Apple Themed Dinner and Leftover Lunch

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Last week, my 20 year old niece came over for dinner. When I asked for her meal request, she said apples. I had fun planning an apple themed dinner and we both had leftovers for lunch the next day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Apple and Gruyere Cheese Tarts – I used cheddar. 

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Apple Celery, and Walnut Salad – I did not use raisins.

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Apple and Gruyere Cheese Tarts – I used cheddar. These are delicious!

Apple Celery, and Walnut Salad – I did not use raisins.

Cheesecake Stuffed Apples – Very easy to make and delicious! I had graham crackers but did not serve the crumbs with this.

Apple Themed Dinner

Apple Stuffed Cheesecake

My critique of the meal: My niece suggested that next time I should use an apple skin cut in a decorative shape on top of the cheesecake. It would make it more attractive. I loved the apple cheddar tarts so much that I expect to make them again soon. Also, maybe another time I will make larger individual tarts.

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Halloween Dinner 2018

Halloween Dinner Table

My friend Carol and I enjoyed this Halloween dinner. She made the beautiful arrangement.

Ghost Salad – I turned this into a ghost salad by cutting apples with a small ghost cookie cutter, this salad with maple dressing is a family favorite

Black Bean Spider Web over Cheddar Sweet Potatoes – in a food processor, puree black beans with a little olive oil, bake one sweet potato (per person) until tender, remove skin and mash sweet potato with butter and shredded cheddar cheese, put sweet potato mixture in individual oven safe dish, put pureed black beans in a ziplock bag, snip off a small corner, pipe a spider web pattern over the mashed sweet potatoes. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until heated through.

Jack-o-Lantern Orange with Fruit – cut top off of orange, use a spoon to scoop out the orange segments, add grapes, berries or fruit of your choice. We ate grapes.

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My critique of the meal: I would not change anything if I wanted a relatively healthy meal. I was very pleased with the look and flavor of the spider web sweet potatoes. If I wanted a non-fruit dessert, I would serve ice cream in the jack-o-lantern oranges.

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Spider Bread

Spider bread

I made this spider shaped bread meal for my Dad. This was my inspiration.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Lettuce, tomato, parsley

Bottom Left: Watermelon, blueberries

Right Side: Spider – 30 minute cheese bread, with cinnamon sprinkled on top, legs – baked separately in curve shape and attached after baking, eyes – dried blueberries

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2 Pumpkin Themed Lunches

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I made both of these pumpkin lunches for myself. The first lunch is a continuation of my series of themed vegetable potato lunches.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pumpkins – cooked sweet potato, orange bell pepper, and orange cheddar (cut with a cookie cutter), pesto

Top Right: Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

Bottom Right: Melon (cut with a cookie cutter)

Jack-o-lantern grain lunch

I enjoyed this lunch as a packed meal at work. It made me smile.

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Left Side: Jack-o-lantern – slice of orange cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), Black Bean and Corn Quinoa (I did not use celery or cilantro)

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom Right: Jack-o-lantern – cantaloupe with chocolate details, blueberries

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Candy Corn Lunch

Candy Corn Bread Lunch

This candy corn themed lunch doesn’t have any actual candy corn in it. I made it for my coworker Angie since I like to make meals for other people. I am pleased with how it looks. Maybe it will make my list of top lunches for 2018.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Candy Corn – Havarti, orange cheddar, white cheddar – with a little yellow food coloring (cut with a cookie cutter), cheddar cheese bread

Top Right: Cauliflower, carrot, bell pepper

Bottom Right: Apple, cantaloupe, pineapple (cut with a cookie cutter) put on a paper candy stick, grapes

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1000 Islands Day Trip Lunch

ELB Lunch at Boldt Castle

Last Saturday, my friend Dennis and I went on a day trip from Rochester, NY to the 1000 Islands. It was the first time for both of us. We took the Boldt Castle and Two Nation Tour. It was a fun outing and a beautiful fall day.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (I didn’t use parsley)

Top Right: Pistachios

Bottom Right: Fuji apple slices

ELB Lunch 1000 Islands


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Boldt Castle Close

inside Boldt Castle

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1000 Islands Boat Tour

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3 Leaf Themed Lunches

Fall leaves snack lunch

I made this for my 19 year old niece when she stayed with me in June. It is a fun autumn themed meal that I gave her in the summer since I like to work ahead.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Chocolate covered almonds, carrot leaves (cut with a cookie cutter), Trader Joe’s Seed & Bean Medley, leaf shaped tortilla chips – cut flour tortillas with a cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spray shapes with cooking spray, bake in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp

Top Right: Pineapple

Bottom Right: Celery with peanut butter and tiny carrot leaves (cut with mini cutter)

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I made this for my friend Dennis as a packed meal to take to work. Same as the above lunch for my niece, it was made out of season. But I don’t think he minded.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Leaves – cheddar cheese (cut with a cookie cutter), pasta with sauteed onion, spinach, and zucchini with a cheese sauce

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Leaves – pineapple and melon (cut with a cookie cutter)

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I made this lunch for myself to eat at work. I struggled to make this little cheese dog but it was so fun to eat this cute lunch that I really need to make themed lunches for myself more often.

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Left Side: Dog – cheddar cheese cut with a knife, food marker details, on top of Black Bean and Corn Quinoa (I did not use celery or cilantro), carrot leaves (cut with a mini cutter)

Top Right: Walnuts

Bottom Right: Leaves – watermelon (cut with a cookie cutter)

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