Snail Bread Bento Lunch

Snail Bento Lunch

In my never-ending quest to shape cute things out of bread, I created this simple snail. I used a basic french bread dough and added some cinnamon to the piece I used for the body.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Salad: Lettuce with carrot butterflies

Fruit: Strawberries with these picks

Snail: Homemade french bread snail with sliced almonds and cinnamon

Peanut Butter: In Mini Dippers

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7 Saint Patrick’s Day Lunches

7 St Patricks Day lunches

I like any excuse to make cute themed food. I am particularly excited about St. Patrick’s Day food because of my Irish heritage. Here are 7 ideas for Irish themed lunches all presented in EasyLunchBoxes.

Shamrock Bagel

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Shamrock: Homemade bagel with green sanding sugar

Fruit: Clementine and kiwi

Nuts: Pistachios

1 Shamrock Onigiri

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Fruit: Strawberries

Nuts: Walnuts

Salad: Spinach and lettuce leaves with carrot shamrocks, Nishiki rice shamrock (used cookie cutter and plastic wrap to shape), snow pea shamrock

Shamrock Pasta

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Salad: Lettuce with carrot shamrocks

Pot of Gold: Apricot jam tart with chocolate pie crust baked in mini muffin tins

Pasta: Shamrock pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese, green pepper shamrock

Shamrock Sandwich with Cheese Harp

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Shamrock Sandwich: Peanut butter and apricot jam sandwich on wheat bread with shamrock cut-out, sugar snap peas

Harp: Cheddar cheese with spaghetti, green M&M’s (this was an experiment – the spaghetti stayed hard and would not be suitable for young children and it is not a good idea to put M&M’s in the same container as cheese – it discolors)

Pretzel sticks

2 Shamrock Onigiri

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Pumpkin seeds

Apple: Mini shamrock cut into the skin, I put some lemon juice on it to prevent browning

Salad: Spinach and lettuce leaves with carrot shamrocks, Nishiki rice shamrocks (used cookie cutter and plastic wrap to shape), snow pea shamrocks

Shamrock bento

This lunch was previously published here.

Irish Flag Bento

This lunch was previously published here.

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Hinamatsuri Bento

Girls Day Bento

I will be in Japan for Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) this year. I made this in advance for my 15 year old niece. She helped place the black sesame seeds on the radish flowers and said that she prefers my more traditional bento. I enjoy making them but I need more practice. I pretty much copied this bento made by Mahiro Mama.

Container: ECO Lunchboxes

Emperor and Empress: Cooked Nishiki rice molded into shape with plastic-wrap. Hair and facial features (spinach), bodies (bell pepper), baton and fan (cheddar cheese), the empress has a crown pick in her head

Also in the box: Rice, carrot flowers, radish flowers with black sesame seeds, snow peas, strawberries, lettuce, and carrot

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Knights Arsenal Bento

Ancient Weapons Bento

I made this lunch for my 9 year old nephew. He is interested and very knowledgeable about ancient weapons such as a Mace. He helped me add the spikes (almond slivers) to the baked bread.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Fruit: Strawberry shield with chocolate details, red grapes

Vegetable: Sweet mini peppers, some cut into chains

Spears: Cheese with food marker details

Mace: Shaped french bread, slivered almonds

Linking to:
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In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb

Lion or Lamb Meal Collage

It has become my tradition to make something lamb and lion themed to celebrate the arrival of March. This year when I happened upon these very cute Mini Sheep Shepherd’s Pies from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons, I knew what I was going to make this year. I was inspired to make my own version of potatoes (white and sweet), vegetables, and cheese to make this cute lamb and lion dinner.

Lamb or Lion Potato Dinner

I was so pleased with the taste and look of these vegetarian – potato, cheese, and vegetable lion and lambs. You can make them as a side dish, bake in silicon cups and send for lunch, or make a meal out of them. I received many complements at dinner.

Lion & Lamb: Fill 8 oz ramekins with thawed frozen mixed vegetables. Add 1 oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese to each ramekin.

Lion: Baked sweet potatoes  – mashed, eyes (lima beans), nose (black bean), whiskers (thin slices of celery), mouth (black olive – sliced, then cut in half)

Carefully spread mashed sweet potato over vegetable and cheese mixture. Use a pastry bag with a large star tip to pipe the mane on the lion. Decorate lion face.

Bake in oven at 350 until heated through and not too brown (20 to 30 minutes).

Lamb: Mashed white potato, head (black olive), ears and hooves (black olives)

Use pastry bag and large star tip to pipe little stars to cover vegetable and cheese mixture. Decorate lamb face.

Bake in oven at 350 until heated through and not too brown (20 to 30 minutes).

Note: If you bake the lambs with the black bean decorations, the black beans will most likely burst open a little. I tried putting the beans on before and after baking. If you put them on after, the decorations will sit on top of the crust and may move a little.

Since I wanted natural sunlight to photograph these and I was not going to be home just before dinner, I made these in advance. I microwaved them to heat up just before eating. It made for a delicious and cute make ahead dinner.

If you make your own version of these, I would love to see them!

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Valentine Bento Hop

Valentine Bento Collage

In celebration of Valentine’s Day I am joining my Bento Bloggers & Friends on a Valentine themed bento blog hop. Please use the button at the end of this post to see what the other bento bloggers made.

Be Mine Pizza

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Fruit: Strawberries cut into hearts

Cookies: Heart shaped sugar cookies

Pizza: Heart shaped pizza (I used a cookie cutter with homemade dough), green pepper wording, lettuce and carrot background, ranch dip in Mini Dippers

Heart Potato Salad

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt with frozen yogurt heart (plain Greek yogurt mixed with strawberry jam)

Pistachio Nuts: I was inspired by these footballs created by Becoming a Bentoholic. I used a food safe marker to draw hearts on pistachios.

Potato Salad: Potato and red pepper hearts with olive oil and Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Vinegar

Please click on the button below to see Jenn’s creation at Bento for Kidlet.

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Heart Bread Lunch

Bread Heart Lunch

I like any excuse to make cute shaped bread. I made this meal with Valentine’s Day in mind.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Heart Bread: French bread dough, strawberry cream cheese (cream cheese with strawberry jam and strawberry hearts garnish)

Heart Strawberries

Red & Yellow Bell Pepper Hearts

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