KIDS LUNCH ROUND-UP PART 1

Lets talk lunch. If you are a stumped mom wondering what the heck you should feed your kids for lunch, then look no further. This is my 1st post on kid (and adult) friendly lunches and there is a discount for a pretty fab bento box at the end of the post!!

First off all kids are different. Some like the same. exact. thing. every single day. (That would be my 4th kid) Some want you to do something new every day….whichever the case may be, the most important thing is to feed them real, wholesome foods for their lunch. That means protein, veggies, fruit, and healthy fats.

Below are 4 lunch ideas that are in our rotation. Also in rotation….leftovers, because DUH!!

What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Pastrami wraps, banana and cutie slices, ants on a log, and tomatoes dipped in balsamic vinegar.

If you are trying to get your kids to eat less gluten, just wrap what normally would go into the sandwich around the meat. In this case, mustard, avocado slices, and spinach were all wrapped into the pastrami.

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 What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Qunioa and kale salad, apple chips, celery with nut butter, and an rxBar.

Even though we are mostly a paleo eating family, there are some foods that my kids find absolutely delicious and quinoa happens to be one of them.  If you have an intolerance to grains like quinoa then stay away dudes! rxBars are a great snack for kids as their ingredients are very clean. They usually eat a bar like that before their afternoon sports. Since my children are all young and things like rxbars and larabars can get expensive, I usually slice them in half.

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What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Avocado rose, tomatoes, pumkin seeds with dried cranberries, cuties, and bell pepper slices wrapped in prosciutto.

Every once in awhile I like to surprise my kids by making their lunches look cool. (insert avocado rose) Squeeze a little lemon juice over the top of the avocado to keep it from browning.  One of my kids likes to smash the crud out of his avocado  and then dip his tomatoes and bell peppers into it (that would be my son), my daughter likes to make avocado stacks with them.

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What’s in the Bentgo kids box: Gluten free pizza, carrot slices, cuties, and a hard boiled egg.

Who doesn’t love pizza in their lunch?!  This pizza has chicken and artichoke hearts. There are lots of companies that have gluten free pizza dough or pre-made pizza. If your kids like to dip their veggies into things, The Whole Sisters have a bomb clean ranch recipe. My kids like their carrots plain jane. #weirdos. 😉

 

Have you been eyeing the bento box I’ve been posting on instagram and now on here. Head over to http://www.bentgo.com and snag your kids up one of these bad boys! Use the code “DONUT10” at checkout for 10% off your bento kids boxes. HURRY though, discount is good only until tomorrow 5/10!!!  Not only do I love them, but my kids do too!!

Have any lunch ideas you want to share with me or anyone else? Leave them in the comments!!

 

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post by BentGo and I was compensated via cash, gift, or something else of value to write about it. All opinions and thoughts are by own!! 

STRAWBERRY PULLED PORK

The other week I got invited by CA Strawberries to take a tour of Ramos Farms in Watsonville, CA. Miguel Ramos (the owner of Ramos Farms) and ‘California Strawberries’ blew my mind with all sorts of information about strawberries. From growing, to the families that work on the farm, how the strawberries are grown….I seriously could not write fast enough. I came home with a plethora of knowledge that I’m excited to share with you!!

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SCALLOPED POTATO GALETTE

I’ve been thinking a lot about scalloped taters lately.  I’ve actually only ever had them with ooey gooey cheese all over them, but I knew that I could probably make something pretty bomb minus the queso. And not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT! This scalloped potato galette is totally killer!

 

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ROASTED ARTICHOKES STUFFED WITH BRUSSELS AND BACON

I had every intention to have this posted last night, but that whole “having a bunch of kids” thing kind of snuck in last night!! Anywho, this recipe is totally awesome, and if you are looking to step up your artichoke game then scroll on my friend, scroll on.

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BRAISED ARTICHOKES

It’s artichoke week over on my instagram and every year it gets more exciting than the last!  This year I decided to try my hand with braising them chokes!!  And let me tell you, braising artichokes is pure heavenly bliss. And its just as easy as any other method of cooking artichokes.

My favorite thing about braising…..the fact that you can eat the whole leaf! (except for the very outside leaves) I could not believe it at first, so naturally I ate about 40 of them to be sure!

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BROCCOLI TOTS

I’ve been pretty excited about this recipe for a couple weeks now. It’s simple, delicious, and a great way to get your kids, your husband, your wife, grandparent, whoever really, to eat their veggies. #hurrah

I chopped up some things here, mixed some things there and wala! Broccoli Tots, or “broc tots” as my kids like to say!!

 

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CHICHARONE ROASTED CABBAGE

It just got loco in my kitchen!! Barefoot Provisions just got some pork rinds in their store and to say I went “hog wild” is an understatement! My kids love them on their own, as do I, but there is really something special about adding the crunchy little clouds of goodness to a dish.  They are a great replacement to bread crumbs, crunch them up and add them to meatballs, top a salad with them, or do what I did and add them to your roasted cabbage!

 

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CHORIZO POUTINE

I’d like to sit down with the dude who invented “poutine.” Like for reals. He’s pretty much a genius. I had my first poutine a few months ago at this fancy-esque restaurant and I probably have thought about it at least once a day since then!

If you have never had or heard of poutine, you are missing all that’s good in life. The original poutine is made of fries, cheese curd, and a brown gravy to top it off. But that’s not good enough for me.  I needed to take it like 50 steps further. Really knock it out of the park. Go big, or go home…..you get the point. I also paleo and whole-thirtified it. Because that’s what I do.

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THAI CHICKEN SOUP

Around New Years my family had a pot luck….a pot luck of soup. I guess that would make it a soup luck. Anyway, every one who came brought their favorite soup to share. Fun right?!!! There were a ton of AWESOME soups, but my most favorite was this Thai soup that my mom’s cousin had made.  I seriously could have eaten the whole pot of it with no “ragrets” (name that movie).

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