Back to School Bento Lunches

Spelling Bee Themed Lunch

This week I made four lunches for back to school. I am featuring three of them here. I love that my niece and nephews allow me to make cute lunches for them. My 15 year old nephew had a taco lunch that I will show on another day. I also followed our new tradition from last year and made jam tarts with their school year in pie crust.

This Spelling Bee themed lunch was for my nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: ABC pasta with a little bit of butter and taco cheese in a bee silicone cup, cucumber and red bell pepper

Top Right: Cheez-It’s Scrabble Junior crackers

Bottom Right: Pineapple Bees with melted chocolate and dried pineapple wings

Not in Photo: Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bar

Alphabet Pasta in Bee Silicone Cup

Close-up of the Alphabet pasta in the bee cup.

Class of 2016 Themed Food

I made this lunch for my 16 year old niece. She is a Senior in high school and came up with this awesome theme idea.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Nishiki rice, carrot lettering, sauteed zucchini and yellow bell pepper with some vegetable broth

Top Right: Vanilla Greek yogurt with blueberries

Bottom Right: Pistachios

Bookworm themed lunch

I made this book worm themed lunch for my 13 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadillas with food marker details, gummy worm

Top Right: Cucumber

Bottom Right: Pineapple

Above the Box: Pistachios, Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bar

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Happy Bento Book Review and Lunches

Happy Bento Lunches on the Go by Anna Adden

I was excited to receive a copy of Anna Adden’s book Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go. This book may look small but there is a lot of helpful information, fun ideas, and beautiful photos in it. From beginners to long time bento makers, there is something for everyone. Today I am sharing two lunches that were inspired by Anna’s book.

Cookie Cutter Pasta Technique Happy Bento lunch

When I turned to page 40, I was excited to see a technique I had never tried. Anna put pasta in a cookie cutter and kept the cutter in the lunch to hold the pasta. I did not have a hippo cookie cutter or the exact bento box in the photo but I did not need them to make a cute lunch. I mixed cooked mini shell pasta with a little butter and cheese and put it in a Starfish cookie cutter. Since I had a Starfish I decided to make an entire Under the Sea theme.

Starfish Themed lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini shell pasta with butter and Mexican cheese blend in a starfish shaped cookie cutter, blueberries, Cheddar cheese fish (cut with cookie cutter)

Top Right: Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish Crackers

Bottom Right: Sugar Snap peas, shell carrots (cut with a tiny cutter)

Happy Bento Space Theme lunch

When I looked at page 38, I knew that I had to make peanut butter and apple sandwiches. I actually don’t have a rocket cookie cutter but I have plenty of stars and moons. I even have mini star rice molds that I used for this lunch.

Star Moon PB apple sandwich lunch

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Moon and Star peanut butter apple sandwiches, blueberries, blackberries, star onigiri (rice balls made with Nishiki rice and a mini star rice mold)

You don’t need the same tools to make an awesome lunch inspired by Happy Bento! Lunches on the Go. But if you want to buy some bento supplies visit Bento USA.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for being part of the Happy Bento book blog tour. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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Virgo Bento Lunch

Virgo food lunch

Next in my monthly series of Zodiac symbol lunches, here is Virgo.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadilla with Virgo Zodiac symbol written with food marker pen, mixed nuts

Top Right: Snow peas

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Panda Bread Lunch

Panda Bread Lunch

I made this Panda shaped Nutella bread lunch for my 13 year old niece. I don’t see her very often and she loves Nutella so I baked some inside this bread just for her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade bread with Nutella baked inside, Nutella ears and eyes, food marker nose and mouth

Top Right: Cherry tomatoes with Panda picks

Bottom Right: Panda apple with blueberry ears (stuck on with spaghetti), cinnamon eyes

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Spiderman Food for Lunch

Spiderman Raspberry Pancake Lunch

Read a book, watch the movie, eat themed food was on our 100 list of summer activities this year. The boys decided on a Spiderman theme – graphic novel, movie, lunches.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Spiderman raspberry pancake (I added some frozen raspberries to the pancake batter), Cheddar cheese (eyes), small container of maple syrup (not in photo)

Top Right: Red bell pepper with blue spider drawn on a tortilla with blue food coloring marker

Bottom Right: Apple with chocolate and white candy melt details

Spiderman Rice Lunch

I made this for my salsa and rice loving nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Nishiki rice with salsa, spinach and cheese details, spinach background

Top Right: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Pretzel sticks spider web with chocolate and M&M

Spiderman Pasta Lunch

I consider this lunch the worst of this bunch. It looks strange and not really Spiderman themed. I made it for myself. I was lazy and did not figure out a way to do the webbing on the tomato and watermelon.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Penne pasta with olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and spinach, cherry tomato, cheddar cheese details

Top Right: Peanuts

Bottom Right: Watermelon with feta eyes, blueberries

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Fit & Fresh Lunches and Review

Fit and Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

I was excited when Fit & Fresh contacted me to try out their Bento Lunch Kit. So far, I tried the box twice for packed lunches for myself but it would also be great for kids and teens. I loved the bag! It is so pretty and using it made me feel special. The box has ice packs that snap into the lid. I used the ice packs for the first lunch I made and did not use them for the second. It also has leak proof containers that fit into the two small compartments. I used the small containers for one lunch and not the other.

Fit and Fresh Lunch

Container: Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

Left Side: Kansas Medley Rice Blend (rice, wheat berries, and wild rice), roasted zucchini and yellow bell pepper, shredded Cheddar cheese

Top Right: Plain Greek yogurt, blueberries, cinnamon (I put the lid on the orange container after taking the photo)

Bottom Right: Watermelon (I put the lid on the blue container after taking the photo)

Star Food Fit and Fresh lunch

Container: Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

Left Side: Star shaped sauce-less pizzas with Cheddar cheese (I made homemade pizza dough and cut it out with star cookie cutters, added shredded Cheddar cheese and baked at 410 for about 10 minutes)

Top Right: Raspberries

Bottom Right: Cucumber stars

I enjoyed the versatility of the Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit (ice pack or not, leak proof containers or not). I look forward to using it again for future lunches.

Disclosure: Fit & Fresh sent me the product shown here for review. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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African Animal Muffin Tin Meal

Africian Animal Muffin Tin Meal

I made this African Animal themed muffin tin for a nephew. As usual at my house, muffin tin meals are popular with my older niece and nephews. You don’t need to be a toddler to enjoy a muffin tin meal.

Top Row:

  • Giraffe 3D cheese quesadilla
  • Chocolate covered animal cracker rhino
  • Cheese lions with spinach leaves

Bottom Row:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Elephant Kiwi
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