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10 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

4.5 from 2 reviews
Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches
 
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Serves: 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.
 

4 Pizza Mini Quiches - MOMables.com

Pizza Mini Quiches

For days when you kids ask for pizza for breakfast, these Pizza Mini Quiches are the way to go.

Did someone say pizza for breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Pizza is fun to eat all day long! Well, that’s what my kids say anyway. 

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Yes, it’s true!  Kids love pizza, and what better way to get them excited about breakfast than to add the flavors of pizza to a protein packed mini quiche.  Your family will devour these Pizza Mini Quiches, and you’ll love how easily they come together.

It’s as simple as choosing your child’s favorite pizza toppings, and adding them to a mixture of egg, milk and cheese.  At our house, the toppings of choice are pepperoni and olives, but you can create a familiar combination all your own.

Check out how easy these mini quiches are to make! It’s the perfect recipe to get little hands involved in the kitchen.

Left overs can be sent in lunches the next day, hot in a thermos, or at room temperature in a lunch box.

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For step by step pictures click here. Red lunchbox in the video is a Yumbox.

Pizza Mini Quiches
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup of your choice of pizza toppings, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 24 count mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs and milk.
  3. Add in chopped pizza toppings and shredded cheese.
  4. Mix to combine all ingredients.
  5. Distribute egg mixture evenly into muffin pan cups.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  7. Allow mini quiches to cool in pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.
 

23 these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

Broccoli Nuggets Recipe

Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing? This broccoli nuggets recipe is easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!

Are you looking for ways to make broccoli more appealing?  These broccoli nuggets are easy to make and kids love the broccoli cheddar combo!

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!Broccoli.  Just that word alone can conjure up the shake of a child’s head and a firm, ‘no’ when it comes to eating this nutritious food.  

What’s a mom to do?  Broccoli Nuggets to the rescue!  Kids love nuggets of any kind, and the cheddar and broccoli combination is sure to get their stamp of approval.  These easy, make ahead nuggets, are great for the lunch box, an after school snack, or quick dinner on the go.  Pair them with a small container of homemade ranch or ketchup for dipping.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

When I say they are easy to make, I mean it. Check out this quick video and see for yourself.

You’ll love that they are getting a bit of green veggies into their day, and they’ll love the kid friendly flavor.

these broccoli nuggets are made in one bowl and the cheddar and broccoli combo is one kids love!

Our meal plans are full of idea and tips, just like this recipe, to help you overcome mealtime adversity.  For a sample meal plan and to learn how you can add variety to your family meals, click here.

4.8 from 5 reviews
Broccoli Nuggets Recipe
 
The combination of broccoli and cheddar in these Broccoli Nuggets are sure to make them a favorite with kids!
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounce bag of broccoli florets, thawed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place broccoli florets inside a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, cheese and seasoning to veggie mixture. Process a few pulses until every combined.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, place veggie nugget scoops onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Gently press them down so all nuggets are the same height.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly prior to serving.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.
 

26 Easy stove top macaroni and cheese recipe that can be made in the stove top- with better ingredients than the box

Easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Stove Top version

This easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe will satisfy even the pickets of eaters! The recipe is super easy to make and just as quick as the boxed kind -with better ingredients of course!

Easy creamy mac and cheese MOMables.comIf you ask just about any kid what their favorite food is, more times than not, the answer is macaroni and cheese.

I know there was a period of time at our house when it was the requested meal almost daily.

While it’s always easy to pull out a box of the grocery store variety, I’m here to tell you that making your own, homemade version is just as simple. Check out how easy it is to make!

It doesn’t require a fancy roux to thicken the sauce or even constant stirring.  You can even change it up by adding peas, broccoli, bacon or ham.

Not only does this mac and cheese make a great lunch at home, but your kids will be envy of their classmates when they pull it out of their lunch box at school.

4.8 from 4 reviews
Easy Creamy Mac and Cheese Recipe
 
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Cuisine: Lunch
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pasta, any shape
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, like cheddar, monterey jack, or colby
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, over medium-high heat, bring water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. When the pasta has finished cooking, you can begin to prepare the cheese sauce. Start by warming 1 cup of the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together the remaining ½ cup of milk and the 2 tablespoons of flour until there are no lumps. When you begin to see steam rising from the milk, whisk in the milk-and-flour mixture. Continue whisking until the milk thickens slightly to the consistency of heavy cream, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Turning the heat to low, you can begin adding the shredded cheese into the milk. Stir in the salt and dijon mustard. Continue to stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired. Remove the sauce from heat.
  4. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta and ½ of the cheese sauce. Stir to coat the pasta evenly. Add the second half of the sauce and any extra add-ins.
  5. Serve the mac and cheese immediately while still warm. Leftovers will keep for up to a week and can be reheated. If the sauce is a little dry after re-heating, mix in a splash of milk to make it creamy again.
Notes
For a gluten free version, use gluten free pasta and an all purpose gluten free baking flour.
adapted slightly from The Kitchn

 

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Homemade Velveeta Cheese Recipe

Who doesn’t love that velveeta cheese dip? Want a recipe that isn’t full of all those processed ingredients?

You’ve been asking us for months to please come up with a processed block cheese substitute. After 46 pounds of cheese and 21 recipes, I’m thrilled to finally share with you a real substitute. The kind of substitute that tastes, performs, and looks like the real thing.

Many of you submitted recipes to us—thanks by the way—and it turned out that nearly one of my last attempts before I scratched the whole project was by chance the one that worked best. I’ve used Google, and I haven’t found this exact recipe anywhere. Therefore, we will call this MOMveeta.

Pictured above is not a MOMveeta lunch; it’s our football MOMveeta tray. While our friends ate nasty block cheese dip and hot dogs, my kids ate their healthier version.

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The above picture shows the steps for making MOMveeta in the microwave. Clockwise: Add ingredients in the bowl, begin to melt, stir often with a fork, do a chip test, and serve.

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Above are the slow cooker and cooling directions. Slow cooker temperatures vary, but give yourself at least 2 to 3 hours. Add all ingredients in the slow cooker, heat, and serve. After it’s cooled, you can freeze it in 1-cup servings.

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Recipe #19 (above) was the winner. In order to make the cut, it had to taste like the real thing, have simple ingredients, cool off and form a “block” of sorts, and when reheated, it had to perform like the original and, of course, the taste test. I wasn’t looking for a queso dip recipe, I was looking for a real substitute.

Check out this video for step-by-step on how it’s made:

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Of all the flops, #17 was the most disgusting. This was Monterrey Jack and mild Cheddar. The texture was like gum. Aren’t you glad I did all the testing for you? Check out the recipe and how to make MOMveeta Mac and Cheese. Feel free to share this recipe with your friends, and please let us know how your family enjoys it.

4.9 from 12 reviews
Homemade Velveeta Recipe
 
Makes about 4 cups.
Author:
Cuisine: Snacks
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces natural American cheese
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes & green chilies, drained* (optional)
Instructions
Microwave directions:
  1. Place all the ingredients inside a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, stopping to stir every 1 to 2 minutes. The mixture might seem watery during the first few stirs, but it should come together as a nice runny dip after all the cheese is melted.
  2. Serve immediately as a dip with tortilla chips. You can cool this in a loaf pan and refrigerate for a week to use as you would use traditional Velveeta.
Slow cooker directions:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a small slow cooker (that will fit at least 4 cups of liquid). Turn it on high for 2½ hours. Mix the ingredients every hour to prevent the cheese from sticking to the walls and possibly burning. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting, and enjoy!
Notes
* The diced tomatoes & green chiles is optional, but it adds a lot more flavor. To make this as a true Velveeta replacement, take out the diced tomatoes & green chilies, and add ½ cup additional milk. Cool and refrigerate or freeze in 1-cup portions. Reheat every 30 seconds until creamy and hot. Use as you would with Velveeta.
MOM-Notes:
Not all white American cheeses are made equal. Check the ingredients because some don’t really expire. If it says “cheese product,” it’s probably not real. I used Land O’Lakes brand in our test. Yes, I know, it's not the best, but many of you asked for it. After 21 tests and more than $300 in cheese, there is just no way to get around it. Get the best quality you can find and afford. For both recipes, I purchased the cheese from the deli counter in a big chunk; don’t use sliced cheese.
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