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Top 5 Lunchbox Tips from weelicious

Top 5 Lunchbox Tips from weelicious

It’s a common pain point of the back-to-school routine: packing lunches. Though we might typically dread this step on a busy morning, we’re sharing some mouth-watering inspiration – and easy hacks – to help you reimagine the process.  (Think: sous chefs and make-ahead options!) We’ve enlisted Catherine McCord, the talented founder of Weelicious, to help.  The California mom of three is on a mission to make sure kids enjoy healthy food through beautiful presentation. 

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Thighs

Honey Lime Grilled Chicken Thighs

This summer we’re grilling non-stop. It’s a no-brainer – enjoy the outdoors with your family while skipping the hot kitchen and cleanup. This recipe from Jo Keohane, the mom of three and recipe developer behind The Family Food Kitchen, is perfect for meal prep. Grill up these versatile, juicy thighs and use them all week long in salads, sandwiches and more!

Robin’s Recipes for the New Year – Healthy Eggplant Parm, Penne A La Vodka, and Salmon!

Robin’s Recipes for the New Year – Healthy Eggplant Parm, Penne A La Vodka, and Salmon!

Yep, it’s that time of year again: January when everyone wants to crash diet to drop the extra pounds gained over the holiday season. In the case of 2022, perhaps you’re looking to rid all the extra Covid weight. Instead of following the latest fad, try incorporating a couple new simple healthy recipes into your week. The Eggplant Parmesan and Penne a la Vodka recipes are lighter versions of old favorite and salmon is a perfect light, but nutrient-dense resolution-worthy dinner. ENJOY!

Honey Sweet Potatoes!

Honey Sweet Potatoes!

Looking to mix up your usual marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes this Thanksgiving? Try this spicy and sweet take on taters, which uses fresh peppers and honey for an updated, elevated take on the classic.

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies!

If you loved the Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies we recently shared, you have to try this Pumpkin version! Our food contributor Kathleen Ashmore has seriously done it again with these Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. They have chocolate chips (read: kid-friendly), are full of pumpkin (so they feel all festive for Fall) and happen to be gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Don’t have coconut sugar? Regular brown and white will work, too.

Halloween Breakfast Smoothie – Thank you Lauren Braun Costello!

Halloween Breakfast Smoothie – Thank you Lauren Braun Costello!

Halloween night is all about costumes and candy, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start the day with something healthy and wholesome. Enter a delicious breakfast smoothie, made either with frozen strawberries or bananas, milk of your choice, and your favorite protein powder (chocolate pictured). Bring the Halloween theme to life with a chocolate-covered strawberry goblin or an adorable banana ghost. If you don’t have frozen fruit on hand, just use fresh fruit and a fistful of ice. These smoothies are so easy to make that even the kids can make one for YOU!

Spooky Non-Candy Halloween Treats!

Spooky Non-Candy Halloween Treats!

Looking for some candy-free options for Halloween this year? Whether your child’s school doesn’t allow candy, you want to offer kids (and parents) a healthier option or want to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project (allergy-free options in a blue pumpkin), we have you covered. From savory eats to fun toys, here is a shortlist to start with. The best part? They’re all available on Amazon Prime!

Roast Chicken Recipe for The Holidays (or any night!!)

Roast Chicken Recipe for The Holidays (or any night!!)

Happy Holidays to anyone celebrating! This Roast Chicken with Thyme and Honey, from Leah Koenig’s The Jewish Cookbook, is one of those go-to meals that works as well for holiday dinners as it does for family meals all Fall long. Says Leah: “Flavored with sweet honey and an herbaceous hit of thyme, this roast chicken dish is simple enough to make for a weeknight, and special enough to sit center stage on your holiday table. Don’t sleep on all the veggies underneath – they get coated with savory chicken juices during cooking, and are truly delicious!”

Summer Citurs Salad – Your Welcome!

Summer Citurs Salad – Your Welcome!

This recipe from sisters Barbara and Carolina of Host to Perfection is, well, close to perfection. On hot summer nights, we’re always looking for recipes that don’t require us to turn on an oven—and this Summer Citrus Salad hits the spot. A nice alternative to a green salad, it’s full of immunity-boosting vitamin C. This simple and delicious salad is perfect because it’s not only refreshing and full of flavor but also looks beautiful, colorful and eye-catching!

Portabella Pizzas- YUMMMM!

Portabella Pizzas- YUMMMM!

These Portobello Mushroom Pizzas are a kid-friendly choice for meatless Monday, and a great way to get kids to eat more veggies any day of the week. Experts say that putting new ingredients into familiar shapes or dishes (for instance, making mushrooms the base for “pizza”) can help even the pickiest eaters try something the first time. Worth a try, right?!

Meet Lauren (from It’s Lauren of Course!)

Meet Lauren (from It’s Lauren of Course!)

Many people know Lauren for her incredible recipes, unique style of cooking, and her charismatic personality which has stolen the heart of millions on talk shows, cooking shows, and social media! What many don’t know is she is a Westport mom of two boys who left Wall Street for culinary school after her then-boyfriend-now-husband dared her to quit her job and go to cooking school! Since graduating from the French Culinary Institute. Shortly after, she launched her own catering company, while simultaneously working as a private chef, teaching cooking classes, and pursuing her passion for food styling on live television. During the pandemic, she brought joy – and delicious meals – to so many via her Instagram, It’s Lauren of Course, doing 100 live shows! She couldn’t live without smoked fish, is a self-proclaimed night owl, and loves nothing more than a vacation in France! If you are looking for yummy food, some new inspiration, or just someone to make you smile (all the time), Lauren is your girl!!

Summer Chicken Milanese from “It’s Lauren Of Course”

Summer Chicken Milanese from “It’s Lauren Of Course”

Any combination of farmer’s market lettuces and tomatoes will work with this Milanese. The simplicity of quality ingredients is what makes this dish shine! People often don’t think of Milanese as seasonal, but I surely do. Vine-ripened colorful tomatoes, basil, and tender, fresh lettuces from the farmer’s market . . . these are summer staples. ENJOY!

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