I am a little behind in blogging due to sick children and the holidays so I am hitting you with a round up of holiday lunches! Most of my lunches are not really that complicated. I generally try to work in one detail and most of the time that is enough! Sometimes it is with cookie cutters, sometimes a food pick, sometimes a silicone baking cup but most of the time I just like to work with the natural color combinations of food!
Candy Cane (above) - This lunch has a couple of easy details. First the striped apples which I made by taking my apple wedges and slicing stripes through the skin with a sharp paring knife. I then simply slid the tip of the knife under the skin and removed every other stripe. I then took my bread and cut 2 circles with a round cookie cutter. On one circle I used a mini candy cane cutter. I assembled my sandwich after cutting. I added Trader Joe’s veggie sticks and yellow cherry tomatoes. I complete with a birdhouse food pick. Note there are 2 layers of apples and that they were soaked after cutting in cold citrus water. This is served in Brendan’s Lunchbots Trio container.
Simple Snowman (below) – This one is very simple actually! The snowman is a ring like you would use to decorate a cupcake. It is simple inserted in the middle of a mini bagel sandwich. The snowflakes are yogurt covered pretzels (I have no illusions that they are all natural so a slight rule breaking here). That compartment also contains the Trader Joe’s veggie sticks and 2 Pistachio Power Clusters from our Naturebox subscription. Finally Brendan’s Lunchbox Trio also containes strawberries and canteloupe.
Santa’s Staff (below) – Trevor’s Lunchbots Duo contains some members of Santa’s staff. The elf is a sandwich cut with a spring-loaded, cut and press, cookie cutter from Nordic Ware. I always cut and then assemble sandwiches because it is much easier! He is peeking out from behind a silicone cup containing Trader Joe’s Cheddar Corn Puffs. Above Santa’s reindeer is playing in a stripes of strawberries, canteloupe and English cucumber coins.
Elf in the Box (below) – Brendan’s lunch also contains the same items as Trevor’s does above but the strawberries were swapped for raisins in this Lunchbots Trio. There is also a Christmas Tree food pick (instead of a reindeer) sitting in the cheddar corn puffs that I thought looked like snow.
I have had some lighting challenges as we move through the winter season. I do not get much morning light before I leave the house each day and if it is overcast I am forced to use indoor lighting as opposed to natural lighting. I attempt to edit the lighting on each photo but placing all the photos in one post you can really see the differences! The snowman lunch is treated with a frost filter as well!