Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: BUNCHES of {Nut Free, Gluten Free, & Allergy Friendly} Lunches!

The school year has kicked off with a bang! It's been busy between work, travel, all the homework, and tests that have already begun.

All our lunches are *always* Nut Free (my daughter is allergic). They're also Gluten Free & often Top 8 Allergen Free. So, if you're looking for ideas if your child is in a peanut free classroom or you're new to food allergies, you've come to the right place. Welcome!

What have we been packing? Let's check it out!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Microwave "Bread" Sandwiches {Gluten, Dairy, Nut, & Soy Free}

Pinterest scrolling always turns up interesting finds... like this one: "Gluten Free Bread in Seconds".

It's for a microwave, instant gluten free bread (that can also be made dairy free, as well as, nut & soy free). I was curious... so I gave it a try! 

The result... I'll explain more below, but I'd really call this a "Gluten Free Pancake in Seconds" rather than "Bread" since that's more the texture and consistency. Either way, fun to try in a pinch.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Sandwich Cutter Kitty

A sandwich cutter and/or cookie cutter can go a long way when it comes to adding fun to lunch.

This sandwich might look detailed but with a simple cutter by CuteZCute, I was able to add some fun to an otherwise boring lunch.

As always, all our lunches are peanut free & tree nut free, as well as, gluten free & more:

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lunch Made Easy: Back to School Bus!

Do you subscribe to Parents Magazine
If so, you might have read the great article in the September 2014 issue about Food Allergies in Schools. If you don't have the hard copy, you can read the article online by clicking here

I was honored to be interviewed for the article and share a few personal experiences dealing with food allergies at school for my Little Miss.

While checking out the issue, there was a snippet inside for Family Fun Magazine and their Treat of the Month which happened to be a fun school bus lunch for back-to-school called "Miles of Smiles". I couldn't think of a more fun way to celebrate Little Miss' first full day of the new school year than with an extra special school bento lunch!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Italian {Sandwich} Cupcakes with Provolone Cheese Icing #GlutenFree #Recipe

You probably read the title and thought... what? Sandwich Cupcake? Cheese Icing?! 

Yup. Let me explain.

My friends at Chebe contacted me to come up with a yummy recipe that could be great for back-to-school lunches. They're running a great deal this week on a 12 pack purchase (featuring their pizza crust, all-purpose, and cinnamon mixes). 

After watching a recent episode of Eat St. on Food Network, I saw them make some amazing Italian Cupcakes and thought "how awesome would that be with gluten free Chebe Mix!?" 

And so they were born. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{Semi} Homemade Moon Pies #GlutenFree #AllergyFriendly

When's the last time you had a Moon Pie? 
The delicious treat typically consists of two graham crackers cookies, marshmallow filling, and dipped in chocolate.

It wasn't until planning my sister's baby shower, I realized Little Miss had never had one before - since the store bought variety has allergen warnings and they're definitely not gluten free.

That needed to be rectified... so we made some ourselves! Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly, of course. ;)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Pack a Healthier Lunch: Tomato Soup & GF Toasted Sandwich #PacificFoods #Giveaway

Day 4 of our Pack a Healthier Lunch week thanks to Pacific Foods,USA PearsFranz Bakery, & ECOlunchboxes

Today let's discuss toasted sandwiches. 
There are so many ways to fill and make them: Cheese (dairy or non-dairy), avocado, bacon, tomatoes, deli meat, nut-free spread & banana slices (oh yes!), chicken parm... and well, the possibilities are endless.

Little Miss' favorite? The traditional toasted cheese with tomato soup for dunking! It was always my favorite as a kid, too. 

Thanks to Pacific Foods, I can whip her up some Gluten Free, Soy Free Organic Tomato Soup in no-time + using our Franz Bakery Gluten, Dairy, Soy, & Nut Free 7-Grains Bread to make her sandwich.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Pack a Healthier Lunch: Pear & Seed Chicken Salad #GlutenFree #Top8Free #USAPears #Giveaway

Day 3 of our Pack a Healthier Lunch week & Giveaway thanks to Pacific Foods, USA Pears, Franz Bakery, & ECOlunchboxes!

One thing we love packing for lunches are salads. I'm very blessed that my Little Miss loves a salad as much as I do (so long as I don't pack them every day for her, lol). This began by setting an example - I would eat mine and "ooo" and "ahh" over how good it was, all the vitamins I was getting, etc. 

She eventually became curious and wanted to try for herself. Guess what? She loved it. At that time, she actually preferred spinach salads over romaine but will now eat both. I usually mix her greens when I make them now. 

I, too, pack salads frequently for work. I don't want to eat the same one every.single.day so it's good to mix it up with new toppings and variety. That's where today's lunch idea comes in! A yummy Pear & Seed Chicken Salad packed in our ECOlunchbox cube. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pack a Healthier Lunch: Oatmeal Pear Protein Smoothie #GlutenFree #AllergyFriendly #PacificFoods

Welcome to Day 2 of our Pack a Healthier Lunch week thanks to Pacific Foods!

In case you missed yesterday's post, we kicked off the week by starting a giveaway and including a yummy recipe for gluten free & allergy friendly Tomato Soup Carrot Muffins. Be sure to check it out!

Today's recipe is one of my favorites: A smoothie! I make myself a smoothie almost every single day. Sometimes I make them fresh in the morning and drink them on the way to work. Other times I make a big batch ahead and freeze them in plastic freezable jars so that they're perfect by lunch.

That's what's so great about our recipe today - Enjoy it fresh for breakfast or make it ahead and freeze for lunches! Filled with protein and fresh fruit, it's sure to be a hit with your family!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pack a Healthier Lunch: Tomato Soup Carrot Spice Muffins #GlutenFree #AllergyFriendly #PacificFoods

Pacific Foods has partnered with a few bloggers, as well as, USA Pears, ECOlunchbox, & Justin's Nut Butter to launch a Back-to-School Campaign on Packing a Healthier Lunch!

I'll be sharing a new post each day this week (Monday through Friday) with a yummy lunchbox idea & recipes - so make sure to come back each day to see what's fresh!

You'll also get the chance to WIN a huge prize package from the above mentioned brands (except Justin's we opted out because of Little Miss' allergy) exactly like the one we received and you'll find pictured in the post below, including a yummy loaf of gluten free & allergy friendly bread from Franz Bakery! ENTER TO WIN!! 

First up, I'm sharing a recipe that's a play on an old classic - Tomato Soup Cake. Only ours are muffins, healthier, gluten free, allergy friendly, and perfect for lunches!

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