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2 Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

My kids LOVE bite-sized foods. I mean, who doesn’t? We enjoy everything from bite-size no bake chocolate bites to one of our favorite recipes, spinach and bacon mini quiches. For some reason, it’s so much easier to get my kids to try new foods when they’re in small bites. Everything is better when it’s mini!

Another great thing about bite-sized foods is that they’re super easy to pack in a lunchbox. These Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites are yet another fun-sized food that my kids can’t get enough of! My kids love pizza, so I took all the familiar flavors and used them to introduce another healthy food into my kids’ diet: quinoa! It’s a gluten-free food that’s packed with protein and nutrients. Score!

You can customize these with your family’s favorite pizza toppings – we used olives, spinach and peppers. These are great for meal prepping at the beginning of the week to have lunch ready to go! Of course, don’t forget to pack the pizza sauce for dipping. That’s the best part!

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites
 
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Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 24 bites
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza toppings, chopped (pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, spinach, ham, etc.)
  • ¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin pan with cooking spray (or make 2 batches in a 12-count pan).
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except pizza sauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Scoop mixture into each mini muffin cup; fill to the top of each.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  5. Pack pizza sauce in a separate container in a lunch box for dipping.
 

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Are your kids back to school yet? It seems to be everywhere – all the stores have notebooks and pencil colors everywhere, “back to school” clothing scales are happening, and easy recipes are what’s needed. Especially easy lunch recipes, for all of you awesome lunch-packing moms out there!

Here’s another recipe to add to your lunch recipe list – Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches! They’re healthy, filling, and perfect for kids & adults alike. I love avocado and its nutrition, so I try to add it in our diet as much as I can. These sandwiches use avocado to replace the mayo used in traditional egg salad. I’d say that’s a healthier swap!

This avocado egg salad is vegetarian, gluten-free, and grain-free. Serve it on allergy-friendly bread if needed, or even in lettuce wraps! I love to pack it with fruit and nuts for a well-balanced lunch I feel good about sending my kids with. Enjoy!

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Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
 
Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt (or any plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 8 slices bread
Instructions
  1. Peel and roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs. To cook perfect hard-boiled eggs, learn how here.
  2. In a medium bowl, add avocado. Mash until completely smooth. Add yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Add eggs; stir until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add a scoop of egg salad to 4 slices of bread; top each with another slice of bread to form 4 sandwiches.
  4. Pack in an airtight container for lunch with fruit, nuts, or crackers.
 

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids’ new favorite snack! It’s the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

If you haven’t already noticed, we’re a family who loves hummus. Anything from buffalo chicken hummus dip to BLT hummus cups to even cooking chicken in hummus. If there’s a way to add hummus to it, we’re going to do it!

One reason I love hummus so much is that it’s a convenient, healthy snack that I feel good giving my kids. It’s full of protein and nutrition from chickpeas, plus it’s vegetarian and gluten-free, so it’s very allergy-friendly. I love prepping hummus cups at the beginning of the week with a few spoonfuls of hummus dip and fresh-cut veggies for a snack that’s quick to grab when we’re running out the door!

I like to keep a couple containers of our favorite hummus on hand at all times for snacking emergencies, but when I have time, I love to make my own! You can make it whatever flavor you want and control the amount of ingredients you use. I think it just tastes better, too. ;)

I love using sun dried tomatoes in my cooking, so of course I had to make a hummus version. This sun dried tomato hummus is full of flavor! It’s the perfect appetizer to serve at dinner or a party, or a great healthy snack to have on hand for you and the kids to enjoy. Serve with crackers or veggies for the ultimate dip!

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

 

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • Water, if needed
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding a little bit of water if necessary to thin it out. Blend until hummus is your desired consistency.
Notes
Store hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
 

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids’ day! It’s fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

Full of juicy berries, this Triple Berry Smoothie is the perfect nutritious breakfast to start you and your kids' day! It's fruity, creamy, and packed with nutrition.

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh berries available. Especially here in Louisiana, where locally grown strawberries are ruby red and juicier than any fruit you’ll ever try. It makes me even more thankful to live in a place with such tasty food!

Since summer is basically just a time for me to figure out how to eat the most amount of berries I possibly can, I have to get creative with recipes. My favorite? Smoothies! I love freezing fresh berries and throwing them in the blender for creamy, refreshing smoothies.

This Triple Berry Smoothie is one of our favorites right now! Berries are a great source of antioxidants, so we have three types of berries in here for the nutrition punch. And the tastiness. :) Greek yogurt adds protein and creaminess, and you can even add a handful of spinach for extra nutrients.

You and your kids will love this refreshing Triple Berry Smoothie for breakfast or a snack on warm summer days!

Triple Berry Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup milk or water
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup blueberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup strawberries, frozen
  • ¼ cup raspberries, frozen
  • Handful of spinach (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if necessary.
 

Mornings are easy when you can grab some of these Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos! Easy to make ahead and way taster than the store-bought ones.

Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos

Add some Mexican flare to your Cinco de Mayo morning with some fun breakfast burritos! Easy to make ahead and way taster than the store-bought ones.

Mornings are easy when you can grab some of these Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos! Easy to make ahead and way taster than the store-bought ones.

Mornings are easy when you can grab some of these Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos! Easy to make ahead and way taster than the store-bought ones.

You can’t pick a favorite kid, but you can definitely pick a favorite meal – and ours is breakfast! My kids all have different food preferences and allergies, so it can be tough finding a meal that everyone will eat without problems. But breakfast food always seems to do the trick! Who can say no to eggs, bacon, and our favorite pancake recipe?

You all know that I’m a huge advocate for meal prepping. I love to prep lots of food at the beginning of the week so the rest of the week is (a little!) less hectic. I also use my freezer like it’s going out of style. ;) It’s always stuffed to the brim with frozen muffins, veggies, soup, and these breakfast burritos!

We love Mexican food, so we combined our two favorite things and made Mexican-inspired breakfast burritos! With Cinco de Mayo coming up, it’s the perfect time to enjoy all the delicious Mexican flavors. It’s like a fiesta at breakfast!

You can make as many as you want at once and freeze the leftovers – they make the perfect grab-and-go meals for super busy days. I also like to pack them for lunch and sometimes even enjoy them for our breakfast-for-dinner nights! With a little Mexican spice, of course.

Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos
 
Mornings are easy when you can grab some of these Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos! Easy to make ahead and way taster than the store-bought ones.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 medium tomato, finely diced
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 6 8-inch tortillas (gluten-free if needed)
  • 6 parchment paper squares, about 10 inches
  • Additional toppings, avocado, and salsa (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs.
  2. In a medium skillet (about 10 inches) over medium-high heat, heat olive oil and pour in whisked eggs. Once they start cooking, add in your diced tomato and any other add-ins you like in your burritos. Continue to stir the egg and topping mixture until fully cooked and remove pan from heat.
  3. On a flat surface, place a tortilla on top of a parchment paper square. Top the tortilla with ⅙ of the egg mixture, top with shredded cheese and any other toppings or salsa.
  4. Fold tortilla over the fillings, fold in the sides, and roll into a burrito. Once your breakfast burrito is closed, wrap with the parchment paper square.
  5. Repeat the process with remaining tortillas and eggs. Once cooled, transfer assembled burritos into a gallon sized freezer bag and refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for up to one month.
  6. To eat, simply warm directly in the microwave until heated through.
 

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