Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SunButter & Jelly French Toast Sandwiches {Egg Free #Recipe}

SunButter & Jelly French Toast Sandwiches are a fun treat for kids for breakfast or lunches! This recipe is allergen-friendly & egg-free, depending on the brand of bread you use.

Making french toast for breakfast is always a fun change-up in our household. We are typically a pancake or eggs kind of family. 

However, I always challenge myself to make things as allergen-friendly (and gluten free) as possible when I'm working on new recipes or ideas to share here. 

Years ago, I was playing around with my own recipe for egg-free/ dairy-free apple cinnamon french toast. I decided to circle back around and find a way to amp that up + make a fun recipe that could be used for both breakfast or lunches!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Sandwich Thins Recipe {Gluten & Top 8 Allergen Free}

Over the years I have followed amazing gluten free and food allergy free-from blogs. Some of the authors have even become personal friends. 

I look at their recipes. I drool. I want to make them. But I don't. And it's meant to no offense to them. 

Sometimes they contain a nut based flour. Or sometimes a flour that can't be purchased locally. Or more often than not, it's a flour blend where I have to literally go out and buy six bags of different flours just to create a special blend they want for the recipe.

I understand that it's what makes it "just perfect". But, for me, it's just not happening. 

If I can't make it with an all-purpose flour, then I'm not going to bother. I just don't have the money or pantry space to invest in the others. It's also sometimes difficult to find top 8 free alternative flours that are needed for those special blends. Many contain CC warnings. 

Thus why I started testing this Sandwich Thin recipe to begin with. I wanted it to be easy. I wanted it to use a gluten free AP flour, I wanted it to be top 8 allergen free, and I wanted it to be something geared towards my readers - something you could use in the lunch box, of course! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Leftovers for Lunch: Ways to Use Chicken Leftovers!

When I am meal planning for the week, I purposely buy chicken and have it once a week just so I can have the leftovers for lunches. The fella actually teases me about my love of chicken leftovers.

It's my favorite! So versatile and so many ways to incorporate it into different meals.

I figured it would be a great idea to put some of those into one post so the next time you have a leftover chicken breast or two in the fridge, or a container of leftover chicken from a fryer or roaster, you'd be inspired to make some fantastic lunches from the leftovers!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Lunch Made Easy: Back to School Ideas!

For a family with food allergies or dietary restrictions, packing food never stops. It becomes second nature to always BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) wherever you go.

The same goes for school lunches. We pack, every day. And always have. 

You'll find me sharing what Little Miss is having over on our Facebook and Instagram pages, daily. Make sure to follow us there to not miss out on the daily fun!

I've put together a fun round-up of our favorite lunches we've packed for school so far (she started back in mid-July) to help give you inspiration for when your family heads back:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Enjoy #LunchFreely + a HUGE Sweepstakes! #BacktoSchool

This post and sweepstakes is sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods. All opinions are my own. Disclosure.

I've been keeping a secret from you all.

For some time now, I've been working with our friends at Enjoy Life Foods on a fun video and some lunch recipes that are free-from the top allergens and gluten!

Not only that, but today launches Enjoy Life Food's HUGE Sweepstakes and website

There will be ONE GRAND PRIZE and there will be FIVE Runner-Up Prizes each week!! New recipes and sweepstakes details are in the post below.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lunch Made Easy: #NaturalFoods #BacktoSchool Shopping

This post is sponsored by WhiteWave 
Foods & Kroger. All opinions are my own. Full disclosure.

While we were living in Southwest Michigan, we did not have any Kroger stores in our area. I knew, however, from visiting family in other places how great their Natural & Organic Foods Section was. 

Now that we've recently moved to the Tucson, Arizona area we get to frequent Fry's Food which is part of the Kroger Company family of stores.

I was so excited to start our back to school grocery shopping to get all our favorite gluten free & allergy friendly needs.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Keep Apple Slices from Turning Brown {Lunch Tips + Video}

It's Back to School Time!! That means time to start planning for school lunches and snacks.

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is how we keep our apple slices from turning brown?

I've put together a fun video with some tips and tricks that we use to keep our apples from browning. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

How to Pack Hot Foods in a Thermos {PLUS 35+ Ideas for Lunches}

This post is sponsored by Horizon Organic. All opinions are my own. Read our full disclosure statement by clicking here. 

One of the most popular questions I receive is "how do I pack hot foods for school lunches?"

We are fortunate that Little Miss has access to a microwave at lunch time, but some foods pack better in a Thermos instead of reheating that way. It's also not the case for all our readers, so even though I try to answer this question as it comes up... it's important to also take the time to share about it on blog.

One of her favorite hot lunch items that I pack for her macaroni & cheese. I'm thankful I can easily whip her up a box of Horizon Organic Gluten Free Cheesy Mac to satisfy her cravings.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lunchbox SunButter Spice Bars {Top 8 Allergen Free}

This post is sponsored by SunButter Sunflower Butter. All opinions are my own. Read our full disclosure here

It's that time of year again... back to school! Time to get those lunch boxes ready.

Since moving from Michigan to Arizona about a month ago, Little Miss started a new school that follows a "balanced calendar" -  meaning, she is on an almost "all year school" calendar and school began back on July 18th. Crazy, but it's let her start developing friendships right away, which is great.

I'm always looking for simple lunchbox ideas and recipes that allow me to pack in protein and yummy allergy friendly ingredients she can enjoy at school. Just like these SunButter Spice Bars. They're gluten free and top 8 allergen free. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels Peanut Free Giveaway #PretzelsBaby

This post and giveaway is sponsored by Snyder's of Hanover. All opinions are my own.

For years, I have admittedly bypassed the Snyder's of Hanover Pretzels on the shelves. Even when they released their Gluten Free Pretzels (which are now certified GF), I knew looming on the backside was that warning... "Made in a facility that handles peanut butter." 

While I appreciated their labeling, since it's not mandatory to label for cross-contamination, it was something my family could not eat.

WELL, THAT HAS CHANGED! Snyder's of Hanover production at its main pretzel bakery in Hanover, Pennsylvania is now dedicated Peanut Free

To celebrate the change, we're giving away a #PretzelsBaby Prize Pack + a $25 Visa Gift Card to one lucky winner! 

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