Halloween Themed Food

Happy Halloween ! This is my collection of Halloween themed meals.

JACK-O-LANTERN

Jack-o-lantern grain lunch

Cheese Jack-O-Lantern

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Mashed Potatoes Jack-O-Lantern

Jack-o-lantern quesadilla lunch

Quesadilla Jack-O-Lanterns

Jack-o-lantern calzone lunch

Calzone Jack-O-Lantern

Jack-o-Lantern Pizza Lunch

Pizza Jack-O-Lantern

Pumpkin Orange Dessert

Orange Jack-O-Lantern with Fruit

Pumpkin-Dessert

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Jack-O-Lantern

Blintzes-Roasted-Pumpkin

Potato Blintzes Jack-O-Lanterns

Pumpkin Shaped Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs Jack-O-Lantern

Rice Jack-O-Lantern 

Cheese Ball Jack-O-Lantern

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Polenta Jack-O-Lantern

GHOST

ghost rice lunch

Brie Rice Ghost

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Rice Ghosts

Ghost Taco Salad

Cheese Ghost Taco Salad

Ghost Quesadilla Lunch

Ghost Quesadilla

Ghost Pizza Lunch

Ghost Pizza

Ghost Salad

Apple Ghost Salad

WITCH

Halloween Witch Meal

witch stamped sandwich lunch

Pumpernickel Sandwich Witches

CANDY CORN

Candy Corn Bread Lunch

Candy Corn Cheese

Candy Corn Lunch

Candy Corn Quesadilla

BAT

Bat themed food

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bat Sandwich

Bat themed lunch

Pumpernickel Bat Sandwiches

BOO

Boo Eek Halloween Lunch

Boo Eek Sandwiches

Halloween Themed Lunch

Cheese Boo

SPIDER

Halloween Hop 2013

Spiderweb Pita with Hummus

Spider bread

Bread Spider

Spider lunch

Spider Web Quesadilla 

Spider Web Sweet Potatoes

Black Beans and Sweet Potato Spider Web

BLACK CAT

Black Cat Halloween Lunch

Sandwich Black Cat

black cat lunch

Black Bean Black Cat

SKULL

Skull sandwich lunch

Sandwich Skull

Skulls and bones lunch

Pizza Skulls

skull tortilla chips

Tortilla Chip Skulls

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FRANKENSTEIN

Cheese Frankenstein

TRICK-OR-TREATING

Domino-Halloween

Domino Costume Sandwich

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Frankenstein Lunch

I made this lunch for myself on the same day I made the Mushroom meal for my Dad.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Frankenstein – cheese cut with a cookie cutter, painted with food coloring and water, paprika details put on with a toothpick, Brown Rice and Wild Rice Pecan Stuffing (I used vegetable stock.)

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Jack-O’-Lantern Polenta Lunch

I made this pumpkin polenta lunch for myself. The smiling pumpkins made me smile.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Jack-o-lantern – homemade polenta made firm, cool on a plate, cut polenta with a cookie cutter, imprint face details with a cookie cutter, Eyes and Mouth – cut spinach, lima beans

Top Right:  Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Jack-o-lanterns – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, melted chocolate faces (cut the corner off of a snack size plastic bag)

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Witch Flying by the Moon Meal

Halloween Witch Meal

I made this for my friend Renae on a night we meet for an outdoor dinner and walk. She likes Halloween and is used to my making themes ahead so she did not question that it was the end of August.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Witch – white cheddar cheese lightly painted with food coloring and water, Moon – orange cheddar cheese, lentils cooked in broth, black beans, carrot stars (cut with mini cutter), Asiago cheese and fresh spinach leaves (under the lentils)

Top Right:  Pumpkins – cinnamon sugar homemade tortilla chips (cut flour tortilla with cookie cutter, brush lightly with olive oil, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.)

Bottom Right: Cantaloupe and Blackberries

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Day of the Dead Lunch

I made this fun and colorful lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Sugar Skull – Nishiki rice shaped by hand with plastic wrap, broil cheddar cheese on top then decorate. Eyes – spinach cut with a cookie cutter. Nose – radish cut with a cookie cutter, Teeth – almond slices, peas

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Mango and blueberries

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Sesame Sriracha Horses

I made this meal for myself on the same night I made this for my friend.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Horses – Nishiki rice shaped with a horse shaped rice mold, Sriracha flavored sesame seeds, Asian Cabbage Salad (I did not use cilantro)

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Pumpkin Tortellini Dinner

I am thrilled that I now know how to make homemade tortellini! I made pumpkin tortellini for dinner with my parents at their Lake House. When researching how to make it I found directions for squares or circles. I decided on circles. It was actually quite easy to make and delicious!

Dough: I made my favorite pasta dough and cut it with a round fluted cutter.

Filling: Roasted pumpkin mashed, Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper. I followed these directions to form the tortellini shapes.

Sauce: Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Garnish: Maple Pumpkin Seeds

Spinach Salad: Spinach, apples, toasted walnuts, blue cheese with a Dijon vinaigrette (Dijon, vinegar, olive oil)

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Havarti Dill Elephant Lunch

Awhile ago, I had some leftover dill cheese and thought it would be fun to make elephants. I enjoyed eating this simple meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Elephants – Dill Havarti cheese cut with a cookie cutter, Eyes – smoked paprika, brown rice, purple cauliflower (CSA)

Top Right:  Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Elephant – honeydew melon cut with a cookie cutter, mini chocolate chip

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Peacock Quesadilla

When I was a child, a friend’s grandparents had peacocks. For a long time, I had a beautiful peacock feather that they gave me. I am a little surprised that this is my first time making a peacock out of food. It was a concept on my mind for a long time. I made this peacock quesadilla for my Mom’s lunch.

Peacock Body: Zucchini (a different type from my CSA)

Feet and Beak: Carrot

Eye: Dried blueberry

Feather on Head: Parsley

Feathers: Spinach Garlic Pesto tortilla quesadilla with cheddar cheese, carrot, pimento stuffed green olive slices attached with spaghetti

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Cactus Tortellini Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad. There was no reason for the theme other than my continued quest to use new cookie cutters. I did not realize that he prefers red grapes to green so he shared some with my Mom.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cactus – Havarti dill cheese, tortellini, cherry tomatoes, spinach, black olives, olive oil and red wine vinegar

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Green Grapes

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Homemade Apple Pie

As part of my CSA share, I can pick 2 pecks of apples from their orchard. When I checked-in to get my apple bag, the woman said, “Have fun!” It was my first time apple picking solo. I took some photos and enjoyed myself on a beautiful day with loaded apple trees. It was easy picking.

I asked my parents what they wanted me to make with some apples. My Dad wanted an apple pie with a lattice top. We made the pie together at their Lake House. I made a basic pie crust, my parents peeled the apples with this, my Mom then cut the slices in half and plumped some raisins. I sprinkled the apples with some cinnamon and nutmeg. We did not use any sugar. I made a lattice crust and decorated with braids and some leaves cut with a cookie cutter. After about 45 minutes in a 400 degree oven, we had a beautiful pie.

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Earth Wind Fire Water Bento

This was for my friend Deborah on a night we had dinner in her garden. She made delicious fruit popsicles for dessert.

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

Contents: Rice balls Nishiki rice shaped with a cookie cutter and plastic wrap, black sesame seeds, Asian Cabbage Salad (I did not use cilantro)

Earth (Tree): cucumber cut with a cookie cutter

Wind (Cloud): radish cut with a cookie cutter

Water (Water Droplet): purple carrot cut with a cookie cutter

Fire (Fire): radish cut with a cookie cutter

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Fall Themed Food

Happy Fall! This is my collection of Fall / Autumn themed meals.

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

Pumpkin Shaped Bread

Pumpkin Shaped Bread

Tiger Halloween Lunch

Sandwich with Cheese Pumpkins

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Pumpkin Rice with Cinnamon Pumpkin Stencil

Sweet Potato, Bell Pepper, Cheese Pumpkins

Pumpkin Themed Bagel Lunch

FALL LEAVES

Oak Leaf Lunch

Vegetable Potato Salad Leaves

Leaf Polenta Lunch

Polenta Maple Leaf

Leaf Onigiri Lunch

Cinnamon Leaf

Dog in leaves lunch

Cheese Dog Playing in Carrot Leaves

Cheese Leaves Pasta Lunch

Cheddar over Pasta

Fall Leaf Pizza Lunch

Pizza

Leaf Shaped Carrot Rice

Carrot Rice

Ginkgo Leaf Bento

Leaf Quesadilla

Leaf-Bento

Leaf Sandwich

Leaf stencil lunch

Hot Paprika Stencil

leaf pasta lunch

Leaf Pasta

Fall leaves snack lunch

Snack Lunch

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Falling Leaves Painting on Quesadilla

Leaves-Lunch

Leaf Tortilla Chips

Fall leaves cream cheese naan

Oak Leaf Open Sandwiches

SQUIRRELS

squirrel rice lunch

Squirrel with Leaves

squirrel-pancakes-for-lunch

Squirrel Pancakes

Squirrel bread lunch

Squirrel Bread

Acorns and Squirrels

Squirrels with Acorns

Squirrel in Tree lunch

Squirrel Quesadilla

OWL

Polenta and Cream Cheese Owl

owl lunch

Owl Cheese

owl-rice-lunch

Owl Rice

Simple Owl Lunch

Owl Sandwich

MUSHROOMS

Cheese, Apple, Marinated Mushrooms

Mushroom bread cheese gnome

Mushroom Bread

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Mushrooms in Terrarium

APPLE

Apple Pie with Caramel and Walnuts

Apple & Cheese Tarts

Apple Salad with Apple Muffin

Apple Turnover

Apple Strudel Muffins

Apple Cheddar Walnut Toasts

Apple Tree Salad

Apple Dumpling

Batter Apple Rings

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Mushroom Lunch

I was inspired by the art of Tanya Marcuse to take this photo in my Mom’s rock garden.

When I see mushrooms I think of many things, but one is my Dad and his stuffed mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms but my Dad is known for his delicious stuffed mushrooms. It is a popular winter holiday food for my family. Since I don’t eat mushrooms, I rarely cook with them but I have made sauteed mushrooms with butter and mushroom soup. I made this lunch for my Dad. This was my first time making marinated mushrooms. I was told that they were delicious.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mushrooms – cheddar cheese cut with cookie cutters, paprika details, Brown Rice and Wild Rice Pecan Stuffing (I used vegetable stock.)

Top Right: Mushrooms – apple cut with cookie cutters, dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning, then sprinkled with cinnamon, frozen blueberries

Bottom Right: Marinated mushrooms

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Owl Bento

I made this lunch for my Mom. She enjoys honey cream cheese with nuts and she also likes owls. She ate this meal at her Lake House. I should have taken a photo of the new wallpaper in the laundry room. It has owls.

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

Contents: Owl – polenta cut with a cookie cutter then frosted with a mixture of cream cheese and honey, Eyes – cucumber with dried blueberries, Ears – sliced almond, Beak – carrot, Body – sliced almonds and pecans, lettuce (CSA)

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Dinosaur Pasta Salad

I made this meal for my friend Renae. I drew sheep when I was a kid, she drew dinosaurs. I enjoyed making a dino meal for her. We had an outdoor dinner at my place, then we went for a long walk in my neighborhood. It was a beautiful September evening and wonderful to connect in person!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Dinosaurs – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, Snow Pea and Tomato Pasta salad

Top Right:  Dinosaur – apple cut with an imprint cookie cutter, dipped in water with lemon to prevent browning then sprinkled with cinnamon, blackberries

Bottom Right: French bread

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Cloud Tortellini Lunch

I made this tortellini lunch for myself. The cute cloud boxes and cloud shaped cheese elevated the meal to make it more special. I often think that I should make more cute food for myself but most of the time the fun meals I make are for special people in my life.

Container: Cloud box from Japan (set of 3)

Large Box: Clouds – cheddar cut with cookie cutters, tortellini, cherry tomatoes, spinach, black olives, olive oil and red wine vinegar

Medium Box: Green grapes

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Hands and Feet Lunch

I made this hands and feet themed lunch for myself in my quest to to use some cookie cutters for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Hand and Foot – polenta, pesto

Top Right:  Almonds, Walnuts

Bottom Right: Hand and Foot – melon, frozen blackberries

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Outer Space Bento Meals

I made this meal for my friend Deborah on an evening we ate dinner in her garden. When I asked for theme ideas, she said planets/space. I enjoyed using my Saturn cookie cutter for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Saturn – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter then roasted, black beans, corn, tomato, lime vinaigrette

Top Right: Stars – radish cut with a mini cutter, olive tapenade (I didn’t use the capers and used ordinary black olives)

Bottom Right: Blackberries and pistachios

Mini Dippers: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, brush tortilla stars with olive oil, place on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

I made this spaceship meal for myself with the same ingredients as the planet bento for Deborah. Most of the friends I showed this photo to did not know what it is supposed to be.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Spaceship – sweet potato cut with a cookie cutter then roasted, black beans, corn, tomato, lime vinaigrette

Top Right: Stars – radish cut with a mini cutter, olive tapenade (I didn’t use the capers and used ordinary black olives)

Bottom Right: Blackberries and pistachios

Mini Dippers: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, brush tortilla stars with olive oil, place on cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

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Watermelon Lunch

I made this for my friend Carol on an evening when we ate in her garden. It is pizza that is supposed to look like watermelon. Another friend and my Mom both said that it does not look like watermelon, it looks like pizza.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:   Watermelon – homemade pizza dough, pesto, Asiago, tomato sauce, black olives

Top Right:   Pistachios

Bottom Right:  Watermelon

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Moose Rice Lunch

moose rice bento lunch

I made this cheesy moose for my Mom to enjoy at her Lake House. As usual she smiled when I gave it to her.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Moose – hot cooked Nishiki rice press into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, carefully push rice out of cookie cutter, cheddar cheese broiled on top in toaster oven, eye – hazelnut skin, peas

Bottom Left: Cherries

Bottom Right: Hazelnuts

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Fresh Cantaloupe Cake

Fresh Cantaloupe Cake Blueberries

Fresh “cake” made entirely from fruit is delicious, healthy, and fun to eat. Other years I made one from watermelon and honeydew. This year I  made a beautiful “cake” with fresh cantaloupe. It was a tasty and beautiful dessert for my parents and myself at their Lake House.

Cake – fresh cantaloupe (slice off the top and bottom and cut off the skin with a knife), remove the seeds and then fill the melon with fresh blueberries

Decorations – fresh blueberries (giant and normal sized), cantaloupe flowers (cut with a cookie cutter), ricotta cheese.  I attached the cantaloupe flowers and blueberries with toothpicks and warned the eaters that there were toothpicks in the food.

Cantaloupe Cake

Inside of Melon Cake

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Smiling Corn

Smiling Corn

I received beautiful corn in my CSA share. My Mom thinks the mouth looks like a beak. I was trying for lips but regardless, we think these are cute.

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

Contents: Corn – zucchini and tomato details (bento food cutters), broccoli, (CSA), cabbage leaves (CSA)

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Smile Emoji Lunch

Smile Emoji

I made this for myself. It was simple but very cute. Maybe it will end up being the first in a series of different emoji.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Smile Emoji – Niishiki rice shaped with plastic wrap in a cookie cutter, Chrddar broiled on top (before putting in this box), Eyes – peas, Nose – hazelnut skin, Mouth – raspberry, frozen peas

Top Right:  Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Cherries

 

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Crab Vegetable Potato Salad

Crab Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for myself. Recently I am fascinated with my potato vegetable salad series. I keep thinking about new ways to present this theme. Fresh cantaloupe makes cute crabs and is especially delicious this time of year.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Crabs – Cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), paprika put on with a toothpick, roasted potatoes (cut with a cookie cutter), red bell pepper (cut with a cookie cutter), ricotta with dried basil and garlic powder

Top Right: Hazelnuts

Bottom Right: Crabs – melon with mini chocolate chip eyes

 

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Italy Flag Lunch

Italy Flag Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad. He did not know what it was supposed to be. I tried to make it look like the flag of Italy. Regardless, I was told that it was tasty.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Nishiki rice with homemade lemon basil pesto, salsa, raspberries

 

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Corn Flowers Lunch

Corn Flowers

I made this meal for myself with fresh vegetables from my CSA. It may not look like much, but it was delicious.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Corn, carrots (cut with a cookie cutter), cabbage, broccoli, tomato, Asiago

Small Round Container: Frozen blueberries, blackberry, Greek yogurt, cinnamon

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Birthday Lunch 2020

Beet Tarts with Spinach Salad

Today is my birthday and I took the day off from work. My parents came to visit me today. They arrived in time for lunch and I made this for us. The flowers are birthday flowers from my parents.

Menu

beet tart with spinach salad lunch

Peanut Butter Mousse

My critique of the meal: This easy meal looked impressive and was delicious. All 3 of us enjoyed this meal. My Dad joked that the chocolate looked so good he thought it was plastic but he knew I would not serve something non-edible. The only thing I would change about this meal is the vinaigrette. I did not measure and my splash of vinegar was too much.

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Bee Themed Lunch

Beehive Lunch

I made this bee themed lunch for my Dad. He loved it, especially the honey walnut cream cheese.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Beehive – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, honey walnut cream cheese (softened cream cheese with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey)

Top Right: Bees – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Bees – apple cut with a cookie cutter, dipped in water and lemon to prevent browning and sprinkled with fresh ground cinnamon

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Birdhouse Lunch

Birdhouse Themed Food

I made this lunch for my Mom. She loves birds and I was happy to use some cookie cutters for the first time.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Birdhouse – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, peas

Top Right: Birds – carrots cut with a mini cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Birdhouse – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter, frozen blueberries

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Butterfly Snack Lunch

Butterfly Snack Lunch

I made this fun snack meal for myself and served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Butterflies – carrot cut with a cookie cutter
  • Butterflies – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Butterfly – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus,
  • Butterfly – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon,
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Bamboo Themed Meal

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Salad

I made this meal for myself on a night I brought individual dinners to Carol and we ate in her garden.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Bamboo – green bell pepper, roasted potato with basil, zucchini, (cut with a cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Bamboo – apple imprinted with a cookie cutter, walnuts

Bamboo Vegetable Potato Close

 

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Bunny Pancake

bunny pancake

I made this for my 18 year old niece. She selected the theme and styled the chocolate chips. It follows a similar concept as this.

  • Bunny – Pancake cut with a cookie cutter, chocolate chip eye
  • Tail – Fresh whipped cream
  • Droppings – Chocolate chips
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Cherry Themed Lunch

Cherry Themed Lunch

A few weeks ago, I received these delicious cherries in my CSA share. They were the inspiration for this theme.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cherries – cheddar cut with cookie cutter, angel hair pasta, zucchini, basil

Top Right: Cherries – radish cut with mini cutter, lettuce (from CSA)

Bottom Right: Cherries (from CSA)

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Butterfly Bread and Jam

Butterfly cream cheese and jam

I made this simple lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. It delighted her since it had been a long time since she had cream cheese and jam. I was not sure if she would like it since I don’t remember her giving it to me. I thought my Aunt made it when I was a kid.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butterfly – focaccia cut with a cookie cutter, cream cheese, strawberry jam, snow peas

Top Right: Butterflies – carrot cut with tiny cutter, snow peas

Bottom Right: Butterflies – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Fire Breathing Dragon Lunch

Fire Breathing Dragon on a Plate

I made this dragon themed meal at the request of my 18 year old niece. I am always asking people what theme or food they want and it makes me happy when they give requests.

Dragon – cheddar mashed potato with Kerrygold butter, milk, heavy cream, salt, cooled then cut with a cookie cutter, peas

Fire – carrot cut with a knife

Balls – cheddar mashed potato cooled then shaped into balls

 

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Statue of Liberty Cheese

Statue of Liberty Cheese

I made this meal for myself. I like this potato salad recipe since it uses cottage cheese instead of mayonnaise. Green olives always remind me of my Grandfather. He loved them.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Statue of Liberty – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, cottage cheese potato salad

Top Right: Green olives with pimento

Bottom Right: Star – apple cut out, peanut butter

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Woodland Snack Lunch

Woodland Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my Mom. I served it with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Hedgehogs – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp)
  • Moose – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon
  • Snail – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus
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9 Year Blogiversary

9 year blogiversary

Today is my 9 year blogiversary! 9 years ago, I could not have imagined how much Eclectic Lamb would impact my life. Creating and sharing my creative food brings me so much joy! I look forward to many more years.

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

Contents: 9 Years – carrot cut with cookie cutters, broccoli and cheese mashed potatoes, strawberries (from my CSA), blackberries, lettuce (from my CSA)

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Gorilla Lunch

gorilla lunch

I made this gorilla themed lunch for my Dad. I questioned if it looked like a gorilla. When I gave this to my Dad I asked him if he knew the theme. He hesitantly said, elephant. I asked my Mom and 18 year old niece who were nearby and they said it did not look like a gorilla.

I was excited to find the baby bananas! In 2013 when I made this Jungle meal, I wanted to use baby bananas but could not find them. This was my first time buying them. My Dad did not want to try them at first but when he tried it he said it was slightly sweeter than normal size bananas. My Mom agreed. My 18 year old niece and I don’t eat bananas so we did not try but they looked adorable.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Gorilla – cheddar mashed potatoes cut with a cookie cutter, smoked paprika, peas

Top Right: Palm trees – cucumber, carrot, over romaine

Bottom Right: Baby bananas

photo gorilla lunch

I made and photographed this meal at my parents Lake House. I think that this is the first time to take and share a behind the scenes photo of a photo shoot. It was such a beautiful day and location!

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Lunch with Giraffes

Giraffe Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my 18 year old niece. I gave her a few theme choices and she selected giraffe.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Giraffes – carrot cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring details, focaccia

Top Right: Green beans

Bottom Right: Giraffes – watermelon cut with a cookie cutter

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Daisy Vegetable Potato Salad

Daisy Themed Potato Vegetable Salad

I made this for my friend Carol. It was a hot evening and we ate cute meals in her garden. I will share the meal I made for myself on another day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Daisies – cheddar cheese, orange and yellow bell pepper, roasted potato (cut with cookie cutter), over a homemade pesto with fresh lemon juice

Top Right: Daisy – yellow bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, celery with hummus

Bottom Right: Daisies – apple cut with a cookie cutter dipped in lemon juice and water to prevent browning with food coloring marker details, blackberries

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Under the Sea Snack Meal

Under the Sea Snack Lunch

I made this snack meal for my Dad. It was served with mixed nuts.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Fish – carrot cut with cookie cutter, Fish – cantaloupe cut with a cookie cutter, watermelon, Turtles – tortilla chips – flour tortillas cut with cookie cutters, (place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, brush with olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp), Turtle – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, hummus

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Star Peanut Noodles

Star Peanut Noodles

I made this meal for myself. It is an ordinary but delicious meal I often make.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stars – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter, peanut noodles

Top Right: – Sunflower  Seeds

Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Red White and Blue Dinner

red white blue dinner

My Mom, Dad, 18 year old niece, and I enjoyed a Red, White, and Blue themed meal at my parents Lake House on the 4th of July. Each of us contributed to the meal in some way. My Mom made the tomato sauce and decorated the table. My Dad cooked on the grill. My niece made the breadsticks. I made the white pesto and ice cream sundae’s.

Red, White & Blue Platter  – tomato, fresh Mozzarella, grilled eggplant

White Pesto – without the pasta

Breadsticks – with tomato sauce to dip

Red, White & Blue Sundae – raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream, blueberry sauce, fresh whipped cream, red and blue sanding sugar (berry sauce – frozen blueberries and raspberries each cooked with a little simple syrup – cornstarch to thicken)

July 4 table

4th of July for 4

Red White Blue Food

garlic herb breadsticks

red white blue sundae

flag in radish

My critique of the meal:

My Mom had paper American flags and as a last minute idea I stuck them in radishes. They were easy and looked cute. After the meal my Dad ate all of the radishes. It is already well-known that my Dad loves radishes. My Mom decorated the rest of the table. I would not make the white pesto again. It was not special enough for me. My 18 year old niece’s breadsticks were amazing. I shaped them (since I love working with bread dough) but she did everything else, including making and applying the delicious topping. It was my first time making a fruit sauce sundae. My Mom, Dad, and I loved it. The niece had chocolate which is her favorite.

In full disclosure, I am the only one that ate the meal as pictured. The others also had grilled hot dogs. 

 

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USA Patriotic Compilation

Here is a collection of United States of America themed food I have made. Happy 4th of July!

AMERICAN FLAG

USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

Salsa rice beans american flag

Flag Day Lunch

Taco Salad Flag Lunch

Open Face Flag Sandwich Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

4th of July Corn Avocado Tomato Salad

American Flag Bread

USA COUNTRY SHAPE

America 4th of july food

USA Lunch

USA Red White Blue Lunch

4th of July Muffin Tin Lunch

USA Tortilla Chips Lunch

LANDMARKS

Statue of Liberty USA Lunch

New York Bento Lunch

new-york-inspired-lunch

New York State Themed Lunch

Statue of Liberty Cheese

Capitol Lunch

Liberty Bell Lunch

FIREWORKS

July 4 Fireworks

Fireworks beans over rice

BALD EAGLE (National Bird)

Cream Cheese and Cinnamon Eagle

bald eagle rice

Bald-Eagle-Bento

PRESIDENTS

george-washington-lunch

Abe Lincoln Lunch

abe-lincoln-lunch

Abe Lincoln Money bento lunch

Buchanan Log Cabin Lunch

PATRIOTIC STARS

USA Quesadilla

star-lasagna

RED, WHITE, & BLUE

red white blue sundae

USA

USA Bread Lunch

If you have ideas for any American themes I am missing, please let me know.

Thanks!

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Cheese Flag Lunch

Cheese Flag Lunch

I made this meal for my Dad. He rarely gives me food or theme suggestions but is happy to eat whatever I make for him.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  USA Flag – Swiss cheese, food coloring marker details, Lemony Artichoke Pasta Salad

Top Right:  Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Stars – flour tortilla cut with a cookie cutter, cherries

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Individual Vegetable Tarts Dinner

Individual Spiral Tart

I made this dinner for my parents and myself. We enjoyed the meal on their back deck. Our dinner entertainment was watching a Robin find food to feed her newly hatched babies.

Individual Spiral Vegetable Tarts – Homemade pie crust, goat cheese with lemon zest, garlic powder, fresh ground black pepper, cut carrot and zucchini with vegetable peeler, roll in spirals, drizzle with a little olive oil, bake at 350 for about 40 minutes.

Tomato, Cucumber, Black Olive, Feta Salad

Spiral Tarts Dinner

Veg Tart Meal

My critique of the meal:

This was easy, attractive and delicious. I did not need to keep the tarts in the pans but did it because I was concerned they would fall apart. After taking the photos we took them out of the pans and it made it easier to cut and eat the spiral vegetables. When I made similar tarts before I used Boursin herbed cheese and cheddar. I think I prefer that combination to the lemon garlic goat cheese. Maybe a little honey would be tasty with the goat cheese combination. Fresh basil could be a good addition to the tomato salad.

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Fish Swimming Potato Lunch

Fish swimming mashed potatoes

I made this simple but fun lunch for myself.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side:  Fish – cheddar cut with a cookie cutter, food coloring marker details, mashed potato, green peas

Top Right: Almonds

Bottom Right: Fish – apple cut with a mini cutter, mandarin oranges

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3D Sailboat Crackers

3D Sailboat Cracker

I made this basic meal for my parents and myself. It has been awhile since I made 3D Crackers and Soup.

Sailboat – 3D Crackers made with a cookie cutter set, pistachios

Strawberry SoupI did not use the Riesling and reduced the sugar.

Strawberry Soup and Crackers

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