The Colors of Autumn Bento Lunches

Autumn Bento Lunches

To celebrate the season of fall, I made these three leaf themed bentos for myself. While I did enjoy the treat of having maple apple crisp for lunch (and my husband enjoyed eating the rest of it), the oak leaf lunch was my favorite to make and eat. I find it very relaxing to cut fruit and vegetables into cute shapes with a cookie cutter. Also, the novelty of potatoes cut into shapes for a potato salad was enjoyable to eat.

Maple Leaf Bento Lunch

Maple Leaf Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Background: Assorted red lettuce

Maple Leaf: Rice with finely grated carrot, (I packed hot steamed Nishiki rice into a cookie cutter to shape the leaf)

Fruit: Maple Apple Crisp – (I did not use the walnuts.) This was delicious!

Vegetable: Zucchini and carrot sauteed in a little olive oil with sesame seeds

Ginkgo Leaf Bento Lunch

Ginkgo Leaf Bento

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Background: Assorted green lettuce

Ginkgo Leaf: Cheese quesadilla, mini ginkgo leaf shaped tortilla chips

Fruit: Peach

Vegetable: Carrots

Salsa: Not in photo

Oak Leaf Bento Lunch


Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Vegetable Potato Salad: I basically followed this recipe from but I cut my potatoes into oak leaves before cooking. I did not use the red onion or oregano. I also used orange and yellow bell pepper instead of the green.

Nuts: Cashews

Fruit: Apple slices in the shape of oak leaves with a sprinkle of cinnamon (I wanted to use my mini acorn cutter for this but I momentarily lost it)

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25 Responses to The Colors of Autumn Bento Lunches

  1. How creative and looks FUN as well as delicious!

  2. sworsham2013 says:

    I’ve just “discovered” bento boxes and want to know more! I’m a happy Vegan of three months now!

  3. eclecticlamb says:

    Welcome to the world of bento!

  4. dropscone says:

    The oak leaf salad is adorable! What a creative idea.

  5. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much! It was also my favorite.

  6. This is amazing. I especially liked the tiny autumn leaves 🙂

  7. These bentos are SO CUTE!!! Thank you for letting me know about your beautiful site, and I am really glad you liked that potato salad!

  8. justlyd says:

    I love your lunches! Especially the Vegetable Potato Salad, it’s so pretty. Cutting the potato before cooking it is genius!

  9. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much! I love showing how vegetarian and vegan food can be beautiful and delicious.

  10. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you! I was inspired by your recipe.

  11. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much! I was concerned how it would work out by cutting the potato before cooking but I was gentle with them when draining and did not overcook. It worked out great!

  12. bentodays says:

    I love how you incorporated different leaves in your lunches! So creative with the use of different ingredients!

  13. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much Jean!

  14. Sarah says:

    Gorgeous lunches. I love fall. Will be sharing this on FB today!

  15. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much!

  16. Naomi Walsh says:

    Beautifully done….one of your best yet!

  17. Just wonderful! I love Autumn and make a lot of things leaf-shaped,myself!

  18. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much!

  19. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much!

  20. Eric says:

    Love the oak leaf salad looks phenomenal.

  21. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much!

  22. Beautiful lunches, as always! The oak leaf salad is my favourite too, it looks gorgeous and delicious!
    Thank you for linking up at Fun Food Friday!

  23. eclecticlamb says:

    Thank you so much!

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