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EasyLunchBoxes Review and Giveaway! -Closed

I was so pleased when asked to write the review for EasyLunchBoxes. If you’re a lunch packer, MOMables subscriber, or frequently find yourself eating in the car between school, little league, and cub scouts, then these boxes are definitely for you!

I’ve spent the past 4+ years packing lunches for my daughter on a daily basis. It’s not an option to do a hot lunch for my peanut- and gluten-free princess, as is the case for many other food-allergy families.

I’ve had my set of EasyLunchBoxes for about 8 months now, and they’re still just as perfect, durable, and wonderful to use as the day I got them!

EasyLunchBoxes are BPA–free, FDA–approved, and made from food-safe polypropylene (#5). These containers are much sturdier and will last quite a bit longer than flimsy plastic reusable/disposable containers will.  PLUS they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe!

The divided spaces within the container allow you to be creative with your lunch menus, help with portion control, and provide a place to separate wet and dry food items. These containers are not just for kids; I use them for my lunches too!

Packing my daughter’s lunches in plastic baggies would require four to six of them every single day! That’s a lot of plastic waste and money simply thrown away.

EasyLunchBoxes also has their own cooler bags designed to fit the containers so they lay flat and the food doesn’t swish all over the place. For picnics or traveling, you can fit up to three in your lunch bag. We oftentimes will pack two containers and have room for drinks if we go to the park for the afternoon.

The biggest downside is that these containers are not leak-proof. However, a few food bloggers have found a solution to the problem by placing parchment paper between the lid and the tray.

Whether you’re packing lunches, eating in the car on the go, or simply storing leftovers conveniently in the refrigerator, EasyLunchBoxes are a great solution and investment that won’t break the bank!

Therefore, if you want an affordable way to pack your healthy school lunches you are going to make by subscribing to the menu plan, you will love using these containers.

        

Now for the fun part: Want to win a set of your own? MOMables and EasyLunchBoxes have teamed and want to give a complete set away to one lucky winner!

Contest is now closed. Our winner:

Sarah the Duke.

 

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Gluten- and Nut-Free Applesauce Bread

I’ve been making applesauce bread for years. It’s a favorite of my Little Miss! Whether it’s baked in a bread loaf or in a muffin tin, she loves devouring pieces for breakfast, in her lunch box, or packed as a snack.

Since she loves the bread so much, I decided to make a gluten-free version that she could now enjoy. It turned out scrumptious! She was so happy to not only help make it but enjoy something that’s been a favorite for years and not feel like her new diet has changed a food she loves so much.

4.0 from 1 reviews
Gluten- and Nut-Free Applesauce Bread
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a large bowl, blend the butter, egg, and sugar. Then add the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. After it starts to form a crumbly dough, pour in the applesauce, and mix together.
  2. Coat a bread loaf pan with cooking spray, and pour the batter evenly inside (or use muffin tins, if you prefer).
  3. Bake at 350F for about 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. One of my favorite parts is the smell while they're in the oven---mmm, makes the whole house smell delish!
  5. Perfectly moist with just the right amount of spice! Delish.
*Check out this great tip on oat flour!

8 Breakfast spirals - MOMables.com

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals

Breakfast spirals - MOMables.comMy daughter, Little Miss, has a severe peanut allergy. Making healthy and fun school lunches has always been a priority; so much so, that I started a personal blog to document my journey.

Recently, we began a gluten-free diet, and a month into it, I could already see an amazing difference in her health!

 

 

I have always loved making breakfast for my family. This recipe in particular is fabulous, because it’s not only been one of her favorites for quite some time but it’s gluten-free as well. I am beyond thrilled to share this with my MOMables family!

 

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals
 
Author:
Cuisine: Baking
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free, multi-purpose flour
  • 12 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup fresh baby spinach
  • 8 slices nitrate- and gluten-free ham
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving at least a 1-inch lip, and lightly grease with oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheeses and enough milk to make it smooth. Add the flour and the remaining milk, blending once more.
  3. Slowly beat in the eggs, and mix well.
  4. Pour onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, and top with the cheese, spinach, and ham, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Roll up, starting with the short side. Then return to the oven for a few minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Place on a serving dish, and slice.
Notes
Note: Not a fan of ham and spinach? You could also do sautéed vegetables of choice or bacon.
 

 

This recipe is my kid version of this recipe.  The ingredients have been changed to adjust to my daughter’s preferences.

 

 

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LunchBots: Sturdy, Fun, and Versatile

For someone who packs lunches daily for a household of three, using waste-free materials is important to me. They need to be sturdy enough to stand the abuse of a six year old, aesthetically pleasing so that the fella won’t think they’re too “cutesy” to carry at work, convenient for packing healthy foods, and easy to clean. Especially since I am my family’s dishwasher! 

LunchBots has four stainless steel containers that meet all those needs and my family loves. Combine their compartmentalized convenience plus one of the MOMables lunch menus, and I can pack lunch for the entire family by just changing the portion size!

BPA–free and made from food-grade stainless steel, LunchBots are 100% reusable and 100% recyclable.  I also love all the fun color options there are for the lids! A great way to express your personality through your lunch box.  Whether you use an Uno, Duo, Trio, or Quad, the possibilities are endless for great lunches for the entire family.

The Trio and Quad, specifically, are great for kids’ lunches because it allows you to divide your food into three or four compartments. You can easily pack Bento-style lunches without the tediousness of cutting food into cute shapes. They give you more capabilities to be creative, and to keep food from touching for those picky eaters in your family!

Each space provides enough room to pack nutritious fruits, vegetables, protein, and more. Different size containers for different size appetites—perfect!  LunchBots also come in handy for keeping dinner leftovers in. With their spacious sections, you can easily store tonight’s dinner in them to enjoy for lunch the next day or even to use as ingredients in your next meal.

Avoid the use of wasteful baggies, foil, and plastic wraps! Instead, start packing in these Bots that will keep your food not only from getting squished, but are environmentally friendly as well. Did I mention they are sturdy? The ones in our MOMables test kitchen are 3 years old and still feel and function like new!

 

Updated: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

3 easy cheesy tortellini recipe in the crockpot. super delicious and easy to make.

Italian Tortellini in the Crockpot

Need an easy mid-week meal that is both cheesy and satisfying? You know, for nights where you need something ready for you when you walk in the door? If so, you are going to love this Italian Tortellini in the Crockpot!

easy cheesy tortellini recipe in the crockpot. super delicious and easy to make.

The method is simple, and the ingredients are basic. Recipes like this one are the type you’ll find inside our Classic Meal Plan. For a sample, click here.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Of course, the Italian sausage in the recipe is optional. As a matter of fact, this dish is comforting plain! Serve it next to a side salad with homemade Greek yogurt ranch, and you are good to go!

crockpot tortellini recipe with a side salad and homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing

Crockpot Love: Cheesy Italian Tortellini
 
Author:
Cuisine: Dinner
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound mild ground Italian sausage (optional)
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, with liquid
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 9 ounces refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium skillet, cook the sausage, if using, over medium heat until browned. Drain the excess fat and set aside.
  2. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the cooked meat, tomato sauce, mushrooms, and diced tomatoes inside the crockpot. Give the mixture a quick stir, and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 to 7.
  3. In the last half hour (if cooking on high) or the final hour (if cooking on low), check for seasoning, then add in the tortellini and mozzarella. Give everything a quick stir, cover, and continue cooking.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Notes
This recipe serves 6 with sausage, 4 without.
 

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