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2 Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Southwest Quinoa

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!

If you’re a long-time reader, you know how much I love repurposing meals – it’s like a two-for-one! That’s why I love dinner recipes that can be easily packed in the lunch boxes for the kids (and for me at the office).

This Southwest Quinoa fits the bill. First, it takes less than 30 minutes to cook for dinner – yes, please! It’s a great vegetarian dinner option that’s full of protein and nutrition from quinoa and black beans. Once everyone’s done eating, I can pack the leftovers up in lunch boxes with some fresh fruits and veggies, and tortilla chips as a treat, and we’re good to go!

Sometimes I even double the recipe so I’m guaranteed leftovers. Because when I can make meal time a little easier, I go for it!

Southwest Quinoa
 
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Mix some nutritious, protein-packed quinoa with veggies and delicious Mexican spices in this vegetarian Southwest Quinoa. Use the leftovers for lunch!
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (173 g) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (470 g) water
  • ¾ cup (195 g) jarred salsa
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2.5 g) ground cumin
  • 1 cup (130 g) frozen corn
  • 1 15 ounce (425 g) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup (4 g) finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup (115 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • ½ teaspoon (1 g) freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (3 g) garlic powder
  • Toppings:
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 cup (115 g) shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil, then stir in the quinoa, lower the heat and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off heat.
  2. Cover and let sit for 6 minutes - you'll know the quinoa is ready when you see the little white "tail" of the germ around the outside edge of each seed.
  3. In a small bowl whisk yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic and lime juice, set aside.
  4. Once quinoa is done, add salsa, chili powder and cumin, fold to combine well. Mix in cilantro, green onions, black beans and corn. Fold a few times until thoroughly combined. Stir in the yogurt dressing.
  5. Serve with avocado and cheese and garnish with additional cilantro if desired.
Notes
For school lunch: Pack leftovers in a container. This salad is great eaten cold or at room temperature as well.
 

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

8 Fun Easter Recipes for Kids

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun. 

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

How do you usually celebrate Easter? I just like to enjoy the special day spending time with my kids and my family, eating lots of good food and indulging in some treats. ;) It’s such a fun holiday because spring is coming around, it’s beautiful outside, and everyone is just happy with springtime bliss!

Of course we love to dye eggs for Easter using this natural guide to dying eggs, but I also like to get my kids to help me make some sweet treats for the whole family to enjoy. I love the extra help in the kitchen since I’m usually preparing multiple dishes, and they love the fun treats they get to make. It’s a win-win!

There’s something for everyone in this Easter round-up – a little bit of chocolate, classic cupcakes, fun eggs, peeps, and much more! I hope you find a recipe you can make with your kids. What’s your favorite treat to make for Easter?

1. Dyed Minion Easter Eggs from A Pumpkin & A Princess

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

2. Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

3. Reese’s Cream Eggs from Inside BruCrew Life

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

4. Perfect Yellow Cupcakes

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

5. Carrot Cake Oat Muffins (vegan + gluten-free) from Emilie Eats

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

6. Easter Egg Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Joyful Healthy Eats

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

7. Homemade Jello Jigglers

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

8. Layered Peeps Crispy Rice Cereal Treats from Yellow Bliss Road

Get your kids excited about Easter by making some of these fun Easter recipes for kids! Let them be your helping hands and everyone will have fun.

 

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

Who knew you could mix fruit and veggies and make it taste this good? These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps will please even the pickiest eaters.

I understand how hard it is to pack lunch for picky eaters. There were times when I just packed a turkey sandwich every day because I was so frustrated! That’s one of the reasons I started MOMables – to help make meal time easier for you by creating recipes that kids will love! These Peanut Butter Apple Wraps are definitely one of those recipes.

The peanut butter and fruit combo is hard to beat, and it’s even better on a delicious tortilla. Of course, use gluten-free if you need to! You can also use a seed butter if your child is allergic to nuts. It’s totally customizable so everyone can enjoy these delicious wraps. Plus, they’re super easy to make with common ingredients you probably already have.

The best part? You get to sneak some veggies in! The carrots add a nice crunch and a little extra sweetness. The granola on top is the icing on the cake! My absolute favorite recipe is this grain-free vanilla granola, but you can use whatever you like. I hope your kids enjoy these delicious wraps!

Peanut Butter Apple Wraps
 
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This recipe is from Laura's cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet.
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Serves: 4-8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole wheat or spinach tortillas
  • ¾ cup (90 g) finely chopped apple
  • ⅓ cup (37 g) shredded carrot
  • ⅓ cup (50 g ) granola (we love this grain-free recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ground flax
Instructions
  1. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on one side of each tortilla.
  2. Sprinkle apple, carrot, granola and flax evenly over each tortilla. Roll up tightly, cut in half, and serve.
Notes
Make these wraps gluten free by using gluten free tortillas.
 

If you're getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It's perfect for lunch boxes, and kids will love the jalapeño ranch dressing.

Santa Fe Chicken Salad Lunchbox

If you’re getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It’s perfect for lunch boxes, and everyone will love the creamy, fresh, ranch dressing.

If you're getting bored with your salads, try this flavorful Santa Fe Chicken Salad! It's perfect for lunch boxes, and kids will love the jalapeño ranch dressing.

My kids get easily bored with salads. I love packing them for lunch because I want to feed my kids nutritious, fresh vegetables, but sometimes they come home and there’s only a bite missing out of their salad! As soon as I started packing this Santa Fe Chicken Salad, their whole salad was gone. Recipe success!

This salad is filled with so many delicious Mexican-style ingredients – black beans, corn, avocado, and yummy taco seasoning. I love to use leftover chicken from burrito bowl night for this salad, which makes it really easy to throw together quick. I’ve also included this meal in our FreshRealm menu so the ingredients can be delivered right to your door, measured and ready to go! Eating fresh, doesn’t get any easier than that!

Check out how easy this salad is to make:

Of course, the star of this salad is the dressing. My kids love ranch, and this quick, homemade ranch is so much better than anything you could find at the store. You’ll want it drizzled over everything!

Grab the salad recipe here or, to have it delivered to your home click here

29 Need a sweet afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or to pack for lunch.

Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids’ after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

Need a healthy afternoon pick-me-up? These Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites are perfect for your kids' after-school snack time or as a sweet treat for lunch.

It’s like clockwork: around 3 or 4 o’clock every day, my kids start rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a snack. And even if I’ve eaten a filling lunch, I usually start to crave a sweet snack in the afternoon, too. I don’t like to eat something heavy to ruin my dinner, though. Enter these Brownie Energy Bites from The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet!

Take a look at how easy these are to make.

My kids absolutely love these. I love that they only take a few minutes to make, and I can make a big batch at the beginning of the week so we have snacks ready! It really is all about planning. If you don’t have something healthier to grab, you’ll be more likely to grab the bag of chips or something at the drive-thru. Of course, we like to treat ourselves every now and then, but on a day to day basis, I like to have healthier options ready for little fingers to grab.

These are super simple to make, requiring just a handful of nutritious ingredients. They’re refined sugar-free and grain-free – if you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the cashews with sunflower seeds. While these are perfect for snack time, you can even pack a couple of these in your kids’ lunch boxes as a sweet treat.

Everyone will love these delicious brownie energy bites, because who doesn’t love chocolate? :)

 

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Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
 
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This recipe is from my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet.
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 18 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (145 g) raisins, packed
  • 1 cup (120 g) cashews
  • ¼ cup (20 g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Place raisins in a medium bowl and cover with hot water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.
  2. Add raisins and all remaining ingredients into a food processor and pulse until mixture turns into the consistency of sand. Remove blade from the unit.
  3. Using your hands, scoop out dough and form into balls on the palms of your hands.
  4. Chill for 30 minutes and enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for one week.
 

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