Lunchbox Monday: The Tropical Box

Warning: this lunchbox is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian and hold-the-phone delicious! Consumers of this lunchbox might be so excited to eat it that they just can’t stop singing. Viewer discretion is advised. 


Happy September! Whoa that went fast.

I hope you enjoyed last week’s first lunchbox post, I sure enjoyed eating it. As the summer is winding down I thought a tropical box would be the perfect way to end it, with the beach, and the sun, and the sand. Are we really sure we’re ready for winter yet, summer? Maybe just stick around a little bit longer.


This box is filled with gluten-free fish sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches complete with eyes and a smile, fruity tangy pineapple, relaxed sand dollars, homemade seaweed dip, and a Jello and gluten-free graham cracker beach scene with a Fruit Rollup lounge chair and Swedish fish. Can you say best-lunch-box-ever-because-I-sure-can!


If your friends got the cool kid vibe from you last week, they won’t know what’s hitting them this week.

If you could have seen me swallow (inhale) this lunchbox down my esophagus for lunch the other day, you probably would have laughed. Until you tasted it yourself. Then you would have done the same thing. I got the recipe for the seaweed dip, AKA vegan spinach and artichoke dip, from Plant Powered Kitchen, and I love it. It’s incredibly easy to make, and the perfect appetizer for a family dinner that you can then pack into lunch boxes for the next day. #winning


I have an idea, Mom-of-the-blogosphere. How bout you just pack me an extra lunchbox and bring it over when you’re done packing Timmy’s? I’d be good with that. So would Timmy. Right Timmy?

Mmk. Thanks.


The Tropical Box
  • -4 slices of Udi's Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread
  • -Sunbutter
  • -Grape jelly
  • -2 blueberries
  • -2 slices of cucumber skin
  • -1 3-ounce berry blue Jello box
  • -1 gluten-free graham cracker square, crumbled
  • -1 Fruit Rollup
  • -3 swedish fish
  • -1/2 cup seaweed dip
  • -1/2 cup sea salt Pop chips
  • -1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
For the Jello Aquarium:
  1. Make Jello according to package directions. Layer saran wrap in the lunchbox container that you want the Jello to go in so it doesn't leak into the other containers, or just make the Jello in a thermos. Wait about a minute for the Jello to cool down so it doesn't melt the saran wrap. Pour the Jello into the lunchbox compartment until ¾ full and place in the fridge overnight. Pour the rest of the Jello into a cup and place in the fridge for an after school snack.
For the Fish-Shaped Sandwich:
  1. Place two pieces of bread on top of each other. Slice out the fish shape with a sharp knife. Spread the sun butter and jelly onto each slice and stick the sandwich together. Add a blueberry for an eye and a cucumber skin for the mouth. Repeat with the other two slices of bread to make the other sandwich. Place in the lunchbox.
Putting the Lunchbox Together:
  1. In the aquarium compartment, sprinkle the graham cracker crumbles on half of the jello to resemble a beach. Rollup half of the Fruit Rollup to make it look like a lounge chair and place on the beach. Place the Swedish fish on top.
  2. Place the fish-shaped sandwiches in another compartment.
  3. Pour the seaweed dip in a thermos or another compartment.
  4. Place the pineapple and sand dollars (Pop chips) in the last two compartments.
I would suggest using a thermos or separate storage box for the jello. If you do put it right into the lunchbox, make sure to layer the saran wrap so it doesn't leak into the other compartments when it's setting. Also, make sure your child knows to refrigerate the box so the Jello doesn't melt at school.


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