Lunch 4/25: Happy Pandas


A big theme I do for my kids for lunch is leftovers. I’m very lucky that my kids like a lot of different hot things cold.

When I clean up our dinner, I usually look at our leftovers and see what can go straight into their lunches as well as what can be turned into something for their lunch.

Tonight we had broiled fish, zucchini, and rice. We only had zucchini and rice leftover, so since I was packing my daughters Friday lunch, I figured I’d make her favorite rice pandas.

Last August, before my daughter entered k, when we found out the mascot for my daughters school was a panda, my husband found this rice panda mold:

When I go to prepare the rice for her lunch, I take the rice out of our rice cooker, give it a drizzle of sushi vinegar(varies on the amount of rice, but about 1tbl for 1 cup cooked rice…it will smell strong, but will lessen overnight), and put a furikake (rice seasoning packet) on it.


I take the mixed rice and spoon it into the rice mold and then place the back on the mold and squish it.


***Once you squished it(compressed it), you can pop it out of the mold. Rinse the mold with water between pandas to help the rice not stick.

*****Also, you can hide more protein IN THE PANDA FACE CENTER. If we had leftover fish, I would have hid some in the center, then put more rice on the back, the squish;-).

Now, the fun, SUPER EASY part….the face!!!!

So, the face is made out of seaweed paper(nori), and you can find it at most grocery store sushi counters. I like making sushi rolls as well, so I buy big packages of it at our local international grocery store. In case you didn’t know, seaweed paper will last an extremely long time as long as you keep it in a sealed package in the fridge;-)

The kit comes with a panda face punch. You use it JUST LIKE A REGULAR PAPER PUNCH:-). I’ve never tried a regular paper punch, but I would think it would work. You just put the seaweed paper in the panda face punch, punch it out, then put it on the pandas!





So to finish off the lunch I added zucchini(with a sprinkle of Lawry’s garlic salt), two slices of cheese, and some orange slices:-)

Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3

Hi! My name is Dominique and I'm lucky enough to be the wife to my True Love and mother to a little girl and a little boy. I grew up in the Midwest but have loved living in NC, our new home. I'm actually an Industrial Engineer by schooling, but am now a domestic engineer(Stay-at-home-Mom) and feel very blessed to have this job. I have always loved the challenge in making the most of things...whether it's figuring out that a filing cabinet , a $10 piece of countertop and a few scraps of wood can be turned into a desk, that a curtain sheer, some ribbon, and a square piece of fabric can be transformed into an Elsa-like dress, or how to provide an interesting lunch for my little girl who is in a peanut free classroom. I love to figure things out and to create. I hope you enjoy reading my posts. I hope that my posts will inspire you to create. I hope that with my posts you will see that They Will Love Your Effort, whether things turn our perfect or not;-)


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