Pineapple Meal

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I made this pineapple featured ingredient meal for my parents and myself while at their Lake House for a weekend. I have made this rice recipe many times with my friend Dennis. It looks different this time since my Mom only had Japanese sticky rice and I used what she had in her pantry. But it was enjoyed by all.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Pineapple Coconut Rice – we made it without the tofu

Top Right: Pineapple soaked in coconut rum for a few hours

Bottom Right: Roasted Vegetables and Pineapple

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Giraffe Themed Lunches

Giraffes for Lunch

This lunch is in celebration of Giraffe’s returning to the Seneca Park Zoo. (I was told that they once had visiting giraffes but it was before my time in Rochester.) I made this snack lunch for myself on a day that Carol and I went on a Habitat garden tour. It was my first time adding details to only part of a homemade tortilla chip. (I did the same with Carol’s zebra tortilla chips that I published earlier this week.) This may not look like much but the hummus, tortilla chips, and nuts make this meal over 400 calories.

Containers: U Konserve

Square Container: Macadamia nuts, giraffe tortilla chips – cut flour tortillas with a cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spray shapes with cooking spray, sprinkle with paprika in spots (I used the end of a straw) and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp, green grapes, sugar snap peas

Round Container: Giraffe – carrot (cut with a cookie cutter), hummus

Other Giraffe themed meals:

Giraffe Bread Lunch

I made this Homemade Giraffe Bread for myself in 2013.

Giraffe-Bento

I made this Giraffe Quesadilla for a nephew in 2013.

Mashed Potato Valentine Giraffe Lunch

I made this Mashed Potato Giraffe in 2018 for my friend Dennis.

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I created this 3D Giraffe Quesadilla in 2015 for a nephew.

3D Giraffe Elephant crackers

In 2015 I made 3D Giraffe Crackers to serve with soup.

Thanks for looking at my assortment of giraffe themed food. If you make food that looks like a giraffe or visit a giraffe, I would love to hear about it.

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Zebra Themed Lunches

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Today I am featuring zebra lunches in celebration of the new addition of zebras at the Seneca Park Zoo. The Animals of the Savana expansion is beautiful. I visited it on Saturday morning.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Zebra – apple (cut with a cookie cutter), melted chocolate piped with a ziplock bag, blueberries

Bottom Left: Pistachios

Right Side: Zebra – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, black beans (I used my food processor to puree black beans with some olive oil, onion powder and a splash of lemon juice), then I piped the black beans in stripes with a Ziploc bag with a small tip cut off, assorted lettuce

Zebra snack lunch

My friend Carol ate this lunch on a day that we went on a Habitat garden tour.

Container: LunchBots Trio

Top Left: Zebra tortilla chips – cut flour tortillas with a cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spray shapes with cooking spray, sprinkle with paprika in stripes (I used the end of a straw) and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

Top Right: Raspberries, sugar snap peas

Bottom: Macadamia nuts

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Zebra – cucumber (cut with a cookie cutter), I tried to scrape some of the skin with a knife but it is subtle, hummus

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I made this Zebra sandwich lunch for a nephew in 2012.

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Savory and Sweet Crepes for Dinner

Crepes and Salad Dinner

Recently I had my 19 year old niece over for dinner. I asked her what she wanted and she said crepes. When she got here, I told her that she might be disappointed but not surprised that I tried new types of crepe filling. I am known for trying new recipes.

Broccoli and Cheddar Crepes – My crepe batter is similar to this. Boil broccoli florets in water for a few minutes, then drain. Put shredded cheddar and broccoli in a crepe and fold. Place crepes in a baking pan coated with cooking spray. Add shredded cheese on top of crepes. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until brown.

Salad – I took the easy route and it was salad from a bag. My niece had ranch dressing and I had Italian.

Roasted Blueberry and Rhubarb Crepes with Honey and Greek Yogurt – I used frozen rhubarb that I thawed in my refrigerator overnight. I drained it well before roasting.

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rhubarb blueberry crepes

My critique of the meal: The broccoli crepes were very good but I prefer the asparagus crepes since they seem more special. I liked the roasted rhubarb and blueberries and think it would be great over vanilla ice cream with whipped cream.

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Penguin Rice Lunch

Penguin Rice Lunch

I made this lunch for my friend Dennis on a day that we met at the zoo. I happened to find gigantic blueberries at Wegmans. They were a fun addition to this meal.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Left: Penguins – carrot (cut with a cookie cutter), mixed greens

Right Side: Penguin – hot cooked Nishiki rice pressed into a cookie cutter with plastic wrap, black beans (I used my food processor to puree black beans with some olive oil, onion powder and a splash of lemon juice), blueberries

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Pelican Bento Lunch

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I made this Pelican themed lunch for my Mom. She was excited that I threaded the fishing line on the pole (I used a toothpick). Both of my parents remembered the family history surrounding my choice of theme. When I was 6, my parents, my sister, and I joined my Grandparents who had their motor home in the Florida Keys that winter. A few memorable things happened during that trip. My sister’s beloved boy doll, “Timothy Ketchup”, fell into the water. She screamed, my Grandma thought one of us fell in but it was Timothy. My Dad was able to save him. Timothy was memorable since he was anatomically correct and wet his diaper. The second memorable thing was a pelican somehow grabbed a fish that was still attached to our fishing pole. I remember it flying with the fishing pole dangling. It did not get far before it dropped it.

Container: U Konserve

Contents: Pelican – cheese mashed potatoes shaped by hand, Beak & Feet – marbled cheese, Eye – dried blueberry, Fish – cucumber (cut with cookie cutter), Fishing Pole – carrot, Fishing line – spaghetti, blueberries

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Koala Bread Lunch

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I made this lunch for my Mom at her Lake House. She loved it!

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Koala bread – 30 minute cheese bread, dried cherry eyes, almond nose

Top Right: Mixed nuts

Bottom Right: Watermelon

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