe, lunch

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Your family will feel as if they are on a Mediterranean getaway when they bite into this tasty orzo pasta salad, a favorite dish to those in tropical islands . This simple recipe calls for easy to find ingredients and takes almost no time out of your busy schedule. Basil, tomatoes, and fresh feta are a few ingredients that can be found in this healthy salad. An added bonus? This delectable dish costs much less than taking you’re family on a real vacation. Now that’s what we call smooth sailing!

What you’ll need:

  • ½ C olive oil
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 6 C chicken broth
  • 1 C fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 C fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 pound of orzo
  • 2 C grape tomatoes
  • 1 C chopped onions
  • 1 C olives
  • Fresh feta

Begin by cooking the orzo in a large pot of chicken broth; bring to a boil and add salt for seasoning.  Once the orzo is cooked, drain and run it under some cold water.  In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of salt and pepper together.  In another bowl, the basil, parsley, tomatoes, onions, olives, and feta cheese can be tossed together.  Slowly add the orzo to this bowl and finish by mixing in the olive oil mixture.

Snowman Bento Boxes: Make Lunch Fun!

Categories: fun food ideas, lunch

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Let’s be honest, putting together your kids lunch can get pretty routine. So rather than bagging away the very same uninteresting sandwich (not to say its not delicious), potato chips and juice box lunch, consider a strategy inspired by the Japanese meal, with a wintery twist!

We came across these snowman bento box lunches and were immediately inspired. Bento boxes are essentially dishes within compartmentalized meal containers, delivering lunch in little bites, frequently made along with some whimsical in design. WIth these winter inspirations your little one’s lunchbox will begin to appear like a mini winter wonderland!

A quick and easy Bento Box Snowman: Use the rice to make the snowman’s body by rolling them into balls then place the vegetables such as a carrot for the nose and pieces of vegetables for the eyes and mouth. You can even dress him up with a salad such as a lettuce dress or pants.

For more Bento Box inspiration check out a few of our favorites:

The classic sandwich snowman from Meet The Dubiens

You may need some cutting skills for this one from Benton Better Lunches:

Snowflakes, snowmans and mittens oh my! From Blow Out Party

From 5 Dollar Dinners (Love the use of marshmallows!)

Asian Inspired meal from Fiona’s Japanese Cooking

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