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witches soup

Witches’ Soup

What are you packing in your Halloween lunches?

witches soupHalloween is just around the corner, and with the weather turning colder, packing a spooky warm lunch can be a nice change in the lunch-packing routine!

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Witches’ Soup is easy to make, and the whole family can help. No matter whether you serve it for dinner or pack it for a school lunch in a thermos, it will delight all your Halloween fans.

Need more ideas that can get your kids involved? Or just simply need more ideas to pack that lunch box full of food that will actually come home eaten? MOMables has you covered, check us out here!

witches soup horizontalMy kids love everything about Halloween and love creepy and spooky snacks and foods. Serving them cream cheese and olive “eyeballs” in tomato soup always gets them excited. I love that the kids are eating healthy tomato soup, and the cream cheese and olive not only add a touch of Halloween but also a nice creaminess to the soup. This can be a really fast dinner if you are using your favorite real-ingredient tomato soup or a more hearty dinner if you make your own tomato soup and add a slice of fresh bread.

If you want or need to prep ahead, simply refrigerate the cream cheese balls in a covered container and add the olive slice just before adding it to the soup.

Witches’ Soup

witches soup
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  • Yield: 1 or many


  • Cream cheese (about 1 teaspoon per eyeball)
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Tomato soup (favorite recipe)


  1. Slice about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese per eyeball off the cream cheese block, and roll them into balls.
  2. Press one slice of olive into the center of each cream cheese ball.
  3. Heat the soup on medium heat until hot, and add the “eyeballs.”
  4. Enjoy!


crockpot corn on the cob

Crockpot Corn on the Cob

Have you ever cooked corn in a slow cooker?

crockpot corn on the cobMy family loves corn on the cob. Nothing reminds me more of a great BBQ than a buttery corn on the cob.

During the summer months, however, boiling water on the stove is not appealing because it heats up the whole kitchen. This is where the slow cooker comes in! This recipe is so easy—a real “fix it and forget it” recipe—and great for making ahead for those busy weeknights!

Do you find yourself lacking the time and energy to make a good lunch for your kids because of all the late-night chaos? MOMables can help get you back on track and get you easy recipes for delicious lunch box meals! Check it out!

crockpot corn on the cobPlus, making corn on the cob in the slow cooker allows you to make each corn to everyone’s taste! I simply add butter to the kids’ corn and season the ones for my husband and me with coconut oil, garlic salt, and pepper. I stack the corn on the cob with the most seasoning on the bottom of the crockpot and let the “plain” ones sit up top so the seasoning does not accidentally mix.

Not enough time to prep the corn the same day? Simply husk and wash the corn the day before, add butter/oil, and seasonings, wrap in foil, and grab them the next day and throw them in the slow cooker!


Crockpot Corn on the Cob

crockpot corn on the cob
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  • Yield: 6
  • Category: crockpot


  • 6 ears corn
  • 4 tablespoons butter or oil
  • Seasonings of your choice


  1. Husk and wash the corn.
  2. Place each ear of corn on a piece of foil, and top it with 1/2 tablespoon of butter or oil.
  3. Add your desired seasonings.
  4. Wrap in foil, and place in the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or on HIGH for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.


7 broccoli and cheese biscuit pockets

Broccoli and Cheese Biscuit Pockets

How do you sneak veggies into your kid’s lunch? Here is an idea!

broccoli and cheese biscuit pockets

Are your kids eating enough veggies? Adding veggies to their lunch with a yummy broccoli and cheese pocket is a great way to make sure they do!

Both my kids and I love biscuit pockets! They are easy to make, need only a few simple ingredients, are portable, and are non-messy and oh-so-delicious. My kids love these right out of the oven for a snack or at room temperature in their lunch boxes (much better than the greasy school cafeteria pizza). We also love making these on busy nights when everyone needs to eat at a different time, and we are headed out to sports practices and rehearsals. I have eaten these on the sidelines and in the car before (don’t tell my husband), and they are great for on-the-go or a “fast food.”
Healthy fast food? Easy? Simple? Are these words you aren’t really familiar with when it comes to lunch or dinner? MOMables can introduce you to all of these great concepts! Come check it out!
broccoli and cheese biscuit pockets
Another great thing about biscuit pockets is that they are GREAT for making ahead. Fall sports have started, and there isn’t always time to make these fresh. If you have time on the weekend, assemble the biscuits per the recipe and freeze on parchment paper. Once they are frozen, simply store in a zip-top bag in the freezer and bake when you need them. If you want to make these the night before, simply bake, pack, and refrigerate! Do you know how to freeze dough? Check this out!

Broccoli and Cheese Biscuit Pockets

broccoli and cheese biscuit pockets
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  • Yield: 4



  1. Preheat the oven to 375F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the honey wheat biscuit dough according to the directions, and cut the dough into 8 biscuits. Cut a slit on one side of each biscuit, creating a pocket.
  3. Place a folded slice of cheese and broccoli inside of the biscuit. Stretch and press down the dough over the stuffing and seal down with your fingers.
  4. Place the stuffed biscuit dough on the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining biscuits. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Remove from the baking sheet and serve.


To freeze: You can freeze these assembled prior to cooking on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once frozen, remove from the tray and transfer to a freezer zip-top bag.

For school lunches: I prepare these the night before, refrigerate on the tray, and bake in the morning. Alternatively, you can make these ahead of time and pack in the morning. My kids eat them at room temperature.

2 fruit skewers

Fruit Skewers

Who doesn’t love food on a stick? Especially during summer vacation, my kids love being able to grab a quick, healthy snack and get back to playing outside.

fruit skewersWe love fruit skewers because the fruit is bite-size, portable, fun, and healthy!

Fruit skewers are easy to make, sure to please, and great for prepping ahead. MOMables is all about making your life just a little bit easier. If you would like our weekly meal plan sent straight to your inbox, then you can join us here! Go ahead, make your life easier!

You can customize them to your family’s taste or sneak in a new fruit for them to try!

Here at MOMables, we know that food on a stick simply tastes better! Check out our food on a stick ideas: 

fruit skewersFruit skewers are great as a healthy after-school snack, a pretty and healthy appetizer for any party, or even a great gift for teachers, babysitters, or neighbors!
They are easy to make and easy to prep. Just store them in a plastic zip-top bag in the fridge with a damp paper towel, and they are ready to go when you need them!


Fruit Skewers

fruit skewers
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  • Yield: 12


  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwifruit


  1. Wash the fruit and pat dry.
  2. Cut about 2-inch slices of kiwifruit and melon.
  3. Use small cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the melon and kiwifruit.
  4. Assemble the skewers by alternating the fruit in a pattern of your choice.


If you make these ahead: Store in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel in the fridge until ready to use!


  • Serving Size: 12
diy popsicle sticks

DIY Popsicle Sticks

Need a fun craft for your kids this summer? Why not decorate some Popsicle sticks!

diy popsicle sticksSummer is here, and making Popsicles is a fun treat we love in our family. It is even more fun to decorate the Popsicle sticks first. This is also a great way to make sure all the kids can claim their favorite Popsicles if you are making a large batch at once or if some of your kids have food restrictions.

diy popsicle sticksBefore making the Popsicles, I set the kids up with the Popsicle sticks, and they can decorate them while I prep the actual Popsicle ingredients. Here at MOMables, we are all about time management and getting the best bang for your buck, whether it is preparation that you need help with or just the ideas, we have you covered!

If you need some Popsicle recipe ideas, you can check out these Popsicle ideas from MOMables:

Trail Mix Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
Chocolate Avocado Popsicles
Fresh Fruit & Lemonade Popicles

Or try making your favorite smoothie into Popsicles. If you need some ideas, you can try these delicious MOMables smoothie recipes!

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Markers (use permanent markers if you want to avoid the popsicle sticks coloring the kid’s hands)

How to:

  • Decorate popsicle sticks with markers.
  • Let dry completely.
  • Make popsicles.

Enjoy your colorful treats!