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5 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).

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

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

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!

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (173 g) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (470 g) water
  • 3/4 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
  • 1/4 cup (4 g) finely chopped cilantro
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) salt
  • 1/2 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 or lunchbox. This salad is great eaten cold or at room temperature as well.

 

6 One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They’re way better than any pretzel at the mall.

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

My daughter loves the soft pretzels sold at the mall so naturally, I made an easy homemade version just for her. I decided to make bites instead so they are perfect for snacking after school or packing in lunch boxes!

My kids beg me to make this soft pretzel bites recipe almost weekly. I don’t blame them, though! They’re soft, sweet, and the perfect size for little fingers.

Looking for more delicious snack recipes? Check out my cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet – I know you’ll find something your kids will love!

You do have to wait for the dough to rise (the hardest part!), but most of the time spent on this recipe is hands-off, so you can go get other things done while you make it. It’s totally worth it though; just look at those beautiful bites of cinnamon-y sugar goodness!

My kids love when I sneak one or two of these in their lunch boxes as a special treat, and I also like to make a batch if we’re having a family night watching movie night or playing games. It’s a recipe I know everyone will enjoy!

Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

One bite into this Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites recipe and your kids will never want another snack again! They're way better than any pretzel at the mall.

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water (100-110ºF, 35-45ºC)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (9 g) active dry yeast
  • 3 cups (375 g) bread flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 tablespoon (18 g) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 8 cups water (1.8 L)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (110 g)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons (42 g) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Stir together warm water and yeast in a bowl and let stand for ten minutes to activate yeast.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, salt and brown sugar. Add softened butter and activated yeast with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides a few times to combine.
  3. Switch to the bread hook attachment and mix for about 5 minutes, dusting with a little more flour along the way to make sure it doesn’t stick to the walls of the bowl.
  4. Once the dough is elastic, remove it from the mixer bowl, form a ball, and transfer it to a lightly oiled bowl, turn to coat with oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and refrigerate overnight or, 2-3 hours in a warm spot.
  5. Heat oven to 450°F (230ºC) with racks in upper and lower third. Well oil 2 large baking sheets (about 17×12 inches, 43×30 centimeters). Bring water and baking soda to a boil in a 5-quart (946 ml) sauce pan.
  6. Punch down dough and divide into quarters. Form each quarter into 4 balls. Roll each ball into a 12 inch (30 centimeter) long rope. Cut each rope into six 2-inch (5 centimeter) pieces.
  7. Place a dozen pretzel bites and boil for 30 seconds, then transfer with a slotted spoon onto the oiled baking sheets.
  8. Bake pretzel bites in oven, switching sheets between racks and rotating sheets halfway through baking, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes (watch closely toward end of baking; bites brown quickly in last few minutes). Immediately transfer pretzel bites to wire racks to cool.
  9. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush pretzel bites with melted butter, lightly dip into cinnamon sugar mixture and enjoy.

 

2 Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

8 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Are you finding yourself in a school lunch rut? We all want to pack healthy lunches for our kids, but sometimes we just don’t have any good recipes. These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch, and will make your life a lot easier when it comes to packing!

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

You can pack most of these ahead of time, making them perfect for families who meal prep. I personally love to prep my lunches on Sunday so that in the morning, all my kids have to do is grab the lunch box!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

Many of these are allergy-friendly, or can be easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free bread or wraps. I know your kids will love at least a few of these!

1. 7 Layer Greek Cups

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

2. Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

3. Chicken and Broccoli Skillet Alfredo

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

4. Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps from Bravo for Paleo

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

5. Pizza Pasta Salad from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

6. No-Bake Fruit Pizzas from Two Healthy Kitchens

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunches ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

7. Hummus Veggie Club Sandwich from Laura Fuentes

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

8. Apple Quesadillas

Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

 

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Are you finding yourself in a lunch-packing rut? These 8 healthy school lunch ideas will get your kids excited to eat lunch and are easy to pack!

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.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

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

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.

This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4-8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (130 g) creamy peanut butter
  • 4 whole wheat or spinach tortillas
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) finely chopped apple
  • 1/3 cup (37 g) shredded carrot
  • 1/3 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

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