Soup & Salad in the lunchboxes today: This is the Italian Barley Soup with Melty Parmesan Croutons that I made a couple weeks ago and froze & the Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad I’ve been testing this week in my kitchen.
My objective this September is to get you thinking “outside the Lunchbox”! Preparation is the key to better, more varied lunches, and the good news is it’s not as hard as you think!
My April Newsletter is out. Click here to see my best “un-boring” breakfast ideas along with my newest recipe for these delicious Banana Chocolate Chia Breakfast Cookies!
These perfectly moist & sweet muffins are 100% whole grain and contain no refined sugar. Nut-free, they’re perfect for school lunches and freeze well. Bet you can’t eat just one!
Let the Official Week of All Things Chocolate (and “healthier”) begin! Can you believe the secret ingredients in these delicious nuggets of chocolatey goodness is white beans? The ingredient list may be surprising, but my kids absolutely go crazy for these cookies. They are really good. (And flourless and gluten-free.) In case you were about to cry … Continue reading “Triple” Chocolate Cookies
Today’s Lunchbox: Lemon Basil Tomato Soup (recipe on blog, here: easy and delish, one of my most popular recipes), homemade Sweet P Biscuit (100% whole grain, recipe will be up on blog this week), strawberries, hard boiled egg and a Grizzly Paw from the freezer (p. 124 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families).
Today’s Tex-Mex school lunch: Leftover Cowpoke Chili (easy, non-spicy veggie chili at p. 71 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families), low-salt organic tortilla chips, seed and raisin mix, local apple. (Chili made enough for last night’s dinner, today’s lunches, and two future school lunches (frozen in, you guessed it, mason jars!)
Soup, Salad & Biscuit Lunch: Frozen Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup reheated this morning, leftover kale salad (try the simple & delicious Krazy Kale Salad in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 82), homemade whole grain tea biscuit from dinner last night (try the Georgia Buns at p. 88 of my cookbook) and an apple.
This school lunch comes together quickly on a rushed morning: Leftover whole grain pasta is mixed with jarred natural spaghetti sauce (look for no added sugars). I pumped up the sauce with some chopped spinach and frozen edamame (beans: protein) while heating it up on the stove. Apple chips (dehydrated apples), local peppers, baby carrots and local plums round out the lunch.
This balanced school lunch includes a 1/2 whole wheat pita stuffed with a little lettuce and about 1/3 c. of my Smashed Chickpea Salad (you can find recipe on my blog, here), which is a twist on tuna or egg salad, takes 5 min to throw together. A peeled local carrot (why cut into tiny pieces, when kids live to chomp on a whole carrot?), plum and some leftover popcorn from last night (popped on stove in coconut oil: YUM!).
This lunchbox features leftover cold pasta tossed with leftover roasted veggies and a little pesto sauce (but you could use any healthy salad dressing). If you’re looking for an easy pesto recipe, you can try my Popeye Pesto (in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 74) or my Kale Pesto
This lunchbox contains a favourite treat in my house, a “Suntella” and sliced strawberry sandwich. The Suntella is a school-safe, healthier version of Nutella that you can quickly whip up at home from basic ingredients, including sunflower seed butter, cocoa, honey. The recipe can be found at p. 44 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families. Along with the sandwich, I’ve added a local pear and some sliced raw veggies to round out the lunchbox.
Think outside of the lunchbox! Overnight oats assemble in 3 minutes the night before, soften overnight in the fridge, and pop into the lunchbox in the morning. So easy, and kids love the idea of breakfast for lunch! This lunch features my Strawberry Sunflower Mason Jar Mornings recipe, with a few blueberries thrown in for good … Continue reading Breakfast for Lunch(Box)!
A great way to keep variety in your lunches is to plan for leftovers by making extra the night before. In this lunch, I heated up extra veggies that I roasted the for the previous night’s dinner, along with refrigerated pre-cooked pasta and a little jarred natural spaghetti sauce from the store to make a healthy Roasted … Continue reading Love Your Leftovers Lunchbox
This simple, yet healthy school lunch features: a wholegrain sandwich made with cream cheese, shredded carrot, cucumber & avocado slices, a local apple & blueberries and a healthy treat, my newest Chewy Cocoa Granola Bars (recipe soon to be posted on my blog).
This balanced school lunch features: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (have you tried Mama’s Chicken Soba Soup at p. 56 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families?), local carrots, grape tomatoes, strawberries and plum and as a healthier treat, a homemade Grizzly Paw (p. 124 cookbook, made in advance and frozen, it will defrost by lunchtime).
This thinking “outside the lunchbox” lunch features: Plain greek yoghurt with frozen blueberries (keep yoghurt cool but defrost by lunch), a side of Basic Birkenstock Granola (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 30), whole grain pita triangles (cut them quickly with kitchen scissors!), a hard-boiled egg and raw veggies (local cukes and carrots). Kids love to make their own parfaits at lunchtime!
This healthy deli-box style lunch features: Double Dip & Holy “Guadamame” (from my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at pp. 92 & 93, both a source of healthy protein & fat ), carrot and celery sticks, and broccoli for dipping (complex carbs), pre-cooked cubed chicken (more protein) and Free Range Goldfish, an easy homemade additive-free cracker (more complex carbs & fibre, p.100 cookbook). Both dips can be made in advance and frozen (use an ice cube tray for perfect single-serving portions!)
Dreading the next ten months of daily lunch boxes? Relax! School lunches don’t have to be boring and with a just a little planning, they can actually be pretty much hassle-free. Here are 10 great tips to keep you out of the sandwich rut this year
September will be soon be upon us and we’ll be back to packing the dreaded lunchbox. Here are some simple, creative tips for dealing with the following common frustrations that go along with a packing a school lunch
This is an easy kid-friendly, crowd-pleasing, veggie-packed, freezable school lunch solution. Freeze in individual one cup portions, defrost overnight, then reheat and send to school in a thermos.
We love a good spicy chai tea around these parts, so I thought, why not create a healthy muffin to go with my cuppa? Entirely whole grain, no added fat and only 1/3 cup of maple syrup to sweeten the batch, these fit the bill. Enjoy!
These are a tasty, high-protein and fibre alternative to potato chips. They are a surprisingly satisfying crunchy snack, and also make for a yummy “crouton-like” salad topper or addition to a savory homemade trail mix. Ingredients: 1 can or 1.5 c. chickpeas 1/2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder pinch of sea salt … Continue reading crunchy chickpeas
For those of you hoping to entice your children to eat more of school lunch this year, or for parents of new students, prettying up the lunchbox can make a big difference in how the weekday lunch goes over. So can portioning food properly, keeping it at the right temperature, and, in some cases, keeping … Continue reading school lunchbox essentials