I love penguins. I've often dreamed of having penguins live in my bath tub like Jim Carrey did in Mr.Popper's Penguins, but seeing as my house is a zoo as it stands I opted for an annual membership at the Vancouver Aquarium instead.
I saw this idea on Pinterest a while ago and when Lindsay Olives sent me some tasty olives to play with in my lunch box I knew I had to give it a try!
The cream cheese stuffed black ripe olive penguins are quite content hanging out with the veggie octodogs (which I'm happy to report work well as octodogs!). I colored the rice blue to resemble the ocean, and included penguin crackers, a fish shaped hard boiled egg, some cucumbers and grapes and packed in our EasyLunchBoxes.
Making the olive penguins was super easy. I simply cut a wedge out of the middle of an olive and stuffed the cavity with cream cheese. I then cut a small pie shape from a carrot medallion, using the medallion for the feet, and the pie for the penguins nose! I placed a second olive on top of the first with the pie nose in the end and secured it all with a toothpick!
I love quick and easy Lunchbox "hacks" like this because they are a fantastic way to encourage my kids to try foods they wouldn't normally try. When they are a fun shape or a fun theme I find that they are more likely to try them.
Things I used to make this lunch:
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