Category Archives: Bento / Cute Food

Mickey Minnie Cheese & Bread

I made this theme at the request of my friend’s daughter Elizabeth. She ate this lunch at my parents Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mickey & Minnie – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: … Continue reading

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Cat Cheese & Asparagus Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Carol for dinner at my house. I have made many cat themed meals for her since she has a cat named Sasha. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cats – cheddar cheese cut with cookie … Continue reading

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Jellyfish Themed Meal

I made this simple meal for my friend Mark with leftovers from this meal. Container: Prep Natural Glass Meal Containers Left Side: Jellyfish – rainbow carrots cut with a cookie cutter, lentils cooked in vegetable broth Right Side: Fish – … Continue reading

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Cat Snack Lunch

I made this snack lunch for my friend Renae’s daughter Elizabeth. It was a bonus cute meal since I knew she would not like the soup everyone else had for lunch that day. I was happy to make it for … Continue reading

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C3P0 Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend’s husband Jeff during a weekend at my parent’s Lake House. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: C3P0 – cheddar cheese cut with a cookie cutter, focaccia bread Top Right: Pistachio nuts Bottom Right: Blackberries

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Ghost Rice Lunch

I made this ghost lunch for myself on a day that I made other rice lunches and wanted an easy theme for myself. EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Ghost – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, … Continue reading

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Photography Lunch

I made this photography themed meal for my friend Mark. He requested the theme and it was actually one I never did before! I represented photography of nature and people. Container: Book Bento Box Contents: Photographer – roasted garlic mashed … Continue reading

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Maple Leaf Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for myself to eat at work. I don’t often make themed meals just for me but I enjoy it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Maple Leaf – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup cornmeal … Continue reading

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Owl Lunch

I made this meal for my Mom at her Lake House. The owl has extra indentations since it was difficult to release the cheese out of the cookie cutter but my Mom did not complain. She enjoys my themed lunches. … Continue reading

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Elephant Polenta Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Mark. I like how the elephant turned out. The polenta was not smooth which gives the elephant some texture. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Elephant – polenta made with broth and cornmeal (stir 1/2 cup … Continue reading

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Swan Rice Lunch

I made this easy but fun lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. She was excited to see that it was a Swan! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Swan – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with … Continue reading

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Totoro Bento

I assisted my 17 year old niece with making her lunch at my parents Lake House. The concept and food were her own. I suggested the addition of the olives (I was inspired by this). We think it was cute! … Continue reading

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Capitol Lunch

I made this lunch for my Dad at my parents Lake House. My friend Renae recently gave me a Capitol cookie cutter and I was excited to use it. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Capitol Building – hot cooked Nishiki rice … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Black Bear Lunch

I made this faceless black bear lunch for myself. I don’t know why I neglect to add faces during creation and then regret it later. Regardless, it was a fun and tasty meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Black Bear – … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Birthday Meal

Today is my birthday! I was fortunate to be able to take the day off from work and have my parents and my friend Mark over for a sheep themed meal. A co-worker thought it was strange that I was … Continue reading

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Race Car Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Mark to take home to have another time. He selected the theme and seemed happy with it. I love it when people in my life request fun food! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Race … Continue reading

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Loon Lunch

I am surprised that this is my first loon lunch! My Grandparents had and now my parents have a summer lake house so I grew up listening to and watching loons. They fascinate me. I made this meal for my … Continue reading

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Black Bean Rice Elephant Lunch

I made this black bean rice elephant for lunch for myself. I am not thrilled with the lack of color contrast but it was a tasty and fulfilling meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top: Elephant – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Lunch

I made this cream cheese and cinnamon Bald Eagle for my Dad on a day that we went on a day trip in the Adirondacks. It was a weekend that I visited my parents at their Lake House. We went … Continue reading

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Cat Face Bread for Lunch

I made this cat face shaped bread for lunch for my friend Carol on a day that we went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Cat face – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread … Continue reading

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8 Year Blogiversary

Today is my 8 year blogiversary!  My life is very different now than 8 years ago but I am happy and have a good life. I maintain this blog because it enriches my life. I love the way that it … Continue reading

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Hands Shaped Bread for Lunch

I made this hand shaped bread for lunch for myself on a day that my friend Carol and I went to the Genesee Country Village & Museum. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Hands – 30 minute cheese bread. I made the bread … Continue reading

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Red Panda Lunch

I made this Red Panda themed lunch for my 20 year old niece awhile ago when we went to the Seneca Park Zoo. I was inspired by this. I think that my version looks more like a fox but it … Continue reading

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4th of July Lunch

My friend Mark came over for lunch on the 4th of July. This salad was part of the meal. I did not use cilantro and I added more lime zest and juice. The stars are blue potato that I cut … Continue reading

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Zucchini Fritters Vegan Lunch

Awhile ago, I had my friend Mark over for a vegan, gluten free lunch. I mostly followed this recipe but reduced the number of green onions and did not use thyme. It was visually appealing and delicious. The only thing … Continue reading

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Baseball Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for a man I dated for a few weeks in June. He requested a baseball themed lunch and I love how it turned out! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Baseball bat – cantaloupe (cut with a cookie … Continue reading

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Iceland

In May, I went alone to Iceland for a few days. It was a time of transition (leaving one job and starting a new one) so I planned a last minute adventure to a new place. It was fantastic! Iceland … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty Dinner

Last month, my friend Carol and I went to see the Rochester City Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. I made a themed dinner for us to enjoy before the performance. Carol made the cute woodland themed arrangement from flowers in her garden. … Continue reading

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Hippo Polenta Lunch

I made duplicates of this lunch – one for my friend Mark to take home with him, and one for myself to take to work the next day. I put the sides in silicone cups for easy removal before heating … Continue reading

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Woodland Lunch

I made this simple woodland lunch for my Mom. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Mushroom – Cheddar and spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, feta cheese Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Fawn – honeydew melon, … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Tart for Lunch

I made this tomato and cheese tart for myself. The spinach decoration on top are supposed to look like sheep. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Spinach leaves Bottom Left: Pumpkin seeds Right Side: Sheep – spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), … Continue reading

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Soccer Pizza

I made this lunch for Ayato, my friend Mayumi’s 12 year old son. He is a huge fan of soccer so it seemed appropriate to make this theme. I was inspired by this. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Pizza with tomato … Continue reading

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Lemon Pasta with Raspberry Fool

I made this dinner for my friend Carol and myself. It was around 500 calories and delicious. I love lemon so the fresh lemon zest in the pasta made this memorable. It is a dinner that we will remember fondly. … Continue reading

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Tulip Cheese Lunch

I made this lunch for myself to celebrate the arrival of spring. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Tulip – Cheddar (cut with a cookie cutter), romaine, cherry tomatoes, black olives, cucumber, feta cheese Top Right: Pistachios Bottom Right: Tulips – honeydew … Continue reading

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Cheese and Carrot Daffodils for Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Carol. I was inspired by this. As usual, it was a simple and satisfying meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Daffodils – Cheddar cheese cut free-form with a knife, thinly sliced rolled carrots inserted … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Easter Dinner

While my friends were visiting from Japan, I wanted to give them some cultural experiences so I decided to celebrate the secular side of Easter with them. The 7 year old Anna helped set the table.  In the photos, you … Continue reading

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Easter Breakfast

I made this simple Easter breakfast for my parents and myself. I borrowed the Easter plates from my Mom. Years ago, I bought them for her from Wegmans. Mixed berries Savory Easter Egg Pastries Frozen puffed pastry Ricotta Lemon zest … Continue reading

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Bear in the Woods Tart for Lunch

I made this for my friend Mayumi’s mother during their stay at my home. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Top Left: Blueberries Bottom Left: Cashews with green chocolate candies Right Side: Tree and bear – spinach (cut with a cookie cutter), Tomato Tart

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Crown Pizza Lunch

I made this lunch for Anna, my friend Mayumi’s 7 year old daughter during their visit from Japan. Container: U Konserve Contents: Crowns – cheddar and mozzarella cheese pizza (cut with a cookie cutter), blueberries, strawberries

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Flowers for Lunch

I made this for my friend Mayumi’s mother during their stay at my home. Mayumi requested nature as the theme. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Left Side: Flowers – Cucumber and carrots – cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles Top Right: Butterfly … Continue reading

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Dance Themed Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Mayumi’s daughter while they were recently staying at my place. I am fond of Anna and remember her as a dancing five year old during my 2017 Japan trip. It was a time … Continue reading

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Ballet Themed Lunch

I made this meal for my friend Mayumi during her recent stay to my home. While planning their lunches, I asked Mayumi what theme she would like and she said ballet. Note: Plastic Ballet themed cupcake ring  is a non-edible … Continue reading

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Statue of Liberty Lunch

I made this lunch for Ayato, who is my friend Mayumi’s 12 year old son. He was very interested in seeing the Statue of Liberty. I made this lunch on the day that we visited Niagara Falls. Regrettably while in … Continue reading

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USA Themed Lunch

My friend and language partner Mayumi visited from Japan with her mom and children. I made this America themed lunch for Mayumi. We toured Rochester / Niagara Falls for two days before visiting NYC. I created themed lunches for each … Continue reading

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Hippo Lunch

Last Saturday, my friend Mark came over for a vegan and gluten-free lunch. It was my first time cooking for him and I asked if he had any theme or food requests. We agreed that the theme would be “easy”. … Continue reading

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Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner

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 … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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Vegetable 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 … Continue reading

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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 – … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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