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Halloween Ghost Eggs

Need a healthy, yet fun Halloween idea for the lunch box? Check out these awesome Halloween ghost eggs!

halloween ghost eggsIn this ghostly lunch are two perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, decorated with eyes and mouths cut out of roasted seaweed. These ghost eggs don’t look like they’re resting in peace on a grassy bed of lettuce that was pre-washed and stored to last longer. Sliced cheese stick circles and flat pretzel crisps add some nice crunch to this lunch. They also happen to be very a tasty combo! Veggies make their appearance in the form of carrot sticks and slices of red and green pepper, also nice and crunchy!

It’s easy to get your kids excited for Halloween, right? Do you find that it isn’t as easy to get them excited for healthy foods? That is where MOMables comes into play! Come check us out for fresh and healthy lunches that your kids will love!

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Halloween Ghost Strawberries

Halloween is here! What do you like to put in your kid’s lunch box for Halloween? 

halloween ghost strawberriesHalloween is quickly nearing, and what better way to get in the mood than with a Halloween-themed lunch? Sometimes our kids deserve just a little something extra, and Ghost Strawberries are an easy addition to the lunch box that’ll make your kids feel special.

It is easier than you think to get that Halloween spirit in your kid’s lunch box. Use these spoooooky white-chocolate-covered ghost strawberries that count as a fruit AND dessert! What a perfectly boo-tiful way to finish off lunch! :)

The ghost strawberries are an easy and delicious addition to a school lunch when made ahead. Stored in the fridge, they are ready to pop into any lunch in a moment’s notice. Be sure to pack them with an ice pack to keep cool!
There are just so many ways to keep your kid’s lunch box fun and entertaining and yelling “eat me!” to your kids! Running out of ideas? MOMables has you covered, so come check it out!

Halloween Ghost Strawberries

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  • Yield: 10

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • About 10 strawberries, washed and dried*
  • Mini chocolate chips for eyes and regular morsels for a mouth

Instructions

  1. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, set to 50% power, and cook, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and creamy.
  2. Line a plate or flat surface with waxed paper, and set aside.
  3. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate until evenly coated. Carefully place the chocolate chip eyes and mouth. Lay the dipped strawberries on the plate, and place in the fridge until completely hardened.
  4. Remove the ghosts from the waxed paper and enjoy, or store them in a container for later use.

Notes

*To wash and dry the strawberries, try this great technique on How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer

 

For more lunchtime Halloween fun, be sure to check out the cute lunches my girls made all by themselves or this yummy tortellini lunch eaten at home!
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Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Do your kids love mac and cheese? If so, they are going to love our quinoa mac and cheese recipe!

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I’ve been hearing a lot about quinoa lately, but have honestly been a little intimidated to try it. “How do I cook it? What do I make with it? Will my family like it?” These were all questions that swirled around in my head before I finally decided to give it a try. With all of its wonderful health benefits, I just couldn’t wait any longer! Did you know that quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is:

  1. a complete protein
  2. high in iron and fiber
  3. naturally gluten-free
  4. a source of calcium (though not large, it’s great for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant)
  5. a great alternative to rice and pasta
  6. easy to cook, that is, if you know how to boil water! The directions are right on the bag.

And what better recipe to start with than a mac and cheese-style dish!? I mean, who doesn’t love the cheesy deliciousness of mac and cheese? My kids and husband could seriously eat it every day, but I can’t help but cringe at what can be found in the standard boxed variety—artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, sodium, and who knows what else.

I’ve made this meal for dinner served with chicken, and I’ve also sent it to school as a side in a thermos lunch!

Be sure to check out MOMables meal plans, and you can ALWAYS know that the best and healthiest ingredients are going into your kid’s lunches!

IMAG2000-adj-wmThe organic and homemade versions are certainly much better, but that’s still a lot of pasta. So having a healthy alternative is just icing on the cake. This version is not only packed with protein, it gets its gorgeous coloring from carrots of all things! How’s that for nutritious?

This mac and cheese alternative is the perfect side to go along with just about any dish. It’s easy to make, healthy, tasty, and both adult AND kid-friendly. Plus, the leftovers make a great school lunch the day after. Simply heat up the leftovers and pack them in a preheated thermos. They’ll still be warm come lunchtime!

Quinoa Mac & Cheese Supercharged!

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  • Yield: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, washed, and diced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 1/2 cups uncooked quinoa)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Steam the carrots for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender (you can also steam them in the microwave).
  3. Place the cooked carrots, milk, Dijon mustard, and salt into a blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk if needed (carrot size can vary), but the texture should be smooth, not liquid.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the quinoa, cheese, and carrot puree until combined. Transfer into a medium baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly. If desired, top with additional shredded cheese and serve immediately.

 

 

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Instant Mug Quiche

Did you know that quiche can actually be a quick and delicious breakfast?

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I love quiche, and I often crave quiche, but I don’t always get quiche. Usually, I just don’t have the time to throw one together and wait an hour for it to bake. I don’t always think that far ahead! But with this quick, easy, healthy, AND delicious recipe, I can now have my quiche and eat it, too. WHEN I want it! How’s that for instant gratification?

Make it as-is (perfect and simple) or feel free to change it up a bit with your own style, like a slice of crumbled bacon or half of a chopped sausage link instead of ham, or adding a tablespoon of diced veggies such as onions, green peppers, or mushrooms. Doesn’t that sound just heavenly?

Mug Quiche is just the perfect thing when you crave a nice warm, healthy breakfast but just don’t have the time. It’s great for kids and adults, breakfast or lunch, and sure, why not, even a light dinner, too!

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Do you often feel like there isn’t enough time for preparing healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners no matter how hard you try? Well, you’re in luck because MOMables has this covered! Our meal plan has lots of ideas to help you be a meal planning rock star throughout the week!

Be sure to check out these other great breakfast recipes from MOMables:

And these yummy Mrs. Villanova’s Breakfast Burritos, too!

 

Mug Quiche

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 slice whole grain bread, torn or cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheese
  • 1/2 slice ham, diced
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of black pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a fork, beat the egg and milk together in a mug. Add the salt and pepper.
  2. Stir the bread cubes into the egg/milk mixture.
  3. Add the shredded cheese and diced ham, and mix well.
  4. Microwave on high for about 1 1/2 minutes or until done.

 

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How to Store Lettuce So It Lasts Longer

Do you know how to make lettuce last longer?

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My girls love lettuce on their subs, sandwiches, and tacos, but I rarely bought it because I knew that after the first use, it would just sit there in my fridge, taking up valuable space, only to eventually get thrown out. I found it too inconvenient to wash a couple leaves every time I needed it, which added precious minutes to mealtime preparations. I didn’t like to buy bagged lettuce because it’s more expensive, spoils quickly, and I’m not a fan of the taste—it just never seemed fresh to me.

Being efficient in the kitchen is all about planning. If you can spend just a bit of time planning your week out in one day, life will suddenly become a lot less hectic in the morning, and even around dinner time! MOMables is here to help you and provide you with a weekly meal plan that gives you recipes, photos, tips, and even a shopping list! If you need a bit of help, join us here!

By spending about 10 minutes prepping one head of lettuce ahead of time, it can now be conveniently available to you when you need it. Just follow these simple steps to have fresh, clean lettuce ready for use in your fridge:

  1. Remove all the lettuce leaves, and place them in a big bowl or salad spinner.
  2. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the bowl or spinner and fill the rest with water.
  3. Gently mix the lettuce, water, and vinegar around and let it soak for a few minutes.
  4. Drain the vinegar-water solution, and rinse the lettuce thoroughly in water.
  5. Spin dry if using a salad spinner. If not, transfer the lettuce to a colander and shake off excess water.
  6. Lay out and air dry the lettuce on a clean counter, dish towel, or paper towels until completely dry.
  7. Place the lettuce in a gallon plastic zip-top bag along with a paper towel.
  8. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and refrigerate.

I also like to take several dried lettuce leaves, chop or shred them, and store them in a smaller 1-quart plastic zip-top bag with half a sheet of paper towel for grab-and-go chopped or shredded lettuce. Perfect for tacos, salads, burritos, subs, and so much more!

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No more waste. Fresh and crispy lettuce. Tastes great. READY-TO-EAT! Plus, it makes packing fresh school lunches on the MOMable’s school lunch plan that much easier!

A whole head of lettuce is much cheaper than the bagged type, and by preparing it ahead of time, it is just as convenient. It also makes fun taco salad nights that much easier, too!

 

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