Archive for September, 2013

Fall Comfort Foods

Monday, September 30th, 2013

fall comfort foods chili

Chili is one of my favorite Fall comfort foods! I made a huge crockpot full on Sunday for Football day!  It is certainly great on it’s own especially topped with cheese and sour cream. You could however make nachos, you could make taco salad or hey make chili dogs if you like that kind of thing. I’m sure you could think up some other chili ideas! It is also easily made gluten-free!

All of that being said, very few people I know will eat chili cold. Part of the appeal of comfort food is that warm, filling sensation after all! So to work chili into your lunch you have the following options!

1. Pack it in any microwavable container if you have access to a microwave. Some schools have them, most don’t but most offices (like mine) certainly do!

2. Pack it in a thermal container. Easy peasy!

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch gluten-free lunch menu contains:

  • Homemade Gluten-Free Chili
  • Corn Tortilla Chips (pick your favorite gluten-free variety)
  • Cooked carrots (steamed, boiled or roasted – your choice) – I have added leaf picks to a couple to look like pumpkins just for fun, be sure to use thicker slices so the carrots won’t split when you add the pick!
  • Banana fried in coconut oil then dusted with a bit of cinnamon and sugar (you could sub for honey). I cooled the bananas completely then topped with Stonyfield Farms Organic Caramel Greek Yogurt. You could toss on some shredded coconut or granola if you have some on hand!



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Fun to Eat Fruit Review

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

fun to eat fruit new


Don’t those smiling apple faces just make you happy? The fact that Fun to Eat Fruit is on a mission to encourage healthy eating habits for both children and adults makes ME happy. I just love that! Based right here in New Hampshire where I live and founded in 2007, Fun to Eat Fruit challenges us to be healthy snackers in a junk food world.

Fun to Eat Fruit can be ordered on their website and will be delivered right to your home in clear, reusable and recyclable plastic tubes. Shipped in pairs, each tube contains 4 pieces for a total of 8 pieces of fruit. Fruits may be apples, pears, nectarines or plums. Each month features a fun seasonal image such as a butterfly, baseball bat, turkey, leaf, clover, snowflake etc. Images are printed on fully washed, ready-to-eat fruits and the ink is made of 100% food-grade ingredients (FDA approved). All of this at a very reasonable cost of $12.00 plus shipping for 2 tubes. So snack freely, send some as a gift, pack some in your lunch or why not send one for the teacher? I could totally see giving away those jack-o-lantern fruits at a Halloween party! How fun!







Fruit images can also be customized! Consider giving Fun to Eat Fruit as a family gift, corporate gift or have some made for a special event. You could also use the fruits for advertising! Simply email them to discuss your image and pricing! Fruit is also available as organic upon request although at this time the image itself is not organic. The company is however working on that!

I was impressed with the quality of the fruit! It looked good, it tasted good and was fantastic packed in lunch! The company was also a pleasure to deal with communicating efficiently to let me know my order was on it’s way. Overall I found the fruit was great and their healthy eating message is both positive and refreshing! They made such an impression that my 4 year old nephew who was visiting spotted the smiling fruits on the counter and asked to have one! He ate it all! Yum!

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Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box this lunch contains:

  • Fun to Eat Apple sliced in half (check out Momables for tips to prevent apples from browning in your lunch boxes)
  • Cucumber slices
  • Broccoli
  • Ham, cheese and pretzel thin “sandwiches” (do note that pretzels will become chewier and bread-like by lunch time and are perfectly delicious this way, do pack “lunchables” style and build your own at lunch time if you prefer your pretzels crunchy)


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Disclaimer: I am a Laptop Lunches and Momables affiliate. Fun to Eat Fruit was kind enough to send me samples to review for this post. I was not otherwise compensated for my opinion. All opinions expressed are my own! I am not a Fun to Eat Fruit affiliate and make no money if you choose to order!

Lunch for Momma!

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

leftover to lunchbox

Writing this blog is my passion but in my everyday world not only am I a lunch packing Mom of 4 but also a full-time Sales & Marketing professional. I make a conscious decision to bring my lunch to work as often as I can for many different reasons. You see in between projects, business meetings, training sessions and daily tasks a girl has got to eat, right? Therefore I take as much care to pack my lunch as I do for the kiddos but often my lunches (and Daddy’s too) consist of leftovers. Why not? I hate to throw them away! I find when presented in my lunch box just right I feel like I am eating something new and enjoy it as much as I did the first time (if I didn’t mess up the meal the first time that is lol).

Packed in a Laptop Lunches Bento Box 2.0 this lunch (pictured at top) contains:

  • Orange Glazed Meatballs from the recipe by Corey over at Family Fresh Meals. Can I add that my family LOVES these?!
  • Veggies oven roasted in chicken broth seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and then topped with a bit of butter and lemon.
  • Nectarine slices
  • Kashi Hummus Chips

This lunch box works perfectly for lunches that have heat up items! Do you bring your lunch to work or other commitments?



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