Hippo Polenta Lunch

Hippo Polenta Lunch

I made duplicates of this lunch – one for my friend Mark to take home with him, and one for myself to take to work the next day. I put the sides in silicone cups for easy removal before heating if desired (I ate mine at room temperature).

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Hippo – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal into 1 cup of vegetable broth, heat at medium-low heat while stirring, when it becomes a ball and is somewhat firm, remove from heat and spread onto a plate at the desired thickness for your cookie cutter. When cool, cut with a cookie cutter), Spanish Garbanzo Beans (see recipe below).

Top Right: Hippo – honeydew melon (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

Bottom Right: Hippos – carrots (cut with a cookie cutter), celery with almond butter

Spanish Garbanzo Beans (2 servings)

2 TBSP olive oil

1/2 cup chopped shallots

1 medium green pepper, chopped

16 ounces of tomato sauce (I use more or less depending on how thick I want it and add more during cooking if desired)

15.5 oz can garbanzo beans, rinsed

In a medium pan, heat olive oil until medium hot. Saute shallots and pepper until onions are translucent. Add tomato sauce. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add garbanzo beans. Cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

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Woodland Lunch

Woodland lunch

I made this simple woodland lunch for my Mom.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mushroom – Cheddar and spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, feta cheese

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Fawn – honeydew melon, Greek yogurt

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Sheep Themed Tart for Lunch

Sheep themed tomato tart

I made this tomato and cheese tart for myself. The spinach decoration on top are supposed to look like sheep.

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Top Left: Spinach leaves

Bottom Left: Pumpkin seeds

Right Side: Sheep – spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), Tomato Tart

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Soccer Pizza

Soccer Pizza

I made this lunch for Ayato, my friend Mayumi’s 12 year old son. He is a huge fan of soccer so it seemed appropriate to make this theme. I was inspired by this.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and olives

Top Right: GOAL – Carrot – (cut with mini cutters), sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Strawberries

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Lemon Pasta with Raspberry Fool

Lemon Pasta with Raspberry Fool

I made this dinner for my friend Carol and myself. It was around 500 calories and delicious. I love lemon so the fresh lemon zest in the pasta made this memorable. It is a dinner that we will remember fondly.

Salad with Green Beans, Pistachios, and Lemon Vinaigrette – (I did not use the thyme and I sauteed the shallots since I don’t like them raw)

Raspberry Fool

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Tulip Cheese Lunch

Cheese Tulip over Greek Salad

I made this lunch for myself to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tulip – Cheddar (cut with a cookie cutter), romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, feta cheese

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Tulips – honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pineapple (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries

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Cheese and Carrot Daffodils for Lunch

Cheese and Carrot Daffodils.jpg

I made this meal for my friend Carol. I was inspired by this. As usual, it was a simple and satisfying meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Daffodils – Cheddar cheese cut free-form with a knife, thinly sliced rolled carrots inserted in small hole (cut with a cookie cutter) in the center of the cheese, Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad (did not use the feta or pistachios)

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Blueberries

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