This quick marinara sauce is perfect for pasta sauce, pizza sauce, or a base for meatballs! The combination of dried herbs and canned tomatoes (with no salt added) gives you freedom to enjoy a quick, easy recipe without the added sodium found in canned or jarred pasta sauces. [Read more…] about Herb Infused Marinara Sauce
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Trying a new whole grain can be intimidating, especially when the name is difficult to pronounce. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain growing in popularity due to its nutritional value. Quinoa has more fiber and twice as much protein as any other grain. It can be used in a variety of dishes including burgers, stir-fries, breakfast bowls and even pizza crust.
Today’s recipe uses quinoa, black beans and cottage cheese. I love making this for on-the-road meals. These would also be a great option for kiddos who are in sports activities and need a quick meal before practice. You can freeze the mini cakes for up to 3 months and use them as needed. So instead of driving through the fast food line, grab a protein packed Quinoa Cake! Enjoy!
Can you believe kids will be starting school in a few weeks? Summer has flown by and its time to get back into a daily routine. Some people think it is impossible to to prepare a nutritious lunch during busy mornings but below are a few tricks.
What a healthy lunch consists of?
Prep vegetables and fruits the night before- This will help save time and research has shown that kids eat more fruits and vegetables when fruits and veggies are already cut up.
Add in healthy sides– Examples: unsweetened applesauce, 2% cheese sticks, flax crackers and salsa, nuts, low- fat greek yogurt and fruit and veggie cups. A homemade cookie or whole grain fig cookie is a ok as a treat on some days.
Use portion boxes– There are many lunch boxes on the market that help keep portions in check. Get your kids involved in the process of picking out what foods go into each compartment to keep them excited. Examples: Bentology or Ecolunchbox
Think outside the sandwich- Variety is key for both kids and adults to eating healthy. Try a wrap, pasta salad, black bean tacos, or a PB& C (peantbutter and dried cherries on a bagel flat).
Here are a few Dinner Tonight recipes that make great lunches! Enjoy and be on the lookout for Thursday’s post of new lunch recipes!
Do you have a picky eater who might never try cauliflower but loves to eat rice? Or have leftover fresh cauliflower and not know what to make with it?
Why not have a little fun have in the kitchen and make cauliflower rice! [Read more…] about How to Make Cauliflower Rice
Now that school is back in session, many children are packing a meal to take with them. Cold lunches can get hot sitting out for a few hours before lunchtime, allowing bacteria to grow that could make the lunch unsafe to eat. The proper cooling system is key for ensuring that the meal packed for your child will be safe for consumption at lunch. Following these necessary tips and tricks will help you to achieve that goal.
Wanting to know more about back to school food safety information, visit foodsafety.gov.
Check out these lunch recipes!
- Apple Tuna Salad Sandwich
- Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich
- Bean and Avocado Wrap
- Beef and Cheese Pinwheels
- Black Bean and Spinach Quesadillas
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Chicken Harvest Lunch Bowl
- Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
- Easy Egg Salad
- Ensalada Vaquera
- Flatbread Pizza
- Fruity Crunchy Chicken Salad
- Grape and Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Greek-Style Tuna Salad
- Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
- Hot Alaska Salmon Melts
- How to Keep a Cold Lunch Cold
- Hummus and Veggie Wrap
- Leek and Potato Frittata
- Lunch Box Lessons
- Make the Most of Lunchtime
- Mango Chicken Salad
- Minestrone Pasta
- Pepperoni Frittata
- Quesadillas with Mushrooms and Black Olives
- Sandwich Kabob
- Shrimp Tacos with Southwest Watermelon Salsa
- Six Easy Steps for Lunch Box Food Safety
- Skillet Pizzas
- Slow Cooker Quinoa and Black Bean Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
- Soba Noodle and Snap Pea Salad
- Sorghum Fried Rice
- Spicy Southwest Chicken Soup
- Spinach Quesadillas
- Spinach Quiche
- Summer Veggies with Bow-Tie Pasta
- Tortilla Layer Sandwich
- Turkey Sausage and Black Bean Soup