Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lunch Ideas and Inspiration

Everyone can use some inspiration for lunch ideas, right? For adults and kids. Having a fun and varied lunch is more enticing and eating a variety of healthy foods is a great way to meet our nutritional needs.

We are a homeschooling family but our oldest goes to a co-op one day per week and brings his lunch. Before we made our move across the country, a year ago, he was in public school and took his lunch most days. I started taking pictures of the lunches I made him as inspiration for myself week to week. He often helps or now makes his own lunch (with our guidance).

I totally get it that our three boys are BIG eaters (they often each as much or more than me) and they are not picky and will eat most anything. If these portions seem too much for your kiddo, just edit it down to meet your needs, you know your kids best. These ideas are great for adults as well! A more grown up Bento Box such this box is a wonderful way to keep portions in check.

Almond butter and honey sandwich on whole wheat bread
apple slices
cheddar cheese cubes with Bento Pick for fun
Graham bunnies with dried cranberries and two candy corns in a Silicone Cupcake Liner
Green leaf lettuce with baby carrots

In a Lunch Cube :
Almond Butter and Raspberry Jam sandwich on whole wheat bread
Goldfish crackers
Sunflower seeds and a candy corn pumpkin in a Silicone Cupcake Liner
Fresh raspberries and cubed watermelon
Fresh spinach, baby carrots and small container of poppyseed dressing (I rinse and save any little containers we get from ordering take-out for this)
Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry yogurt

We love Easy Lunch boxes. They have the best sealing lids and three generous compartments. Easy Lunch Boxes makes the perfect EasyLunchboxes Insulated Lunch Box Cooler Bag that works great for one box and a drink or up to three Easy Lunch Boxes can fit at a time! Love that!

Wheat crackers and two chocolate covered blueberries in a silicone cupcake liner
Fresh strawberries
hard boiled egg
Laughing Cow Light Spreadable cheese to spread on crackers
fresh watermelon cubes
Romaine lettuce with cubes of leftover chicken and croutons with side of Ranch dressing

Wheat crackers
Roasted pistachios
Organic honey ham rolls
Organic White Cheddar cheese sticks
Fresh Mandarin Orange
Graham bunny crackers with two sour skittles in a silicone cupcake liner
Fresh strawberries
Leftover steamed broccoli from last night's dinner

Turkey Sandwich with lettuce, red onion, cheese and mustard on whole wheat bread
Trader Joe's Alphabet crackers, dried mango slices, two candy corns
Fresh grapes
Trader Joe's Organic Strawberry yogurt

In a Lunch Cube:
Almond butter and raspberry jam on an English Muffin
Mandarin orange
Cascadian Farms Organic mini granola bar
Hummus in a Silicone Cupcake Liner with English cucumber slices
Honey Chex and Goldfish crackers
Organic applesauce cup
Organic Honey ham rolls

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Mushroom Quinoa {Gluten-Free}

This mushroom quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) makes a great side dish and pairs really well with chicken or turkey!  It has more protein than other grains and is a good source of fiber. Click over to type2diabetes.net to see my recipe. Enjoy! ...click here for the recipe!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Our Weekly Menu {Gluten-Free} - St. Patrick's Day Edition 3.15.15

It's another Weekly Menu! Here's what we're planning for this week plus some fun additions for St. Patrick's Day! Happy meal planning. Enjoy!

SUNDAY: Beef Lettuce Wraps*

MONDAY: Salsa Verde Chicken {Slow Cooker} with sprouted brown rice and green salad

TUESDAY: Broccoli Kale Slaw with Grilled Chicken and a Fruit Rainbow!!
                    Other great ideas for GREEN foods... Pretzel Shamrocks, Spinach Edamame Hummus, and 
                    Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

WEDNESDAY: Sweet Potato Chili*

FRIDAY: Lemon Rosemary Chicken in the Slow Cooker with Quinoa and steamed broccoli

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Fresh Pineapple Salsa {Gluten-Free}

Fresh and zippy, these turkey tacos are wrapped in lettuce instead of tortillas. I must confess I'm not a fan of pineapple but I've made it a point to not pass any pineapple aversions onto our kids. My awesome hubby came up with this salsa and my peeps love them some pineapple! I had my lettuce wraps with our fresh salsa instead and they were delicious. Check out our recipe over at type2diabetes.net. Enjoy! ...click here for the recipe!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

French-Style Potato Salad {Gluten-Free}

I love this lighter version of potato salad! I'm not a huge mayonnaise fan to begin with so I was excited to try making a French-Style version sans mayo. This is zippy and flavorful and best served slightly warm or at room temperature. Click on over to type2diabetes.net to see my recipe. Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Our Weekly Menu 02.08.15 {Gluten-Free}

It's another Weekly Menu Planning day! Our family is gathered around the lunch table after church and the dinner ideas are flowing. I love to get the kids involved in the planning, one, because they are actually really helpful with their ideas and two, because they are more likely to be excited about helping in the kitchen and eating the meals that they suggested. Excited for my hubby's delicious homemade pizza tonight! Looking forward to an early Valentine's Day celebration later this week with my sweet. Happy meal planning! 

SUNDAY: Homemade Pizza

MONDAY: Going to adapt our Turkey Chili into a sweet potato variation* with Gluten-Free Corn Bread

THURSDAY: Date Night! Celebrating Valentine's early!!  Kids will be having their fav frozen pizza and salad
These amazing Chocolate Coco-Roons are the perfect Valentine's Day treat.  


SATURDAY: Homemade Burgers on Gluten-Free Rolls

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