Posts Tagged ‘Laptop Lunches’

Scary Spider Healthy Lunch

Monday, October 28th, 2013

scary healthy lunch


Honestly I had no real theme in mind for today’s lunch so I just put in some fun and “scary” details for my own amusement! Halloween is not over yet after all!  The jack-o-lanterns may not be that scary but they are fun and were cut using a vintage style cookie cutter. I tucked in leaf picks for that pumpkin look. The spiders on the log were made with black olives and the eyeballs in the upper right are also black olives (filled with cream cheese and a tomato dot added as the pupil).

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch menu contains:

  • 2 jack-o-lantern PB&Js (however do sub out for the sandwich filling of your choice).
  • Plums and mangos with black olive eyeballs (secured with a spider food pick)
  • White cheddar popcorn
  • Cucumbers and celery topped with cream cheese and black olive spiders (you could sub out your favorite veggie dip in place of the cream cheese).



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Day of the Dead Lunch

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

day of the dead 2


I was out shopping for a gift for my daughter and came across some amazing Day of the Dead cookie cutters. They somehow jumped into my shopping basket but don’t worry I remembered to get the present for my daughter too!

Day of the Dead, or rather Día de los Muertos, is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd right on the heels of Halloween. It is also associated with the Catholic holidays: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This day focuses on remembering and praying for deceased friends and family members. I’ll let you go Google the whole background!

I did however decide that I had to decorate my lunch box using cutters as sort of a tribute to the Day of the Dead. I tried to include some of the traditions! Often people build alters and include the favorite foods and drinks of the beloved deceased so how fitting to incorporate in with some of our favorite lunch foods! The sugar skulls themselves are left in homes as a welcoming offering to the spirits of the deceased. The flowers, usually marigolds, are left on the graves to attract spirits as well.

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch menu contains:

  • A sugar skull sandwich, ok it is whole whole bread with PB&J (substitute for your favorite protein of course – turkey would have been yummy here)!
  • Plums & mangos
  • Carrot & Sweet Potato Terra Chips
  • Grape tomatos, cucumber and sugar snap peas (pack a dressing if you’d like)
  • a couple of cheese star flowers and decorative carrots were thrown in – all edible of course yum!

Oh and the skull pick was actually picked up at a local cake supply store as part of a 4 pack that included a witch, a jack-o-lantern and a black cat. I couldn’t find a link for you sorry!



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Fall Comfort Foods

Monday, September 30th, 2013

fall comfort foods chili

Chili is one of my favorite Fall comfort foods! I made a huge crockpot full on Sunday for Football day!  It is certainly great on it’s own especially topped with cheese and sour cream. You could however make nachos, you could make taco salad or hey make chili dogs if you like that kind of thing. I’m sure you could think up some other chili ideas! It is also easily made gluten-free!

All of that being said, very few people I know will eat chili cold. Part of the appeal of comfort food is that warm, filling sensation after all! So to work chili into your lunch you have the following options!

1. Pack it in any microwavable container if you have access to a microwave. Some schools have them, most don’t but most offices (like mine) certainly do!

2. Pack it in a thermal container. Easy peasy!

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch gluten-free lunch menu contains:

  • Homemade Gluten-Free Chili
  • Corn Tortilla Chips (pick your favorite gluten-free variety)
  • Cooked carrots (steamed, boiled or roasted – your choice) – I have added leaf picks to a couple to look like pumpkins just for fun, be sure to use thicker slices so the carrots won’t split when you add the pick!
  • Banana fried in coconut oil then dusted with a bit of cinnamon and sugar (you could sub for honey). I cooled the bananas completely then topped with Stonyfield Farms Organic Caramel Greek Yogurt. You could toss on some shredded coconut or granola if you have some on hand!



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