Shepherds Purse Lunch

Shepherds Purse bento lunch

An item on our 50 Summer Activities list this summer was to make a bento lunch for their sister and deliver it to her at work. My 17 year old niece has a summer job as a field scout. She walks fields checking for weeds, bugs, and population (how many plants are growing in the field).  Then she gives the report to the farmer who is managing that field. This lunch features Shepherd’s Purse a weed that happens to be pretty and a fun name. I included a birds nest because my niece found a nest in a field one day. My 11 year old nephew and I made lunches for each of us, drove them to the field where she was working, ate lunch together, then walked a field together. It was fun and educational.

Special Note: This is my 700th post! Creating content for this blog has become such a special part of my life.

Container: Book Bento Box

Contents: Shepherds Purse – celery, sugar snap peas, cream cheese over black beans, salsa, and rice, Birds Nest Cookies with peanut M&M’s, blackberries

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Waffle Iron Day

Waffle Iron Day Waffle Lunch

Today is National Waffle Iron Day. We like waffles for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I did not take photos of my two waffle irons (one makes round waffles and one makes square ones) but I have two meals featuring waffles.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade waffles

Top Right: Raspberries and blueberries

Bottom Right: Cucumbers and carrots

Mini Dippers: Strawberry butter – I mixed fresh chopped strawberries with softened butter and added a little bit of confectionery sugar 

Waffle Pizza Lunch

This is a repeat of a recipe we have made several times – Pizza Waffles.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Green beans

Bottom Left: Raspberries

Right Side: Pizza waffles, tomato sauce in Mini Dippers

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Sea Turtle Pancake Lunch

Sea Turtle Pancake Lunch

My nephew made this lunch for himself with only a little advice from me.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Sea Turtle pancakes (after making pancakes, cut-out with cookie cutter, eat scraps), strawberries, maple syrup (in small blue container)

Top Right: Sea turtle cucumber (cut with mini cookie cutter), carrots

Bottom Right: Sea turtle apple, on green apple (cut portion was dipped in water with lemon juice to prevent browning), apple scraps are underneath

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Waffle Flags

Fruit and Waffle Flags Collage

Since I often make food for the same people and they have limited food they will eat, it sometimes takes a lot of creative thinking to come up with new ideas for my meals. My 11 year old nephew likes fruit and waffles. Somehow I came up with making waffle flags. I enjoyed creating this series and he liked eating these fun flags. Some of these were served for breakfast and some for lunch.

Canadian Flag Waffle Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of Canada – waffle, fruit flat, maple leaf cut with mini cookie cutter

Bottom Left: Broccoli

Bottom Right: Mixed nuts

Finland Flag Waffle Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of Finland – waffle, blueberries

Bottom Left: Red bell pepper

Bottom Right: Cashews

France Flag Waffle Lunch

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of France – waffle, blueberries, raspberries

Bottom Left: Rhubarb crumb cake

Bottom Right: Maple syrup

Denmark Flag Lunch

My nephew wanted to try dill pickles in a meal but we both would not recommend it for many reasons – smell and juice from pickles.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of Denmark – waffle, raspberries

Bottom Left: Dill pickles, syrup

Bottom Right: Peanuts

Israel Flag Waffle Meal

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of Israel – waffle, blueberries, Cheddar cheese cut with cookie cutter and decorated with food coloring marker

Bottom Left: Potato and green bell pepper hash brown potatoes baked in a muffin tin

Bottom Right: Star of David – Cheddar cheese cut with cookie cutter

Panama Flag Waffle Breakfast

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top: Flag of Panama – waffle, blueberries, raspberries, cheese stars cut with cookie cutter and colored with food coloring markers

Bottom Left: Raspberry yogurt

Bottom Right: Granola

I hope that you now have some easy and fun ideas to make your waffle into a flag. If you make some, please share your photo with me.

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Music Pretzel Lunch

Music Pretzel Lunch

We are fans of homemade pretzels and I am always looking for new ways to serve them for lunch. I found this and used my normal pretzel recipe to make it. My 14 year old nephew ate this lunch. He had extra pretzels on the side.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Homemade pretzel, cucumber slices

Top Right: Cheddar cheese (white Cheddar underneath) cut with a cookie cutter

Bottom Right: Apple slices dipped in water with lemon (to prevent browning), cinnamon

 

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Flower Pot Bread with Vegetable Flowers

Flower Pot Bread with Vegetable Flowers

My nephew and I made these flower pot breads with vegetable flowers and ate them as part of our dinner. I used this bread recipe. The flowers are bell pepper and carrots cut with flower cookie cutters. The flowers are held together with raw spaghetti and put on wooden skewers. Last year we used the same pots to make cupcakes.

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Ladybug Rice Bento Lunch

Ladybug Rice Lunch

I made this lunch for my nephew since he enjoys salsa rice with black beans and salsa. I enjoy seeing how many salsa and rice themes I can make.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Ladybugs – cooked hot Nishiki rice mixed with a little bit of salsa and shaped by hand using plastic wrap, spinach details, black beans and salsa

Top Right: Sugar snap peas

Bottom Right: Ladybugs – strawberries with chocolate and cookie decorating sprinkles

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