Halloween Treats 2014

Halloween Pumpkins 2014

I enjoy handing out treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Usually around 250 – 300 kids come to my door in a 2 hour period on Halloween night. This year we had 244 but it was cool and a little rainy.

This year my parents visited for Halloween. I believe that you don’t need to have kids to carve a pumpkin.  My mom, dad, and I each carved a pumpkin.

Teal Pumpkin

Halloween morning when reading the news I learned about the Teal Pumpkin Project. So I searched my craft room for the closest paint I had to teal, quickly painted my pumpkin, printed out the sign, and gathered some non-food items. I was glad that I learned about this project when a mom noticed my pumpkin and asked about the non-food treats. Her son had food allergies and my teal pumpkin was the first one she found that night in my town. He picked out a glowing finger.

non-food halloween treats

This is a basket of some non-food items I gathered: glow fingers, bouncy balls, stickers, mini puzzles.

candy bars

I have a tradition of handing out something special to my first 25 trick-or-treaters. This year I did not make a craft for them but I gave out large candy bars to the first 30 kids. The Reese’s and Kit-Kats went first and then the Hershey bars.

Halloween treats 1

I hand-out a variety of treats. Pretzels, cheese balls, chocolate.

halloween treats 2

Potato chips and Goldfish

Halloween treats 3

Popcorn balls, coffee filter bundles with chocolate.

It was a fun evening and the kids seemed to enjoy the treats they received!

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Onigiri Face Bento

Onigiri Face Bento

I made this easy bento for my 16 year old niece to take to school. She loved the fun book box and it’s contents!

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Onigiri filled with black beans and salsa, spinach face details, broccoli, baby carrots, green grapes, blackberries

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Sweet 16 Bento Lunch

Sweet Sixteen Birthday Lunch

My niece turned 16 this week. I made this “sweet” themed bento for her to bring to school for lunch on her birthday. She loved it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cooked Nishiki rice, cooked broccoli and cauliflower (in a little vegetable broth). I used an ice cream cone cookie cutter to shape the vegetables, placed rice around the cookie cutter, then carefully lifted off the cookie cutter. I sprinkled a little bit of paprika on top of the rice.

Top Right: Junior Mints

Bottom Right: Yellow bell pepper (cut with cupcake cookie cutter), edamame

Outside of Box: Nutella to Go

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Pretzel Crust Pizza

Pretzel Crust Pizza Lunch

I was inspired by Little Caesars Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza commercial to try it. I don’t have any Little Caesars locations near my house so my only option was to try making it myself. Mine does not look as beautiful as theirs. Also I like my pizza crust thin and crispy so I am not sure why I liked the idea of pretzel pizza. This was a planned dinner with leftovers for lunch meal. I would not make this again but if you like deep dish or soft pizza crust you may enjoy making these.

I mostly followed this pretzel recipe but made small rounds (easier to boil and will fit in a lunch box). I cooked the pretzel rounds plain for about 8 minutes (time will vary depending on the size of your round). I then sprinkled the edge with salt, spread with tomato sauce and covered with cheese. I then continued baking until the bottom of the crust was brown and cheese melted.

Basic Instructions: Follow a soft pretzel recipe but make small rounds and only sprinkle salt on the edge. Bake for part of the cooking time, take rounds out of the oven and add sauce and cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and the crust is done to your liking.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzel crust pizza with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese

Top Right: Carrots

Bottom Right: Apple

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Fork and Spoon Lunches

Today I am sharing 5 different lunches that used the same cookie cutters. I bought the fork and spoon at the Seria 100 Yen Store on my trip to Japan last March. I was so excited to find these two cute cutters for less than $1.00.

Fork Spoon PB Sandwich

I made this lunch for my husband. I am guessing that he put the fork and spoon back in the bread before eating it but I am really not sure.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter and black raspberry jam on wheat bread, fork and spoon cut-outs

Top Right: Greek yogurt, cinnamon

Bottom Right: Synder’s Pretzel Spoonz

Top of Box: Banana

Fork Pasta Lunch

I made this pasta lunch for my 15 year old niece.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Broccoli and slivered almonds

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Right Side: Pasta with tomato sauce, Naan bread fork

Fork Spoon Rice Lunch

I made this quick lunch for myself. The cheese fork and spoon made it fun.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Chickpeas

Top Right: Rice with Cheddar cheese fork and spoon

Bottom: Raspberries and snowpeas

Fork Spoon Place Setting

I made this place setting quesadilla lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Cheese quesadilla with food marker details, cheddar cheese fork, knife, and spoon

Bottom Left: Blueberries

Bottom Right: Dry Roasted Edamame

Dish spoon cow moon lunch

I asked for help when brainstorming ways to use my fork and spoon cookie cutters. My 10 year old nephew gave me the idea for this meal.

Hey diddle diddle, The Cat and the fiddle, The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed, To see such sport, And the dish ran away with the Spoon

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Green and red butter lettuce, dish (tortilla with food safe marker), spoon (Colby-jack cheese)

Top Right: Baby carrots with dog (cucumber), Ha Ha – laughing picks

Bottom Right: Cow (Pepper-jack cheese), moon (Colby-jack cheese)

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5 High Protein Vegetarian Meals

High Protein Veg Collage

I am a nearly lifelong vegetarian. When people hear that I am a vegetarian they often worry about the amount of protein I eat. There are many thoughts on protein including that most people eat too much protein but here are 5 vegetarian meals (1 vegan) with a load of protein. So no matter what reason you have for looking for a meatless meal that contains a lot of protein, please enjoy these delicious meals.

In these meals I feature quinoa, lasagna, angel hair pasta, couscous, chickpeas, and lentils. Side dishes include Greek yogurt, Kind bar, pumpkin seeds, edamame, ricotta cheese, and sunflower seeds. The containers used are EasyLunchBoxes. When preparing healthy meals at home or on the go EasyLunchBoxes helps make the meal convenient and attractive.

These meals contain between 21 and 26 grams of protein.

Black Bean Quinoa Protein Meal

This satisfying meal is low on calories but high on protein (21 grams). I enjoyed this Quinoa & Black Beans recipe from Eating Well and plan to eat it again soon.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Quinoa & Black Beans – 162 cal, 6 grams protein

Top Right: Raspberries and blueberries

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon – 90 cal, 15 grams protein

Lasagna Protein Meal

I developed this recipe myself. I made it somewhat plain but I still found it to be delicious. Of course you can season to your own taste. This meal contains 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lasagna roll-up with tomato sauce – 326 calories, 24 grams protein

Top Right: 1/2 of a Almond and Coconut Kind bar – 95 calories, 2 grams protein

Bottom Right: Spinach leaves and carrots – low calories, small amount of protein

Easy Lasagna Roll-up (1 serving)

1 cooked lasagna noodle – 86 cal, 3 grams protein

4 oz. Cottage cheese – 90 cal, 10 grams protein

Dried herbs, salt & pepper

1/4 cup Mozzarella cheese – 80 cal, 8 grams protein

1 cup Tomato Sauce – 70 calories, 3 grams protein

Preheat oven to 375. Spread some tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish. Mix cottage cheese and herbs. Spread cottage cheese mixture on cooked lasagna noodle and roll it up. Carefully place in baking dish, seam side down. Spread some tomato sauce on top of the lasagna roll-up. Sprinkle the top of the lasagna roll-up with Mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the tomato sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.

Peanut Noodles Protein Meal

This Cold Peanut Noodle salad is a favorite recipe in my house. I choose high protein sides so this Vegan meal contains 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cold Peanut Noodles with Cucumber – 290 calories, 11 grams protein

Top Right: 15 grams pumpkin seeds – 85 calories, 4 grams protein

Bottom Right: 100 grams edamame – 120 calories, 11 grams protein

Couscous and Feta Protein meal

I found this couscous recipe to be a little dry but you can add lemon juice or more oil if you want. This meal has 25 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Couscous Salad with Chickpeas – 351 calories, 11 grams protein

Top Right: 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese with cinnamon – 216 calories, 14 grams protein

Bottom Right: Apple

Lentil Feta Salad Protein Meal

This lentil and feta salad has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I prefer it with more vegetables and less lentils but this time I made it as the recipe is written to include more protein. This meal has 26 grams of protein.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Lentil Salad with Feta Cheese – 309 calories, 20 grams protein

Top Right: 1/4 cup Sunflower seeds – 186 calories, 6 grams protein

Bottom Right: Green grapes

No matter your reason for eating more protein, I hope that you can enjoy some of these meals for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast as part of a healthy meal plan.


I am not a nutritionist. I planned these meals based on previous knowledge and internet research. Since many sources have varying nutritional information for the same item, I do not guarantee the calorie and protein counts.

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10 Halloween Lunches

10 Halloween Lunches Collage

Today I am sharing 10 new Halloween lunches. I made these for my husband, friend’s daughter, my Mom, my Dad, and myself. I enjoy making cute food for anyone who will eat it and luckily I have no trouble finding volunteers. In this article, I feature quesadillas, pizza, sandwiches, and a calzone.

Spider lunch

I made this spider themed lunch for my Dad since I knew that I wanted to make a deviled egg and he likes them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cheese quesadilla with food marker details, salsa in a Mini Dipper (I put the top on after taking the photo)

Top Right: Blackberries

Bottom Right: Deviled egg cut with crinkle cutter, black olive spider

Candy Corn Lunch

I made this candy corn themed lunch for my Mom. I modified the recipe a little to make it more crispy than the original recipe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Candy Corn Quesadilla (I basically used this recipe but did not use chicken and cooked it for 10 minutes before putting the cheese on top and used Gouda instead of the Tillamook cheese)

Top Right: Pineapple and coconut

Bottom Right: Air popped popcorn with orange and yellow Reese’s Pieces

Ghost Quesadilla Lunch

I made this friendly ghost lunch for myself. The picks were from Lindt Halloween chocolates.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ghost shaped cheese quesadillas with melted chocolate chip eyes, salad mix

Top Right: Diced cucumbers and tomatoes

Bottom Right: Red grapes

Jack-o-lantern calzone lunch

I made this Jack-o-Lantern calzone for myself. It was so much fun to make and eat.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Calzone made with pizza dough and filled with ricotta cheese, spinach, and a lot of pepper), I cut pumpkin face details with cookie cutters. I then baked it.

Bottom Left: Pumpkin shaped melon

Bottom Right: Almonds

Mini Dipper: Pizza sauce

Tiger Halloween Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself using CuteZCute Cuddle Palz.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tiger CuteZCute Cuddle Palz wheat sandwich with almond butter, mini cheese pumpkins made with a cookie cutter and Colby-jack cheese

Top Right: Cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Sugar snap peas

Ghost Pizza Lunch

My husband ate this pizza ghost lunch. He especially enjoyed the ghost strawberries.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ghost shaped cheese pizza (without sauce)

Top Right: Strawberries with white candy melts and semi-sweet chocolate details. I was inspired by this.

Bottom Right: Salad with radish pumpkins

Skull sandwich lunch

I made this for myself because there was no one else around on the day that I wanted to make it. Skulls are not my favorite but I am very pleased with how it tasted and looked. I was inspired by Organized Bites to put Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies behind the sandwich.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Skull sandwich with wheat bread, peanut butter, and strawberry jam, Trader Joe’s Baked Cheese Crunchies

Top Right: Cantaloupe

Bottom Right: Sugar snap peas

Black Cat Halloween Lunch

When I asked my friend’s daughter what type of Halloween bento she wanted, she said “black cat”. I was happy to make this lunch for her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Peanut butter on pumpernickel bread cat, matchstick carrots, Cheddar cheese jack-o-lanterns with food marker details

Top Right: Cheez-It’s Scrabble Junior crackers

Bottom Right: Plain Greek yogurt with blueberries

Skulls and bones lunch

I made this skull pizza meal for husband. I added the “bones” because he likes chocolate covered pretzels.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Skull shaped pizza with basil details, spinach (background)

Top Right: White candy melts covered pretzel sticks (bones), plain pretzel sticks (underneath)

Bottom Right: Blackberries

Jack-o-lantern quesadilla lunch

I made these happy Jack-o-lantern quesadillas for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Jack-o-lantern cheese quesadillas (I cut the face out of one side using a Jack-o-lantern cookie cutter, I then browned it by itself on my stove with cooking spray on the pan. Afterwards, I cooked the pumpkin shape with cheese and the cooked Jack-o-lantern cut-out on top at low heat until melted.

Top Right: Snow peas

Bottom Right: Blackberries and orange segments

I hope that you now have a few Halloween themed food ideas to make in your own kitchen. Enjoy!

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