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132 Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Homemade Velveeta Cheese Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good queso dip? That creamy, velvety cheese dip that tastes good with EVERYTHING.

Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!
Homemade queso with real ingredients is here! Also known as homemade Velveeta cheese. Grab the recipe and use it as you normally would!

Unfortunately, it’s also made of processed, mystery ingredients that leave us all feeling guilty with every bite. But, I have finally found the PERFECT real, cheese dip that has the same velvety, delicious quality of the fake cheese, but made with real ingredients!

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Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.
Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Ah, Halloween. Such a fun and exciting holiday for the kids, but it can be difficult to navigate as a parent trying to feed the family healthy, nutritious foods. What’s a parent to do?

My philosophy is, let kids be kids. Sure, I will feed my kids as many vegetables and fruits and healthy proteins as I can at home, but when it comes to special occasions like birthday parties or Halloween, I let them enjoy it. I just follow up Halloween night with a super nutritious breakfast. ;)

The downside of Halloween is that it’s not just one night of candy – you’re stuck with tons of leftover candy and nothing to do with it! Not until now. Put that leftover candy to good use and make a semi-healthy treat the kids will love.

I say semi-healthy because we’re at least using a whole-wheat crust and yogurt in here. The candy is what makes it a special treat! You can use any candy you have in the house, but of course we’re partial to chocolate. I hope you and the kids enjoy this Halloween candy pizza!

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Halloween Candy Pizza

Don't know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

Don’t know what to do with leftover Halloween candy? The kids will love a slice of this Halloween Candy Pizza as a special lunch box treat or fun dessert.

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 8-12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole-wheat or gluten-free pizza crust (homemade or prepared)
  • 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt or non-dairy alternative
  • Leftover candy of your choice, broken into smaller pieces

Instructions

  1. Prepare crust at home or according to package directions.
  2. When the crust has cooled off, pour yogurt on top; spread in an even layer on the crust.
  3. Sprinkle the pizza with candy pieces. Cut into slices and enjoy!

 

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.

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

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!

ghost tortilla chips

Halloween Ghost Tortilla Chips

Need a fun and healthy Halloween treat?

ghost tortilla chipsWith all the sugary treats circulating during this time of year, it’s time to share something fun and healthy that your kids will LOVE!

Using our Toufayan plain wraps, we made these delicious ghost tortilla chips! You can easily enjoy them by themselves, or you can serve them with some dip and fruit.

All you need to do is use a ghost cookie cutter to cut out your chips, and bake them in the oven with a little bit of cinnamon and sugar. The best part about these is that you control the ingredients! There don’t need to be exact measurements—you can decide what is best for your family. When you buy store-bought chips, there is no choice, and many times I have found that those chips can be too sweet. That is why I love making our own chips. Not only can I make them in the “coolest shapes” (according to my daughter), I can also control the amount of sugar that goes in each chip! That’s what makes these the perfect healthy Halloween treat!

ghost tortilla chipsYou can either use a food-marker or melted chocolate to add a face to your ghosts. I prefer not to put faces on every chip, but my daughter thinks the faces are a lot of fun, so they make a great opportunity for your kids to help you out in the kitchen! Need more ideas to get your kids involved in the kitchen? Or just simply need more ideas to pack in their lunches on a regular basis? MOMables has you covered!

These chips would also make the perfect addition to your kid’s Halloween school lunches!

MOM tip: If you are having trouble cutting through your tortilla because it is too cold or you only have a plastic cookie cutter, stick the tortilla in the microwave for 15 seconds for easier cutting.

Halloween Ghost Tortilla Chips

ghost tortilla chips
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Toufayan plain wraps tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Ghost cookie cutter
  • Food-safe marker or melted chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
  4. Using your cookie cutter, cut ghosts out of your tortillas.
  5. Lightly spray your ghost chips with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle your cinnamon-sugar mixture onto each tortilla.
  7. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes (time varies based on the oven).
  8. Let the tortilla chips cool down fully.
  9. Add ghost faces with a food-safe marker or melted chocolate chips (if desired).
  10. Serve with dip and fruit, and enjoy!

 

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pumpkin tortilla chips

Halloween Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

Need a fun Halloween snack to help shake things up a bit?

pumpkin tortilla chips
This time of year, it seems that only candy is being passed around and shared during classroom snack time. How about adding some healthy snacks into the mix? I like to serve these pumpkin tortilla chips with some salsa! Not only do these chips make a great snack, they are perfect for packed lunches too! The best part about these chips is that they can puff up after being baked. So they actually look like little pumpkins!

To make these fun pumpkin tortilla chips, we used our Toufayan sundried tomato wraps. These are so incredibly easy and quick to make—you may even start to wonder why you even buy store-bought tortilla chips at all! I only sprinkled salt this time, but next time, I think I will put some red pepper to make some spicier chips. The best part about making your own chips is that you can mix and match your ingredients. I like my chips a little bit spicier, while my daughter won’t eat anything remotely spicy. This way, I can make chips for the whole family.

pumpkin tortilla chipsAnd make sure not to throw out the scraps! Scraps taste just as good too. ;) Cut them into smaller pieces and add them to the tray to be baked. The pumpkin-shaped tortilla chips “taste better” to my daughter, so I let her eat those. I am more than happy eating the scraps!

These chips would also make the perfect addition to your kid’s Halloween school lunches!

MOM tip: If you are having trouble cutting through your tortilla because it is too cold or you only have a plastic cookie cutter, stick the tortilla in the microwave for 15 seconds for easier cutting.

Halloween Pumpkin Tortilla Chips

pumpkin tortilla chips
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Toufayan Sundried Tomato Wraps
  • Pumpkin cookie cutter
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using your cookie cutter, cut pumpkins out of your tortillas.
  4. Lightly spray your ghost chips with cooking spray.
  5. Sprinkle salt onto each tortilla.
  6. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes (time varies based on the oven).
  7. Serve with salsa and enjoy!

 

halloween ghost eggs

Halloween Ghost Eggs

Need a healthy, yet fun Halloween idea for the lunch box? Check out these awesome Halloween ghost eggs!

halloween ghost eggsIn this ghostly lunch are two perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs, decorated with eyes and mouths cut out of roasted seaweed. These ghost eggs don’t look like they’re resting in peace on a grassy bed of lettuce that was pre-washed and stored to last longer. Sliced cheese stick circles and flat pretzel crisps add some nice crunch to this lunch. They also happen to be very a tasty combo! Veggies make their appearance in the form of carrot sticks and slices of red and green pepper, also nice and crunchy!

It’s easy to get your kids excited for Halloween, right? Do you find that it isn’t as easy to get them excited for healthy foods? That is where MOMables comes into play! Come check us out for fresh and healthy lunches that your kids will love!

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halloween ghost strawberries

Halloween Ghost Strawberries

Halloween is here! What do you like to put in your kid’s lunch box for Halloween? 

halloween ghost strawberriesHalloween is quickly nearing, and what better way to get in the mood than with a Halloween-themed lunch? Sometimes our kids deserve just a little something extra, and Ghost Strawberries are an easy addition to the lunch box that’ll make your kids feel special.

It is easier than you think to get that Halloween spirit in your kid’s lunch box. Use these spoooooky white-chocolate-covered ghost strawberries that count as a fruit AND dessert! What a perfectly boo-tiful way to finish off lunch! :)

The ghost strawberries are an easy and delicious addition to a school lunch when made ahead. Stored in the fridge, they are ready to pop into any lunch in a moment’s notice. Be sure to pack them with an ice pack to keep cool!
There are just so many ways to keep your kid’s lunch box fun and entertaining and yelling “eat me!” to your kids! Running out of ideas? MOMables has you covered, so come check it out!

Halloween Ghost Strawberries

  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Yield: 10 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • About 10 strawberries, washed and dried*
  • Mini chocolate chips for eyes and regular morsels for a mouth

Instructions

  1. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, set to 50% power, and cook, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and creamy.
  2. Line a plate or flat surface with waxed paper, and set aside.
  3. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate until evenly coated. Carefully place the chocolate chip eyes and mouth. Lay the dipped strawberries on the plate, and place in the fridge until completely hardened.
  4. Remove the ghosts from the waxed paper and enjoy, or store them in a container for later use.

Notes

*To wash and dry the strawberries, try this great technique on How to Keep Berries Fresh Longer

 

For more lunchtime Halloween fun, be sure to check out the cute lunches my girls made all by themselves or this yummy tortellini lunch eaten at home!
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