Since I was a child I loved holidays and celebrations. Making cute, themed food is a fun way to celebrate and mark the event. This year I enlisted my niece, nephews, and husband to eat these Independence Day / Patriotic themed meals early so I could share them with you. Only 3 of these meals were previously published on this blog.
This meal was a last minute idea that came about because I had leftovers from my Garden Tea and some Fourth of July themed meals. I enjoyed this meal for lunch.
Left Side: Radish, pretzels, United States shaped almond butter sandwich on wheat bread
Top Right: Blueberries and raspberries
Bottom Right: Cherry tomato, fresh mozzeralla, and blueberry skewers
My 17 year old nephew ate this patriotic meal at my house.
Top Left: Watermelon cut with this cutter
Bottom Left: Pistachio nuts (I drew on them with food safe marker)
Right Side: Cheese quesadilla, drew stars with food safe marker
Not Pictured: Salsa
I made this attractive meal for Flag Day in 2013. It actually won Featured Bento of the Week at the Bento Blog Network for their Patriotic category. It was previously published here.
My husband ate this as part of his lunch. He is a huge fan of raspberries so I try to include them when planning a meal for him.
Left Side: Peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread (bell crack drawn with food safe marker), blueberries
Top Right: Raspberries
Bottom Right: Pretzels
One of my nephews made this lunch a few years ago. He cut out the sandwich pieces by himself. It was previously published here.
My 9 year old nephew ate this meal at my house. I tried giving him red pepper hummus for the first time. I hoped that he would like it better than regular hummus. He did not like it.
Top: USA shaped bread made with homemade French bread dough (the “U” and “A” have cinnamon sprinkled on top, mozzarella cheese stick
Bottom Left: Red grapes
Bottom Right: Cucumber
Red Pepper Hummus: In Mini Dippers
I made this Independence Day themed muffin tin meal in 2013 for my nephew who was 12 at the time. It was previously published here. Muffin tin meals are popular with my niece and nephews. I think it is because they get at least 6 different things to eat.
My 12 year old nephew ate this meal. I put a reject flag under the “1776″. Usually when I make shaped bread, I make at least two versions. One of his brothers ate the accepted flag bread that is featured in this post.
Top: 1776 and U.S. Flag shaped bread (made with homemade French bread dough)
Bottom Left: Strawberries dipped in melted candy melts and sprinkled with blue sanding sugar
Bottom Right: Toasted pecans
My 15 year old niece helped me to made this basic meal for my husband on a night that he was not feeling well.
Top Left: Blueberries
Bottom Left: Raspberries
Right Side: Patriotic Star Pasta with a little butter and Parmesan cheese, parsley star garnish
My 17 year old 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. I was inspired by this taco salad flag.
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
In a bag: Tostitos Bite Size chips
My husband ate this cheese quesadilla meal. He loved the special pretzels I made for him and said that I could make them anytime.
Left Side: Star shaped cheese quesadillas with EasyLunchBoxes shaped quesadilla as the background
Top Right: Strawberries with American flag pick
Bottom Right: Plain and white candy melt covered pretzels with red and white sprinkles
My 17 year old nephew ate this Flag bread among other things at my house one evening.
Left Side: American Flag bread with sanding sugar
Top Right: Toasted pecans
Bottom Right: Blueberries and watermelon
My 15 year old niece came up with this fantastic idea to make fireworks out of two types of potatoes.
Top: Night sky (purple potatoes – mashed), fireworks (white potatoes – mashed)
Bottom Left: Patriotic fruit salad (strawberries, banana, and blueberries)
Bottom Right: Radish
I was inspired by this to make a cream cheese and jelly open faced sandwich for myself. It was delicious!
Top: Cream cheese, strawberry jam, and dried blueberries on Naan bread
Bottom Left: Cherry tomatoes
Bottom Right: Dried cranberries, slivered almonds
I hope that you enjoyed seeing these ideas and now have some inspiration to make your own patriotic themed lunch, dinner, or snack.