Strawberry Rice Same Food Different Lunch Boxes

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I made this lunch for my nephew but did not like how it looked. (I think that it was actually my rice that were supposed to look like strawberries that I did not like). Since I had some extra time I experimented putting the same ingredients in 3 different boxes. (some of the boxes have more or less of the ingredients and one does not have actual strawberries)

Strawberry rice in Lunchbots trio

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Strawberry (cooked Nishiki rice with a little salsa mixed in and shaped using plastic wrap), snow pea (star shaped cookie cutter), toothpick, shredded snow peas

Top Right: Mini blueberry muffins, baby carrots, green grapes

Bottom: Strawberries, pistachios

Strawberry rice in book bento box

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Strawberries (cooked Nishiki rice with a little salsa mixed in and shaped using plastic wrap), snow peas (star shaped cookie cutter), toothpick, shredded snow peas, pistachios, baby carrots, green grapes, miniature blueberry muffins, strawberries

Strawberry rice in Easy Lunchbox

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Miniature blueberry muffins, green grapes

Bottom Left: Pistachios

Right Side: Strawberries (cooked Nishiki rice with a little salsa mixed in and shaped using plastic wrap), snow peas (star shaped cookie cutter), toothpick, shredded snow peas

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Fit & Fresh Containers and Lunch

Fit and Fresh Cool It and Dip N Dunk lunch

I was happy to receive these Fit & Fresh containers. I did not use the ice packs with this lunch but used the ice with the vegetables and dip. I sent my husband’s lunch in them. He liked the containers and wants to use them again.

Dip N Dunk Container: Celery, carrots, ranch dip

Cool It! Meal Carrier: Triscuits, hard boiled egg, Nerds candy, Cheddar cheese, cashews, raspberries

Cool It anD Dip N Dunk Containers Fit and Fresh

Here are the containers with the lids on.

Fit and Fresh Cool It and Dip N Dunk Containers Inside

These are the containers with ice in the lids. I removed the ice from the purple container because I was concerned about using them with my crackers. I liked having the ice in the lid of the dip container. The Dip N Dunk lid is now in my freezer so it is ready to use at a moments notice.

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

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Dragon Bento Lunch

Dragon Bento Lunch

I made this mashed potato dragon by cutting chilled Cheddar mashed potatoes with a cookie cutter. (see directions below)

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: Dragon – Cheddar mashed potatoes, cooked broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, walnuts

Cookie Cutter Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

  • Peel, dice and cook potatoes in boiling water until tender
  • Mash potatoes with a little bit of butter and shredded Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper to taste (I did not use milk because I wanted the mashed potatoes to be thick)
  • Spread Cheddar mashed potatoes on a plate or in a pan to the correct thickness and size for your cookie cutter
  • Chill Cheddar potatoes in refrigerator until somewhat firm
  • Cut the firm Cheddar mashed potatoes with a cookie cutter and carefully remove the cutter

Dragon Watermelon Meal

I asked my husband what dragon shaped food he wanted to eat and he said watermelon. I think that he is pretty cute.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Watermelon dragon (2), broccoli, hard boiled eggs

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Garlic bread

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Strawberry Cream Pie Day

Strawberry Cream Pie

Today is Strawberry Cream Pie Day. My family did not object to celebrating it with me.

I made this recipe but used my own crust and substituted vanilla for the almond extract.

Slice of Strawberry Cream Pie


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Yummy Kawaii Bento Book Review and Lunch

Yummy Kawaii Bento

I was happy to receive a copy of Li Ming Lee’s new bento book Yummy Kawaii Bento. I have long admired Ming’s food art. She makes amazing creations. In this book, Ming features cute character bento with rice, eggs, bread, salad, pasta, and potatoes. As a vegetarian who does not like the taste of eggs, there is quite a bit of eggs and meat used in this book. But it is easy to make substitutions to fit the needs of you and your family.

Lion Yummy Kawaii Bento

I thought the Soboro Lion was adorable and looked easy to make. It was fun to put together. I substituted lentils for the meat and did not follow the directions for the meat soboro.

Container: Kokeshi box

Left: Lion – rice, lentils cooked in vegetable broth, olive, spinach, black sesame seeds

Right: Bell Peppers Stir-Fry p. 227 Yummy Kawaii Bento

Soboro Lion

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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Libra Bento Lunch

Libra Zodiac Bento Lunch

Next in my monthly series of Zodiac symbol lunches, here is Libra. I used a knife to part the rice and inserted pieces of sauteed zucchini.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Rice, sauteed zucchini, more zucchini and sauteed peppers under the rice

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Pineapple

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12 Taco Lunches for Teen

12 Taco Lunches

My teenage nephew loves it when I make him tacos for lunch. Sending tacos for lunch can be a fun change from other lunch food. You are only limited by what you or your kid will eat. Here are 12 meatless taco lunches. All of these were packed in my EasyLunchBoxes.

Taco Quad

The mini corn tortilla cups were an experiment and my nephew said not to make them again so I will not bother giving you the recipe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pizza cheese, black beans, lettuce, tomato

Top Right: Mini corn tortilla cups

Bottom Right: Peaches with a little lime juice, raspberries

Above the Box: Taco Sauce (in Mini Dippers), Nutella to Go (special treat), Blue Corn Taco Shells

Vegetable Tacos

This is a roasted and sauteed vegetable taco lunch served with Ortega Fiesta Flats.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Watermelon

Bottom Left: Sargento 4 Cheese Mexican

Right Side: Roasted zucchini and green pepper, sauteed red onion and broccoli, corn, salsa (in Mini Dippers)

Above the Box: Ortega Fiesta Flats

Taco lunch with apples

I was not expecting to make a taco lunch and did not have lettuce in the house. My nephew decided to have a taco without lettuce instead of eating something else.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Apples dunked in water with a little lemon juice

Bottom Left: Mexican cheese blend

Right Side: Black beans with a little bit of taco sauce, tomatoes, black olives

Above the Box: Ortega Fiesta Flats

Taco Salad packed for lunch

I like how this one turned out. It was convenient that the Ortega Mini Fiesta Flats fit in the box. But I can no longer find them. Also my nephew had said that he wished that he had more of the shells then I sent that day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Ortega Mini Fiesta Flats

Bottom Left: Raspberries

Right Side: Corn, lettuce, Mexican blend cheese, black beans cooked with some taco seasoning, tomatoes, black olives

Above the Box: Mini Dippers with taco sauce and salsa, Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bar

This lunch was previously published here.

Taco Lunch

For this one I cooked the beans the night before but assembled the lunch in the morning before school. The shells are mini taco shells and I can no longer find them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Taco Bell Home Originals brand Mini Taco Shells, lettuce, Mexican blend cheese

Top Right: Grapes and raspberries

Bottom Right: Black beans (basically the same as this but I did not use rice) and quartered cherry tomatoes

Above the Box: Granola bar and taco sauce in Mini Dippers

The previously published post is here.

kidney bean corn tacos for lunch

I made this one with kidney beans instead of black beans.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tomatoes, lettuce, Mexican cheese blend

Top Right: Green grapes

Bottom Right: Kidney beans, corn, taco sauce

Above the Box: Corn taco shells

This original lunch post is here.

Taco on a stick

I had fun with this one. While brainstorming different ways to serve the same thing, a younger nephew said, “Taco on a Stick”.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, black olives and Pepper Jack cheese on mini wooden skewers

Top Right: Lettuce

Bottom Right: Black beans and salsa

Above the Box: Banana, Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, and tortilla chips with a hint of lime

This Taco on a Stick lunch was previously published here.

Taco Salad Lunch

My nephew loves Skittles so it was the special treat in this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lettuce, Mexican Cheese Blend, salsa in Mini Dippers (I put the top on after taking the photo)

Top Right: Skittles

Bottom Right: Black beans with sauteed onion and some tomato sauce

Above the Box: Banana, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Not Pictured: Mini Dippers with taco Sauce, mixed nuts

Here is the original post.

Taco Salad Lunch

When I send taco lunches to school with my nephew I try to make them different. For this one I put the tortilla chips in a plastic container instead of plastic bags. I also made cinnamon sugar chips and served with Nutella as a special treat.

Top Container: Divided container

Contents: Tostitos Hint of Lime Flavored Tortilla Chips, homemade cinnamon tortilla chips, Nutella in Mini Dippers

Bottom Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Black beans with onions sauteed in olive oil, with tomato sauce, and some hot sauce

Bottom Left: Watermelon

Right Side: Tomatoes, Mexican cheese blend, black olives, lettuce

Smooth taco sauce in Mini Dippers

This lunch was previously published here.

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

My nephew ate this for dinner at my house. I think that the black beans (hidden under the other ingredients), Greek yogurt, and chips made this a filling meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Shredded lettuce, star shaped radish, salsa, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, black beans with sauteed onion, some hot sauce, and some plain tomato sauce (not visible, under other ingredients)

Bottom Left: Greek yogurt with cinnamon star (I used a star cookie cutter as a stencil for the star)

Bottom Right: Blueberries

Above the Box: Tostitos Bite Size chips

This Taco Salad Flag lunch was previously published here.

Taco Lunch Soft Shells

My nephew prefers hard corn shell tacos but for this one I sent soft flour tortillas.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Black beans mixed with a little bit of taco sauce, corn, taco cheese blend, lettuce, tomatoes

Top Right: Red grapes

Bottom Right: Flour tortillas, trimmed and gently folded to fit into the box

Above the Box: Taco sauce in Mini Dippers, Nature Valley Roasted Nut Crunch Bar

Vegetarian Wonton Taco Cups

These taco cups are best eaten hot out of the oven but I did pack some leftovers for lunch. The bottoms were a little soggy but the rest of it was crisp.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Vegetarian Wonton Taco Cups, I basically followed this recipe but added black beans instead of meat

Top Right: Ghirardelli Caramel Chocolate square

Bottom Right: Plum

I hope that collection gave you some ideas to make lunch more fun for your teen or someone else special in your life.

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