Cue the snowmen, reindeers, gingerbread men, snowflakes, and more for these inspired but easy-to-make lunch ideas.
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Using red and green fruit and veggies are an easy way to create a holiday mood in a bento box. Here green grapes are packed with red peppers and small tomatoes, then the rest of the space is filled with crackers and a sandwich cut and stamped with a Santa cookie cutter.
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Sugar Snap Pea Christmas Tree
It's easy to add a healthy Christmas tree to a lunch when you make it out of sugar snap peas: thread veggies onto a skewer, trim the edges into a triangle shape then top with a piece of carrot cut with a small star cutter. Fill the rest of the lunch with salami, breadsticks and bite-sized fruits and vegetables.
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You probably already have gingerbread man cutters in a kitchen drawer that you can use to make this cute lunch. Use a larger one to cut a sandwich. Smaller cutters can be used on cheese slices that are then stacked with wheat crackers.
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Wintery Snowman Bento Box
Craft a snowman sandwich with simple circle cutters, then add a scarf made of sugar snap peas and draw on a face with a food coloring marker. Snowflake sprinkles and an apple with a snowflake carved into it add to the wintry feel.
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Cut a tree shape out of a block of tofu, then draw ornaments on it with food coloring markers for a festive lunch. Round out the meal with a piece of cornbread and some red and green vegetables.
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Snowflake Bento Box
Ensure a white Christmas by filling a bento box with snowflakes. The sandwiches look intricate but they are easy to make with cookie cutters. An alternative is to make our Snowflake Quesadillas. Add yet more snowflakes by threading grapes onto a cupcake pick and by scattering a few decorative sprinkles on top of orange slices and popcorn.
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Send Dasher, Dancer or any of Santa's other pals to school in this reindeer-themed bento box. Cut and stamp a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a decorative reindeer cookie cutter, then be sure to include Rudolph's favorite snack too -- a nice long carrot! A handful of red and green crackers are right at home with the grape and sugar snap peas on the side.
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Santa comes to visit this bento box and leaves a couple of tiny gift boxes behind. Add a decorative Santa Claus cupcake pick to some meatballs, then decorate a few tiny jam sandwiches with thin strips of fruit leather and a pick topped with a bow. Christmas sprinkles jazz up some fruit on the side.
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Sometimes you need a fast lunch for a busy morning. This bento box gets most of its Christmas cheer from an elf cupcake topper added to some veggies and pretzels in seasonal shapes. Add a few pre-made dumplings and an apple with a star shape cut from the skin to round out the meal.