Need Creative Ideas for Healthy, Quick Lunches?

When that first growl of my stomach emerges around 11:30am my brain starts to think of what we have in the fridge other than just sandwiches. I enjoy an occasional sandwich, but just like my Mother I am not one who enjoys a sandwich for lunch every day. It makes me happy to have leftovers in the fridge but the days I don’t, I scramble to throw together something quick but healthy.

My children are easy to please. I love that! They enjoy variety. They love fresh fruits and vegetables, so that is never an issue but just like any of us, they get tired of the same things day in and day out.

Does that sound like a problem you may have? It is for many Moms out there! Weelicious is the answer!

First off, don’t you just love the name Weelicious?

Catherine is the brilliant mom behind Weelicious where she shares many delicious and simple balanced meals that are fun and kid-friendly.

The reality is, for those that send their kids off to school, you have no idea what will happen to the nutritious foods you lovingly packed to feed your little one.  Will your son toss the nutritious food you’ve included and jump right to the treats? Will your daughter trade her sandwich for her best friend’s prepackaged meal?  I can say I traded my fair share of lunches back in my day!

Determined to improve what kids eat both at school and on the go, weelicious.com founder Catherine McCord offers innovative solutions for quick, delicious, easy-to-make, kid-friendly lunch box meals that little ones and their older siblings won’t be tempted to swap.  Her new book, “Weelicious Lunches” is filled with lots of great menu planning ideas; tips, tricks, and reusable product suggestions to make lunch fun; inspiring color photographs, advice on dealing with food allergies and so-called picky eaters.

It provides more than 160 tried and true recipes, taking lunchtime from a pain to fun!  I had the pleasure of receiving the Weelicious Lunches book and I love that it is full of simple, easy to make recipes that are fun and healthy!

We have been trying a few of the fun recipes and I have to say I LOVE the book!  Many of the ideas are things we eat, I just don’t always think about them!  Just like Catherine, plain Greek yogurt is one of my pantry staples.  I am partial to Stonyfield’s Organic Greek yogurt just as Catherine is.

Here are a few of the recipes included that use Greek yogurt:

  • Cucumber Dip
  • Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce
  • Fruity Delight
  • PB & J Yogurt Swirls

The kids loved the PB & J yogurt swirls!  Another great recipe we thoroughly enjoyed was the Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce.  It is packed full of protein and flavor and is the perfect dipping sauce from chicken to veggies.  Something else I LOVE?  It is EASY!

Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of tahini

Stir them together and have fun dipping!

Giveaway

Now for the fun part!  Our friends over at Stonyfield through the Yo-Getter’s program along with Catherine at Weelicious has offered one Frugal Greenish Mama reader a prize pack that includes a copy of Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord and a variety of free Stonyfield coupons (valued at $30)!

To enter the giveaway you must be a minimum of 18 years of age or older and be a resident of the US.   The giveaway is open through 11/4/13 at 11:59pm EST.

To enter to win, simply leave us a comment telling us why lunch time is a challenge for you!

Comments

  1. Maria Malaveci says

    OMG, do I need this cookbook desperately. Trying to think of what to put in my kids lunches is just so frustrating, because they are so incredibly picky. I am hoping that this creative, fun book will help me. Thanks so much for the chance.

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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