I'm thrilled to announce our new partnership with Enjoy Life Foods!
Each month we'll be featuring a different line of their amazing allergy free food products. All Enjoy Life products are free of the Top 8 Allergens & Gluten Free. They're made in a dedicated facility and have no artificial anything. They're also a member of the Non-GMO project.
For the month of September, I was challenged to "think outside the chip bag" and come up with lunch box ideas using Enjoy Life Plentils. Plentils are crunchy lentil chips. Lentils happen to be one the best plant-based sources of protein. That's why they call them the "chip with benefits"!
Rather than just sticking a baggy of chips in with lunch, here are some creative ways you can use these allergy friendly crunches of goodness for your family:
The great thing about this recipe is you can use any of the flavors of Plentils for equal deliciousness. We chose to test it out with Light Sea Salt.
These Meatloaf Cupcakes are easy to assemble and packed full of veggies - we use shredded carrot & zucchini. A great way to sneak in some added nutrition for your kids! They're also Top 8 Allergy Free. That's right - No eggs, no gluten/ wheat, or dairy.
They hold together perfectly and are great for portion control. The recipe yields 12 "Cupcakes" which makes them great to feed the whole family or freeze for future use.
If you have shaped silicone baking pans, you can add a little extra fun to the lunch box by using those instead of your standard muffin tin.
Here I've packed them up for lunch, baked in a heart shaped muffin pan for my Little Miss. I completed her lunch box with heart shaped watermelon cutouts and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie for dessert. Printable recipe for the Meatloaf Cupcakes is located at the bottom of this post.
The next idea actually came from Little Miss! One of her favorite things at our house is Taco Night. Girl loves her tacos! And I love being able to repurpose leftovers for lunch the next day.
So when Little Miss picked up one of our Grab & Go size bags of Dill & Sour Cream Plentils, she immediately said "Walking Tacos"! Brilliant.
We packed up the leftover taco meat in a silicone muffin cup, along with non-dairy & allergy free cheese shreds and romaine. I included a container of fresh salsa, as well, for the Walking Taco. Grapes on the side.
All you, or you child, has to do is open the chip bag, add the meat, cheese, lettuce, salsa (and any other toppings of choice), mix together and enjoy!
Now, I am fortunate Little Miss has access to a microwave in her classroom, so for those that don't want it at room temperature or cold, you could pack the meat in a thermos instead.
Not keen on eating out of the bag? No problem. Just mix it together in the main compartment of your lunch container instead for a delicious Plentils Taco Salad! Again, this is just another example of a Top 8 & Gluten Free delicious lunch idea.