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13 grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches – Grain-Free Lunch Idea

These spinach and bacon mini quiches are a great grain free lunch idea kids (and adults) will love! Easy to make and perfectly portable.

Isn’t it true that bacon makes everything better? These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are a great high protein, portable, grain-free lunch idea!

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches

The hard part, is getting kids to eat their leafy greens without turning up their noses.  These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are sure to get them just as excited about eating their greens as they are about eating bacon.

If you are following a grain-free diet, you know how difficult coming up with new ideas can be. And, it’s not always easy to add veggies in a variety of ways our kids will actually eat. For this reason, having a consistent influx of recipes that are kid approved can be very helpful.

So, now you might be wondering, where do I begin?  All it takes is a change in approach.  It can be as simple as changing the way we talk about veggies and leafy greens, or even how we use them in a recipe.  For these mini quiches, the spinach magically becomes confetti, adding a fun splash of color to each bite.  It doesn’t take much, but every little bit counts.

Check out how easy these mini quiches are to make! This is one recipe kids can also help make!

Green Lunchbox shown above is a Yumbox.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches

grain free school lunch idea: spinach and bacon mini quiches
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 24 mini quiches

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ cup finely chopped spinach
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Dash of pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a 24 mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk. Add in chopped spinach, shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, and pepper. Give it a quick mix to combine all ingredients.
  3. Distribute egg mixture evenly into muffin pan cups.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
  5. Once cooked, allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

 

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe with bacon made in a skillet that kids will love and leftovers are easy to pack for a school lunch.

 Are you in a meal planning rut?  Looking to add new meals to your weekly rotation, but nervous about recipes with fancy names and ingredients? If so, your family is going to ask for seconds when you make this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe! See how this simple and delicious meal is made in a matter of minutes in the video below:


Introducing new foods to your kids at mealtime, can present many challenges. If these new meals have ingredients that they know and love, you’ve won half the battle. Today’s recipe is a combination of two kid friendly ingredients, spaghetti and bacon, making this a meal that will surely become a family favorite.

While Spaghetti Carbonara may seem like a fancy, time consuming dish, it couldn’t be easier.  This simple pasta recipe comes together quickly, all in one skillet, and will taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  Left overs make a great thermos lunch for both kids and adults alike!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Easy to make spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

Introducing new foods to your kids at mealtime, can present many challenges. If these new meals have ingredients that they know and love, you’ve won half the battle. Today’s recipe is a combination of two kid friendly ingredients, spaghetti and bacon, making this a meal that will surely become a family favorite.

While Spaghetti Carbonara may seem like a fancy, time consuming dish, it couldn’t be easier.  This simple pasta recipe comes together quickly, all in one skillet, and will taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  Left overs make a great thermos lunch for both kids and adults alike!

For more recipes, tips, and even a shopping list to help you add a little variety to your school lunches and meals, get a sample of our meal plans.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!
  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dried spaghetti
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (about 4 oz), cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook pasta, until al dente. When pasta is ready; reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute bacon over medium-heat high.
  3. When bacon is browned and just beginning to crisp, add garlic and onion. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is brown and crisp and onions are translucent.
  4. In a separate dish, whisk together eggs,parmesan, pepper and set aside.
  5. Turn heat to low and add drained pasta to onion, garlic and bacon in skillet. Mix pasta and cooked bacon and pour egg mixture over pasta.
  6. Working quickly, use tongs to toss and combine pasta with egg, bacon and onions. If pasta is too dry, add a tablespoon of reserved pasta water at a time, until a creamy consistency is reached.This will create a “sauce”.
  7. Garnish with parsley, black pepper and additional parmesan cheese.

Notes

Turn leftovers into an awesome school lunch by heating up pasta in the morning and packing inside a pre-heated thermos.

 

 

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How to Make Bacon Bits Healthy and Gluten Free

Christy Owenby, our newest culinary contributor, shares how to make healthy bacon bits. I appreciate this recipe because my daughter is allergic to nitrates, and I have to buy everything nitrate-free. These are so delicious, you will think of ways to put them in your recipes just to make more!—from Christy
 

Bacon bits are the perfect topper for a salad, loaded baked potato, omelets, and soups, but NOT the perfect product for your pantry. Commercial bacon bits are made mostly from soy flour, soybean oil, artificial flavoring, and food coloring. So why spend all your time trying to eat healthy and then add fake bacon to your meal?

Here is a simple easy solution—REAL BACON! And even better, bacon with no antibiotics or nitrates. Our kitchen favorite is Applegate Naturals. To make it even better, Applegate’s bacon is gluten- and casein-free. The pork is raised on their family farm and is vegetarian grain-fed. Sounds yummy. For an even healthier choice, you can use turkey bacon, and vegetarians have the option of soy bacon.

We all know how much kids love bacon, and I think they’ll love helping make their own bacon bits. When your meal calls for bacon bits, then head over to your refrigerator and not your pantry.

How to Make Bacon Bits: Healthy and Gluten-Free!

  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of bacon

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 400F.
  2. Place the bacon slices on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake until you see them turn dark brown with a crispy look.
  4. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb extra fat.
  5. After they cool, transfer them to a cutting block, and chop the strips into small pieces, or place them in a food processor. Pulse until broken into small pieces.
  6. After they’re finely chopped, spread them on another clean baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 5 minutes. Take the bacon bits out, shake them onto a paper towel, and allow them to cool!

Notes

We recommend storing bacon bits in your refrigerator for 3 days in an airtight container or 3 months in the freezer. So make a bunch, and store away! Our choice—the real thing! Which is always much tastier and healthier.

 

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