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Cute Lunches: Hearts

The only theme we could have for lunch on February 14th is hearts!

Valentine's bento lunchI made my Super Quick Cheat’s Pizza, cutting out heart shapes from the tortillas and topping them with a drizzle of olive oil, a smear of tomato puree, chopped ham, shredded spinach and grated cheese.

I added red grape hearts (slice each in half diagonally and turn one half 180 degrees) and strawberry hearts (slice in half and cut out a small V-shape at the top).

Eats-Amazing-Fun-Food-FridayI’m linking our hearts lunch up to Eats Amazing’s Fun Food Friday, a weekly round-up of fun and creative food.

Cute Lunches: Incy Wincy Spider

Nicholas is spider-crazy, whether it’s singing Incy Wincy Spider or arguing with his friends which one of them is Spider-Man! A spider-themed lunch is definitely his most requested.

bento fun foodI used an edible ink pen to draw a spider outline on a tortilla and cut it out with kitchen scissors. I then used this as a template to cut out another. The tortilla is filled with mashed boiled egg and shredded spinach.

I added two raisins for eyes and cut thin strips from a couple of spinach leaves to make Incy’s web.

Incy Jr. is a black grape cut in half, slicing one half very thinly for the legs. You could also use a black olive as I did here.

Eats-Amazing-Fun-Food-FridayI’m linking Incy Wincy up to Fun Food Friday, a weekly round-up of fun and creative food by the lovely Grace of Eats Amazing.

 

Cute Lunches: Perry the Penguin

Costa Coffee challenged us to take their newest gingerbread offering, Perry the Penguin, on lots of adventures for the next three days. Feel free to follow all the fun we’re having with Perry on Twitter and Instagram, as well as the adventures he’s having with other bloggers (just search for #perryontour). We’ll do a round-up of all the fun we’ve had on Monday.

Inspired by our new penguin house guest, I made Nicholas a cute penguin lunch. It was the perfect opportunity to finally try making the adorable penguins I often see in the bento boxes on my Instagram feed.

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To make the bigger penguin, I followed Ming’s from Bento, Monsters very easy instructions.

I used a normal boiled chicken egg, a sheet of nori and corn kernels. Ming suggests sticking the nori to the egg with a little mayonnaise; I just lightly wet the egg and it stuck well (using the nori was actually much easier than I’d anticipated). I used some mashed up egg (from the hard-boiled egg I didn’t manage to peel very well!) to stick the corn kernel feet on.

The smaller penguins are made from black grapes. There are lots of little penguins, especially on Pinterest, made from black olives, but I thought Nicholas would prefer grapes to olives.

I cut a thin slice off the fronts of the two larger grapes for the penguins’ tummies. I threaded the two smaller grapes on top for the heads using cut lollypop sticks. You could also use toothpicks, but be very careful of these with little ones. The feet and beaks are small triangles cut from a clementine/mandarine segment. Then I added some yogurt to make their tummies white and tiny dots of yogurt for their eyes.

Thank you to Eats Amazing for the tortilla snowflake inspiration. We actually had two more smaller filled snowflake tortillas on the side.

I’m linking up to Fun Food Friday, a weekly round-up of fun and creative food by the lovely Grace of Eats Amazing.

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Cute Lunches: Rudolph

Nicholas is SO excited about Christmas and I’m loving it! He talks about Father Christmas making lots of toys with the elves in the North Pole and how we have to leave out some food for him. Apparently our Christmas tree and decorations are just for Father Christmas and the reindeer to see when they visit. And, naturally, Rudolph with his big red nose also features heavily, and so I had to make Nicholas this cute, and very simple, Rudolph snack.

Christmas reindeerRudolph is made from a peanut butter sandwich. I used a large round cookie cutter to cut out his face and then cut out two ears. His antlers are pretzels, his nose a piece of cherry tomato, and his eyes are raisins.

Why not get your little ones to make their own Rudolph?

Cute Lunches: Christmas Tree Pizzette

We made some cute Christmas tree pizzette using my super quick cheat’s pizza recipe and they went down a treat. Leftovers would be perfect to add to a lunchbox.

mini cheat's pizzaCut out tree shapes from a tortilla (or even a slice of bread). We spread a little tomato puree then a sprinkle of grated cheese on top, then added torn spinach for leaves, grated carrot ‘tinsel’ and red cabbage ‘baubles’ (squares of cabbage that you can’t really see in the photo unfortunately).

While they were cooking I cut small stars from a slice of cheese. After they’ve cooked, let the pizzette cool down a bit before adding the cheese stars; I added them too soon and they melted so had to add some more!

What other food do you think would work well as decorations?

I’m linking up to Fun Food Friday, a weekly round-up of fun and creative food by the lovely Grace of Eats Amazing.

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Cute Lunches: Panda Quesadillas

Nicholas can’t get enough of our new CuteZcute animal cutters and I’m enjoying experimenting with them (by the way this isn’t a sponsored post, just me sharing how much I love our new cute lunches gadget!).

Today we used them to make quesadillas (not sure if that’s the correct plural) filled with cheese and ham. The other day, on the CuteZcute’s Instagram feed, I saw the off-cuts being used to make a bow which I thought was a great idea, so I added those to our pandas.

CuteZcute bentoWe cut the shapes from a tortilla and spread them with butter. In a heated frying pan I placed the face with the cut-out features butter-side down. I then added ham to completely cover the cut-out features and some cheese before topping with the other piece of tortilla (butter-side up). Fry for a couple of minutes then carefully turn them over. Using an edible ink pen, colour in the leftover eye and ear shapes and place them to form a bow under your pandas.

Nicholas devoured these very quickly. I made more for tomorrow, but he discovered them while raiding the fridge for his afternoon snack and devoured those as well! At least he liked them.

I’m linking up to the lovely Grace’s Fun Food Friday on Eats Amazing, a weekly celebration of fun and creative food. Check out the other links for more creative inspiration.

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Cute Lunches: Taco Monster

Happy Halloween everyone! While I made this snack for Halloween, monster-loving little ones would love it at any time of the year.

Halloween bentoI carefully drew eyes and a nose on a taco shell (I definitely need to work on drawing scary features!) then filled it with ham, cheese and baby leaf spinach. I cut teeth from a slice of cheddar and tucked some of them under the filling and stuck the others, using dots of mayonnaise, to the top of the taco shell (serve before they have a chance to fall off!). As a treat, Nicholas also had some ghost crisps.

How are you and your family celebrating Halloween?