Today I have another week’s worth of quick and easy lunch ideas to share with you, all with a funny face theme. Turning a sandwich into a funny face is one of my favourite ways to make lunch instantly fun with minimal effort, and there are so many different ways you can do it!
It’s the very last day of the summer holidays for us today and I’m trying to pretend it’s not so! One silver lining though – we’ve got another year of packing fun lunches ahead of us! Yes, I really did call that a silver lining, because packed lunches are one of the few chores that I actually enjoy. This last week I’ve had my lunch packing head on whilst wandering the supermarket aisles, keeping my eye out for interesting new foods to pack in lunch boxes for the next week or so. I’m quite looking forward to getting stuck in!
We’ve also had a flood of new members joining the Eats Amazing Lunch Packing Community over on Facebook this week, so if you’re packing lunches for your kids (or yourself!) this year then do come on over and join us, it’s a lovely, friendly and supportive group with lots of fun lunch ideas and photos being added by our members daily. Join in the conversation, share your own lunch creations or just enjoy being inspired!
Back to the funny face lunches, these are all very simple ideas that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. You don’t need special equipment (check out the sandwich below with Babybel eyes!) but some eyeball cupcake rings and my absolute favourite eye bento picks (we’ve recently started stocking a second fun set of these too!) really come in handy for turning food into faces and adding instant fun to lunches!
Lunch 1: Bagels make great funny faces and a fun alternative to standard bread for sandwiches too. Packed in this lunch was a ham-filled bagel topped with eye bento picks and a mustache pick, cucumber slices and mini raw red pepper rings topped with a monster cupcake ring, red grapes topped with more eye picks and some dried banana chips. This lunch was packed in our blue Yumbox Panino bento box.
Lunch 2: Just popping some eyeballs onto a stack of sandwiches adds instant fun with zero effort. This lunch included roast beef sandwiches on seeded bread sliced and topped with eyeball cupcake rings and a moustache pick, baby cucumber slices, a mini Babybel cheese (turned into an eye ball by cutting circles from the wax with mini bento cutters), a peeled clementine, green grapes and blueberries, decorated with eye bento picks. The simple one compartment lunch box was divided into sections using silicone cupcake cases to hold the different foods.
Lunch 3: Another funny bagel, I thought this one looked like it was smiling so I just HAD to add eyes! Packed in this lunch was a plain bagel filled with German sausage slices and decorated with eyeball cupcake rings, chopped beetroot decorated with a cute alien bento pick, a mini Babybel cheese, red grapes decorated with eye bento picks and some blueberries. This lunch was packed in our blue Yumbox Panino bento box.
Lunch 4: A simple sandwich cut in half with some added eyes and a nose would make anyone smile! This lunch included a chicken salad sandwich on seeded bread, decorated with a mini Babybel cheese, split and topped with blueberries, some lettuce hair and a cherry tomato nose. On the side were raw red pepper strips and cucumber slices topped with funny little people bento picks, strawberries, blueberry stuffed raspberries and some dried apricots, all decorated with eye bento picks. This lunch was packed in our pink Yumbox Panino bento box.
Lunch 5: It doesn’t get easier than this simple sandwich – just slice it in half and pop in a couple of eye picks for an instant funny face! This lunch was made by my 8 year old. He packed a grated cheddar cheese and marmite sandwich on white bread, sliced at an angle with eye bento picks to decorate. On the side were raw red pepper slices and carrot slices cut with a crinkle cutter, decorated with a monster cupcake ring. He also packed some fruit – clementine segments, green grapes and blueberries, decorated with more funny eye picks.
If you’d like more packed lunch inspiration, head over to the creative bento lunches section here on the Eats Amazing blog where you’ll find over 450 fun packed lunch ideas, enough to keep you going all school year!
Do you have any favourite tricks to make lunches fun?
Some of the items used to make these lunches: