Monday, August 3, 2015

Day Camp Lunch in a Bentgo Kids Box

Ben was loving marine life science camp last week. It was an amazing week for him, learning more about the science and animals on Puget Sound. Since camp was from 9am until 1:30pm, he ate breakfast at home, then took a light lunch/heavy snack for their break time.


In this lunch, Ben took a fish-shaped sandwich of bologna and cheese on our new favorite oat and nut bread.  I cut a single slice of bread with a LunchPunch cutter and used both fish pieces to make a half sandwich instead of a whole.  He chose grapes and honeydew for his fruits, some Teddy Grahams, and fruit snacks to round out his lunch.  I added a yogurt tube and granola bar, in case he wanted extra food, and we packed his lunch in a Bentgo Kids box.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Crockpot Mango Pork Tacos


Since it's been rather hot in Washington, my crockpot has been working overtime so I can avoid during on the actual oven!  These crockpot mango pork tacos are a perfect light summer dinner, and you can avoid heating up the house.

Just pour a cup of Chi-Chi's Mango salsa on top of a Hormel Always Tender pork loin (we used onion-garlic, but plain works too) and cook on low all day.



Pull the pork out about 10 minutes before serving, shred it with forks and put it back in the salsa till it's covered.

Serve with soft tortillas, more mango salsa, mango chunks, lettuce, tomato, cheese and more!


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.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

30 Lunch Ideas to Put in Your EasyLunchboxes


What can you put in an Easy Lunchbox?  Pretty much anything!

We typically use ours in the most standard way.  The largest compartment holds the main course, the middle one holds fruit, the smallest holds a second fruit/veggie or a small treat.

Picking fruits and veggies are the easy part.  Does your child like it?  If yes, then cut it to fit in your box.  Add a veggie or a sweet or a second fruit, and you've got two compartments full!  But what about the main course?  After awhile, everyone gets tired of eating the same things.
Here are 30 ideas for foods you can put in your Easy Lunchboxes:
  1. Sandwiches! So many possibilities and ingredients and shapes!
  2. Bagels & cream cheese, then add a boiled egg for extra protein
  3. Wraps with all sorts of fillings
  4. Chef salad, add your favorite meats, cheeses, and dressing in a side container
  5. Cold pasta salad with meat & veggies
  6. Deconstructed tuna/chicken/egg salad with crackers or croissants
  7. Meatballs with dipping sauce - my two like BBQ the best
  8. Bistro boxes with cheeses, hummus, pitas, veggies, and fruits
  9. Corndog muffins or other stuffed muffins
  10. Make your own pizza lunchable
  11. Leftover taquitos/rolled tacos with queso or salsa
  12. Buffalo chicken bites (or other flavors)
  13. Fried chicken drumsticks - are we the only ones who love these cold?
  14. Beef burritos or tacos with salsa
  15. Breakfast for lunch - croissants or crumpets with jam, fruits, an egg, etc


  16. Cheeseburger bites or other mini appetizers
  17. Homemade lunchables - much more filling when you can add extra food
  18. Cheesy tuna puffs (recipe included)
  19. Chicken wings with ranch to dip
  20. Leftover pizza, homemade or takeout
  21. Spaghetti & meatball cupcakes with garlic bread
  22. Pancake & sausage puffs, don't forget the maple syrup!
  23. Waffle-wiches, cream cheese and jam between mini waffles, definitely a favorite
  24. Mini quiches, ham & cheese are our top choice 
  25. Popcorn shrimp with pasta salad 
  26. Sushi, just make sure you load up the ice packs to keep it cold
  27. Waffle dippers or waffle sticks - toast in the morning while you're eating breakfast
  28. Mini corndogs, add ketchup for a dip
  29. Quesadillas, we use leftovers to fill ours
  30. Random leftovers - yes, sometimes it happens!
Still want even more ideas?  Use the EASYLUNCHBOXES tag on any of those posts to view all our lunches packed in Easy Lunchboxes.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What Kids Eat Wednesday


Welcome back to What Kids Eat Wednesday!

We were so excited to see the amazing entries last week, feel free to check through the link for food inspiration for your family too!

With so many great entries, it's always hard to pick just two or three to feature, but thankfully, my cohosts picked a few of their own too.


These are just a few of our favorites from this week!
Every Wednesday, you can look forward to finding the best kids kitchen ideas, bento lunches, easy healthy recipes for your family, and even learning and sensory activities for kids involving food! We will check out every link and feature our favorites the following week, if you're looking for some quick inspiration!

I hope you find great inspiration here, and be sure to check out my awesome co-hosts -- especially the Pinboards!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

New Week, New Camp, New Bento

This week, Ben is off to a marine life science camp, all about the aquatic ecosystem here in Puget Sound.  Camp is from 9:00am to 1:30pm, so they have a short lunch or snack time around 11am.  Since Ben is always starving, I went with a lunch over a snack option.


Ben chose a ham, cheese, and garden veggie cream cheese wrap again, since he really enjoyed the one he had last week.  Since we were going with a smaller meal, I added a couple of cheese chunks for protein.  He chose grapes as his fruit and a couple of blueberry muffin cookies I made over the weekend for his sweet (they taste like the tops of actual muffins).  Lunch is packed in our PlanetBox Shuttle, which he decorated with the alien magnets.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Day Camp Lunches, Pack for a Week at Once! Day 5

Since it's summertime, the kids have assorted day camps to attend and are required to bring lunch.  Since I love the whole "Pack for a Week" concept (see Week 1 and Week 2), I brought it back for day camp lunches.  While these are for camp, there is no reason this wouldn't work for school lunches too!  It's still five lunches, five days.


Day Five, and the final day, of camp was blue day.  We used the blue lid for our Easy Lunchboxes and grapes were our fruit of the day.  I know, they are more purple, but blueberries were not on sale and the kids were heading to sleep away camp anyhow, so I didn't want to start stocking up on fruits till they went home.


I actually had my plan for this lunch earlier in the week, waffle dippers!  I packed some maple syrup in a mini-dipper in our EasyLunchboxes, then while Ben was eating breakfast on Friday morning, I toasted a couple of waffles and cut them into thirds to make dipping sticks.  He picked honey Teddy Grahams as his other treat since waffles needed a sweet, not salty treat.  Since he was this for lunch, I made him an egg for breakfast so he had a bit of a protein jump to start the day, and there was a small presentation for the parents at the end of camp with snacks, so I felt this would be a fun treat for lunch.  Once again, we added his snacks to his lunch and he was set for the day!


Want to pin the whole series?  Click Daycamp Five for all five entries on one page, then use the graphic above to pin it.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Day Camp Lunches, Pack for a Week at Once! Day 4

Since it's summertime, the kids have assorted day camps to attend and are required to bring lunch.  Since I love the whole "Pack for a Week" concept (see Week 1 and Week 2), I brought it back for day camp lunches.  While these are for camp, there is no reason this wouldn't work for school lunches too!  It's still five lunches, five days.


Day Four of camp was green day, with the green lid and honeydew chunks.  Originally, it was going to be kiwi day, but I ended up needing the kiwi for another recipe, and the sliced kiwi in the above picture was the last one I had, so we had to make a last minute switch.  Being that Ben likes both kiwi and honeydew, it wasn't a big deal to him.


We haven't made wrap sandwiches in awhile and I had some fresh tortillas, so I made Ben homemade wrap sandwiches.  Wraps keep well in the fridge if you don't add lettuce, and Ben isn't much of a lettuce fan on his sandwiches.  I warmed the tortillas in the microwave for about 8 seconds, spread garden herb cream cheese on them, sprinkled shredded cheese, then layer on deli ham and rolled them up.  As you can see, I was going to slice them into rounds because they look prettier, but decided after cutting the first one that it was much easier to add a pick and just leave them as is.  The 5-day camp idea was to make lunch easier, not more complitcated.  On Thursday morning, Ben wanted chocolate Teddy Grahams for his sweet, then he took his usual round of snacks (yogurt, applesauce, and protein bar).


Want to pin the whole series?  Click Daycamp Five for all five entries on one page, then use the graphic above to pin it.

Want to use what we did?  Shop Amazon with us for EasyLunchboxes.  All the colors but yellow are included in the classic four-pack, while yellow is included in the brights four-pack:

 
 

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