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Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid’s lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

My kids LOVE bite-sized foods. I mean, who doesn’t? We enjoy everything from bite-size no bake chocolate bites to one of our favorite recipes, spinach and bacon mini quiches. For some reason, it’s so much easier to get my kids to try new foods when they’re in small bites. Everything is better when it’s mini!

Another great thing about bite-sized foods is that they’re super easy to pack in a lunchbox. These Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites are yet another fun-sized food that my kids can’t get enough of! My kids love pizza, so I took all the familiar flavors and used them to introduce another healthy food into my kids’ diet: quinoa! It’s a gluten-free food that’s packed with protein and nutrients. Score!

You can customize these with your family’s favorite pizza toppings – we used olives, spinach and peppers. These are great for meal prepping at the beginning of the week to have lunch ready to go! Of course, don’t forget to pack the pizza sauce for dipping. That’s the best part!

Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.

Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites
 
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Pack a few Mini Quinoa Pizza Bites in your kid's lunch box for a healthy, gluten-free meal they will love! Full of pizza flavor & easy to prepare.
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 24 bites
Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of your favorite pizza toppings, chopped (pepperoni, olives, peppers, onions, spinach, ham, etc.)
  • ¼ cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pizza sauce, for dipping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 24-count mini muffin pan with cooking spray (or make 2 batches in a 12-count pan).
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients except pizza sauce. Stir until all ingredients are mixed well.
  3. Scoop mixture into each mini muffin cup; fill to the top of each.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
  5. Pack pizza sauce in a separate container in a lunch box for dipping.
 

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It’s great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.

Are your kids back to school yet? It seems to be everywhere – all the stores have notebooks and pencil colors everywhere, “back to school” clothing scales are happening, and easy recipes are what’s needed. Especially easy lunch recipes, for all of you awesome lunch-packing moms out there!

Here’s another recipe to add to your lunch recipe list – Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches! They’re healthy, filling, and perfect for kids & adults alike. I love avocado and its nutrition, so I try to add it in our diet as much as I can. These sandwiches use avocado to replace the mayo used in traditional egg salad. I’d say that’s a healthier swap!

This avocado egg salad is vegetarian, gluten-free, and grain-free. Serve it on allergy-friendly bread if needed, or even in lettuce wraps! I love to pack it with fruit and nuts for a well-balanced lunch I feel good about sending my kids with. Enjoy!

If you need more healthy lunch recipes, check out our awesome meal plans! Classic, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegetarian available.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
 
Avocado adds lots of creaminess and nutrition to this vegetarian & gluten-free Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich! It's great for a healthy school or work lunch.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt (or any plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • 8 slices bread
Instructions
  1. Peel and roughly chop the hard-boiled eggs. To cook perfect hard-boiled eggs, learn how here.
  2. In a medium bowl, add avocado. Mash until completely smooth. Add yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir to combine. Add eggs; stir until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add a scoop of egg salad to 4 slices of bread; top each with another slice of bread to form 4 sandwiches.
  4. Pack in an airtight container for lunch with fruit, nuts, or crackers.
 

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

Zucchini Taco Boats (gluten-free, grain-free & a vegetarian option!)

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

What’s your family’s favorite vegetable? For us, it’s zucchini! It’s a vegetable I feel good cooking because I know my kids will actually eat it. Don’t you love when that happens?

This summer we’ve been enjoying lots of zucchini since it’s so fresh, especially where we live in south Louisiana. Our favorite zucchinis are the ones my mom sends us from her garden. There really isn’t anything quite like garden-fresh vegetables! Especially when you know they’re grown with lots of love.

Since my kids love zucchini so much, I’ve learned to prepare it in my different ways, from baked parmesan zucchini to zucchini chips to (our favorite!) zucchini spaghetti noodles. This Zucchini Taco Boats recipe is one I can add to my list now!

This is an easy dinner that’s ready in about 45 minutes and packed with vegetables. It’s gluten-free, grain-free, and can be made vegetarian if you choose to use beans instead of ground meat. All the flavors you love about tacos stuffed into fresh zucchini – the whole family will love it.

I hope you get to make this dinner soon; it’s easy, healthy, and so delicious. Let us know what you think!
These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!

Zucchini Taco Boats (gluten-free, grain-free & a vegetarian option!)
 
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These Zucchini Taco Boats are a healthy way to shake up taco night! All the flavors of tacos packed with extra veggies. Gluten-free & vegetarian-friendly!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 8 zucchini boats
Ingredients
  • Oil for cooking
  • 4 zucchini
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey, or 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup corn kernels, canned or frozen
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (or your favorite cheese)
  • Salsa and cilantro for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13” casserole dish.
  2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a spoon or a melon baller to scoop out the flesh in the middle of each zucchini. Place zucchini in the casserole dish.
  3. In a large skillet, warm a little oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper and jalapeño; cook for 5-7 minutes, until the onions becomes translucent.
  4. Add the beef/turkey or black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, chili powder and cumin; stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the meat (if using) is thoroughly browned, breaking up any large chunks. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Scoop the mixture into each zucchini half. Sprinkle the zucchini with cheese.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the cheesy is bubbly and starting to brown. Serve with salsa and fresh cilantro.
 

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids’ new favorite snack! It’s the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

If you haven’t already noticed, we’re a family who loves hummus. Anything from buffalo chicken hummus dip to BLT hummus cups to even cooking chicken in hummus. If there’s a way to add hummus to it, we’re going to do it!

One reason I love hummus so much is that it’s a convenient, healthy snack that I feel good giving my kids. It’s full of protein and nutrition from chickpeas, plus it’s vegetarian and gluten-free, so it’s very allergy-friendly. I love prepping hummus cups at the beginning of the week with a few spoonfuls of hummus dip and fresh-cut veggies for a snack that’s quick to grab when we’re running out the door!

I like to keep a couple containers of our favorite hummus on hand at all times for snacking emergencies, but when I have time, I love to make my own! You can make it whatever flavor you want and control the amount of ingredients you use. I think it just tastes better, too. ;)

I love using sun dried tomatoes in my cooking, so of course I had to make a hummus version. This sun dried tomato hummus is full of flavor! It’s the perfect appetizer to serve at dinner or a party, or a great healthy snack to have on hand for you and the kids to enjoy. Serve with crackers or veggies for the ultimate dip!

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

This flavorful Sun Dried Tomato Hummus will be your kids' new favorite snack! It's the perfect healthy dip for crackers or fresh vegetables.

 

Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
 
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  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon, juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, plus more to taste
  • Water, if needed
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, add all ingredients. Blend until smooth, adding a little bit of water if necessary to thin it out. Blend until hummus is your desired consistency.
Notes
Store hummus in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
 

8 Healthy BBQ Recipes

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They’re fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

One of my favorite parts of summer is having family & friends over to enjoy good food and each other’s company. I’m a true entertainer at heart! I love to serve up delicious eats and spend time with the ones I love. There is no better time of the year to do this than summer – the weather is beautiful, the food is fresh, the kids are out of school, and everything is just better. Agreed?

We like to use our outdoor kitchen as much as possible during the summer, so having a ton of recipes to make on the grill is important. We always grill fresh zucchini and skewers, but I wanted to get some more ideas when it came to healthy BBQ recipes so my guests will really be impressed.

All of these recipes will help you enjoy all of the flavors and recipes you love about BBQ parties, but lightened up! Yes, you can still enjoy delicious BBQ food and still be healthy. These recipes are full of fresh vegetables, clean protein, and lots of flavor.

Let us know which of these healthy BBQ recipes you get to make this summer! What’s your favorite BBQ party dish to serve or bring?

1. Perfect Grilled Skewers & Kabobs

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

2. Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

3. BLT Pasta Salad from Life in the Lofthouse

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

4. Vegan & Gluten-free Sweet Potato Sliders from Emilie Eats

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

5. Skinny Mexican Grilled Corn from The Cookie Rookie

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

6. BBQ Banana S’Mores from The Typical Mom

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

7. Pineapple Salsa from The Gunny Sack

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

8. Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon from Natasha’s Kitchen

These 8 healthy BBQ recipes will help you have the best summer BBQ party ever! They're fresh, full of flavor, and made with healthy ingredients. Delicious!

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