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Cool for School {Easylunchboxes Giveaway}

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
 

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If you poke around this blog at all it won’t take you very long to figure out that Easylunchboxes are one of my absolute favorite containers. I use them regularly and I personally own 12 containers (3 sets) which are actually mine and were not provided for review (so no disclaimer at the bottom of the post)! I also own a cooler and a set of mini dippers. I’m a definite fan. Actually to be perfectly upfront it is the very container that was the inspiration for changing the way that I pack lunch (iPackLunch get it lol?)! Before I found the Easylunchboxes gallery I was guilty of low nutrition, high waste lunches and well, frequent lunch time meals from the dollar menu. You know what I mean! I thought I didn’t have time for anything else. These containers changed all that for me!

There is a reason after all that these are the #1 best-selling lunchboxes on Amazon.com!

With back to school days on the very short horizon I’d highly recommend picking up a set of these in classics or brights to be ready for school lunch packing! (In full disclosure links contained within this post are affiliate links and I may earn a commission on any sales but opinions are my own.)

 

Why this container for back to school?

This container is a great size for holding all the lunch. No disposable baggies or individual packages required! That = cost effective and eco-friendly! Not to mention no extra packages for kiddos to have to open!

That brings me to the next point, these are easy to open for all ages! The trade off is that they are not leak proof. This is not a huge issue as sauces, dips etc can be packaged in a smaller, leak tight container and carried in the same cooler.

You can portion the food for proper or desired nutritional intake! (low calorie or correct amounts of protein/grain/produce etc)

The smaller compartments can be used to separate food for snack breaks versus food for lunch time.

The compartments allow food to stay separate for those picky eaters who don’t like their food to touch!

The containers are a great value. At $13.95 for a set of 4 that means each container is less than $3.50!

The cooler bag is great for all ages too! It can be jazzed up for smaller kids or used plain for older kids for whom the non embarrassment factor is important.

The cooler bag also allows the food to be carried flat which insures food will stay as you packed it!

Finally, Easylunchboxes as a company is a great source of inspiration for packing lunch! Whether you checkout the Easylunchboxes gallery, their Facebook page or their Pinterest Boards you will have a constant influx of ideas! Don’t forget to check out my ideas too!

 

healthy back to school lunches

 

Now let’s talk lunch…

Lunch#1 (pictured at top) – Caprese BLT sandwich (my recipe is featured over at Spryliving), sweet potato tortilla chips, apple slices, celery and a peanut butter greek yogurt fruit dip.

Lunch #2 (pictured above) – Pillsbury Pizza Scrolls (my instructions below), mango, snow peas and raw carrot chips.

 

Pillsbury Pizza Scroll Instructions

  • Roll out one can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls (rolls out as a rectangle shape, do not break at perforations)
  • Using a pastry brush spread on a thin layer of your favorite pizza sauce (consider putting pureed veggies in your sauce for extra nutrition)
  • With the long sides of the rectangle top and bottom in front of you (shorter sides right and left) sprinkle on grated mozzarella cheese. (You will roll the scrolls from the side closest to you, the filling will spread upward as you roll so you can skip sprinkling the cheese a couple inches from the top edge)
  • Layer on your pepperoni (turkey pepperoni used here) also skipping the last couple inches at the top
  • Starting at the long edge closest to you, roll the rectangle upward jelly roll style, the filling will spread upwards as you do. Do your best to keep the roll tight.
  • Cut your roll in 1 to 1-1/2 inch segments and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10-14 minutes (keep an eye on the bottoms of the rolls) until the rolls have puffed up and begun browning
  • You can include extra pizza sauce for dipping

 

Wait… want one more reason to love Easylunchboxes? They have generously agreed to allow me to giveaway one set of their containers (you choose classics or brights) AND a cooler (your color choice). A total retail value of $21.90. Wow, right? Wouldn’t you love a set to pack your children for back to school? Just follow the instructions below to enter! Do note you must have a US shipping address to enter. You must comply with all terms and conditions of the giveaway or you will be disqualified. Winner will be randomly selected using Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond. At that point if no response is received a new winner will be drawn.

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Sincerely,

Deb

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Lunch QUADrupled: A Lunchbots Review & Giveaway!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
 

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Officially summer is more then half over and we have all begun to turn our attention to the back to school season. For some of us this could not come soon enough! For others it just seems a little TOO soon! Whatever school of thought you are in there is no denying school will be in session soon! We all had better hit the stores!

In all seriousness, inevitably back to school season DOES mean a great spending spree! Many dollars will be spent on pencils, pens, notebooks, clothes, sneakers, backpacks, lunch bags and more! WAIT, don’t forget to budget for lunch containers because this will be the year you pack better, healthier lunches for your kiddos, right? Lunches your children will eat, right? Why not?! It is certainly a worthwhile investment! It does not have to be complicated. With the right containers it can even be fun! You may even be inspired to pack your own lunch.

So what is the right container? Admittedly, I do love me a lunch container but one of my favorite lunch box manufacturers is definitely Lunchbots. So when I was recently given an opportunity to review their Quad container, I was thrilled. I already own other Lunchbots products including the Trio, Duo, Uno and the condiment containers. Certainly I am well versed on this product line. As a matter of fact I previously reviewed the Trio on this blog. This time however, I am here to tell you a little bit about the Lunchbots Quad!

Made of a durable, food grade stainless steel, the 6″ x 5″ x 1.75″ lightweight Quad has four fixed compartments offering you quadruple the options for variety!

quad·ru·ple  adj.

1. Consisting of four parts or members.
2. Four times as much in size, strength, number, or amount.
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Believe me, quadruple the variety is not an oversell! The combinations are near endless! Fruits, veggies, nuts, mini sandwiches, salads, lunch meats, olives, hard boiled eggs, pretzels, chips and so on… times four! Ha! Go poke around my blog for more ideas to fill a Lunchbots container! Personally I think these beautiful, shiny containers make everything look appealing but studies do actually confirm that a larger variety of food offered to children is more likely to be eaten. That makes the Quad a clear winner for back to school lunches!

The eco friendly Quad containers are 100% reusable, 100% recyclable and free from BPA. They are top rack dishwasher safe although I do recommend hand washing the colored lids. The compartments control portions and allow the food to remain intact as you packed! These containers do not stain, they do not hold scents and they do not rust. Your children will enjoy these containers for many school years to come and so will you! The Quad fits well in most standard sized lunch bags and is available with either a lime green or stainless steel lid. The Quad is also now available with a yellow silicone band exclusively at Lunchbots.

Just when you think I have run out of good things to say… wait here is one more! Lunchbots has generously agreed to give one of my readers a Quad with a lime green lid just like the one pictured in this post! A retail value of $20.99! The perfect prize for the back to school season! Just follow the instructions below to enter for your chance to win!

Note: winner must abide by the terms and conditions listed below. You must have a United States shipping address to win. Entries outside of the United States will be deleted. Winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and notified via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Product cannot be substituted, winner will receive a Lunchbots Quad with a lime green lid (as shown).

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Pack your own great back to school lunches like the ones pictured in this post!

Lunch One (pictured at top): chicken strips, cherry tomatoes, mango, bagel chips and Laughing Cow cream cheese.

Lunch Two (pictured above): turkey slices, sugar snap peas, corn bread, pretzel thins, strawberries and nectarines.

Happy back to school shopping!

Sincerely,

Deb

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Disclaimer: This blogger did receive a complimentary Lunchbots Quad container to evaluate for this post. All opinions expressed however are my own and I was not otherwise compensated. Lunchbots is also generously sponsoring the giveaway prize. Thank you Lunchbots!

Gluten-Free Friday & snackTaxi Giveaway!

Friday, November 30th, 2012
 

After a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, Gluten-Free Friday is back! I always like to mention that no member of my family is Gluten-Free although we have many wonderful friends who are! For them and for you I do my best to provide GF lunch ideas! Gluten-Free Friday is brought to you at the request of my friends at House-54!

With the weather turning colder in my neck of the woods I decided it was time to turn to some hot lunch options.  In my house the crockpot is already in active use slow cooking up stews, soups and of course chili. I make chili at least once or twice a month in the fall and winter seasons and always have a stock in my freezer. It is such a great comfort food and certainly makes for a hearty lunch on these colder days. To serve in lunch I simply heat my chili to a very hot temperature. While I am heating up I also prime my thermal container with hot tap water. This will warm the metal up and avoid a big cool down of your food which can happen when you add hot food to a cold metal container. Simply empty the water, add your chili and seal. Serve with your favorite gluten-free snack such us tortilla chips.

 Deb’s Simple Crockpot Chili…
2 lbs ground beef cooked and drained
1 can drained black beans (look for gluten-free marked on the can)
1 can drained dark red kidney beans (look for gluten-free marked on the can)
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 garlic cloves chopped
4-5 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp corn starch
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
salt & pepper

Cook on high for 3-4 hours. I have a BIG family so my recipe makes a lot so be prepared to freeze some!

For another guaranteed gluten-free version go visit House-54 for their gluten-free chili recipe.

 

WAIT THERE IS MORE! A GIVEAWAY!

You may have noticed alongside my chili that bright, colorful bag with some tasty Way Better Snacks (Gluten-Free) Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips peeking out? That my friends is snackTAXI’s snack-sack!  I love how colorful it is! SnackTAXI makes reusable bags for sandwiches, snacks, bread and produce along with napkins, aprons and other accessories. There are so many bright, beautiful patterns and colors to choose from. You’ll want to own a dozen! Trust me! Snack-sacks retail starting at $7.95 each.

 

Here is a perk for my gluten-free friends… they make some bags that are labeled “Gluten-Free”. That way if you have only one member of your family who is GF you can be sure you are not cross contaminating! It is also a nice reminder for teachers to see. Unfortunately this giveaway is not for a gluten-free labeled bag! Gluten-free snack-sacks retail starting at $8.95.

There is great benefit to using reusable bags! It is environmentally friendly! Did you know that in the US over 20 million plastic “baggies” are added to landfills EVERY DAY?! By using the snack-sack instead you are doing your share to reduce that number. You can also save money by buying larger snack sizes instead of individual portions again reducing waste into the landfill. This method also allows YOU to control the portion of snacks served. Not to mention that the bags are awesome to look at and kids will find them pretty cool!

I find the snack-sack a perfect companion to my thermal container as well as some of my smaller lunch containers. I have shown chips in the photo on this post but certainly you have endless snack options! Envision popcorn, carrots, pretzels, grapes, nuts, cherry tomatoes, dried fruits, cookies, crackers and more in the snack-sack!

Now I am sure you are wondering about caring for a snack-sack? The bag is easy to use but this is one area that it does take some effort. You do have to wash your bag regularly by using one of these methods recommended by snackTaxi. While you are washing have a clean conscience knowing that you are ONE LESS bag in the landfill!

Final breakdown:

Pros:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Save money buying larger sizes
  • Made of materials that are lead, phthalate and BPA free
  • Portion control
  • Lots of colors and patterns to choose from
  • Can be labeled “Gluten-Free”
  • Definite cool factor

Cons:

  • Does require care (machine and/or hand washing)
  • Not leakproof
  • Not completely airtight

 

Now that you know the details, how would you like to win one of your own? You can enter to win a snackTAXI snack-sack identical to the one shown in this post. It will be the same size, color and pattern but not “the” very bag I used! You will receive a new one I promise! How cool, right? Just follow the instructions along with terms and conditions listed below to enter. The winner will be randomly chosen through www.rafflecopter.com and will be notified via email.

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Opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not compensated for this post. I did receive a snack-sack so that I may give an honest assessment and snackTAXI has generously provided one for this giveaway.

 

Sincerely

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