Thursday, March 26, 2015

Easy Breakfast Casserole and Eggland's Best Eggs CEO Contest


What is your favorite egg dish?  I asked the kids to help me figure out ours and we ran the gamut from quiches, to egg salad sandwiches, to egg in a hole, and more.  They could not not pick just one idea!

March is National Nutrition Month and, with that in mind, Eggland’s Best is launching their next “Chief Egg Officer” (CEO) contest in search for someone passionate about EB eggs and the nutritional benefits they bring to the table!


There are many ways to incorporate EB eggs into your meals, and Eggland’s Best would like the next “CEO” to show us how EB eggs are the only eggs to use! Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs have four times more vitamin D, double the omega-3s, and ten times more vitamin E – they’re not just your average egg!

From March 3rd to May 24th, you can visit the Eggland’s Best website to complete a submission form on why you would make a great “Chief Egg Officer.” One Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 cash, a year supply of Eggland’s Best eggs, and a special nutrition consultation with Nutrition Twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos.


Ben and I had to make a recipe too, so he helped me make an easy breakfast casserole!  It's a great way to help your kids get started in the kitchen and it's rather tasty too.  I've made it for years, but I actually measured today since it's kind of a dump & cook style recipe.  You can add other meats, different cheese, veggies, pretty much whatever you'd like to it!

Ben's Easy Breakfast Casserole:
6 Eggland's Best eggs
6-8oz diced ham
2-3 cups of frozen hash browns (the thin strips)
1 cup of shredded cheese
1 cup of milk


Spray the bottom of a square pan with baking spray.
Spread a layer of hash browns at the bottom.
Add a layer of diced ham on top of the hash browns and sprinkle with the cheese.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and milk together and pour over the ham & cheese layer.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 hour or until the eggs have set.


Want to try Eggland's Best Eggs for your family? I'm giving away a $25 Visa gift card and a coupon valid for a free carton of EB eggs so you can make something great for dinner!  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter, leaving me a comment telling me what your favorite egg dish is! This offer is only open to readers in the US because of product availability).

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Eggland's Best Eggs. I received product and compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 250

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to the What's for Lunch Wednesday!

This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Looking for inspiration?  Check out two of the most popular posts from last week's link-up!



Want to join in? Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below. We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related! We try to pin and tweet as many as we can, so share your favorites with us.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.

Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY Pizza Bento

Another favorite lunch for both of the kids--a do-it-yourself pizza bento!  The best part of making it at home is the ability to add extra meat and cheese, plus a favorite kind of sauce for just a fraction of the store-bought price.


In this lunch, we have a deconstructed pizza option, with a container of red sauce, a container of shredded mozzarella, pepperonis, and flat bread rounds, sliced in half to fit in the box.  To the right, we have a strawberry flavored Greek yogurt bar (also cut in half and stacked), grapes, and a tube of Gogurt which is TMNT themed since they go really well with pizza.

Lunch is packed in our EasyLuncboxes with the small container being ELB Mini-Dippers!

 Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's for Lunch Wednesday, Week 249

What's for Lunch Wednesday

Welcome to the What's for Lunch Wednesday!

This weekly linkup was originally started to share bento lunches, but has expanded! Feel free to share any cute and fun food ideas for kids of all ages, food design, desserts, recipes and more!

Looking for inspiration?  Check out two of the most popular posts from last week's link-up!



We had to add a third share post this week, we couldn't resist this Big Hero 6 Bento featuring a rice Baymax!


Want to join in? Just choose a favorite post from the last week, copy the URL of that post from your blog, and enter it into the linky below. We love to see bentos, cute food, fun food, kid friendly recipes, etc, just something food related! We try to pin and tweet as many as we can, so share your favorites with us.

Click on the "Add Your Link" button below to add your posts to the link up.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tortilla Bowls


I love love love recipes that are basically "Put it in the crockpot, turn it on low, come back in 8 hours and dinner is ready!"  And, if you've ever noticed my favorite lasagna recipe on the blog, I'm also a firm believer that a crockpot recipe should not start with "Cook the meat first."

This salsa chicken is perfect after a long day and is great just wrapped up in tortillas.  We prefer tortilla bowls, so I bake four of them in the molds while the chicken finishes cooking.  My mom bought me a set of 4 tortilla bowl makers for my birthday a couple of years ago and we use them quite a bit!  I bake four to start, then put in a second set while we are eating!

What You Need:
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup of salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

How to Make Crockpot Salsa Chicken:
  • Place the chicken breasts at the bottom of your crockpot.
  • Sprinkle taco seasoning over the chicken.
  • Pour cream of chicken soup on top of the seasoning and chicken.
  • Add salsa on top of the soup.
  • Do not stir together, just layer!
  • Cook on low for about 7-8 hours.
  • About 15 minutes before you want to eat, open up the crockpot and shred the chicken with forks.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream, mix well, and cook an additional 15 minutes. This is just enough time to cook your tortilla bowls!

Serve burrito style or in tortilla bowls, top with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, tomatoes, onions, or whatever toppings you like!  The leftovers are really good too!

Disclosure: I have received product and information from Hormel Foods in exchange for being a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed within the post are my own.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Another Snacking on the Go Bento

It's another busy week at our house, so we needed another quick snack on the go!  And, as usual, when it's food that is going *in* my car, it needs to be reasonably neat.


This time, Faith opted for some leftover hamburger bites (we bought a big tray of frozen appetizer snacks a few weeks back).  They are one, maybe two, bites apiece, so easy in the car.  We had a variety of mixed fruit at the house, including raspberries, grapes, and cantaloupe, so I added the elephant fork pick to make things just a little bit neater.  We also added a yogurt tube and an apple because Faith is on an apple kick lately.  With a smaller kid, I'd probably skip the whole apple and pick something a little bit neater.

 Disclosure: I am a Gogurt Lunchbox Blogger.  This lunchbox was created as part of my relationship with Gogurt and I was compensated for my time and design.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Checking Out the Bentgo Kids Box

I've been debating for awhile if I needed to buy us a Bentgo Kids lunchbox.  Finally, after finding a great deal on it, I bit the bullet and I'm so glad I did!  Ben took my test-run lunch in it and loved it too.


For lunch, Ben took two turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat, cut into R2D2 and C3PO (those were made with my Star Wars cookie presses.  I sliced up fresh strawberries for him, along with some frozen blueberries that would thaw by lunch, some pretzel sticks, and a fun-size pack of mini M&Ms filled the cute middle circle.

So, what did we think of the box?  My initial worry had been the size, but we were really surprised how much food it could hold.  Ben eats a fair amount and he said this was perfect for lunch.  Had we not shaped the sandwiches, it easily would have held a regular sandwich cut in half and stacked.  The inside containers are sealed tightly, so his thawing blueberries didn't contaminate any other food and the teeny circle segment is perfect for a little sweet treat without going overboard.   We'll definitely be using it more and Faith has requested the next lunch in it … or buying her a purple one!

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