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Lego Cheese and Bricks Lunch

My 9 year old nephew loves Legos. When I noticed that the BOTW theme this week at Bento Blog Network will be Lego, I knew that I had to make another Lego themed lunch for him. I found the Lego … Continue reading

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French Bread Pizza Bento

I made french bread pizzas for my niece, nephews, and myself one day at home. I thought it would be fun to make a french bread pizza bento. The kids loved their lunches! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Fruit: Watermelon Vegetable: Green beans … Continue reading

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Butterfly Mac and Cheese Lunch

My 11 year old niece ate this lunch. This lunch incorporates some of her favorites. My Mom and I made this together. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Fruit: Watermelon (stamped with butterfly pie cutter) Vegetable: Peas Macaroni & Cheese: Homemade macaroni & cheese … Continue reading

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Pasta with Walnuts and Edamame Bento

I made this the same day my niece had the Flag of France bento. The pasta and toasted walnuts ended up in each of our lunches. This was fast to make and delicious. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Fruit: Watermelon Vegetable: Snowpeas Pasta: … Continue reading

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Lion Pasta Lunch

I made this Lion themed lunch when I took my 11 year old nephew to the zoo. He allows me to make any theme as long as he likes the food. He especially loves pistachio nuts and requests them in … Continue reading

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Triangular Onigiri Box Bento

A friend in Japan sent this box to me awhile ago. The text on the box means, “go anywhere together”. My 14 year old niece was here for the day and I wanted an easy lunch. We decided on onigiri … Continue reading

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Potato Football Bento

Continuing in my series of twice baked potato lunches, here is a football themed meal. I served this to my 16 year old nephew for lunch at home. It was his idea to make the goal post and field out … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Pita Lunch

I needed to go shopping so this lunch was made from what I had in the house. The pita was in my freezer. Thrown together lunches can be interesting and delicious! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Main: Peanut butter in toasted Arnold Pocket … Continue reading

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Black Beans and Tortilla Chips Bento

I used leftovers from my Tanabata party to make this quick and delicious lunch. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Tortilla Chips: Blue tortilla chips, cheddar cheese (at the party I served the blue tortilla chips with salsa, the cheddar cheese was melted over … Continue reading

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Train Bento

I wanted to make a wheel themed bento for the Bento Blog Network weekly theme. My 14 year old niece suggested train, so I made this lunch for her. I delight in making cute and healthy food for loved ones. … Continue reading

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Lake House Lunch

I made this lunch at my family’s lake house in the Adirondacks. It was a beautiful day so I took the photo from the elevated front porch. Lunch with a view! Container: EasyLunchBoxes Bread: Italian bread Granola Bar: Kashi Dark … Continue reading

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Potato Blimp Bento

When I asked for twice baked potatoes theme suggestions my 11 year old nephew said, “blimp”. So I made this blimp themed lunch for him. This is my pistachio loving nephew so of course I had to include his favorite … Continue reading

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Kid Made Lunch Farm Bento

My newly turned 13 year old nephew designed and made this lunch entirely by himself when he was still 12. He looked through my cookie cutters, picked out a box from my collection, drew a sketch in my bento sketchbook, … Continue reading

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Twice Baked Potato Lunch

I made this lunch for my husband. In this case it was a planned lunch but also became dinner the night before. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Background: Lettuce Potato: Twice baked potato riced with a little butter, milk, Mexican cheese blend, salt, … Continue reading

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Potato Boat Bento

When I asked my niece and nephews for ideas using twice baked potatoes, my 14 year old niece said, “boat”. So I made this lunch for her. It was fun to make. If you want to heat the potato, you … Continue reading

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Hot Air Balloon Bento

I have a slight obsession with cookie cutters. My collection is so large that I have them organized by type and stored in plastic Ziploc bags. Awhile ago I picked up this hot air balloon cookie cutter. It lives in … Continue reading

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13th Birthday Bento

This was part of my nephew’s 13th birthday lunch. I am guessing that many 13 year olds would not want a themed lunch at school due to peer pressure but this lunch was served at home and he loved it. … Continue reading

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Muffin Tin Monday Dinosaur

I made this dinosaur themed muffin tin lunch for my nephew who is almost 5 years old. He loved it! Top Row: Dinosaur nest with egg (corn and Colby-Jack cheese) Mama and baby dinosaurs (strawberries with chocolate eyes) Letter D … Continue reading

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Mr Potato Head Bento

This lunch was made for my nephew on his last day of being 12. This was a lunch at home. My 16 year old nephew helped me assemble this. This meal has so many possibilities. We choose to make it … Continue reading

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Pasta Lunch for Guests

My Mom, brother and two cousins from Ireland visited for a few days. We did a lot of sightseeing but I still wanted to prepare homemade meals for them. I made 5 versions of this same lunch in the morning … Continue reading

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Hyena Bento

My 8 year old nephew requested a Hyena lunch for our day at the zoo. He helped by painting on the eye and dots with a mixture of food coloring and water. I made the fact card to go along … Continue reading

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Muffin Tin Monday The Desert

My 14 year old niece requested a muffin tin meal. They are now popular among my niece and nephews. They love my bento lunches and muffin tin lunches provide “something different” for lunches at home. Top Row: Camel Animal Crackers … Continue reading

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Tanabata Party

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7. Since I was … Continue reading

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Tanabata Bento

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. It is common to celebrate with fireworks. I made … Continue reading

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Nachos Bento

My 12 year old nephew and I made this lunch. I wanted something quick and easy to prepare. He cut the the carrots and helped make the nachos. This many not look pretty, but it is a fast and different … Continue reading

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Muffin Tin Monday Independence Day

I made this 4th of July Muffin Tin Lunch for my 12 year old nephew. He requested a Muffin Tin meal. I know that usually Muffin Tin Lunches are made for younger children but anyone can enjoy this fun lunch … Continue reading

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Meteor Day Bento

Today is Meteor Day so of course I made a meteor themed lunch. This was my first time trying Forbidden Rice and starfruit. I thought that they were alright but not my favorites. I would eat them again if I … Continue reading

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Paul Bunyan Bento

I made this meal for Paul Bunyan Day. Paul Bunyan was a lumberjack and an American folktale character. The story says that he had a blue ox named Babe. My 8 year old nephew actually had this for dinner at … Continue reading

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Pizza Tart Bento

I was inspired by the pizza tarts here at INGENUITY. My 12 year old nephew and I made them for dinner. They were delicious for dinner and also made a wonderful leftovers for lunch meal. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Vegetable: Salad with … Continue reading

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Tiny Seed Bento

I made this lunch in honor of Eric Carle’s birthday. I liked the idea of “The Tiny Seed” themed lunch but I had never read the book. I borrowed “The Tiny Seed” from the library to prepare. A majority of … Continue reading

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Lemonade Stand Bento

When I brainstormed ideas for a summer themed lunch, I landed on lemonade stand. I packed this lunch for my husband. The pasta and tartlets have lemon. I added raspberries because my husband loves raspberries and I think that raspberries … Continue reading

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Under the Sea Day Preschool Camp

The theme for our fourth and last day of Aunt Kathy’s Preschool Camp was Under the Sea. Our previous themes were Australia, Dinosaurs/Volcanoes, and Outer Space. I made this lunch for my 28 month old nephew. I was running out … Continue reading

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Strawberry Pizza Bento

It is now strawberry season here. I made a strawberry themed dinner for my husband and myself. The leftovers made an easy and delicious leftover lunch. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Strawberry Pizza:The pizza has goat cheese, strawberries in a reduced balsamic vinegar … Continue reading

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Rose Bento

I made this simple lunch in honor of June roses. I used a rose pan that made six muffins. The nuts and strawberries don’t look like roses but I decided to just go with it. In either case, it was … Continue reading

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Outer Space Day Preschool Camp

The theme for our third day of Aunt Kathy’s Preschool Camp was outer space. Our previous themes were Australia and Dinosaurs/Volcanoes. This Astronaut lunch was prepared for my 28 month old nephew. He loves pasta! He did not eat the … Continue reading

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Dinosaur and Volcano Day Preschool Camp

Dinosaurs and Volcanoes were the topics for our second day of Aunt Kathy’s Preschool Camp. This Volcano with Dinosaur pizza lunch was prepared for my 12 year old nephew. He was one of my two teachers for our preschool camp. … Continue reading

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Flag Day Bento

In honor of Flag Day I decided to make this American Flag themed lunch for my husband. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Background: White rice with a little butter and shredded horseradish cheese, toasted walnuts American Flag: Tortilla painted with blue food coloring, … Continue reading

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Australian Flag Bento

I made this lunch for my 14 year old niece on Australia day of our preschool-camp. She loved it! Container: Bento box from Japan Australian Flag: Cheese quesadilla with blue food coloring, Union Jack red drawn with food safe marker, … Continue reading

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Australia Day Preschool Camp

Two of my young nephews are staying at my sister-in-laws house while their parents are on a business trip to Australia. I am hosting 4 sessions of  “Aunt Kathy’s Preschool Camp” at my house. My 12 year old nephew and … Continue reading

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Pig Quesadilla Bento

I made this lunch for my 12 year old nephew for lunch at my house. It was Australia day for Aunt Kathy’s preschool camp. I know that it is not Australia themed but it does use quesadillas. I made lunch … Continue reading

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My 12 year old nephew requested that I make a taco themed bento lunch to eat at school. I prepared the beans the night before. The rest I assembled in the morning. Then I drove the lunch to my nephews … Continue reading

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10 Bagel Bento Lunches

I love making bagels. My niece, nephews, husband and I love eating my mini bagels. So it is natural that bagels are featured in many of my bento lunches. I have made more than 10 bagel lunches but these are … Continue reading

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Snoopy Bento

As a child I was a fan of Snoopy. I have thought about making a Snoopy themed bento but it was not until I found this bento by RabbitCanCook, that I knew I had to use her Snoopy in a … Continue reading

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Leftover Orzo Salad with Chickpeas Bento

This was an easy and quick lunch made from dinner leftovers. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Orzo Salad: Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill, and Lemon from Cooking Light (I used chives from my herb garden instead of the green onions and garlic) Fruit: … Continue reading

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Hockey Bento

I made this lunch for my 11 year old nephew. He requested a hockey themed lunch. The food here is for his lunch and snack. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Hockey Sticks & Ice: Green pepper and ranch dip Hockey Pucks: Blueberries Hockey … Continue reading

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Animal Face Bagel Bento

My 8 year old nephew helped me assemble this easy lunch. He asked me to title it “Animal Face”. My nephew decorated this lunch with my animal pick collection. This was a lunch at home so no need to think … Continue reading

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New York State Bento

I made this New York State themed lunch for my 8 year old nephew. This is my second attempt. Last year I tried one but did not like it enough to post here. The beaver and Long Island were the … Continue reading

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Squirrel in Tree Bento

My 14 year old niece and I made this bento lunch. The tree and squirrel are both cheese quesadillas. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Background: Assorted lettuce Tree: Cheese quesadilla Squirrel: Cheese quesadilla painted brown with food coloring and water (before cooking), Wilton … Continue reading

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Little Boy Blue Sheep Bento

Here is the fourth and final lunch in my four part series this week of nursery rhymes/songs with sheep/lambs. Little Boy Blue come blow your horn, the sheep’s in the meadow. I did not have room for the cows in the … Continue reading

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Baa Baa Black Sheep Bento

Here is the third lunch in my four part series this week of nursery rhymes/songs with sheep/lambs. Baa, baa, black sheep, Have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. Container: EasyLunchBoxes Wool: Cheese popcorn Fruit: Peach Background: … Continue reading

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