Statue of Liberty Lunch

Statue of Liberty USA 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 NYC, Ayato was unable to see the Statue of Liberty since he was sick. He and his Grandma stayed in the hotel room while Mayumi, her daughter Anna and I toured NYC.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Statue of Liberty – Daikon (Japanese radish) with cucumber stars – cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles

Top Right: Stars – apple (dipped in lemon juice with water to prevent browning), blueberries

Bottom Right: Stars – cucumber and carrots – cut with a cookie cutter

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USA Themed Lunch

USA 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 of my visitors to make the meals easy and fun.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: USA – Daikon (Japanese radish) with carrot details – cut with a cookie cutter, Peanut Noodles

Top Right: Star – apple (dipped in lemon juice with water to prevent browning), blueberries

Bottom Right: Stars – cucumber and carrots – cut with a cookie cutter

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Hippo Lunch

Hippo Corn Chips Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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”. I added the hippos for no real reason other than I wanted a fun element. Themed food makes me happy and makes a meal more memorable. Now I can say, “remember the time we ate hippo corn chips?”

Hippo Corn Chips – I did not use the cumin or pepper but sprinkled smoked paprika on half of the hippos, cut with a cookie cutter before baking

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili – I did not use the red bell pepper, or cayenne and used slightly under the tablespoon of chili powder since I ran out.

Chocolate Hippos standing in Coconut Whipped Cream over strawberries and blueberries – use a pencil and a small hippo cookie cutter to trace hippo shapes onto parchment paper, melt vegan chocolate for a 30 seconds in a microwave (I used Loving Earth Bean to Bar Dark 2.5 oz chocolate bar), put melted chocolate in a ziplock plastic bag, cut off a small corner, and pipe over hippo shapes, chill until ready to serve. Use small pieces of coconut for the eyes. I used Nature’s Charm Coconut Whipping Cream and followed the directions on the can – sweetened with maple syrup. I chilled my bowl and beater in the freezer before whipping the coconut.

Hippo Chocolate with Berries and Coconut Whipped Cream

My critique of the meal: I liked the sweet potato in this chili. If I had the cayenne and enough chili powder the flavor would probably be more robust. If I made this again, I would try serving avocado on top. I think it was my first time making corn chips. They were delicious and fun to eat! It was my first time making coconut whipped cream. It whipped easy and of course had a coconut flavor but I loved it. Next time I want to try it with pineapple. It was a memorable meal.

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Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner

bunny panera bread bowl

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 I was trying to accomplish and he was helpful.

Salad – lettuce, carrots and ranch or vinegar

Cauliflower Cheese Soup – Boil cauliflower florets and make a 2 cup cheese sauce (double recipe). Add the cooked cauliflower and a little saved cauliflower water to the cheese sauce.

Bunny Bread Bowl – Panera bread bowl. Cut ears from the underside of the bread lid, and make a nose from the lid bread, dried cherry eyes – attach with toothpicks. We tried to use toothpicks to attach the head to the bowl but it worked better to just have the head sit on top.

Bunny Danish – I followed this recipe except that I did not add egg to the cream cheese.

Soup in Bunny Bread Bowl Dinner - ranch

Cauliflower Soup in Bunny Bread Bowl

Bunny Danish

My critique of the meal: We were happy with everything. It was a easy, delicious, and fun meal.

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Shamrock Pizza Lunch

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: Green grapes

 

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Vegetable Rainbow Lunch

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 potato (cooked), over Parmesan rice. Pot of Gold – black olive with corn, pecans

Top Right: Pistachio nuts

Bottom Right: Clementines dipped in melted chocolate chips

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Shamrock Snack Lunch

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 – cut with a cookie cutter

  • Dill Havarti Cheese
  • Cucumber and carrots
  • Homemade tortilla chips – spinach, garlic and pesto tortillas cut with a cookie cutter, place on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, spray shamrocks with cooking spray and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp
  • Clementine
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