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2 Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

Healthy Lunch Idea: Mayo-Free Egg Salad

If you’re looking for an easy, allergy-friendly lunch idea, we’ve got you covered with this Mayo-Free Egg Salad!

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies! But many store-bought (or even homemade) egg salads use mayonnaise, which can contain raw eggs. That can be a problem! There’s also a ton of other nasty ingredients in mayonnaise that we try to avoid most of the time.

This Mayo-Free Egg Salad is the solution! It has the same classic taste of traditional egg salad without the raw eggs. You can make a big batch at the beginning of the week for easy lunch packing.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

You can check out how to make this easy Mayo-Free Egg Salad on my YouTube channel! You’ll see just how simple the recipe is.

Healthy Lunch Idea: Mayo-Free Egg Salad

Egg salad is a classic lunch staple. You can use it in sandwiches, wraps, or even as a dip for crackers or veggies!

This recipe is from Laura’s Cookbook, The Best Homemade Kid’s Lunches on the Planet.

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  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (or mayo)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 thin slices oven roasted turkey, rolled up
  • 2 whole wheat pita rounds, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl combine hard-boiled eggs, yellow mustard, paprika, Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and chives. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
  2. Roll up turkey slices and cut pita wedges.
  3. Assemble 1/4 of the egg salad into a divided lunch container along side the turkey slices and pita wedges.

 

7 how to remove stains from lunch containers

How to Remove Stains from Plastic Containers

Do you have a hard time keeping your lunch containers from getting stained?

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Leftovers for lunch is one of my favorites. Sometimes those leftovers include red sauces—such as tomato sauce, pasta sauce, etc. Guess what happens? Stains in my lunch containers!

I use to think they were permanently ruined, and I had to live with the stains. Not anymore! Here are some great tips to try to rid your lunch containers of those unsightly stains.

Need to Know: Stains are nearly impossible to remove after a container has been microwaved. The heat has baked the stain into the plastic—thus, after heating sauces, you get those hideous red stains. This is a great reason why silicone cups or containers are so great for putting inside your plastic container for lunches. You can remove the silicone and microwave those items without affecting your plasticware.

When you pack great lunches for your kids, stains in the lunch boxes just come with the territory. Luckily, MOMables is here to help you with these different kinds of problems! MOMables also provides a great weekly lunch menu plan that gives you a variety of easy real-food ideas, prep-ahead suggestions, and lunch box packing tips! You can also sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter and get ideas sent straight to your inbox!

Our go-to fixes:

White Vinegar: Mix equal parts water and vinegar to create an all-natural cleaning agent. Let the containers soak in the solution for a couple of hours. After soaking, wash the containers as normal and let dry. If you’re worried about the vinegar smell, don’t worry. It disappears after it dries. Vinegar is also great for removing hard-water stains.

Baking Soda: Make a paste with baking soda by adding water. Apply it to the stained areas of your containers, and let it sit for a couple of hours, then clean with a moist cloth or sponge. Wash the containers as normal and let dry.

Lemon: Sunny day outside? Perfect. Rub lemon juice on the stained area of the container, then set it outside in the sunshine for 1 to 2 days. The sun and lemon juice work together to remove the stains.

Alka Seltzer (or denture tablets): Put two tablets in warm water inside the container, and let it sit overnight. Wash the container thoroughly and let dry.

Note: Remember that plastic is very porous, so I recommend not using bleach to clean your containers.

 

4 how to freeze eggs

How to Freeze Eggs

Have you ever wondered if you can freeze eggs?

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It is actually very easy to freeze eggs. If you have more eggs than you can use within a few weeks, then you can always freeze them to preserve them. I always love finding new ways to use my freezer!

There are a few ways you can freeze your eggs.

First, you can freeze whole eggs, or freeze the yolks and whites separately. You can also freeze your eggs using different containers. You can either use ice cube trays or freezer-safe bags/containers. The method you use is completely up to you.

I personally prefer freezing whole eggs, but when I am baking, sometimes I have an extra egg white or yolk that I didn’t need to use and freezing is the perfect way to save it for later. Otherwise, I forget about it in the fridge, and they end up going bad and being thrown out.

MOMables isn’t here just to help you pack fresh lunches, we are here to help you waste less, stretch your grocery budget, and come up with great ideas to feed your kids fresh foods. When you sign up for the weekly newsletter, you’ll get lots of great tips and recipes each week.

To freeze whole eggs, you simply mix the eggs together and pour the mixture into either an ice cube tray, or a freezer-safe container or bag. If you will need to use individual eggs, it would make more sense to make sure each ice cube tray holds only one egg so that you can easily separate them. If you don’t need to pop out one egg at a time, you can easily pour your egg mixture into a labelled freezer-safe bag or container.

If you want to freeze the whites and yolks separately, you can do so as well. With egg whites, you simply place one egg white into an ice cube tray. Allow the egg whites to freeze separately on their own, and then combine them into a freezer-safe container or bag.

If you are going to freeze just the yolks, you will need to mix in either salt or sugar in order to prevent thickening. If you will be using the yolk in a main dish, add a pinch of salt per each yolk. If you are going to use the yolks for baking or desserts, add approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar per yolk. Freeze individually in ice cube trays, or in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Your frozen eggs can last in the freezer for 6 months to a year! When you are ready to use them, just allow them to thaw in the refrigerator. It’s really as simple as that! Just remember to label your bag or container with how many eggs and if you added any seasonings to them!

 

how to introduce new foods to kids

How to Introduce New Foods to Kids

Want to know the secret to successfully introducing new foods to picky eaters?
how to introduce new foods to kidsEvery day, I receive dozens of e-mails from readers like you wanting to feed their children a larger variety of foods. The problem: The kid refuses to try new items. I decided to ask Dr. Dina Rose, a child-feeding expert and author of It’s Not About the Broccoli, for a little insight.

From Dr. Dina Rose—

Never (and I mean never) ask your children to eat anything new! Settle for a taste. Or a touch. Or maybe even just a sniff. When it comes to teaching kids to enjoy new foods, pressure is your enemy.  And—at least from our kid’s perspective—being expected to eat something they’ve never tasted before is a lot of pressure.

The shift from eating to tasting may not seem like a big deal. Most parents think that’s what they’re doing when they say to their kids, “Just taste it, and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to eat it.” But if you hear this statement from your child’s perspective—“If you do like it, you will have to eat it”—it’s easier to see why some kids balk. Especially if you introduce new foods the way most parents do, by putting a big heap on the plate at dinner. What if your child doesn’t want to eat it, or even thinks he might not want to eat it? The safest course of action is to not even taste it.

What can you do instead?

  1. Make tasting fun.
  2. Take the surprise out of new foods.
  3. Trust that your children will naturally start eating new foods after they become comfortable tasters.

Make Tasting Fun

One surefire way to get kids psyched about trying new foods is to amp up the fun factor. You don’t always have to stick to healthy items such as asparagus and fish. Go to the ice cream parlor, and sample new flavors of ice cream! Crack open a box of unfamiliar crackers! I know that getting your kids to like more of these kinds of foods seems counterproductive, but it’s not. It will help change your children’s attitude towards new, and that’s the goal.

Take the Surprise Out of New Foods

It takes a lot of courage to put something into your mouth when you know absolutely nothing about it, and the information most parents give their kids—“yum, this is good”—just doesn’t cut it. Being able to make predictions is key to trying new foods. Practice telling your children as much as you can about whatever food you want them to taste. “This is crunchy like the chicken nuggets you like.” “This is sweet, almost like a cookie.” Then, instead of asking your children if they like what they’ve tasted, ask them to describe something about the food.

Trust that your children will naturally start eating new foods after they become comfortable tasters.

As your children become accustomed to tasting new foods, they’ll naturally want to taste even more new foods. And tasting will eventually lead to eating. No question about it.

 

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Dr. Dina Rose, PhD is a sociologist, parent educator, and feeding expert empowering parents to raise kids who eat right. She’s also the author of the book It’s Not About the Broccoli. You can find Dr. Rose on Facebook and Twitter

 

 

25 how to freeze pancakes

How to Freeze Pancakes

Ever wonder if you can freeze pancakes and how? Don’t worry: MOMables has you covered.

how to freeze pancakes

Need more ideas for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner? From recipes to how-tos, MOMables has it all! Join us!

There is something so wonderful about freshly made pancakes for breakfast. They are just oh-so-good. However, sometimes your mornings are too hectic, you are running late, and you just don’t have the time to make homemade pancakes from scratch. Breakfast turns into whatever can be made the fastest! But here we can show you how to freeze your pancakes, making breakfast simple and therefore making your morning routine go even smoother.

The key to freezing your pancakes is to freeze them separately. By putting them one by one on a baking sheet and placing them into the freezer, they will not stick to each other when you are ready to eat them. We always keep a bag of pancakes in our freezer for those days when no one feels like cooking. :)

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The best part about making homemade pancakes is that you can tailor it to your family’s needs and allergies. On the day you are meal planning, or even on a day you are already making pancakes, double or triple your batch, and you can freeze the leftovers. Leftover pancakes make a great breakfast or lunch for another day!

Maybe you are a muffin person. Make these Strawberry Muffins and then you can learn how to freeze them, too.

How to Freeze Pancakes

how to freeze pancakes

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  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pancake recipe (regular or gluten-free)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Make your favorite pancakes and allow them to fully cool.
  2. Put the pancakes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until fully frozen.
  4. Once the pancakes are completely frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place them inside your freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Label your bag or container with a permanent marker.
  6. When you’re ready to eat the pancakes, remove the desired number and reheat them in either the microwave, toaster oven, or the oven until warm.

 

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