Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Lunches Collage

Today is Elephant Appreciation Day so it seems like a perfect time to share elephant shaped food. Today I have 7 new food ideas with elephants and 3 previously published ones. Elephants were my sister’s favorite animal when we were growing up. Her favorite stuffed animal was Ellie the elephant. I used many different techniques in this compilation: sculpted mashed potatoes, cookie cutters (pizza, sandwich, vegetables, fruit, pancakes, tortilla chips), stencil, homemade bread, and rice ball.

Elephant Lunch

I enjoy making bread and am always looking for new themes to try. I blogged about this elephant bread lunch here.

Elephant Tortilla Chips Lunch

I made this elephant tortilla chips and hummus lunch for myself. I often make shaped tortilla chips but for this lunch with tortilla chips and hummus I was influenced by this from Eats Amazing.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elephant shaped tortilla chips, cherry tomatoes

Top Right: Hummus with hot paprika

Bottom Right: Elephant shaped apple slices with cinnamon

Elephant Sandwich Lunch

I made this for my nephew on a day we went to the zoo. This lunch was previously published here.

Elephant Pancake Lunch

I made these pancake elephants for my 10 year old nephew for lunch at home. I used an elephant cookie cutter when pouring the pancake batter but it did not work out great so I also cut them with the cutter after cooking. I think that they ended up cute but it was not a quick and easy process.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elephant shaped pancakes, maple syrup in Mini Dipper

Top Right: Red bell pepper

Bottom Right: Green grapes with elephant pick

Elephant Pizza Lunch

My husband ate this lunch on a day we went to the zoo. This lunch was previously published here.

Elephant Fruit Kabob

We made this as part of various animal fruit kabobs for a Zoo themed Baby Shower (fruit kabob with elephant shaped melon, blueberry, watermelon, and pineapple)

Elephant Pasta Meal

My husband ate this pasta elephant bento for dinner. I did not have any fresh fruit in the house but had some cookies in the freezer.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elbow pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. Red and green bell pepper elephant shapes.

Top Right: Red and green bell pepper elephant shapes.

Bottom Right: Snickerdoodle cookies

Babar Lunch

I was thrilled with how my mashed potato Babar turned out. He looks more informal than his suit from the books – maybe he is wearing pajamas. When I was a child I was not a fan of Babar but my friend had the books. I was inspired to make Babar as part of this collection after reading BentOnBetterLunches World Elephant Day post. Recently, I borrowed Bonjour, Babar! from the library (6 classics). I enjoyed reading them and so did my nephews when they visited.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Babar: Head – mashed potatoes with a little butter, shredded Cheddar cheese, and a tiny bit of Wilton black food coloring gel (I shaped the mashed potatoes after it chilled in the refrigerator for awhile), Tusks – white Cheddar, Crown – orange Cheddar cheese, Eyes – I dipped a toothpick into black food coloring gel, Body – mashed potatoes with a little butter, shredded Cheddar cheese and cooked broccoli.

Top Right: Roasted Soybeans

Bottom Right: Sliced strawberries and blueberries

Elephant Onigiri Lunch

I wanted to make an elephant onigiri so I made this meal for my husband. It did not turn out as cute as I had pictured it in my head.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Elephant onigiri (rice ball), dried blueberry (eyes), lettuce

Top Right: Lettuce mix with Colby-jack cheese (cut up scraps from another lunch), sliced almonds

Bottom: Red grapes

Elephant Stencil Lunch

I made this meal for myself. I found it delicious and satisfying.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Quinoa with shredded Cheddar cheese (melted in the hot quinoa), hot paprika sprinkled on mama and baby elephant stencil that I printed onto card stock and cut-out with a craft knife.

Bottom Left: Roasted zucchini with pine nuts

Bottom Right: Raspberries (from freezer – they look a little frosty in this photo)

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Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014

TLAP 2014 Collage

Arrr! I have two lunches today for Talk Like a Pirate Day, a Lego pirate and a pirate map pizza.

Lego Pirate Lunch

I made this for my 10 year old nephew for lunch at home. We were not sure if this would be good enough to blog. But in the end I decided to share it. I thought that I had a plastic pirate sword but could not find it. I made one from candy melts but it turned out a little strange.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lego Pirate (Naan bread covered with cream cheese, painted on food coloring for face and body, peg-leg is cinnamon, white candy melt eye and detail on shirt, semi-sweet chocolate hat with white chocolate skull, sword is white candy melt with a little black food coloring), cheese quesadilla (background)

Top Right: Cucumber

Pirate Map Pizza Lunch

I made this for my husband’s lunch (for the next day) at the same time that I made a pizza dinner.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pirate map pizza (tomato sauce, mozzeralla cheese, red pepper, green pepper, mushroom, zucchini) – there are two map pizzas in this lunch.

Top Right: Pirate treasure chest chocolate with white and semi-sweet chocolate

Bottom Right: Sliced celery with Monkey Pirate pick (sticker that I stuck to a toothpick)

Bottom Right: Strawberries

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14 Music Bento Lunches

Music Lunches Collage

I did not start playing taking piano lessons until I was in the 4th grade. I remember thinking that my Mom should have put me in lessons much earlier. I thought that I was too old to start taking music lessons. But after I asked for lessons she did find a piano teacher for me and I took lessons through high school.

I made these lunches over the summer when I spent a lot of time with my niece and nephews. Many of these instrument and music themed lunches are very basic. I tried to include instruments that kids often study: piano, French horn, cello, voice, saxophone, guitar, trumpet, tuba, harp, violin, and drum.

Piano bento

Piano

My 15 year old niece made this piano out of nori (seaweed) for herself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Cherries

Bottom Left: Green beans

Right Side: Cooked Nishiki rice, nori, music picks

French Horn Sandwich Lunch

French Horn

My 12 year old nephew plays the French Horn so I made this lunch for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Raspberries

Top Right: Pretzel Crisps

Bottom: Brazil nuts (in Mini Dipper), French Horn strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, green beans

Cello Lunch

Cello

I made this for my 12 year old niece. She plays the cello.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cello pita sandwich with nutella and food marker details, almonds and cashews

Top Right: Carrots

Bottom Right: Cherries

Voice Bento Lunch

Voice

I thought that voice would be a good addition to this collection so I made this lunch for myself (I am not a good singer).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Broccoli, rice, cheese singer with food marker details, cheese notes

Top Right: Black beans with sauteed onions

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Saxophone Sandwich Lunch

Saxophone

I made this lunch for my 14 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Green beans

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Right Side: Walnuts, Pretzel Crisps, Saxaphone strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread

Guitar bento lunch

Guitar

I made this cheese mashed potatoes guitar lunch for my 12 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mashed potato and cheddar cheese guitar with black olive details, spinach leaves

Top Right: Blackberry yogurt with fruit flat musical note

Bottom Right: Green grapes

Trumpet Sandwich Lunch

Trumpet

I made this lunch for my 10 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Trumpet strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, orange bell pepper, red bell pepper

Bottom Left: Bugles

Bottom Right: Blueberries

Beet Musical Notes Bento Lunch

Musical Notes

I love the combination of pasta, beets, and blue cheese but I don’t like my pasta to get pink. My LunchBots trio was the perfect box for this lunch I made for myself.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Penne pasta with blue cheese

Top Right: Spinach leaves and musical note shaped beets (I used a cookie cutter)

Bottom: Pistachios

Tuba Sandwich Lunch

Tuba

My 15 year old niece plays the Tuba so I made this lunch for her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Peanuts

Bottom Left: Raspberries

Right Side: Tuba strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, salad

Harp Bento Lunch

Harp

This is supposed to be a harp. I packed it on a day that I packed food for my Mom and 12 year old niece to eat while they were out and about. They did not know what this was supposed to be. Their guesses were Hershey Kiss or heart.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Cottage cheese with peaches

Bottom Left: Green grapes

Right Side: Harp Pita with nutella (food marker details), carrots

Violin sandwich lunch

Violin

I made this violin lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Walnuts

Top Right: Pretzel Crisps

Bottom: Radish, strawberries, Violin peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Treble Clef Bento Lunch

Treble Clef

My niece designed and ate this lunch, we made it together. It represents the lines and spaces of the Treble Clef – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and Fantastic Americans Crave Enchiladas

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Enchiladas with black beans, sauteed onion, and cheddar cheese, salsa, Treble Clef on tortilla with food marker details, letter picks

Top Right: This is supposed to be fudge. I wanted to buy fudge but it was difficult to find this time of year. I quickly made fudge but the consistency is wrong so I guess my candy thermometer was wrong or I messed it up somehow.

Bottom Right: Cucumber boy with matchstick carrots

Bass Clef Bento Lunch

Bass Clef

My niece designed this lunch, we made it together (my 10 year old nephew drew the markings on the cow), and my 10 year old nephew ate this meal. It represents the Bass Clef – All Cows Eat Grass and Good Boys Do Fine Always

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bass Clef cheese quesadilla, food marker lines, Bass Clef symbol flour tortilla with food marker details, letter picks

Top Right: Grass (snowpeas)

Bottom Right: Cow (cheddar cheese with food marker details), matchstick carrots

Drum Bento Lunch

Drum

This is supposed to be a drum. I gave this lunch to my 12 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Onigiri (rice) drum with cheese details, matchstick carrots

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Blueberries

Which musical instrument did you play or does your child play? Did I include it here?

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Dolphin Bento Lunch

Dolphin Themed Lunch

Friday night my husband and I took two nephews to see the movie Dolphin Tale 2. So of course I made my 10 year old nephew this dolphin themed meal. My 12 year old nephew had some snacks and dessert because he ate pizza at an after school party.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Dolphin shaped cheese quesadillas (he ate the scraps on the side), blueberries

Top Right: Orange bell pepper with Winter the dolphin pick

Bottom Right: Red, White and Blue Goldfish crackers

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Roald Dahl Day Bento Blog Hop 2014

Dahl Enormous Crocodile Lunch

I am joining my Bento Bloggers and Friends on this Roald Dahl Day Hop. Please use the button at the end of this post to continue on to see the other Dahl themed lunches in this hop.

When researching books written by Roald Dahl, I found The Enormous Crocodile. As soon as I saw the cover I decided that I wanted to make crocodile shaped spinach bread. I borrowed the book from my library and read it in preparation for making this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Crocodile Spinach and Parmesan bread with string cheese teeth and eyes (food marker pupils), blueberries

Bottom Left: Cucumber slices with “DAHL” letter picks

Bottom Right: Hummus with orange and red bell pepper “kids”. In the story the crocodile wants to eat children.

Please continue on the hop to see Keitha’s fabulous creation at Keitha’s Chaos.

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Pie for Lunch

Pie Lunch

My 15 year old niece requested this lunch. She wanted a main course pie and pie for dessert. I love getting food requests and enjoyed making this meal. My husband had it for dinner the night before and this meal was planned leftovers for lunch.

My husband and niece loved this zucchini and cheese pie with potato crust. Since I am particular about eggs in things, I liked that this does not use eggs. Most similar recipes call for eggs.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Zucchini Cheese Pie with Potato Crust (I reduced the scallions, onions, and did not use the bay leaves), spinach leaves

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Mini Peach Pies (I made my own pie crust)

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10 Ways to Add Fun to Your Sandwich

10 Ways Fun to Sandwich Collage

Here are some (mostly easy) ideas for making a sandwich more fun to eat. Most of these techniques are quick to make. Try these at home or in a packed lunch.

1. Fun Picks – Just stick a pick in it. Eye picks make a fast and fun face sandwich. I added a pea pick for the mouth. You can buy picks at BentoUSA or Eats Amazing UK.

Food Picks Sandwich

2. Cookie Cutter with 2 types of bread – In this example I used wheat and pumpernickel breads. We normally eat wheat bread but I keep pumpernickel bread in my freezer to have on hand for fun details or something different. I served the wheat bread bat with the lunch. There are so many possibilities with this technique. You are only limited by your cookie cutters and types of bread that you and your kids will eat.

2 bread cut-out sandwich

3. Sugar Shape - Use a cookie cutter, a little butter and colored decorating sugar to make your sandwich standout from the crowd. In the example below I pressed a star shaped cookie cutter into my top piece of bread. Then, I added a little bit of butter and carefully sprinkled colored sugar inside the cookie cutter.

Sanding Sugar Shape Sandwich

Here is a basic photo tutorial.

Sugar Shape Photo Tutorial

4. Carrot Letters – This technique takes a little bit of time but not too long. I actually find it relaxing to cut shapes out of food. Think of all of the words you can spell with carrot letters! Thinly slice carrots and cut letters with small cookie cutters. If you will not transport your sandwich upright the letters may shift but you can “glue” them on with some Peanut Butter or WowButter. You can also pack a cloth napkin on top to help prevent shifting. I previously published this lunch here.

Election Day Lunch

5. Cheese - Adding cheese in a cute shape is a tasty way to add fun to your sandwich. The example below actually shows several techniques (cheese, food marker, and carrot). I used a knife and two different colored cheeses to make this ship. I drew details on the sail with food safe marker.  This lunch was previously published here.

Columbus Day Lunch

6. Candy Eyes and Food Marker – This is really two techniques. Occasionally I like to use food safe markers to draw on my food. I use Americolor food coloring markers.  The eyes in this example are Wilton Candy Eyeballs. If you are concerned about the eyes moving, you can try to glue them on with Peanut Butter or WowButter.

Candy Eye Food Marker Sandwich

7. Cookie Cutter Shape Cut-Out – This simple technique adds a lot of visual appeal. Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape and show the sandwich filling underneath. I previously published this lunch here.

Shamrock Sandwich with Cheese Harp

8. Sprinkle Shapes - There are so many sprinkle shapes available to add fun to your sandwich. This technique is best if you will serve the sandwich at home or carry the sandwich flat (not sideways) in your bag.

Sprinkle Shapes Sandwich

9. Dried Fruit -  Make your sandwich special with dried fruit. In this example I used dried blueberries for the eyes and nose and half of a dried apricot for the mouth. It was fast and easy but so cute!

Dried Fruit Face Sandwich

10. Toast Stamp - The toast stamp in the example was actually in a set of two that I found in a dollar store. I pressed the stamp into the top slice of bread. Then I toasted both pieces of bread. This lunch was originally published here.

World Smile Day Lunch

I hope that this article will inspire you to easily transform your sandwich into something fun to eat. Whether you try one technique or combine several techniques you are only limited by your imagination and what you or your kids will eat.

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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