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Mini Carrot and Zucchini Bites

I love these carrot zucchini mini quiches for healthy lunchboxes and snack bites!

When you want to add more veggies into your kids’ lunchboxes but don’t want it to “look” like veggies, these mini carrot and zucchini bites add nutrition and taste delicious!

Sometimes, when I plan meals for the week, I find myself wanting to put to use some of the “leftover veggies, ” but I don’t always have enough for a full meal.

TI often try to explain to my readers that I have this weird ability to look at ingredients and use them in my favorite basic recipes, like a basic quiche recipe, and turn them into something like this mini carrot and zucchini bites.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

For this recipe, I grated some leftover lonely veggies so that they didn’t go to waste. Because sometimes I have one lonely zucchini and then my mini quiche recipe comes to the rescue!

These turned out perfect for my family since they are a naturally gluten and grain free recipe. I like that they are high in protein and add variety to our school and office lunches.

Quiches come together quickly in one bowl, and the oven does the rest. You can eat these at any meal, or pack them in a lunchbox for school or the office. If you don’t mind quiches at room temperature, they pack great inside a lunchbox. Otherwise, heat them up and put them inside your favorite thermos.

Carrot & Zucchini Mini Quiches

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 24 mini quiches

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil* (or any oil)
  • 3/4 cup packed grated green zucchini
  • 3/4 cup packed grated carrots
  • 2 green shallots (onions), green ends trimmed off, white finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 1/3 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese*
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and grease a mini cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the zucchini, carrots, and shallots, and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes until the veggies begin to soften. Remove from heat and set aside to cool down to room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, combine veggies, eggs, grated cheese, and salt. Spoon mixture into mini muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow mini quiches to cool in the pan before carefully removing with a small knife or spatula.

Notes

I used sharp white cheddar to make this recipe nearly lactose free for my youngest. As always, check the labels to make sure the recipe fits your family’s dietary needs.

 

These nut free snack ideas are perfect for sending in your children's lunchbox if they are allergic to nuts or if their school has gone nut-free.

7 Nut Free Snacks for the Classroom

Looking for nut free snacks to pack inside the lunchbox or bring to school?

Even if you don’t have a child with a nut allergy, you may have to stop packing nuts for your children if their school has gone “nut-free.” Nut allergies are common and very serious, so some schools are taking precaution by banning nuts in all kids’ lunches and snacks.

Here at MOMables, our mission is to provide you with easy, realistic meal ideas that accommodate your family’s allergies and preferences. We even have a whole roundup of allergy-friendly recipes!

Need more meal ideas, even allergy-friendly ones? Grab our free sample meal plan to make meal and snack time easier!

These 7 nut-free snacks are perfect to send in your child’s lunchbox for snack time during the school day. In charge of the whole class’ snacks? These are great for that, too! All the kids will devour these delicious snacks, and no one will have to worry about their nut allergies.

 

These nut free snack ideas are perfect for sending in your children's lunchbox if they are allergic to nuts or if their school has gone nut-free.

1. Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

7 Nut Free Snacks for the Classroom

Finding a granola bar without a ton of added sugar is tough, and the mission is even harder when you have a child with a nut allergy. It’s so much easier (and cheaper) to make your own at home with this recipe! These bars smell like banana muffins, but with a crunchy, granola texture. Wrap them individually for easy lunch box packing!

 

2. Apple Fritter Muffins (Regular and Gluten-free)

these apple fritter muffins are a great nut-free snack for the classroom

Get all the classic flavors of apple fritters without the long preparation process and frying in these baked muffins! They can be made for an easy breakfast, but they’re also great to send with your kid for snack time at school. There’s also a gluten-free option if your child is nut- and gluten-free! Everyone can enjoy these delicious muffins.

 

3. Gluten-Free “Wheat” Thin Crackers

homemade wheat-thin crackers are a great nut-free snack for the classroom

Everyone loves the delicious crunch of crackers. They make perfect portable snacks and can be served with your family’s favorite dips and spreads. And they’re gluten-free! Send a whole batch to school with your child so he can share them with all of his friends. These crackers would go great with hummus, ranch, or seed butter!

 

4. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

homemade fruit roll-ups are a great nut free snack for the classroom

Never buy the boxed fruit roll-ups again! Do those things even contain real fruit?? Who knows. These fruit leathers are simple and require just 2 ingredients. These are perfect for snacks because all kids love the natural sweetness of fruit! It doesn’t hurt that it’s served in a fun and different way, too.

 

5. Chocolate Coconut Granola

nut free snacks classroom back to school chocolate coconut granola

Throw a few handfuls of this delicious granola into your kid’s lunch box for snack time and he will definitely eat it all! The chocolate-y deliciousness is too good to resist. Make sure to use seeds instead of nuts in the recipe, or you can leave them out entirely! Either way, this granola will definitely be a hit at snack time.

 

6. Homemade Cheese Crackers (Regular and Gluten-Free)

nut free snacks classroom back to school cheese crackers gluten free

Cheese crackers are a kid favorite, and now nut- and gluten-free kids can enjoy them, too! These cheesy crackers are so delicious on their own, you won’t be able to have just a handful. The whole class at school will love these crispy crackers. Your kids will be begging you to pack them for snack time!

 

7. Whole Grain Brown Rice Krispy Treats

nut free snacks classroom back to school brown rice whole grain krispy treats chocolateThese brown rice krispy treats are definitely a more decadent snack, but since we’re using better ingredients than the ones in the box, you can feel good about sending them to school with your kids! These treats are simple to make, crunchy, and perfectly sweet. The recipe calls for peanut butter, but you can sub any non-nut butter, like sunflower seed butter.

Do you have a child with a nut allergy? Has your child’s school gone nut-free? What are your favorite nut-free snacks? We’d love to hear from you below!

 

 

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Yumbox Lunch Box Review

Want to know one thing kids love just as much as toys? They love cool lunch boxes.

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It’s true! There is nothing better than seeing my children’s face when they open up their lunch bag and find their awesome lunch in a colorful Yumbox.

Last week, I made my daughter’s lunch in her new Yumbox. I think I was more excited than she was!

Have you seen this cool lunch box yet? It’s called a Yumbox. What I love about the company is that they focus on teaching children healthy eating habits through balance and portion control.

It is an adorable bento-style box with five beautifully labeled and illustrated compartments: dairy, fruit, protein, grains and vegetables. It even has an extra little spot for dipping sauces—the “dipper” spot is perhaps my daughter’s favorite. She suggested that I add a couple of chocolate chips in that spot, and save the dip for another day because she is not big into dipping.

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I LOVE the multi-compartment tray. It’s easy to pull out to wash it, and it fits perfectly inside the outer leak-proof box. This may sound silly, but the little compartments help add variety and make packing lunches more fun! It’s like having my own personal built-in lunch box checklist.

I no longer second guess if I gave them too much or too little! The Yumbox breaks it down for you. I love lists and anything that makes packing lunches easier, don’t you?

I’ve packed lunches in our Yumbox for more than a week straight, and I love that the possibilities are endless. Of course, sometimes I double up on the fruit or veggies, and I use no dairy, but that’s okay! I just move my little item over to another compartment.

Want to know one more thing that I can’t do without? Wait for it… wait for it… the Yumbox is leakproof! Oh yes! No more swished-around wet ingredients, or yogurt-lined lunch bags, or applesauce mixed with the pretzels. Woo-hoo!

My heart practically melted when my daughter picked up her sandwich, looked below it at the picture, read “grains,” and then proceeded to finish her yogurt and read the word “dairy.” Then she asked: How is yogurt made? My mind was blown. So many teaching moments!

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Watching her pick up her food, look at it, and then reveal the correct corresponding food group was a very special moment. After she gobbled up her entire lunch, she announced to all the other first graders that her mom makes the best MOMables lunches! Mission Accomplished! Thank you, Yumbox!! Now I need to get a green one for her brother!

You are going to love owning a Yumbox. Trust me, I’m already fantasizing about the day where I can have a tray for each day of the week! Okay, but this is because I pack my lunches ahead of time by using our lunch plan. One thing that I love about the ability to pack ahead of time is that the compartments are air-tight! So the sandwich bread doesn’t dry out either! Win, win.

I know you’re going to want one (or two or five), but perhaps this holiday season you can gift one! Think about it. How often do you end up buying “another toy” or something just because you need to gift something? I am notorious for gifting lunch boxes to my friends, and this year, many of them are getting a Yumbox. Yes, moms love gifts that will make their life easier, and packing lunches is part of that!

Want to purchase your own or gift it to a friend? Use DISCOUNT momables15 for a 15% off discount! Click here to purchase.

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