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healthy school lunch idea: hummus pizza lunch with veggies!

Healthy Lunch Idea: Easy DIY Pizza Lunch

Looking for a healthy lunch idea your kids will love? Check out this DIY Pizza lunch! super easy to make with fresh ingredients.

Need an easy and healthy school lunch idea? Check out this DIY pizza lunch!

healthy school lunch idea: hummus pizza lunch with veggies!

My kids love interactive lunches. You know, the kind they can put ingredients together and build their delicious masterpiece while talking to their friends.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

I first launched MOMables to help parents make healthier versions of some of their favorite school lunches and meals, and everyone asked me for a “healthy pizza.”

In our weekly meal plans, we include tons of variety that help thousands switch up the classic pb&j sandwich, ham and cheese and even steer away from store bought boxed lunches.

What I love about this pizza lunch is that it engages kids to play with their veggies, to use them as pizza crusts and toppings, and to have fun with their foods! The lunchbox is an EasyLunchboxes container. 

The toppings are unlimited and the pizza combinations are endless. The bonus is that making this lunch is really easy.

The reason I chose to use hummus for this lunch is because the last time I tried to send a build-your-own pizza lunch to school tomato sauce went everywhere. That was the last time, clearly.

I also just found this “pizza” hummus by Sabra at the grocery store and it really does taste like pizza. Don’t worry, they don’t have meat or tomato sauce in it; it’s the seasonings and fine pieces of red pepper that give it it’s pizza-like flavor.

If you think this lunch idea is fun, wait until you see the ones in our sample meal plans.

Healthy Lunch Idea: Easy DIY Pizza Lunch

healthy school lunch idea: hummus pizza lunch with veggies!
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 1 lunch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 round pita, cut in wedges
  • 1/2 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 single Sabra Pizza Hummus or,
  • your favorite hummus
  • toppings of choice (sliced olives, tomatoes, peppers)

Instructions

  1. Assemble all items inside a divided lunch container or divide with silicone muffin liners.
  2. Pack inside the lunchbox along with a spoon to spread the hummus onto pita wedges.

From time to time, I work with awesome companies to develop recipes for this website.  Today’s post was brought to you by Sabra Dipping Co. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that encourage my creativity. 

2 Real Food on A Budget {Podcast}

Do you want to feed your family real food?  Are you concerned that it’s too expensive and you can’t afford it?  If you find your weekly grocery trips are way more expensive than you woul like them to be then this podcast is for you!  You will learn how to eat and buy real food on a budget that the whole family will love.

Listen to the podcast “Real Food on a Budget” at iTunes & Stitcher

Real, fresh foods don’t have to break the bank.  I know sometimes grocery shopping can be overwhelming, especially when you see the price of certain items.  You should always go to the grocery with a plan.  Make a list of all the meals you will be eating for the week, then make a list of what you will need from the grocery – this is so important if you are on a budget.

In this podcast we discuss how feeding your family fresh foods doesn’t have to be expensive. You’ll hear lots of real-life tips to keep your shopping simple and on a budget. I know grocery shopping isn’t most people’s favorite thing to do, especially because it can be so expensive, but we have some great things to share with you! We talk about what a good food budget should be, meal organization, couponing and much more!

Podcast Content:

  • How much should a family spend on food each week? ·
  • To coupon or not to coupon. That is the money-saving question. ·
  • Organizing meals to keep weekly plan within a budget. ·
  • Meat. Is it the most expensive thing on the food budget? Ways to save. ·
  • Other than meat, what are other affordable forms of protein?

Did you enjoy the show? Please leave a review on iTunes! E-mail me at podcast@momables.com to tell me what you thought of this week’s show and to offer suggestions for future episodes.

6 How to Make Baby Food at Home

How to make baby food at home

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How to make baby food - MOMables.comAre you curious about making your own baby food but don’t know where to begin?

Consider this post a baby food making 101 class -the short version for busy parents.

Here at MOMables, we help parents make fresh school lunches; but we also know that many of you have younger children and are looking for ways to make all of your family’s food healthier. Even your baby food.

So your baby is showing all the signs of wanting to eat, and you are excited to get started with baby food making but have NO IDEA how to go about it.

First you need to know what are the “right” foods for your baby’s age and not introduce too many foods at once.

It’s so important to follow a guide and follow the 4-5 day rule so that you know that your baby is ready for those foods.

What happens when you serve your baby foods that he is not ready to eat? The short answer: it can be hard on their digestive system and could be a source of food allergies later on.

How do you know if your baby is ready for solid foods?
More than likely, your pediatrician has already suggested introduction of baby cereal or solid foods. If not, some of the signs are:

  • The baby is able to sit up with support, reaches and grabs things and tries to put them in her mouth.
  • Try to reach the food that it’s on your plate
  • Mimics eating with their mouth when you eat

 Basic First Foods:
*Note, there is no significant difference wether you introduce fruits or cereals first.

  • Mashed bananas
  • Peaches
  • Barley and rice cereal
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apples
  • Peas

Food Making Supplies
In recent years, there have been some all-in-one food steamers and blenders that make baby food making a snap. Know, that for hundreds of years people have used traditional methods and things typically found in your kitchen to make baby food. Therefore, you don’t really need any special equipment to make your own food. 

You have done your research, got all the materials and foods you need so you are ready to get started. The main thing you need to remember is to make your food smooth and thin for those beginner babies and as they get older you can make it a bit thicker and with more texture. To make your food smooth and thin you need to add a little bit of water at a time.

Fruit Purees

***NOTE – If you choose to start feeding your baby before the age of 6mos old you will need to steam all fruits. Steaming or light cooking these foods makes it easier to digest. After the age of 6 months you do not need to good fruits unless it’s a harder fruit such as apples. Also depending on the fruit and how much natural liquid the fruit has in it you may not need to add water. For instance pears have a TON of natural juices so you may not need to add any water.

Directions

  1. In a pot fill it about 1/3 of the way up and place a steamer inside of the pot.
  2. Add the fruit and bring to a gentle boil
  3. Once it starts to boil, turn down to low and let simmer until fork tender
  4. Remove from heat and place in a glass bowl
  5. Once cool then with your immersion blender blend until you get the consistently that is right for your baby. Again, you may need to add water to make it smooth enough.

Vegetable Purees

The only other material that you would need when doing vegetables is a baby pan.  When steaming you would do the same type of thing as you did for the fruit. When blending this is when you will add water. I suggest using the steam water for extra nutrients and then add additional water if necessary. Remember to always add water a teaspoon at a time so you can control the consistency.

I like to roast many of my vegetables such as sweet potatoes, acorn squash, butternut squash or any type of winter squash. Check out these easy vegetable roasting instructions. Once your fruits and vegetables are made into puree’s then you can spoon that mixture into a BPA FREE ice cube trays and place into the freezer up to 24 hrs. Place on the counter and let defrost just enough until you can easily take them out. Once all the cubes are out place them into a labeled freezer baggie and put back into the freezer.

Your homemade baby food can last in the freezer for up to 6 months. When serving remember that each ice cube is 1 ounce. Follow the guides as to how much your baby should be eating at their age.

 

–Trina O’Boyle, founder of the O’Boy! Organic offers parent cooking classes, baby food personal chef services and kids cooking parties in the Philadelphia area. Trina has been passionate about healthy foods and eco-friendly living for over 20 years. Trina strives to be a role model for her two boys by cooking fresh foods and working on their back yard garden together. She is also the Social Media Editor for Happy Family Brands. You can follow Trina at O’Boy! Organic and on Facebook and Twitter.
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