National Bagel Day

Today is National Bagel Day! My nephew and I never need an excuse to eat bagels but we were happy to celebrate. I packed these for a day that we were out and about.

Bagels with Strawberry Butter Lunch

My nephew requested my strawberry butter to go along with this meal. The first time I made it (years ago) my nephews were afraid to try it but once they did, they did not want to stop eating it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini homemade bagels, cheddar cheese

Top Right: Broccoli and baby carrots

Bottom Right: Strawberry butter – I mixed fresh chopped strawberries with softened butter and added a little bit of confectionery sugar (in Mini Dippers)

Broccoli Bagel Pizza Lunch

I made these broccoli and cheese bagels for myself since I don’t think anyone else in the family would try them. I liked it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini homemade bagels with mozzarella cheese and broccoli florets baked at 400 degrees until melted

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: Trader Joes Peanut Butter filled pretzels

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Mardi Gras Bento Lunch

Mardi Gras Bento Lunch

Tuesday February 9 is Mardi Gras this year. For those of you who do not know, Mardi Gras (or Fat Tuesday) is the day before some Christians fast for Lent. Traditionally people celebrate and eat rich and fattening foods. This bento lunch contains healthy food but it is still a celebration of color and flavor.

This lunch features masks and beads. It is my first Mardi Gras bento. I received the pick from a friend and found the cookie cutter so I took it as an opportunity to add to my collection of themed holiday meals.

Note: My Mom and Dad helped me to make and photograph this lunch during my recovery from shoulder surgery.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sauteed carrots and zucchini (in vegetable broth), cooked hot Nishiki rice packed into a cookie cutter (push down with plastic wrap then carefully remove from cookie cutter), green peas

Top Right: Beads made by threading peas on raw spaghetti and then cooking it (my Dad did this for me), corn

Bottom Right: Orange slices, mask pick

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8 Valentine Themed Lunches

8 Valentine Lunches Collage

In celebration of Valentine’s Day I have 8 new Valentine themed meals. But anytime is appropriate to make a heart themed meal for a loved one.

XOXO Pasta Lunch

My friend and I made this easy pasta lunch during my recovery from shoulder surgery. The hardest part about it is getting the “O” shaped cheese out of the cookie cutter in one piece.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini Farfalle pasta with pasta sauce, X and O Cheddar cheese (cookie cutter)

Top Right: Raspberries with X and O letter picks

Bottom Right: Sugar-snap peas with heart pick

Heart Onigiri lunch with peanut butter and pretzels

Salsa rice and black beans is very popular here so it was a natural choice to make a salsa rice heart.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Cooked Nishiki rice mixed with a little salsa, shaped into a heart with a rice mold, and served with black beans and salsa

Top Right: Pretzel Snaps

Bottom: Celery with natural peanut butter and heart sprinkles

Mr and Mrs Valentine Rice

Mr and Mrs Heart sit on a bed of red bell pepper and green beans. (To make it a complete meal you can serve protein with it.)

Note: My niece made and photographed this with me during my shoulder surgery recovery.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Contents: Cooked Nishiki rice shaped into a hearts with a rice mold, spinach mustache, red pepper lips, red pepper, green beans

Precious Moments Valentine Sandwich Lunch

I used a Precious Moments cookie cutter to make the sandwich in this lunch. The heart shaped skewer was given to me by my Mom. She got it on a recent flight.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Green grapes on a stick, peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread

Top Right: Heart shaped hard boiled egg (I used this mold)

Bottom Right: Pretzel Snaps

Valentine Calzone Lunch

My parents and I had these cute heart shaped calzones for lunch.

Note: My Dad made and photographed this with me during my shoulder surgery recovery.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Heart shaped calzones (pizza dough cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter), filling: ricotta, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and mozzarella, baked in 400 degree oven until golden brown, small heart garnish, spinach

Top Right: Strawberries cut into hearts

Bottom Right: Tomato sauce (in Mini Dippers)

Swan Valentine Sandwich Lunch

My swans cookie cutter made a sweet Valentine sandwich.

Note: My niece made and photographed this with me during my shoulder surgery recovery.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter sandwich on wheat bread (we used an imprint cookie cutter and cut each piece of bread separately then made the sandwich), spinach

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Celery filled with cream cheese and topped with dried cherries pushed into heart shapes

Valentine envelope bento lunch

This Valentine envelope rice meal was easy to make but I think it is very cute!

Note: My niece made and photographed this with me during my shoulder surgery recovery.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Nishiki rice with spinach lines and red bell pepper heart (cookie cutter)

Valentine Quesadilla Lunch

I made this simple Quesadilla lunch for my Mom and served it on a plate.

On Plate: Salsa, flour tortilla quesadillas with shredded cheddar cheese, heart shaped cucumbers (cookie cutter)

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that you are able to enjoy a meal with someone you love.

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Happy Groundhog Day

Groundhog day food art

In honor of Groundhog Day I made this simple food art on a plate.

  • Mashed potatoes brushed with a little soy sauce, lentil eye
  • Lentils cooked in vegetable broth
  • Cooked broccoli

Note: My mashed potatoes were somewhat firm and I cooled them before cutting with a cookie cutter. I then heated in a microwave before serving.

Other Groundhog themed food

Rice Groundhog

Sandwich Groundhog

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7 Non-Sandwich Lunches

7 Non-sandwich lunches collage

Although I am passionate about making cute fun food, sometimes for whatever reason it does not happen. Today I am sharing 7 lunches that I think are attractive but are not cute – just delicious meatless food.

Easy Quesadilla Lunch

Cheese Quesadillas for lunch are very popular here for lunch. I made this one for my Mom.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Raw cauliflower

Bottom Left: Clementine

Right Side: Flour tortilla Quesadilla with shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, salsa (in Mini Dippers)

Pancake Lunch

On a day that I offered to make my nephew lunch to take to school, he requested pancakes. I was not surprised since this nephew loves pancakes and waffles for lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pancakes, maple syrup (in small sauce container)

Top Right: Mini sweet peppers

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Apple Muffin Lunch

I don’t make them often, but my husband loves it when I make muffins for his lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Apple Strudel muffins

Top Right: Sugar-snap peas, mini sweet pepper

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Above the Box: Cheddar cheese sticks

Cheese Crackers Clementine snack lunch

I made this bistro snack lunch for my husband. It is one of his favorite types of lunches.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Clementine, sharp Cheddar cheese, Cheddar goldfish crackers, Town House crackers

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Cucumber with ranch dip (in sauce container)

Easy Snack Lunch

This was a very easy snack type meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzels, string cheese

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Grapes

Above the Box: Yogurt

Easy to eat pizza lunch

This lunch was easy to make with leftover pizza.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Grapes

Bottom Left: Raw green beans

Right Side: Homemade cheese pizza cut into strips

Potato Salad lunch

I love this healthier potato salad recipe. My Mom, Dad, and I each enjoyed it in our lunches. I did not use the green onion in the lunch you see here but my parents had it in theirs.

Note: I had help from my parents with making and photographing this lunch as it was made shortly after my shoulder surgery.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mixed lettuce, potato salad (instead of mayonnaise, this recipe uses a dressing that contains cottage cheese and milk).

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Clementine

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A Lunch with Bows

bows lunch

During my shoulder surgery recovery a good friend was kind enough to have me over to her house for the weekend.  Of course we made bento! This is the one we made for her. She came up with this awesome theme idea and did most of the cutting and making, I just helped plan and did a little bit of styling.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mini Farfalle (bow-tie) pasta with pesto sauce, Cheddar cheese bows cut with a cookie cutter

Top Right: Peanut butter filled celery with bows cut from a fruit strip

Bottom Right: Apple bows (cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in orange juice), strawberry and raspberry bow (on toothpick), raspberries underneath

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Car Bread Lunch

Car bread lunch

My homemade shaped rolls are very popular so I made this meal for a nephew as part of a make ahead dinner at home.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Car shaped bread with food coloring marker details, black olives held on with toothpicks (not appropriate for a young child), Cheddar cheese stick cut in half

Top Right: Car shaped hard boiled egg

Bottom Right: Stoplight vegetables – cherry tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, cucumber

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