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Cute lunches: choo choo

A cute choo choo lunch to happily take us into the weekend.

cute lunches choo choo

I used my train sandwich cutter to cut the shapes from a peanut butter and banana sandwich. I love this cutter with its interlocked train shapes which minimises the wastage from a slice of bread.

The windows are banana slices and the wheels are fruit buttons (a recent find in the healthy snack aisle of my supermarket). The tracks are fruit peelers (a similar idea to cheese strings but using fruit purees) and the smoke is popcorn (which I broke up into smaller pieces for Nicholas after I took the photo; see my warning about giving popcorn to children in my previous post).

Wishing you a weekend that’s choo choo exciting!

Cute Lunches: Easter snacking plate

With Easter bunny coming tonight, this is the last of our cute plates for Easter. Today it was a snacking plate.

Easter snacking plate

I used an egg-shaped cookie cutter for the sandwiches. I mixed a little food colouring in water and decorated the top slices. The sandwiches have a light curried egg filling: mashed boiled egg, some mayonnaise and a pinch of mild curry powder.

I made an avocado dip by mashing up half an avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt, serving it inside a plastic Easter egg with some carrot sticks for dipping.

Hoping the Easter bunny brings you lots of goodies!

Easter Food Inspiration

Easter is almost here. Let your imagination run wild and make something too cute for your munchkins to eat. Need some inspiration? Here are some of my favourites.

Easter Bunny Rolls

Easter Bunny Rolls from Taste of Home
How could you not smile if these little edible bunnies were on your table?

Easter egg popsicles

Easter Egg Popsicles by Kailo Chic
Kara’s use of plastic Easter eggs is brilliant. She uses fruit juice, but you could also
try flavoured yogurt, pureed fruit, lemonade, or pureed banana and Nutella.

Easter Egg Lunch

Easter Egg Lunch by Gluesticks
You don’t need to shape your food into complicated bunnies
or chicks, just put bite-sized morsels into plastic Easter eggs.
I love the simplicity of Brandy’s idea. She’s also gotten her kids
to go on an egg hunt to find their lunch!

Little Chick SandwichLittle Chicken Lunch by Little Bento Blog
I love the simplicity of Yvette’s little chicken with
its ham crest, and carrot legs and beak.
Check out her blog for other fabulous cute ideas for lunches.

Easter Bunny 1Easter Bunny Lunch by Creative Food Blog
I’m an avid reader of Michelle’s blog and love her creativity
(check out the Angry Birds party she’s just done for her daughter).
Her bunny with its banana ears is just the cutest thing on a plate!

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Baby Chick Marshmallow Treats by Living Locurto
Amy’s chicks are so cute and yet so easy to make, and a nice sweet Easter treat.
All you need are marshmallows, jellybeans, some icing and an edible food pen.
(Leave out the toothpick legs for little mouths).

Marzipan-filled Easter Pastries

Marzipan-filled Easter Pastries by Sweetapolita

Rosie’s Maltese pastries are stunning. Even if you don’t have the time to make
them, you could use them as inspiration for your own decorated bunny cookies.
While Rosie used piped stiff icing for her fluffy bunny tails, I love the idea of
using mini meringues (mini easter eggs would be cute too).

Cute Lunches: Easter Bunny

I couldn’t make a cute lunch for Nicholas without the Easter bunny, especially as rabbits are his favourite animal.

Cute Lunches Easter BunnyThe rabbit is a peanut butter sandwich using an egg-shaped cookie cutter for his head and two thin strips of bread folded on each other for ears. Raisins form the eyes and nose, slithers of carrot his whiskers and he has cheese front teeth.

The idea for the coloured devilled egg comes from FOODjimoto’s blog. Her coloured eggs are much prettier (having Nicholas tugging on me while I was mixing the food colouring into the water meant mine came out very blotchy!). I mashed the yolk with a little mayonnaise and a pinch of mild curry powder before spooning it back in.

Cute Lunches: Easter Chicks

It’s almost Easter and I haven’t used my cute chick cutter yet. Until today!

Cute Lunch: Easter Chicks

There are lots of hard-boiled egg chicks on Pinterest to take inspiration from. Cutting off the top in the zig-zag pattern is actually much easier than I thought (use a sharp knife, don’t cut too deep and gently prise the top piece off). I used a small semi-circle of carrot for its beak and two small squares of cucumber for its eyes.

My chick cutter doesn’t work that well on seeded bread, so the chick features on the ham and cheese sandwiches are a little difficult to see. Easier to see on the sliced cheese, but rather difficult to peel the cheese off after pressing.

The Easter eggs are cheddar cheese with pieces of carrot to decorate.

Everything is on a bed of shredded lettuce.

Cute lunches: snowman snow globe

Keeping my snow globe theme, here’s a cute snowman to brighten up your day.

cute lunches: snowman snow globe

What you need:
2 tortilla wraps (I used wholemeal ones)
blue food colouring
pastry brush
tortilla filling of your choice (I used avocado and ricotta)
a piece of mozarella (or other cheese such as ricotta or cream cheese)
a piece of cucumber
1 slice of red pepper (or tomato)
1 slice of red apple (or red pepper or tomato)

Directions:

Using a small bowl as a template, cut out two circles from the tortilla wraps (mine were about 12cm in diameter). From the scraps, cut out one snow globe base and the trunk of the Christmas tree.

Mix 1 or 2 drops of blue food colouring with 2 tbsp water. Using a pastry brush, lightly paint one tortilla circle (donโ€™t let it get too wet) and leave to dry.

Put your other circle on your serving plate and top with your filling. Place the base cut from the remaining pieces of tortilla at the bottom of your plate.

Cut out three small circles from your mozzarella, making each a little bit smaller than the last. Cut a larger piece of mozarella for the snow at the bottom of the globe. (If using a softer cheese, spread it at the bottom of the globe.)

Once your coloured tortilla circle is dry, place it on top of your filling and place the mozarella pieces on top.

Cut a piece of cucumber for the snowman’s hat and finely dice some more cucumber for his eyes and buttons.

Cut a nose and hat pompom from the red pepper. Cut two very thin strips from the apple to make the scarf.

Finally, break off small pieces of mozzarella for the falling snow and scatter them around your tree. (If using a softer cheese, drop tiny dollops around for the snow.)

Cute lunches: pasta Christmas tree

Seeing pesto-covered farfalle pasta yesterday made me think not of butterflies, but of lovely thick Christmas tree branches and I couldn’t resist making another Christmas-themed cute lunch!

pasta Christmas tree

What you need:
cooked farfalle pasta (I used 8 pasta shapes)
pesto sauce (or avocado pasta sauce)
a small piece of wholemeal tortilla (or bread)
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 black olive
1 slice of orange pepper
1 slice of red pepper

Directions:

Cut a trunk shape from the tortilla and place it on the plate.

Mix the pesto sauce through the cooked pasta. Starting from the bottom of the tree, place the pasta in a tree shape on the plate.

Cut a square from the slice of red pepper and a smaller square from the orange pepper. Put them next to the tree.

Finely dice the remaining pepper and scatter them over the tree.

Cut a star from the slice of cheese and place it on top of the tree.

Cut two thin strips of cheese and place them on the red pepper for ribbon.

Finally cut the olive in half lengthways and slice two thin strips from it. Place them on the orange pepper for ribbon.

inspecting the 'presents'