I love flowers and of course making cute food out of healthy ingredients. Recently I was feeling up to the challenge to make flowers out of savory food. In the 15 meals presented here, I showcase 13 different flowers made from fruit, vegetables, herbs, cheese, and chocolate. Enjoy!
Lily of the Valley is my favorite flower so I made myself this lunch. To make the Lily of the Valley flowers I put softened cream cheese in a zip-lock bag, snipped off the end, then squeezed out small bits for each flower.
Left Side: Wild rice, chives, snow peas, cream cheese
Top Right: Green grapes
Bottom Right: Asparagus
In this lunch I made Lily of the Valley flowers out of apple. This lunch was previously published here.
I made this lunch for my 15 year old niece to take to school for lunch. When I created the red, white, and yellow tulips I had the Japanese Tulip song in mind.
Left Side: Red, white and yellow tulips (rice with tomato sauce for red, rice with corn and Parmesan cheese for yellow) on a bed of lettuce
Top Right: Hazelnuts
Bottom Right: Watermelon cut with this cutter
Not Shown: Mini Dippers with olive oil and Trader Joes Pomegranate Vinegar
I made this tulip vegetable filled edible basket for my neighbors. It was previously published here.
I came up with the idea of using bell pepper for a daffodil and made this lunch for myself.
Left Side: Elbow pasta, spinach leaves, yellow and orange bell pepper
Top Right: Strawberries with bee pick
Bottom Right: Pistachio nuts
Rudbeckia has many common names such as “Brown Eyed Susan”. I made this lunch for my husband from his brown-eyed wife.
Left Side: Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, cheddar cheese, chocolate chip
Top Right: Raspberries
Bottom Right: Pretzels
I made these simple cherry blossoms with cookie cutters and cheese.
Left Side: Cheddar cheese cherry blossoms (used two sizes of cherry blossom cutters, Wilton Pink Gel Food Color), rice with chopped fresh parsley and lemon juice
Top Right: Raspberries
Bottom Right: Cucumber
I baked this Red Pepper and Cheese muffin in a rose shaped pan. It was previously published here.
I made this morning glory lunch for my Mom. I decided to make pink morning glories instead of the traditional blue. Pink morning glories actually do exist and I was told that these edible strawberry cream cheese ones were delicious.
Top Left: Strawberries
Bottom Left: Brazil nuts
Right Side: Mashed potatoes with cooked broccoli, butter, and shredded cheddar cheese. Morning Glories are strawberry cream cheese and plain cream cheese with spinach leaves.
I embellished this lunch with an anthurium made out of bell pepper. It was a beautiful and delicious lunch.
Top Right: Peaches
Bottom Right: Red bell pepper, orange bell pepper
I was very pleased with the likeness of this Cheddar cheese and yellow bell pepper waterlily. This lunch was previously published here.
I made this colorful Pansy lunch for my Dad because I wanted it to be potato based and he likes potatoes.
Left Side: White potatoes and celery with Italian dressing. The pansy is made out of blue potato and white potato with radish around it.
Top Right: Cashew nuts
Bottom Right: Watermelon
I made this bleeding heart lunch for my Mom. Growing up there were bleeding hearts in my childhood garden. I now have bleeding hearts in my garden.
Left Side: Spinach rice with celery, beets, and cream cheese
Top Right: Pecans
Bottom Right: Strawberry slices
I made this plum blossom themed lunch as part of my Japan travel and inspired bento series. It was previously published here.
I made a stencil to make this Sunflower lunch for myself. As usual I put too much on the stencil but it was edible.
Top Left: Watermelon
Bottom Left: Sunflower seeds
Right Side: Nishiki rice with turmeric and hot paprika
This concludes my flower shaped food creations. Three of my bento making friends have made beautiful savory flowers from food. Please click on the links below to see their amazing food art.
Iris – Kristi from beneficial bento made a gorgeous iris out of potatoes, cheese, sugar snap peas, and black sesame seeds.
Poppy – Grace from Eats Amazing made a beautiful red poppy from a red pepper top and carrot.
Roses – Shirley from Little Miss Bento made stunning roses out of tomatoes.