Kids love Popsicles. Would you like your kids to eat more fruit? These frozen yogurt pops are the best of both worlds! The summer is great for being outdoors, going to the beach, barbecues, picnics—and treats! My daughter and I love to cool off with Popsicles and ice cream.
The idea for these Healthy Frozen Yogurt Pops came from the same philosophy behind the frozen yogurt bites I often make in lunches for my daughter.
The concept is easy: Freeze the yogurt in silicone candy or ice cube molds, making them perfect bite-size snacks, or if packing for a long day, they stay chilled and are perfectly thawed by lunch to eat with a spoon. I will oftentimes even blend in fresh fruit before freezing.
This easy snack packs twice the amount of protein thanks to Greek yogurt. You can, of course, use regular yogurt if that’s what you have in your fridge.
I recently found this Pop mold, I knew just what to do with it. A healthy popsicle/ice cream–like treat without all the added sugar and junk!You can find many more healthy summertime treat ideas here on the MOMables blog!
During the summer, life doesn’t slow down. In fact, it seems to only get busier—juggling camps, sports, get-togethers, work—then before you know it, the day is over, and you’re left standing in the kitchen wondering what to feed the family for supper! Don’t fall victim to the summer rut!
That’s why MOMables is here to help! Providing you with great dinner ideas for your family that also make fabulous leftovers for lunches the next day; these Meatball Subs being one of them.
I often joke on my blog about the secret love affair I have with my crockpot. For busy families, it’s the best kitchen appliance you can own! In the morning, I prepare the ingredients, turn it on low, then come home to a great-smelling kitchen and a dinner ready and waiting to be eaten. Yum!
I make this recipe gluten-free for my daughter by using gluten-free bread crumbs and seasonings. I also serve hers on a gluten-free bun, and she is in seventh heaven! This recipe left our family feeling stuffed with plenty of leftovers. Mom scores again!
Cauliflower has always been one of my favorite vegetables; this low-calorie veggie is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as antioxidants and fiber.
If you have picky eaters, it’s easy to sneak in because it’s crunchy, doesn’t have a strong flavor, and it’s not green!
I’ve been making this particular pasta salad since I was a teenager because it was easy to make with my then-limited kitchen skills. The concept is similar to that of macaroni and potato salad; it has simple ingredients and is always more delicious after being chilled for at least 2 hours.
I even make a gluten-free version of this recipe now, using corn or quinoa noodles. It’s easily adaptable to meet your gluten-free needs.
We baked up a batch of chocolate chip mini zucchini muffins. They were perfect for a treat in the lunches for the school!
A small amount of time baking = easy, healthy treats for desserts, whether for just your family for the week or to share! Not to mention the bonding time in the kitchen, as well as it being educational teaching fractions and how to read recipes.
We also made MOMables-style Pinwheels for the lunches. A flour tortilla, cream cheese, oven roasted deli turkey, and roll! Little Miss and I prepared these the night before because they are simple to make.
Tip #1: Set up an assembly line for each step. Instead of making each individual pinwheel, make all of them at the same time.
By spreading all the lunch boxes out on our dining table, we were able to quickly fill the EasyLunchBoxes containers with Veggie Straws, fruits, and carrots with dip.
Tip #2: Sandwiches, wraps, pinwheels, and many other items are easier to slice cleanly after chilling for at least an hour—or until the next morning.
Thanks to my MOMables subscription, making lunches every day for my daughter takes minutes! If I can do it for 28 people, anyone can do it for their family! Having a plan, a shopping list, and a make-ahead tips section saves a lot of time!
Tip #3: Make lunches ahead of time. Most menu items give tips on keeping the items fresh and reheating suggestions. If you’re able to prepare your menu items, say Sunday afternoon, it can save you time and energy during your busy workweek!
Tip #4: Incorporate leftovers. Another reason MOMables saves me time and money is because they tell me in the menu if I will need chicken, rice, or pasta for a menu item. I can easily cook it at the same time I’m making dinner for my family!
Healthy lunches for 1 or 28, it all comes down to planning! Let MOMables help you get the most out of your time and energy so your family can have the lunches they deserve.
Tip #5: Plan year-round. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean your kids aren’t eating lunch! Even with hectic summer schedules, fresh is still best. Between June 25th and August 10th, MOMables will share three fresh dinner ideas and two lunch options your family will love.
Planning during the summer helps avoid costly convenience foods and unhealthy drive-thru meals. As always, your weekly download will be filled with prep-ahead tips, five meals and a convenient shopping list.
One of the challenges in family cooking is finding a recipe that everyone will eat and can be adjusted to the proper portions. This Chicken Parmesan Loaf was a hit with my family. Rethinking the whole portion-control thing, I made this recipe in a muffin pan for perfect individual-size portions.
This recipe is simple to make without the breading, coating, and frying of traditional Chicken Parmesan recipes. Zero hassle and 100% authentic tasting.
These individual cups make a great meal for the entire family. Oh, and let’s not forget that leftovers are perfect for lunches too, MOMables style!