Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner

bunny panera bread bowl

My 20 year old niece came over for a cute and easy weeknight dinner. I was inspired by this but wanted it to be very easy so I bought two bread bowls from Panera Bread. I showed the cashier what I was trying to accomplish and he was helpful.

Salad – lettuce, carrots and ranch or vinegar

Cauliflower Cheese Soup – Boil cauliflower florets and make a 2 cup cheese sauce (double recipe). Add the cooked cauliflower and a little saved cauliflower water to the cheese sauce.

Bunny Bread Bowl – Panera bread bowl. Cut ears from the underside of the bread lid, and make a nose from the lid bread, dried cherry eyes – attach with toothpicks. We tried to use toothpicks to attach the head to the bowl but it worked better to just have the head sit on top.

Bunny Danish – I followed this recipe except that I did not add egg to the cream cheese.

Soup in Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner - ranch

Cauliflower Soup in Bunny Bread Bowl

Bunny Danish

My critique of the meal: We were happy with everything. It was a easy, delicious, and fun meal.

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Shamrock Pizza Lunch

Shamrock Pizza Lunch

I was surprised that I had never made broccoli shamrock pizzas before this year. In 2016, I made spinach shamrock pizzas.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Shamrock pizzas (cookie cutter), with broccoli and mozzeralla

Top Right: Ricotta with dill

Bottom Right: Green grapes

 

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Vegetable Rainbow Lunch

Rainbow Lunch

I made this lunch for my co-worker Angie. It is supposed to be a vegetable rainbow with a black olive and corn pot of gold.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Rainbow – red bell pepper, carrots, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, blue potato (cooked), over Parmesan rice. Pot of Gold – black olive with corn, pecans

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Clementines dipped in melted chocolate chips

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Shamrock Snack Lunch

Shamrock Snack Lunch

I don’t make snack lunches for myself very often. In the past I frequently made them for other people. I should make them more often for myself since they are fun to eat.

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Shamrocks – cut with a cookie cutter

  • Dill Havarti Cheese
  • Cucumber and carrots
  • Homemade tortilla chips – spinach, garlic and pesto tortillas cut with a cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spray shamrocks with cooking spray and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp
  • Clementine
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Shamrock Polenta Lunch

Shamrock Polenta Lunch

I made this simple lunch for myself to take to work.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Shamrock – broccoli inside shamrock cut-out with a cookie cutter, homemade polenta with cheese

Top Right: Shamrocks – cucumber cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Clementine

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Girls Day Hinamatsuri Dinner

Girls Day Themed Food

My 20 year old niece and I celebrated Girl’s Day (Hinamatsuri) together. We both got carried away taking photos because it turned out so cute! A majority of these photos were taken by my niece. We have celebrated Girl’s Day in some way a few times over the years but the last time we made a themed dinner was in 2013. Since she is graduating college in May and will no longer be living near me, this seemed like the perfect year to celebrate again.

Emperor:

  • Body – Onigiri (rice ball made with this) with spinach and Parmesan cheese inside
  • Head – Peeled radish with spinach face details and spinach hair (wilt fresh spinach leaves for a few seconds in the microwave), crown food pick – attach head to body with a toothpick
  • ClothesSpinach crepe, cucumber skin
  • Baton – Cucumber – attach to body with a toothpick

Empress:

  • Body – Onigiri (rice ball made with this) with cooked zucchini, tomato paste, and oregano inside
  • Head – Peeled radish with spinach and food coloring marker face details and spinach hair (wilt fresh spinach leaves for a few seconds in the microwave), crown food pick – attach head to body with a toothpick
  • ClothesTomato crepe, carrot strip
  • Fan – Radish with food marker details – attach to body with a toothpick

Lettering: Hinamatsuri – carrot cut with Hiragana cutters

Lanterns: Mini cucumber, decorative wooden stick, carrot

Flowers: Cream cheese mints – I used flower and leaf molds

Edamame

Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Drink: Grapefruit juice with seltzer

Girls Day Themed Dinner Table

Girls Day Dinner Table

Girls Day Food Dolls close

Back of Girls Day Dolls Food

Hinamatsuri food dolls

Girls Day Food from Above

Girls Day Dinner Table side back

Strawberries and Cream

Hinamatsuri Deco.jpg

My critique of the meal: Adorable, adorable adorable! I am the first to say when my edible food art does not turn out the way it did in my head. But this time, I was thrilled with how these looked! We both liked the Emperor’s filling (spinach and cheese) better than the Empress filling (zucchini and tomato paste). The cream cheese mints were pretty and delicious. This was a time consuming meal especially since I made two different types of crepes. But, I am the type of person who enjoys being immersed in a big cooking project. A successful meal!

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Thai Inspired Vegan Dinner

Thai Inspired Vegan Dinner

Last Saturday, I invited my friends Carol and Deborah over for dinner and Scrabble. I tend to only invite one friend over a time so it was a nice change to invite two different friends over on the same evening. Since I am a vegetarian and Deborah eats vegan, I decided to make a vegan meal for all of us. I was concerned about the salad since it seemed unusual but I loved the combinations of everything in the meal. It was also my first time making vegan truffles; it will not be the last time! They were easy and delicious.

Cucumber Pineapple Salad Thai – I used some chives instead of spring onions and only a few fresh basil leaves that I served on the side. I used cashews instead of peanuts. I did not use the coriander, garlic, red chili, brown sugar, or shrimp paste. For the dressing I simply used 2 TBS soy sauce and the juice of a lime.

Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Rice – I used maple syrup instead of honey, and did not use the garlic or red pepper flakes or bell pepper or any of the garnishes

2 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Truffles – I used a Loving Earth Bean to Bar Dark 2.5 oz chocolate bar (it is made with coconut sugar) and did not use vanilla. I rolled the truffles in cocoa powder. (I made a third of this recipe).

Thai Peanut Sauce over Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Vegan Truffles with Raspberries

My critique of the meal: Everything was delicious. After dinner, I felt very satisfied with the flavors and how my body felt. It was not a spend the whole day in the kitchen meal. The only thing that was make ahead, was the chocolate truffles. I did struggle with how to plate them and asked my friends for help. Deborah came up with the idea of using the orange. We think the problem was too many round things on a plate and at first I only had 2 truffles on the plate (the serving I gave us). Also maybe another time I will try a cocoa powder stencil on the plate.

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