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12 gluten free apple ring donuts

Gluten-Free Apple Ring Donuts

Need a fun, gluten-free breakfast idea? These apple donut rings will be a huge hit!

gluten free apple ring donuts

Haven’t given breakfast much thought? Thanks to MOMables, your school lunches are made easy and packed healthy because you get this amazing weekly meal plan, right? So now let’s refocus and think breakfast for a couple of minutes.

Apples are a fall favorite. Pick, bake, and enjoy the yummy smell of cinnamon and spices filling your household with warmth and deliciousness. This morning treat has the added nutrition of ground flax, making these gluten-free donuts a simple starter to your school– and workday.

MOM Recipe Tip: These donuts can be made dairy-free by subbing the butter for a vegan alternative spread and egg-free by using your preferred replacer.

Gluten-Free Apple Ring Donuts

4 from 1 reviews

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  • Yield: 10
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large apples, cored and peeled
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a donut pan liberally with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the following dry ingredients: flour, flax, xanthan gum (if using), baking powder, salt, and spices.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together the egg, butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy.
  4. On a cutting board, slice the apples into rings no more than 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix. Add the applesauce, and mix again to form the batter.
  6. Using a teaspoon, spoon the batter into the bottom of the donut pan, just enough to lightly cover the bottom.
  7. Add an apple ring and press lightly into the batter. Top with another teaspoon of batter, lightly covering the exposed ring. Repeat, filling all the cavities.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

 

 

6 homemade potato chips

Homemade Potato Chips

How often do you eat an entire bag of those greasy potato chips and feel a tad guilty afterward?

homemade potato chipsI love salty chips. I could eat an entire bag in one sitting.

Is that good for me? No way. So I’m always looking for healthier options to curb my cravings.

Just like MOMables is always looking for healthier ways to help you pack lunch fast and fresh! With the meal plan, you get a shopping list, a step-by-step recipe for each day of the week and even pictures to give you an idea of what the end result should look like!

Making homemade potato chips is so simple, and it’s a delicious way to help fight those “snack attacks.” All you need are three ingredients!

Try them with one of our delicious dip recipes to add some extra zing! Like our Creamy Avocado Dip, Creamy Herb Radish Dip, or even our Homemade Ketchup recipe.

homemade-potato-chips-horizontalA couple things to note:

Make sure you’re using a mandoline or the slicer on your food processor if it’s adjustable, set to the thinnest setting. You want a consistent slice thickness.

After slicing, make sure you pat the slices dry with paper towels to help remove any excess moisture. This is also crucial to them baking correctly and evenly.

Store them in an airtight container for about 3 to 4 days, if you have any left. ;)

Homemade Oven-Baked Potato Chips

homemade potato chips

5 from 1 reviews

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Ingredients

  • 1 large russet baking potato
  • Olive oil or other cooking spray
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Using a mandoline or slicer, THINLY slice the potato.
  3. Use a paper towel to dry off the excess moisture from the slices. (This is crucial to help them bake evenly and to crisp up.)
  4. Coat the parchment-covered baking sheet with the cooking spray.
  5. Evenly spread out the potato slices in a single layer, then spray the tops as well.
  6. Bake them for 18 to 20 minutes, until they begin to turn golden brown. Flip the slices about 11 to 12 minutes in.
  7. Once you get close to 18 minutes, keep an eye on them because they will brown and crisp up QUICKLY.
  8. Some slices may cook faster than others. Remove those slices, if that happens to a few.
  9. Once they reach your liking, remove the baking sheet from the oven and evenly sprinkle with the sea salt.

 

 

22 how to make zucchini chips

How to Make Zucchini Chips

Have you ever made your own chips?

how to make zucchini chips

I’m a salt person. I crave chips. It’s my go-to snack, and it seems that my kids took after me!

I can’t help it. There are times when nothing satisfies my cravings more than a salty chip, and my kids are asking for the exact same thing!

I started making zucchini chips at my home a while ago and haven’t looked back since. Not only are they delicious, they’re also nutritious and help curb my kid’s salt cravings.

What other snacks do your kids love but aren’t exactly the healthiest thing to buy? MOMables has remade tons of popular snacks but with much healthier ingredients! They are perfect for stuffing your kid’s lunch boxes. If you need more ideas, then you know where to go…here! You can also sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your inbox!

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My chip habit has unfortunately rubbed off on my daughter, so now we make these instead of reaching for that greasy bag in the cupboard. I love knowing she’s getting all the added benefits of zucchini instead!

The best part is the flexibility with the seasonings. It’s really all made to taste, but your choices are endless! Salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, parmesan, garlic–whatever you desire, there is no right or wrong answer.

My seasonings of choice? A mix of salt, pepper, and cayenne. There is only one rule of thumb: Be careful not to season too much because the slices tend to shrink when baking.

They can be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days, after baking and cooling. Pack them for lunch with one of MOMables healthy lunch menu plans for a delicious side. They are naturally gluten-free and allergy-friendly. Your family will love them!

Zucchini Chips

how to make zucchini chips

4.5 from 2 reviews

Seasoning choices are per your taste. Suggestions include: Parmesan, paprika, salt, pepper, cayenne, and/or garlic. After baking and cooling, store in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and other seasonings to taste

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Using either a mandoline or a knife, thinly slice the zucchini. The thinner the slices, the better they’ll crisp up in the oven.
  3. Lay the slices out evenly on sheets of paper towels, then sprinkle the tops of each lightly with salt. Use no more than 1/4 teaspoon total for all the slices.
  4. Allow the slices to sit for about 10 minutes. This will help draw out the liquid so they’ll cook faster and help with their crispiness.
  5. After the 10 minutes, preheat the oven to 225F, and blot the slices dry with additional paper towels to remove the excess moisture.
  6. Lay out the slices evenly on the baking sheet (you may need to use more than one pan, depending on how large your zucchini is).
  7. Brush the olive oil evenly over the tops of the slices, then sprinkle with your seasonings of choice. Be careful not to use too much because you already salted the slices, and they will shrink when baking.
  8. Bake for about 2 hours, or until they’ve reached your desired crispiness.
  9. Remove from the oven, let them cool, then serve.

 

9 how to cook spaghetti squash

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Have you heard of spaghetti squash? Do you know how to cook it?

how to cook spaghetti squashSpaghetti Squash is a delicious vegetable that makes the perfect complement to a meal. For those looking for a noodle substitute because you eat gluten-free or are looking for a healthy, low-carb and low-calorie option, Spaghetti Squash is the answer.

It can be baked, boiled, steamed, microwaved, or even cooked in the crockpot. However you choose to make it, this thriving veggie is rich in folic acid, potassium, and vitamin A. When cooked, the flesh comes out in strands that resemble spaghetti—thus the name, spaghetti squash.

Here at MOMables, we’re always looking for ways to help you live more efficiently and healthfully. This is the goal of our weekly lunch menu plan, which helps you pack healthy lunches fast for your family.

Here are my three favorite ways to cook spaghetti squash: Many leave the squash whole when baking in the oven or cooking in the microwave. I find that it cooks faster and more evenly by slicing it in half lengthwise first. 

  1. Oven Method—Begin by preheating your oven to 400F. Wash the outside of the squash before slicing it lengthwise. Remove the seeds by scraping them out. Rub a bit of olive oil onto the flesh of each squash half, then season them with a bit of salt and pepper. Place each half flesh-side down into a baking dish, and bake for 45 to 55 minutes. When it’s done, the flesh will be tender and begin to pull apart with a fork easily into the spaghetti-like strands.
  2. Microwave Method—Begin the microwave method the same as the oven by washing the outside of the squash, then slicing it lengthwise and scraping out the seeds. Place one half of the squash in a microwaveable dish that is at least a few inches deep. Fill the inside of the cavity of the squash with water and place the other half on top, matching the sliced seams of the squash. Microwave for 10 minutes, or until the skin is soft. Let it  cool, then begin to pull the flesh apart with a fork for serving.
  3. Crockpot (Slow Cooker) Method—Wash the outside of the squash, then pierce the outside of the skin with a sharp knife five or six times. Place it in the crockpot with 1 1/2 cups of water (increase to 2 cups if you’re cooking two squashes side by side), and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours.

Watch this video for more tips and to see just how easy!

There you have it! It’s that simple!

5 how to clean water bottle straws

How to Clean Water-Bottle Straws

How often do you throw out straws because they are dirty and you don’t know how to clean them?

how to clean water bottle strawsEach morning before school, my daughter fills her backpack with her school books, homework, lunch bag, and her water bottle.

She has two bottles we keep in rotation, so they can be washed or in case one gets left in her school locker or desk the day before.

Need some yummy drinks or smoothies to fill those clean water bottles? MOMables has tons of ideas and a weekly meal plan that can give you just that!

All that use, even on the weekends, can really take its toll. The mouthpieces eventually wear out, or if your kids are like mine, they also seem to chew on them… “ahem,” so they need to be replaced more often then they should. ;)

So what’s the best way to clean those teeny tiny straws inside? And where can you quickly find replacement pieces for them?

The MOMables store is packed with great drink containers we all use and recommend for our own families. Personally, we use the CamelBak Kid’s Eddy Water Bottles at our home.

One way to keep the straws clean is to keep a baby bottle brush on hand. This is a great tool for reaching in those tough-to-reach spots in the straw and give it a thorough cleaning by hand.

Another great solution is to soak them in equal parts vinegar and water. This serves as a natural cleaning and sanitizing agent. After soaking, wash as normal and let dry.

Many can be run through the dishwasher, but just be careful! If the parts and pieces fall, they can melt on the heating element. Ugh! That’ll be one of the days you hope you’re not the one in the family responsible for unloading the dishwasher. ;)

What about replacement pieces?

Amazon is amazing for finding replacements. That’s where I order mine! With my Prime account, I get fast and free shipping, so I have my replacement pieces in two short days.

Isn’t the Internet amazing?!

Keep your kids hydrated and their bellies full thanks to these tips and our lunch plans here at MOMables!

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