Cow Onigiri

Cow Onigiri

I know that this may not look like a cow but my 15 year old niece enjoyed this lunch and I had fun making it. I tried to copy the cow from a book I bought while in Japan this year. I used spinach instead of seaweed, carrot instead of ham, and baby carrot instead of hotdog.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Cow: Rice, radish, carrot, spaghetti (to hold on the carrot nose), spinach

Other Contents: Sauteed zucchini in olive oil with dried basil, snow peas, asparagus, mini sweet peppers, cherry tomato, red grapes

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Lunch with Dill

Featured Ingredient Dill Lunch

This is another lunch in my featured ingredient series. The ingredient dill is used in each recipe in this lunch. I have a lot of dill in my herb garden this year. I am enjoying looking at it from my kitchen window. I think that it looks beautiful.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tortellini Salad with Dill – I did not put it on skewers

Top Right: Strawberry Spinach Salad (I did not use the green onion or the dressing)

Bottom Right: Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream


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12 Butterfly Themed Lunches

12 Butterfly Lunches Collage

The girls in my life enjoy butterfly themed lunches. But I think that any gender can enjoy a butterfly themed meal. For most of these lunches I used butterfly cookie cutters. As long time readers know, I have a large cookie cutter collection and it keeps on growing. Here are 12 butterfly themed lunches that I made. Included at the end of this post are links to 10 more awesome butterfly lunches made by my bento friends.

Broccoli Rice Butterfly Lunch

I made this for my 15 year old niece. She is always happy to have rice for lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Nishiki rice with cooked broccoli (I put the broccoli inside a cookie cuter, packed cooked rice around it, then removed the cookie cutter)

Top Right: Fruit yogurt with frozen butterflies (I used a silicone mold)

Bottom Right: Green grapes

Rice Butterfly

I made this rice butterfly for my 15 year old niece. I packed fruit, vegetables, and nuts around it.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Contents: Nishiki rice butterfly with corn, peas, cheddar cheese, and carrot (I pressed hot rice into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap to protect my hands), strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, snow peas, Brazil nuts

Butterfly Berry Rice

My 15 year old niece also ate this berry rice with butterflies lunch. I made the berry rice by mixing a few frozen berries into hot cooked rice.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Pistachios

Bottom Left: Watermelon butterfly (I used this cookie cutter)

Right Side: Berry rice (mix a few frozen berries into hot cooked rice), carrot and cucumber butterflies

Butterfly Pizza Lunch

I used Grands biscuits to make this easy butterfly pizza.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly pizza with Grands biscuits (olive and spinach details)

Top Right: Cucumber butterflies

Bottom Right: Romaine lettuce salad with carrot butterflies

Butterfly Quesadilla Salad Lunch

I made this salad with butterfly quesadilla for myself. It was a fun and tasty lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Raspberries

Bottom Left: Brazil Nuts

Right Side: Mixed lettuce and spinach salad with sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, and a butterfly cheese quesadilla (food safe marker details)


I made this butterfly rice salad for my niece a few years ago. It was previously published here.


I made this butterfly cheese and crackers lunch for my friends young daughter a few years ago. It was previously published here.

Butterfly Girl Lunch

I actually prepared this butterfly girl lunch for myself. I was inspired by seeing a friend’s daughter wearing butterfly wings.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly girl (snow peas, carrot, grape, tomato), Nature’s Earthly Choice Easy Quinoa Blends – Quinoa & Broccoli

Top Right: Almonds and cashews

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with peach butterfly garnish (additional peaches are under the yogurt)

Butterfly Mac and Cheese Lunch

My middle niece ate this butterfly macaroni and cheese lunch last year. It was previously published here.

Butterfly Sandwich Lunch

I created this butterfly sandwich lunch for my friend’s 9 year old daughter.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Butterfly cucumber (with flower picks)

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Right Side: Wegmans Fruit Twist, Butterfly peanut butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread with cheese butterfly details and picks (antenna).

Potato Butterfly Lunch

I made this mashed potato butterfly meal for my 15 year old niece. It was previously published here.

Butterfly Bread Lunch

My friend’s 9 year old daughter enjoyed this butterfly bread meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade butterfly shaped bread with Colby-jack cheese butterflies.

Top Right: Raspberries with daisy and ladybug picks

Bottom Right: Raspberry Greek yogurt with raspberry garnish

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these. Here are some more butterfly lunch ideas from my bento friends:

Simple and Cute Butterfly Lunch by BentOnBetterLunches

Butterfly Salad Lunch by Blame it on the bento

Butterfly Applewiches by Becoming a Bentoholic

Butterfly Crackers with Ham and Cheese by Food for Harper

FunBites Butterflies by Biting the Hand that Feeds You

Flatbread Butterfly by Eats Amazing

Butterfly Sandwich with Butterfly Fruit Kabobs by Bentoriffic

Gluten-free, Soy-free, Dairy-free, and Nut-free Butterfly Sandwich Lunch by Chaos and Confections

3D Butterfly Cut Outs by Little Miss Bento

Cat in Garden Bento with Purple Potato Butterfly by Beneficial Bento

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Taco Salad and Quesadilla Lunches

Taco and Quesadilla Lunch Collage

I made these two lunches for my teen nephews to take to school. They have similar ingredients but are different. They could be made for the same person on 2 different days or as I did for 2 different people on the same day. I used black beans leftover from dinner.

Taco Salad Lunch

This lunch was for my 14 year old nephew. He requested a taco salad. I wanted it to be different than the last taco lunch I made for him.

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

Quesadilla Meal

I made this lunch for my 17 year old nephew. He wanted black bean quesadillas. I packed a lot of food into this lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Black bean quesadillas with black beans with onions sauteed in olive oil, with tomato sauce, and some hot sauce and Mexican cheese blend

Top Right: Salad with carrot and radish

Bottom Right: Watermelon

Nutella and Salsa in Mini Dippers

In plastic bag: Homemade cinnamon tortilla chips

My nephews enjoyed these lunches. I made these lunches easier but using some of the same ingredients (cinnamon tortilla chips, Nutella, lettuce, Mexican cheese blend, black beans, and watermelon). But I think that they are different enough that the same person could enjoy these meals two days in a row.

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Garage Sale Lunch

Garage Sale Lunch

My town has a day in the July when there are town wide sidewalk sales, garage sales, and yard sales. My niece and nephews enjoy searching for treasure at these sales and I agreed to drive them around and walk to sales with them. My 10 year old nephew requested a garage sale themed lunch. We ate on my front porch.

This lunch is not pretty but I don’t think that most garage sales are pretty. It has an assortment of items for sale – pink Legos, tennis racquets, and a dresser. You never know what you will find at a sale.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Strawberry yogurt Lego bricks (I froze yogurt in this silicone mold)

Bottom Left: DeCecco Racchette pasta with green peas

Right Side: Cheese quesadilla background with cheese quesadilla dresser (details drawn with food safe markers), snow peas, raspberries

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Guest Post at Student Bento

Student Bento Guest Post Collage

I was happy today to guest post over at Student Bento. I wrote an article about ideas to use pasta, flour tortillas, rice, homemade bread, and potatoes in your lunches. It includes some of my favorite lunches. Please go check it out.

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Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Raspberry Cream Pie

Today is National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. I love food days, it gives me delicious ideas for my blog. If I did not read about this day and I did not have a blog, I probably would not have made this pie. My husband, niece and nephews are glad that I made this. They loved it!

Raspberry Cream Pie Slice

This slice did not come out perfect but it was delicious. I originally intended to make this recipe but I could not find chocolate wafer cookies. So I made this crust and the filling that I originally planned to make.

Happy Raspberry Cream Pie Day!

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