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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!

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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!
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  • 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


  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.


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



2 easy lunchbox mini quiches that kids and adults will love!

Easy Lunch Box Mini Quiches: Recipe and Video

Looking for a school lunch idea that can be made ahead of time? Then these Zesty Mini Quiches are for you!

easy lunchbox mini quiches that kids and adults will love!

How often have you made yet another same old sandwich, wishing more creative lunch ideas didn’t take a lot of time? Deep down, we all want to provide our kids with variety, but coming up with new things in the morning before school isn’t always realistic.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

One of the things our members learn with our meal plans is how to make recipes like this one: simple recipes that are often made in one bowl and take just a couple of minutes to prepare.

The bonus: This one-bowl wonder can be made the night before (or two!) and packed in a lunch box in a snap!

Check out the video below to see how they are made, and visit this post for the recipe.

9 easy breakfast hot pockets

Easy Breakfast Hot Pockets

Don’t you love the ease of hot pockets? Now you can make your own and have them for breakfast with healthier ingredients.

easy breakfast hot pockets

I bet you know very well what a hot pocket is, and you know how convenient and easy a meal they can be! But they are just that: a convenience food. Not a food I recommend eating for breakfast—just look at the ingredients! Because of this, I’d rather make my own.

When your mornings are chaotic and the kids are running around playing when they should be getting ready, it can be easy for breakfast to slip through the cracks. I’m a big fan of what I call “grab-and-go” trays.

If I’m lucky enough to get the kids to sit at the table, I just prepare their breakfast tray in a lunch container. Sometimes, they need a little extra time to finish their breakfast on the way to school—my kids eat turtle slow.

Quick breakfast, quick lunches, quick dinners—sometimes planning seems to go out the window, but fortunately, MOMables has this covered! Our meal plan has lots of ideas to help you rock meal preparation during the week.

If you are anything like me, then breakfast sometimes has to be on the fly. Which is another reason I love these. I like having these whole-wheat Toufayan pockets around that I can stuff with any fillings I want!

Here are some combination ideas:

  • Egg + ham + cheese
  • Egg + tomatoes + cheese
  • Egg + avocado + cheese
  • Egg + bacon + cheese
  • Egg + sausage + cheese
  • Egg + feta cheese + olives
  • Egg + spinach + bacon

The possibilities are endless! All you have to do is scramble one egg per pocket plus the toppings you want to stuff them with. While you scramble, toast the pockets to warm them, and voila! Stuff and serve. It’s that easy.

All you need is some of those yummy Toufayan whole-wheat pita pockets and your kids’ favorite breakfast ingredients! Presto! Breakfast at the table or breakfast to go.

Can these be made ahead of time? Sure! I often scramble my pocket filling the night before and warm it up in the microwave while the pockets are toasting. Easy-peasy.

What is so wonderful about this idea? It has a fraction of the fat and calories than those boxed brands have and is packed with protein! These whole-wheat breakfast pockets are the perfect fuel the kids need to start their day.

130 how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs that are Easy to Peel

Have you ever boiled eggs and discovered that they weren’t “pretty” once you peeled them? What about nicking off half the egg because you couldn’t get the shell off?

How to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs MOMables.com

You can watch this 1 minute video on how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs or read the step by step directions below.

Note: 13 minutes is for LARGE eggs. If you are using medium or fresh yard eggs, you might want to do 11 minutes.

Refrigerated hard boiled eggs will not peel well. Peel your eggs once they’ve cooled down to room temperature. 

These are the two most frustrating things about cooking hard-boiled eggs.  The yolk isn’t pretty and the shell is difficult to get off. Now, before you decide to head over to the grocery to purchase those overpriced and convenient hard boiled eggs; check out how easy it is to get them perfect at home-every time. Before my husband met me (or so he says), he had no idea that hard-boiled eggs COULD be over-cooked.

That dark gray-green ring around the yellow center of an egg?  He thought that was supposed to be there.  The poor boy didn’t know that ugly ring was a sign of an over-cooked egg. Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs aren’t difficult — and, when you do it right, not only do you have an exquisitely yellow center but you also have a hard boiled egg that is easy to peel. There are 3 things / tricks to keep in mind:

  1. Eggs must not be fresh (10+ days)
  2. Don’t let them boil forever, and
  3. After cooking, let the eggs rest in an ice-bath to “shock” them.

If you remember to do this, you’ll have perfect, beautiful eggs every single time for your child’s lunch, an after-school snack or your favorite recipes.The-Trick-to-an-Easy-Peel-Hard-Boiled-Egg

Word to the wise: super fresh eggs are going to be hard to peel regardless of what you do, so it’s best NOT to hard-boil eggs the same day they are purchased.  The best eggs for boiling are at least a week to ten days old.

For best peeling results, wait to peel your eggs when they have cooled down to room temperature. Fully chilled eggs don’t peel as well. You can peel your eggs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. 

How To Make Perfectly Cooked and Easy-Peel Boiled Eggs

how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time

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  • Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • Water


  1. Place your raw eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  3. Place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.
  4. Turn off heat, cover and let it sit for 13 minutes.
  5. After exactly 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice-water bath and let them cool for five minutes.
  6. Carefully crack the eggs shells (making sure the majority of the shell is cracked).
  7. Gently begin removing the shells. The ice-water bath will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the egg shell, loosening the shell and allowing you to peel it off in nearly one piece.
  8. As needed, you can dip the egg (as you are peeling it) in and out of the water to remove any slivers of shell.
  9. Serve immediately, use in a recipe or store in your refrigerator for three days.


The salt won’t affect the flavor of your eggs; it helps solidify the proteins within the egg, helping create an easier to peel egg! I have used both iodized (table) salt and Himalayan rock salt (the pink salt in my photo) and both have worked perfectly.
Test one egg first, if for some reason it’s a bit undercooked, put eggs back and bring to boil, turn off heat.
You need to fully cover eggs with at least 2 inches of water for this to work. less water means that it will cool down quicker and your eggs won’t cook throughly.