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So I have a recipe blog to post! Sorry for the double post today. I don’t do that too often. This just couldn’t wait!

I made a rather tasty sandwich for lunch. I have been having soup for lunch a lot lately. I was just kind of sick of it. But I don’t like to buy lunch meat because of the nitrates and sodium content. Sometimes I grill myself chicken breast but I just wasn’t feeling up to it. Jack also has been on a nap strike this week. So he was already up and whiny. He also barely slept a wink last night. He was up early as well. So with that being said and barely an hour long nap, I needed to think quick. I was also feeling particularly lazy and flat out exhausted.

Last week I made Cilantro Lime White Bean Hummus I found on Two Girls on the Go’s blog. I made zero changes. It is a perfectly tasty healthy recipe. I knew I had the ingredients to quick whip up another batch! So I did.

The recipe is:

1 (15 oz) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp. lime zest

1 Tbsp lime juice

1/3 cup olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste

 Combine beans, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice and garlic in your food processor and blend until mixed. With the processor on, stream in olive oil until desired consistency is reached (about 3 to 4 minutes). Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with pita chips or bread.

I ate it last week with some cholesterol and salt free tortilla chips. It is yummy with bread as well.

So for lunch I decided to make it a sandwich. I had no idea how it would be. I was just grasping at straws and hoping it turned out yummy.

Here is what I did:

Made the hummus! mmmm

Spread some on two pieces of whole grain all natural Italian bread.

Cut up some English cucumber, arranged it on one piece of bread.

Cut up a radish did the same

Added a few pieces of spinach

Cut up a couple slices of tomato and placed it on the bread too! (do you see where I am going here? 😉 haha)

And then I had a sandwich! It was delightful! I nearly inhaled it. I stopped myself after eating one half to take a photo of the other half.

I was literally chewing the last bite of the first half as I snapped it.

It was dairy free and tasty. I loved it. I am going to make it again. I tried serving it to Jack but we all know how he has been feeling about food he doesn’t recognize. He was missing out. I even offered it to him as a dip with some carrots. No thanks momma just carrots please. (He doesn’t ask that nice in real life, just in my head)

I love how simple and easy this is to whip up. If you need a tasty healthy lunch or snack this is your answer! Enjoy!!!

I know a lot of my posts have been about toddler things lately. Not as many fitness ones. I promise I am still working out regularly. Still going to my Barre class. The one thing that has changed is I haven’t gone for a run in 2 weeks! YIKES! Part of that is the stomach issues I have been battling. Part is I have been enjoying the break from it. I was really pushing myself for a while with my runs. I was ready to try Wednesday and Thursday but it has been nonstop rain around here. Wednesday my hubby wanted to workout when he got home so I worked out in the morning. The elliptical has been my friend lately.

Anyway. Back to toddlerhood. Trust me, running around after a 27lb almost 16 month old is a workout too. Also, he is a huge momma’s boy, which means I am constantly picking him up and holding him. The child knows how to walk and enjoys running but he really loves snuggles with his momma.

I have been having some fun with lunches. I enjoy making shapes and scenes and creatures for him.

This one is a little older. I had spelled out Jack and he ate the C before I got the photo.

A little face. Don’t worry, he is welcomed to have more food if he is still hungry after this small amount 🙂

Apple/grape cars. Held together with peanut butter

Jack is obsessed with cars and vehicles in general. So I thought this would be fun for him to have cars to eat. I use all natural peanut butter. No added sugar, salt, or anything. Just roasted peanuts. It is YUMMY!

Two lanes of cars, driving past a forest

That was my intention with this scene. He thought the green apples were a bit tart so I switched to red delicious apples. Looking back I should have used cheese for the lane markers! Next time!

Teddy bear

These were teddy bear cheese sandwiches. Whole grain crackers with cheese in between. I used a small circle cookie cutter to make a perfect circle of cheese. The rest was just decorated with fruits. Jackson promptly took apart the bear and devoured the cheese! He also was a big fan of the strawberries. The previous day he had been all about grapes.

He is becoming more and more picky. Mostly he doesn’t like to try new things, especially if the texture feels weird in his hands. So I have been trying to have fun and make lunch time silly. When he saw the bear he got a huge smile. That made me happy.

I will continue to share our adventures in toddler lunchtime. I am not sure what I will create today, but I will create something! I have a set of 101 cookie cutters, the creativity is endless.