World Cities Bento Lunches

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Today I have four world cities represented in lunches – Sydney, London, Paris, and New York. They are not very accurate from a food standpoint but it was a fun way to celebrate the spirit of each city. I hope that it inspires you to make your own city themed food. I used this cookie cutter set for each of the lunches.

The Sydney lunch features a Sydney Opera House fairy bread sandwich.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sydney Opera House sandwich (cookie cutter) – instead of butter as is traditional for fairy bread, I used peanut butter and added sprinkles on top of the cut-out area, sugar snap peas

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Cherries

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Big Ben toast is prominent in this London lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Big Ben toast (cookie cutter), cucumber, radish, snow peas, Cheddar cheese

Top Right: Double Decker bus fruit treats

Bottom Right: Plums

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Eiffel Tower cinnamon tortilla chips add sweet and crunchy fun to this Paris lunch.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade french bread with brie, green beans

Top Right: Blackberries

Bottom Right: Eiffel Tower – homemade cinnamon tortilla chips, pistachios

Tortilla Chips – Cut flour tortillas with a cookie cutter, brush olive oil on each side, sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

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This New York City lunch features the Statue of Liberty in Cheddar.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Statue of Liberty Cheddar cheese (cookie cutter), bagel chips, snow peas

Top Right: Cherries

Bottom Right: Wegmans individual cheesecake

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4 Meatless Lunches

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Container: U Konserve

Contents: French bread with brie, green beans, blackberries

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Container: Fit & Fresh Bento Lunch Kit

Left Side: French bread with broiled mozzarella cheese

Top Right: Peaches, blackberries, cinnamon

Bottom Right: Carrots

burrito-lunch

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Burrito – flour tortilla with rice, black beans, salsa, sour cream (in green condiment cup), Nutella, strawberries

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Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Vegetarian fried gyoza (dumplings)

Top Right: Rice, dumpling dipping sauce (in fish)

Bottom Right: Edamame

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Leftover Ravioli for Lunch

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I found these beautiful ravioli and served them for dinner. They made perfect leftovers for lunch meals. I don’t mind eating cold ravioli but these lunches can also be heated in a microwave.

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Mushroom Ravioli

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mushroom ravioli, with a tomato and blue cheese sauce

Top Right: Peas, butter, almonds

Bottom Right: Pineapple

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Spinach Ravioli

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Pineapple and blackberries

Bottom Left: Grape tomatoes

Right Side: Spinach ravioli with butter and a little bit of garlic powder

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Butternut Squash Ravioli

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Butternut squash ravioli with Cheddar sauce

Top Right: Peas, butter, almonds

Bottom Right: Mandarin oranges and pineapple

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Panda Rice Lunch

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I made this lunch for my 14 year old niece. She requested a panda themed meal with rice and I was happy to oblige.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Panda – rice inside CuteZCute Animal Friends cutter set, black olive details, broccoli

Top Right: Cherries

Bottom Right: Panda – donut hole with chocolate details (pipe melted chocolate onto parchment or foil and set in the refrigerator – when firm attach to donut)

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Polar Bear and Snowman Mashed Potato Lunches

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I met my 18 year old niece for lunch and made these lunches for us. The polar bear was for me and the snowman for my niece. We had the same sides and main ingredient (Cheddar mashed potatoes) to make it easy. I love making memorable meals and sharing it with loved ones!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Snowflake apple (cookie cutter), clementine

Bottom Left: Homemade holly shaped sugar cookie (cookie cutter)

Right Side: Cheddar mashed potatoes cooled then shaped using a polar bear cookie cutter, eye – black olive, scarf – red bell pepper, green peas

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Not long ago, a friend gave me this snowman silicone cup in a bento trade. It helped me make a cute and easy mashed potato snowman.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snowman: Cheddar mashed potatoes in a snowman silicone cup, eyes – mouth – and buttons: black olives, nose – carrot, salad with lettuce, spinach, celery and carrot

Top Right: Homemade holly shaped sugar cookie (cookie cutter)

Bottom Right: Snowflake apple (cookie cutter), clementine

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A Year of Bento Lunches

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Happy New Year! One of my nieces came up with the idea to create a themed bento lunch for each month of the year. The beginning of a new year seems like the perfect time to share this set. Enjoy!

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January

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Snowman – Cheddar mashed potatoes, Hat – pumpernickel bread, Nose and Scarf – carrot, Eyes, mouth, and buttons – black olives, broccoli 

Top Right: Green Peas

Bottom Right: Hazelnuts

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February

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Heart Taco Salad – lettuce, taco cheese blend, salsa heart, black beans (under lettuce)

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: Greek yogurt with heart strawberry

Above the Box: Mini tortilla chips

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March

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tricolor pasta, olive oil, garlic powder, bell pepper

Top Right: Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Bottom Right: Orange slices

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April

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Umbrella – wheat bread, peanut butter, snow pea, Sky – tortilla, peanut butter, food coloring marker details

Top Right: Flowers – watermelon (cookie cutter) with dried blueberry centers held on with small pieces of spaghetti

Bottom Right: Flower cucumber (cookie cutters)

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May

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Flowers – homemade pizza (cookie cutter) with tomato sauce, mozzarella, Cheddar cheese, olives

Top Right: Peanuts

Bottom Right: Mini sweet pepper rings

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June

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Graduation Cap – pumpernickel bread with spinach details, spinach

Top Right: Brazil nuts

Bottom Right: Diploma – tortilla rolled up with Nutella, grapes

july-rice-stars-bento-lunch

July

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Stars – hot Nishiki rice mixed with corn or peas and packed into a star cookie cutter by pushing down with plastic wrap then carefully remove the cookie cutter, lettuce

Top Right: Cheddar cheese stars (cookie cutter)

Bottom Right: Grapes

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August

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Mango muffins

Top Right: String beans

Bottom Right: Sun – mango, mango Greek yogurt

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September

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Apple Tree – oakleaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, baked tortilla, romaine lettuce

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Snow peas

Above the Box: Apple

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October

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pumpkin rice – cook rice in vegetable broth, add some pumpkin puree, pumpkin shape cinnamon (stencil)

Top Right: Pumpkin seeds

Bottom Right: Crinkle cut carrots

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November

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Falling leaves – paint with food coloring on a cheese quesadilla

Top Right: Applesauce with cinnamon

Bottom Right: Pretzel sticks

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December

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pretzel twists, lettuce

Top Right: Strawberries

Bottom Right: Candle – confectionery sugar (stencil), brownie

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Top 16 Bento of 2016

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The end of the year is a typical time to reflect on the activities of the year. I reviewed all of the lunches I made (there were a lot!) and selected the top 16 to share today. These lunches are particularly meaningful this year because in December my life drastically changed. I am glad to have this blog as a scrapbook of memories.

Cream Cheese & Olive Sheep

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I have made a lot of sheep/lambs and continue to find new ways to make them. I was proud of this cream cheese and black olive sheep plus it was tasty over a Zesty Lemon Quinoa blend.

Corduroy Mashed Potatoes

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I know that my mashed potato version of Corduroy looks a little goofy but he makes me smile. The peanut butter button cookies were delicious.

Waffle Ice Cream Cones

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I made these for my nephew who likes bell peppers, waffles, and kiwi. I enjoy making lunches for loved ones.

Seagull Rice

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I made this lunch for myself and it received more reader attention than I expected. Sometimes simple is best for design and taste.

Mashed Potato Fish

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I made this cheesy mashed potato fish as a meal for my husband to heat up after a long day at work. I hope that the fish made him smile.

Astronaut Toast

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I love my vintage astronaut cookie cutter! He looks so cute as toast on top of salad.

Cardinal Salsa Rice

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I was very pleased with this Salsa Rice cardinal bento that I made for my niece.

Frog Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

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I made this adorable broccoli and cheese mashed potato frog for my niece before she graduated from high school. I love the carrot and celery string diploma!

Ladybug Salsa Rice

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I made these ladybugs out of salsa rice and spinach. They sit on black beans mixed with salsa.

Canadian Flag Waffle

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This was part of many waffle flags I made for my nephew. The Canadian flag was my favorite.

Mardi Gras Rice

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My Dad helped me make this colorful and fun lunch since it was during my recovery from shoulder surgery. He even strung the peas on the spaghetti and cooked it for me!

Cheese Pokemon

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I made this for a young nephew. I love it when I receive food or theme requests.

Salsa Rice and Beans Chess Board

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I made many chess lunches this year but this was my favorite. I especially like the mini cherry tart.

Robin Hood Crackers

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My nephews and I ate Robin Hood themed lunches during one of our summer camp days with Aunt Kathy – good memories!

Snowboarding on Lasagna

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I am glad that I came up with the idea of not baking the mozzarella on the lasagna and adding it later (to melt when heated in microwave). It gave me new theme options for my nephews favorite lunch.

Mr. Mustache Taco Salad

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I often take on the challenge to present the same food in different ways. I was delighted with the Mr. Mustache taco lunch I made for my nephew.

Happy New Year! May your 2017 include delicious and attractive food.

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