13 Fall Themed Lunches

Fall Themed Lunches Collage

Some people may not understand it but I truly enjoy making and eating cute food. So of course, I made some new Fall/Autumn themed lunches. This collection includes quinoa, sandwich, quesadilla, vegetable potato salad, pizza, onigiri, tortilla chips, and rice lunch ideas.

Acorns and Squirrels

I made this delicious meal for myself. I used a mini acorn cookie cutter as my stencil for the paprika.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cooked quinoa with shredded white Cheddar cheese, acorn stencils with hot paprika

Top Right: Snow peas with leaf pick made from a sticker and toothpick

Bottom Right: Squirrel shaped melon

Oak Leaf Lunch

This is one of my favorite leaf themed meals. I get so much pleasure from making things with my hands. Cutting out the oak leaf shapes from potato and bell pepper was relaxing and memorable. This lunch was previously published here.

Simple Owl Lunch

I made this simple owl themed lunch for my husband.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread with white and orange Cheddar cheese details, pupils drawn with food safe marker, ears are made from the crust.

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Fall Leaf Pizza Lunch

I made these leaf pizzas as a planned lunch on a night that I made pizza for dinner.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Fall leaf shaped pizza with red and yellow bell pepper

Top Right: Colby-Jack cheese leaf cut-outs

Bottom Right: Apple leaf cut-outs with cinnamon

Ginkgo Leaf Bento

I love the shape of the Ginkgo leaf and longtime readers know that I enjoy making lunches with quesadillas. This Ginkgo shaped quesadilla lunch was previously published here.

Leaf Onigiri Lunch

I wanted to make some leaf onigiri so made this for myself for dinner. It was delicious!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Zucchini sauteed in water with Knorr Homestyle Vegetable Stock, leaf onigiri made with cooked Nishiki rice and cookie cutters, cinnamon is on the left leaf, hot paprika is on the right leaf

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon

Maple Leaf Lunch

This lunch was an experiment. I used shredded carrot mixed with hot Nishiki rice to form this maple leaf. I did not love the carrot rice but I also don’t like to drink carrot juice. If you love carrots, you may enjoy carrots with rice. Red lettuce made a striking background. It was previously published here.

Fall leaves cream cheese naan

These open-faced cream cheese and cinnamon oak leaf sandwiches were made from Naan bread.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cream cheese and cinnamon on Naan bread

Top Right: Applesauce

Bottom Right: Tomato, feta, paprika


I made this leaf sandwich for the daughter of a friend. It was previously published here.

Leaf stencil lunch

Another simple quinoa lunch with a leaf stencil.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Quinoa with melted Cheddar cheese, leaf cookie cutter used as stencil with hot paprika

Top Right: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Cherry tomatoes


These leaf shaped tortilla chips and salsa made a wonderful lunch on a sunny fall day. It was previously published here.

Squirrel in Tree lunch

My niece made this squirrel in a tree lunch it was previously published here.

Fall leaves and beets

I am not thrilled with this falling leaves lunch but decided to include it anyway. I used cinnamon in the cream cheese instead of using dye but it does not stand out much from the color of the rice.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Main Container: Cooked rice, broccoli stalk, cinnamon cream cheese, cooked beets

Round Container: Cashews

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Snack Bento Lunch

Snack Lunch PB Celery

I made this lunch for my husband. I decided to make a snack themed lunch to give him something different. He enjoyed it so I am now planning another one.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzels, Town House Crackers, Cheddar cheese, cashews

Top Right: Celery with Peanut Butter

Bottom Right: Raspberries

Not in Photo: Yogurt

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Cat Bread

Cat bread

I enjoy coming up with new shapes for homemade bread. I had fun matching the fruit and vegetables to this theme.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cat shaped bread with food marker details, peanut butter in Mini Dipper

Top Right: Carrots shaped as fish, sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Strawberry mice without tails

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Pumpkin Shaped Bread Lunch

Pumpkin Shaped Bread

I made this lunch for my husband. He also had another pumpkin bread and yogurt. This was my first time making my own cinnamon cream cheese. I just added cinnamon and a little bit of sugar to softened cream cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade pumpkin shaped bread with a piece of pecan for the stem, sugar snap peas, cream cheese with cinnamon in a Mini Dipper

Top Right: Red grapes

Bottom Right: Pumpkin Pretzels (I made a quick and easier version, not as beautiful but my husband did not complain)

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Shel Silverstein Bento Blog Hop

Giving Tree Lunch

Today was Shel Silverstein’s birthday so along with some of my Bento Bloggers and Friends we are having a bento blog hop. I love The Giving Tree book so it was a natural choice for my lunch theme.

My husband ate this meal. For artistic purposes it does not have a lot of food but he had several more pretzels, cheese, and yogurt on the side with this meal. It was his idea to make soft pretzels for the tree trunk. My nephews were visiting when I made the pretzels (I timed it so I would have help eating them) and one mentioned that the pretzel was bent; that was my goal. I struggled with how to make the tree stump that is found at the end of the book. Somehow I remembered Little Debbie Swiss Rolls. My grandmother who is now 97 loves them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Tree: Homemade soft pretzel, spinach leaves

Apples: Cherry tomatoes with leaf picks

Tree Stump: Little Debbie Swiss Rolls cut in half and stuck together with a little bit of chocolate frosting, chocolate frosting details

Mini Dippers: Mustard

Please click on the button below to continue on this hop to see what Venia from Organized Bites created.


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Elephant Appreciation Day

Elephant Lunches Collage

Today is Elephant Appreciation Day so it seems like a perfect time to share elephant shaped food. Today I have 7 new food ideas with elephants and 3 previously published ones. Elephants were my sister’s favorite animal when we were growing up. Her favorite stuffed animal was Ellie the elephant. I used many different techniques in this compilation: sculpted mashed potatoes, cookie cutters (pizza, sandwich, vegetables, fruit, pancakes, tortilla chips), stencil, homemade bread, and rice ball.

Elephant Lunch

I enjoy making bread and am always looking for new themes to try. I blogged about this elephant bread lunch here.

Elephant Tortilla Chips Lunch

I made this elephant tortilla chips and hummus lunch for myself. I often make shaped tortilla chips but for this lunch with tortilla chips and hummus I was influenced by this from Eats Amazing.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elephant shaped tortilla chips, cherry tomatoes

Top Right: Hummus with hot paprika

Bottom Right: Elephant shaped apple slices with cinnamon

Elephant Sandwich Lunch

I made this for my nephew on a day we went to the zoo. This lunch was previously published here.

Elephant Pancake Lunch

I made these pancake elephants for my 10 year old nephew for lunch at home. I used an elephant cookie cutter when pouring the pancake batter but it did not work out great so I also cut them with the cutter after cooking. I think that they ended up cute but it was not a quick and easy process.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elephant shaped pancakes, maple syrup in Mini Dipper

Top Right: Red bell pepper

Bottom Right: Green grapes with elephant pick

Elephant Pizza Lunch

My husband ate this lunch on a day we went to the zoo. This lunch was previously published here.

Elephant Fruit Kabob

We made this as part of various animal fruit kabobs for a Zoo themed Baby Shower (fruit kabob with elephant shaped melon, blueberry, watermelon, and pineapple)

Elephant Pasta Meal

My husband ate this pasta elephant bento for dinner. I did not have any fresh fruit in the house but had some cookies in the freezer.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Elbow pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. Red and green bell pepper elephant shapes.

Top Right: Red and green bell pepper elephant shapes.

Bottom Right: Snickerdoodle cookies

Babar Lunch

I was thrilled with how my mashed potato Babar turned out. He looks more informal than his suit from the books – maybe he is wearing pajamas. When I was a child I was not a fan of Babar but my friend had the books. I was inspired to make Babar as part of this collection after reading BentOnBetterLunches World Elephant Day post. Recently, I borrowed Bonjour, Babar! from the library (6 classics). I enjoyed reading them and so did my nephews when they visited.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Babar: Head – mashed potatoes with a little butter, shredded Cheddar cheese, and a tiny bit of Wilton black food coloring gel (I shaped the mashed potatoes after it chilled in the refrigerator for awhile), Tusks – white Cheddar, Crown – orange Cheddar cheese, Eyes – I dipped a toothpick into black food coloring gel, Body – mashed potatoes with a little butter, shredded Cheddar cheese and cooked broccoli.

Top Right: Roasted Soybeans

Bottom Right: Sliced strawberries and blueberries

Elephant Onigiri Lunch

I wanted to make an elephant onigiri so I made this meal for my husband. It did not turn out as cute as I had pictured it in my head.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Elephant onigiri (rice ball), dried blueberry (eyes), lettuce

Top Right: Lettuce mix with Colby-jack cheese (cut up scraps from another lunch), sliced almonds

Bottom: Red grapes

Elephant Stencil Lunch

I made this meal for myself. I found it delicious and satisfying.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Quinoa with shredded Cheddar cheese (melted in the hot quinoa), hot paprika sprinkled on mama and baby elephant stencil that I printed onto card stock and cut-out with a craft knife.

Bottom Left: Roasted zucchini with pine nuts

Bottom Right: Raspberries (from freezer – they look a little frosty in this photo)

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Talk Like a Pirate Day 2014

TLAP 2014 Collage

Arrr! I have two lunches today for Talk Like a Pirate Day, a Lego pirate and a pirate map pizza.

Lego Pirate Lunch

I made this for my 10 year old nephew for lunch at home. We were not sure if this would be good enough to blog. But in the end I decided to share it. I thought that I had a plastic pirate sword but could not find it. I made one from candy melts but it turned out a little strange.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lego Pirate (Naan bread covered with cream cheese, painted on food coloring for face and body, peg-leg is cinnamon, white candy melt eye and detail on shirt, semi-sweet chocolate hat with white chocolate skull, sword is white candy melt with a little black food coloring), cheese quesadilla (background)

Top Right: Cucumber

Pirate Map Pizza Lunch

I made this for my husband’s lunch (for the next day) at the same time that I made a pizza dinner.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pirate map pizza (tomato sauce, mozzeralla cheese, red pepper, green pepper, mushroom, zucchini) – there are two map pizzas in this lunch.

Top Right: Pirate treasure chest chocolate with white and semi-sweet chocolate

Bottom Right: Sliced celery with Monkey Pirate pick (sticker that I stuck to a toothpick)

Bottom Right: Strawberries

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