Oct 31, 2011


I found this quinoa recipe and instructional to make these cool peppers for our Halloween dinner. I did not use the beef bouillon or cheese, but the rest of it we had in the house and it was super easy and really yummy.

Dinner done, off to go Trick or Treating!


Jack Skellington in The Nightmare Before Christmas

Oct 28, 2011


My ten year old has been begging for a vampire lunch. She is planning to be a vampire for Halloween (and not the sparkling kind), so wanted a lunch to reflect that. I made them brainstorm to come up with something, and here is the finished product.

Rice, nori for hair, olives, turkey ham and ketchup.

Oct 27, 2011


Spooky potato ghosts!

Leftover mashed potatoes and I used a cookie cutter to form them, used a hole punch to make nori eyes and mouth.

Oct 26, 2011

Bread shapes

Since we had bread in the house, my son wanted to make the sandwiches, so he got out the Halloween cookie cutters and made up some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with some Halloween toothpicks.

Oct 25, 2011

Worm Sandwich

Look, I baked bread! Okay, it was out of the package, but still fairly impressive for me.

Had this idea from a friend and bought some Surf Sweet Gummy Worms - 2.75 oz - Bag for some peanut butter and worm sandwiches!

Sides of grapes, cashews, pears and snap peas.

Oct 24, 2011

nom nom nom

Okay I am pretty sure I just grossed myself out.

For these super disgusting fingers, I cut some turkey dogs in half, then sliced some knuckle lines.  I cooked them up in Coconut Aminos (Two 8oz Bottles) and brown sugar for some extra creep. Slivered almonds for the fingernails, placed in some gluten free pasta and added some ketchup. Yum.

Oct 21, 2011


Last night I cooked up some Ka-Me Bean Thread, 3.75-Ounce Units (Pack of 12) and mixed them with the arugula/spinach mix to make them green. I really wanted to make brains out of them but didn't have a Brain Gelatin Mold. I made a couple of brain molds out of aluminum foil, poured the noodles in and formed them a bit more. I was half expecting them to be completely flat by the time I got up but they held their shape and turned out looking like brains!

Oct 20, 2011


Back to feeling a little more creative! This one took a bit more preparation. I am not great with the baking, especially the gluten free baking without eggs or dairy or anything these things are supposed to have. I used a mix and made little pie crusts, and cut them into strips. They were pretty crumbly, but worked. I had to "glue" a few pieces with ketchup. I made the eyes out of the rice cheese, cutting them with straws. I found these little turkey breakfast sausages to roll up as mummies, they were a hit!

Oct 19, 2011


I used some leftover pasta from the day before, rice cheese cut out with our bat cookie cutter, threw in some more olives. My son made the bat eyes from some cut up olives. Sides of grapes, strawberries, peanuts and carrots.

Oct 18, 2011

Rough morning

This was one of those rough mornings, running late, feeling under the weather and not very creative. I just made some pasta and threw it in their lunch boxes. Well, the kids came to the rescue and couldn't have just pasta! They had to make a face, so grabbed some olives and tomatoes and made faces in their pasta! And it kind of goes with the Halloween theme with looking slightly like a mummy...

Oct 17, 2011

Life! Do you hear me? Give my creation life!

Frankenstein's Monster.

Blended some arugula, garlic, spinach and oil together and mixed it in with the rice to make it green (and tasty!). Olives for the eyes, and I cut out some nori for the hair, scar, and mouth.

Oct 12, 2011

Eyeball Salad

I peeled the radishes with a knife, trying to create a bloodshot eyeball look. Olives and peas for the pupil and iris, set in some delicious salad! 

Oct 11, 2011



These were harder than I thought they would be! It's so random what I think will be easy and what I think will be difficult. For some reason I was having a hard time cutting the olives just so, and the legs continued to want to fall off the rice eggs! And I think I creeped myself out just a little bit...

Oct 10, 2011

Monsters in Mire

Halloween season is upon us... time for creepy food! I sautéed some garlic in oil and then blended the heck out of some  leftover spinach, arugula and broccoli before it went to waste,  then mixed it with cooked up mung bean noodles for the mire. These are the big all beef hot dogs from Costco (thanks to my mom!), I made little diagonal slices in the hot dog and cooked them, which led to this monstery look. Fun, super easy and the kids love it. 

Oct 7, 2011


I was so excited about this one. We had been reading a Lego Ninjago book at bed time, and I found some  inspiration online for ninja lunches.  I was just thrilled with how it turned out. My kids thought I was awesome too which is always a great feeling. Carrots as weapons, rice balls wrapped in nori... it was so easy, yet super cool. We also had turkey burgers left over from dinner the night before for some extra protein and for the ninja's to hang out on.

Oct 6, 2011

Hummus Lunchbox

I thought I might try this idea of having a hummus platter for lunch and see how that went. I try as often as I can to be creative with what I have in the house, and this is what I have right now. My son loves hummus, my daughter, not so much. Blue corn tortilla chips, celery, carrots, and apples for some sweet.

And, yay! the pink lunch boxes finally showed up from back order! 

Oct 5, 2011

This was supposed to be better...

So I went to Trader Joes! Picked up some gluten free onion rings, cinnamon raisin almonds, the kids were so happy to expand our daily food routine.

I was going to make some thing super awesome with the beef sausages and the wraps. I had seen a picture online and was trying to copy it in gluten free form, but... well. This is what happened. My oldest was happy and "decorated" the tray with some extra arugula and carrot placement and happily directed my photography for the morning.

Oct 4, 2011

Heart sushi

 My son saw some heart sushi in one of the books I got from the library and really really wanted to make it. I had never made sushi in my life so making heart-shaped sushi seemed daunting. Well, he read the instructions and went to work. I helped with the cutting but he did most of the rest himself. This sushi had turkey ham, cucumber and rice.

I also tried to make some sugar and cinnamon tortillas. That didn't really work out so well. Side of carrots, apples as usual and a little note. 

It is starting to stay dark longer in the mornings... hard to get very good pictures with the dark and my fluorescent lighting. 

Oct 3, 2011

I guess I started something...

 After coming home from pre-k, my little one decided that her lunch must have a face. We had to have a discussion that the nose is just a carrot..."see mom? how my nose goes from here to here and has two holes?"... that I will not be whittling the carrot to look like a real nose. She was pretty happy with the end result! 

These were mini turkey meatloaves and a curvy carrot for the mouth! 

Singing in the Rain

"From where I'm standing, the sun is shining all over the place!"  I will admit I'm a bit of a romantic (okay, more than a bit) and the fall rains are upon us... I must start thinking positive or it will be a long winter! Did you know that the directors of Singin' in the Rain added milk to the rain so it would show up on camera?
Turkey ham I cut into shape with a knife, nori dots, brown rice with sesame oil and flax seeds. Side of cantaloupe balls, strawberries, apples, and a sesame seed treat.