Tea Themed Rice Lunch

Tea themed lunch

I made this rice lunch for myself to take to work. It was simple but satisfying. It will not make any list of best or most attractive lunches but it provided nourishment and some visual interest.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Tea Pot – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, cheddar cheese details, peas

Top Right: Cashews

Bottom Right: Tea cup – apple cut with a cookie cutter and dipped in water with a splash of lemon, blackberries

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Crescent Dough Waffle Pizza

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These crescent rolls waffle pizzas were a dinner one night during the 6 weeks that my 19 year old niece stayed with me. The last time we made these was in 2012! They are very easy and delicious so I don’t want to wait 6 years before making them again. Basically you take Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough, put a layer on your waffle iron, put on some cheese, then put on another layer of dough and cook. Last time I had a rectangular waffle iron but that died so I used my round one this time. It is easier to make with a rectangular waffle iron but it still worked out. See how to make them here.

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USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

USA Potato Vegetable Salad Lunch

I made this potato and vegetable themed potato salad for myself to celebrate 4th of July on this blog. Yes, my flag stripes are a little bit wonky but I am guessing that this meal will end up being one of my favorites for 2018. The whole thing makes me smile and it was delicious!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: White Stars – cheddar cheese, Blue Stars – blue potato (cut with cookie cutter and cook until tender but not falling apart), Red Stars – red bell pepper, on top of a light layer of Dijon vinaigrette – Dijon mustard, olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper

Top Right: Pistachios – USA drawn with food safe markers

Bottom Right: American Flag – blueberries, strawberry jam put in a plastic Ziploc bag, cut off small part of corner and pipe on stripes, plain Greek yogurt

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Fresh Honeydew Melon Cake

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My 19 year old niece and I made this gorgeous fresh honeydew melon cake. I knew I wanted to try another melon cake since this one was so much fun and delicious. For our honeydew melon cake I was inspired by this. My niece found this kiwi lotus flower and carved one for our cake. I removed the rind from the honeydew and cut off the top and bottom, removed the seeds from the center, filled it with extra honeydew pieces and topped it with a round of honeydew. We made fresh whipped cream and frosted the cake a little to hide the honeydew round that covers the hole. We decorated the cake with green grapes, melted chocolate chips (put in a ziplock plastic bag, cut off a small corner and pipe the melted chocolate onto the melon), and strawberries.

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I was so pleased with our results! It took some time, but it was a rewarding activity. If you make your own melon cake, I would love to see it.

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EasyLunchboxes Snack Boxes

Space Snack Box

As my long time blog readers know, I love using EasyLunchboxes! Awhile ago when I was contacted to receive and try their new Snack Box Containers, I was very excited. I love these snack boxes and see many uses for them besides packing snacks. It has 4 – 1/2 cup sections and as you can see in these photos it can also be a satisfying meal.

My 19 year old niece made and photographed this space themed snack box. It was a night that I had a speaking engagement after work and was not home until late. It was awesome to have the help with preparing lunch for the next day!

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Trader Joe’s Cheddar Rocket Crackers, mini pretzels, apple stars (dip in water with a splash of lemon juice to prevent browning), cucumber and carrot stars

Ranch Ricotta ELB Snack Box

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Pretzels, ricotta cheese with some powdered ranch dip mix, strawberries, cucumber cut with a crinkle cutter knife

Yogurt Cereal Snack Box

Container: ELB Snack Boxes

Contents: Dried cherries, raspberry Greek yogurt, cashews, Special K Protein Cereal – Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch

Disclosure: EasyLunchboxes sent me the product shown here for review. I was not financially compensated. All opinions stated here are 100% my own.

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Broccoli Turtle Pizza Lunch

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I made this packed turtle lunch for my 19 year old niece. I made a similar lunch for myself the same day but it was just a round pizza with broccoli and the same fruit but not in a turtle shape. I rarely put broccoli on pizza but I enjoyed it in this lunch.

Top Left: Kiwi and grape turtle (these are everywhere online so I don’t know the original source) with chocolate sprinkle eyes – make the holes with a toothpick, blackberries

Bottom Left: Sunflower seeds

Right Side: Turtles – store bought pizza dough cut with a cookie cutter, cooked broccoli cut into small pieces, mozzeralla cheese, a little bit of garlic powder – bake at 425 until brown on the bottom (about 10 minutes)

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Tulip Rice Bento Lunch

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I made this meal for myself on a day that I made salsa rice for my companion ā€œDā€.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Tulip ā€“ cooked Nishiki rice mixed with some salsa and shaped in a tulip rice mold, spinach leaves

Top Right: Macadamia nuts

Bottom: Tulips – cheese filled grape tomatoes. I mostly followed this but made it quick since I only used Boursin for the filling and did not add stems, asparagus is underneath

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