Lunches for the Zoo

Zoo Lunches Collage

My husband and I took our nephews to the zoo. Of course I made themed lunches for each of us. They were quick to make with cookie cutters. The only template I had to make was for the flamingo.

Elephant Pizza Lunch

My husband loves pizza for lunch so I made an elephant pizza for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Broccoli, Elephant shaped cheese pizza, peanuts, strawberries

Flamingo Lunch

I prepared this flamingo lunch for myself. I tried putting an eye on it but thought it looked better without.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Broccoli, brazil nuts, spinach, Naan with homemade strawberry cream cheese

Penguin Pizza Lunch

My 12 year old nephew requested a penguin lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Penguin pizza, spinach leaves, penguin shaped cucumber, Penguins crackers

Elephant Sandwich Lunch

My nephew who is now 10 ate this elephant themed lunch. My cookie cutter was too big for the bread so I cut the head out separate. I should have added an ear.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Granola bar, jelly sandwich on wheat bread, candy eye, peanuts, green pepper

Linking to:
Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Lunch with Cuddle Palz

Cuddle Palz Collage

This week I had my niece, 5 nephews and my sister-in-law over for lunch. Since I had recently received the new CuteZCute Cuddle Palz I thought it would be the perfect time to use the set for our crowd of 8. I made bento lunches for my three youngest nephews and the rest of us had lunch on a plate (pasta, vegetables, fruit, cheese) with cute Cuddle Palz tortilla chips, muffins, and cookies.

These cutters were easy to use and clean afterwards which is always a plus. I loved that the faces had a stamp and a cutter side. I used the stamp for the cookies and the cutter side for the sandwiches and tortilla chips.

Cuddle Palz Koala Lunch

My 9 year old nephew requested a Koala lunch. He helped to assemble it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread, sugar snap peas, hazelnuts, and strawberries.

Cuddle Palz Bear Lunch

I made this simple bear lunch for my 6 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Red pepper, red grapes, peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich on wheat bread

Cuddle Palz Tiger

I made this simple tiger lunch for my 3 year old nephew.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Contents: Baby carrots, blueberries, cheese sandwich on wheat bread

Cuddle Palz Tortilla Chips

I was inspired by this to make Cuddle Palz tortilla chips. I used flour tortillas, brushed with olive oil and baked. We served them with salsa. Everyone enjoyed eating these adorable chips.

Muffins with Cuddle Palz

Originally I planned to use the Cuddle Palz with cheese for the faces on these apple muffins. But since I had the pieces from my tortilla chips, I saved time and used what I already had. My 9 year old nephew put the faces on the muffins.

Cuddle Palz Cookies

I made cut-out sugar cookies and sprinkled with sanding sugar before baking. I decorated the tigers with a Wilton’s Black Decorating Gel tube I had leftover from our How to Train Your Dragon Viking Ship.

I had so much fun using the Cuddle Palz set that I know I will use it again soon. It has so many possibilities to create fun food. Please visit the CuteZCute website for information and inspiration.

Disclosure: I received the products shown here for review. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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Tanabata Bento Lunch

Tanabata Lunch

In celebration of the Japanese holiday Tanabata, I made this lunch. Last year I hosted a Tanabata Dinner Party for my niece, nephews and my husbands young cousins.

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7 but some regions of Japan celebrate on a different day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Angel hair pasta with star shaped carrots and homemade Hikoboshi and Orihime Tanabata picks. I resized these, printed them, cut them out and then taped them to wooden picks.

Top Right: Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Carrots and cucumber stars

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Tennis Bread Lunch

Tennis Bread Lunch

I wanted to use my tennis racquet pasta in a different way so I made this lunch. I used homemade French Bread dough to make tennis balls. The pasta racquets with peas makes a cute side dish.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade tennis ball bread made from French Bread dough and food safe marker details (after baking), peanut butter in Mini Dippers.

Top Right: DeCecco Racchette pasta with green peas and Italian dressing

Bottom Right: Sugar Snap Peas

Linking to:
Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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Rhubarb Lunch

Rhubarb Featured Ingredient

This lunch may not look pretty but some of it was delicious. For this meal I tried something new for me, I made savory food with rhubarb. This is a continuation of my series of featured ingredient lunches. I have many more planned for the upcoming months. Hopefully they will be more attractive than this one.

I grew up with rhubarb in my family garden. It was also in my Grandparents garden. In the spring we often had rhubarb and strawberry desserts. When I married my husband and I moved to a rural area, my mother-in-law was surprised that I had experience with rhubarb. Maybe it is an unusual ingredient for people to use. I never had to buy it from a grocery store but I occasionally see it there. I usually have a stash in my freezer. I wash it, cut into about 1 inch pieces and freeze in freezer bags.

Please tell me in the comments if you have ever tried rhubarb.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Indian Spiced Lentils with Spinach and Rhubarb – I loved this recipe but I did make a few changes. I did not use the mustard seeds, used frozen ginger, and omitted the raisins and cilantro. I will definitely make this again! But I love Indian food. 

Top Right: Rhubarb Apple Salad – this was not my favorite recipe in this meal but it was sort of fun to eat rhubarb that was not in a dessert. If you do not like tart, this is not for you but if you enjoy sweet (apple) and tart (rhubarb) try this.

Bottom Right: Sour Cream Rhubarb Coffee Cake – the batter was thicker than I expected but it worked out and my husband and 12 year old nephew loved this cake.

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Make Your Own Puzzle Pizza Lunch

Puzzle Make own Pizza lunch

My nephews and I used Grands biscuits to make individual pizzas. We made one of them in a puzzle shape using this to create this make your own pizza lunch. It can be a small meal or a hearty snack.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Grands biscuits puzzle pizza, tomato sauce in Mini Dippers, mozzarella cheese in silicone cup

Top Right: Cucumbers cut with puzzle cookie cutter, it came with a jigsaw puzzle.

Bottom Right: Red grapes

Linking to:

Eats Amazing Fun Food Friday

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14 Fourth of July Themed Meals

14 Patriotic Meals Collage

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.

USA Red White Blue Lunch

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.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

USA Quesadilla

My 17 year old nephew ate this patriotic meal at my house.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

Flag Day Lunch

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.

Liberty Bell Lunch

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.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

July 4 Lunch

One of my nephews made this lunch a few years ago. He cut out the sandwich pieces by himself. It was previously published here.

USA Bread Lunch

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.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

4th of July Muffin Tin Lunch

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.

1776 Bread Lunch

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.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

Star Pasta Lunch

My 15 year old niece helped me to made this basic meal for my husband on a night that he was not feeling well.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Blueberries

Bottom Left: Raspberries

Right Side: Patriotic Star Pasta with a little butter and Parmesan cheese, parsley star garnish

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

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.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

Patriotic Star Quesadilla Lunch

My husband ate this cheese quesadilla meal. He loved the special pretzels I made for him and said that I could make them anytime.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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

American Flag Bread

My 17 year old nephew ate this Flag bread among other things at my house one evening.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: American Flag bread with sanding sugar

Top Right: Toasted pecans

Bottom Right: Blueberries and watermelon

July 4 Fireworks

My 15 year old niece came up with this fantastic idea to make fireworks out of two types of potatoes.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Night sky (purple potatoes – mashed), fireworks (white potatoes – mashed)

Bottom Left: Patriotic fruit salad (strawberries, banana, and blueberries)

Bottom Right: Radish

Open Face Flag Sandwich Lunch

I was inspired by this to make a cream cheese and jelly open faced sandwich for myself. It was delicious!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

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.

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