Bear in the Woods Bento Lunch

Bear in Woods food

I had these bear cookie cutters and decided to use them with rice.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Cooked Nishiki rice, soy sauce, food coloring (face details), broccoli, carrot

Bottom Left: Blueberries, melon

Bottom Right: Post Great Grains Bar Undone Granola Snack Mix

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6 Saint Patrick’s Day Lunches

Cute Food St Patrick's day

Last year I shared 7 St. Patrick’s Day lunches including some old ones. This year I created new cute food for St. Patrick’s Day. I love making cute shaped food for any holiday or occasion. This food includes a shamrock, Claddagh ring, Irish flag, Leprechaun, sheep, and a tortilla chip in the shape of Ireland.

Shamrock Hand pie food

This was a simple but satisfying meal to make and eat. I made the hand-pie with pie crust, a shamrock cookie cutter, cooked broccoli and cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Broccoli and Cheese Shamrock hand-pie

Top Right: Pistachios with little shamrocks drawn with food safe marker

Bottom Right: Kiwi

leprechaun cheese

Recently I have enjoyed garnishing with  cheese art. I made a mermaid, fox head and now this leprechaun. I was inspired by this coloring page. My leprechaun has a deep wrinkle on his face (crack in the cheese) but I think that it adds to his character.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Quinoa, Broccoli and Cheese Casserole, white and orange Cheddar cheese, food safe marker

Ireland Country Shape Food

I am not sure how successful this is but I tried to make a Ireland country shaped tortilla chip to top this Mexican rice meal.

Container: Wooden box purchased in Kyoto at Bento&co.

Contents: Lettuce, rice, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cheddar cheese, tortilla cut in the shape of Ireland and browned in a frying pan with cooking spray.

claddagh ring food

When brainstorming new Ireland / St. Patrick’s day themes to try this year, I remembered the Claddagh ring. The fingers turned out a little strange but I still like it.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Cheddar cheese quesadilla with food marker details

Bottom Left: Sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Green grapes

Irish Flag Snack Food Idea

I made this little Irish flag themed snack for my husband. I wanted it to be different than this Irish Flag so we came up with different food he would eat in green, white, and orange.

Container: Small divided snack container

Top: Sugar snap peas, cauliflower, orange cheddar

Bottom Left: Ranch dressing

Bottom Right: Green grapes

Sheep stencil food

The stencil is supposed to be a sheep and her lamb.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Broccoli

Top Right: Mandarin oranges

Bottom: Quinoa with Parmesan and hot paprika (I used a stencil to create these sheep)

What are you making for St. Patrick’s day this year?

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Monkey Mashed Potatoes Lunch

Monkey Mashed Potatoes

Originally this mashed potato lunch was supposed to be Curious George but it does not look like George to me. Maybe it is because of the color or that I forgot his ears. But I think it looks like a cute monkey. I served this meal to my husband.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Monkey – Cheddar mashed potatoes with cheddar face and food safe marker details, spinach

Top Right: Cashews, banana Runts candies

Bottom Right: Raspberries

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Polar Bear Bread Lunch

Polar bear lunch

I made this Polar Bear themed lunch for my 10 year old nephew on a day he stayed at my house. I don’t think that it looks like a Polar Bear but it looks like a bear.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bear shaped bread with chocolate details (after baking), cheddar cheese sticks

Top Right: Snowflake shaped apple slices (dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning)

Bottom Right: Popcorn (snow)

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Hinamatsuri Pizza Craft and Toast

Girls Day Pizza

This year for Hinamatsuri (Girls Day) I made pizza, toast and mason jars filled with candy. Even if you can’t get traditional sweets you can make your own cute gift. My Girl’s Day label template is at the end of this post.

I made these Emperor and Empress Pizzas with my 16 year old niece. Actually I was the mean Aunt who came up with the idea but gave my niece an almost impossible task of making it. But I think that she did a great job and they turned out cute.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Emperor (pizza crust, mozzarella and orange cheddar cheese, spinach, carrot [baton]), Empress (pizza crust, mozzarella, tomato sauce, spinach, carrot [fan])

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: Popcorn, mint M&M’s

Girls Day Toast

I made this Hinamatsuri themed toast by writing with chocolate. I was inspired by this.

Hinamatsuri Candy Gift

I made these little snacks for my two Japanese language students (both girls are in high school). Since I am in the United States and do not have easy access to Hinamatsuri candy, I used mini mint candy in three colors. Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) colors are pink, white and green but I used pink, yellow and green. I put a layer of green candy on the bottom, yellow in the middle and pink on top. The label has the date of Hinamatsuri (March 3) and Hinamatsuri written in Japanese. It also includes clip art of the emperor and empresses.

hinamatsuri treat label

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Easy Lion and Lamb Themed Food

Lamb Lion Easy Shaped Food

If you are making macaroni and cheese for lunch or dinner, why not decorate it to look like a lamb or lion. Just be careful because if you put the decorations on hot pasta they will melt (but it could be part of the fun).

Since I like lambs I make a lot of lamb themed food and crafts. Of course I had to make a lion and lamb themed meal to celebrate the beginning of March. I know that these are not the best but they were easy, fast, and fun. Cut out shapes from thin sliced cheese (I used cheddar and cookie cutters but you could use a knife), and decorate with food safe markers or food coloring and a toothpick.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Melon with Lamb and Lion picks

Bottom Left: Sugar Snap Peas

Right Side: Lion – (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, thinly sliced cheddar cheese, food safe marker) Lamb – Wegmans Shells and White Cheddarthinly sliced cheddar cheese, food safe marker) broccoli

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Make Ahead Dinners

Make Ahead Dinner ideas

My husband works long hours and often comes home late. For those days I like to have dinner in the refrigerator for him to heat up. Here are five make ahead meals. These can also be leftover for lunch meals.

Twice Baked Potato Dinner

Twice baked potatoes are a frequent request when I ask my husband for meal ideas. I made this meal so the potato could be taken out and heated in the microwave.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Orange

Bottom Left: Peppermint candy

Right Side: Salad with lettuce, radish, carrot, twice baked potato with cheddar cheese

Salad Dinner

This meal includes several of my husband’s favorites: salad, tapioca pudding, and citrus with mint sugar. This entire meal is meant to be eaten cold.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, hard boiled egg, carrot, mozzarella cheese

Top Right: Tapioca pudding (after I made it, I put it in my EasyLunchBox to cool).

Bottom Right: Grapefruit and orange with mint sugar

Pasta and Broccoli Dinner

This falls under not his favorite but food he will eat category. Anyway, I think that he appreciates my having made something for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Penne pasta with butter, Parmesan cheese, cooked broccoli

Top Right: Grapefruit

Bottom Right: Garlic bread

Potato Gratin Dinner

Potatoes and cheese are two popular ingredients here. I also added fruit and vegetable. This entire meal can be heated in the microwave. Applesauce is great warm!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Potato and cheese gratin

Top Right: Cooked broccoli

Bottom Right: Applesauce with cinnamon

Pasta Beans Corn Tomato Cheese Dinner

This one was actually for me as my husband won’t eat black beans. I love having a healthy meal prepared ahead of time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Penne pasta with chopped tomatoes, black beans, corn, and Cheddar cheese (I did not use this recipe but it was my inspiration)

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: Broccoli and carrots

I hope that this gave you some ideas. What do you like to make ahead for dinner and have waiting in your refrigerator?

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