6 Secrets to Packing a Better School Lunch (Plus 5 New Ideas to Try This Fall)

6 Secrets to Packing a Better School Lunch (Plus 5 New Ideas to Try This Fall)

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One of the biggest, most common mistakes her mom clients make when packing school lunches is forgetting about major food groups. But if your little ones are playing an active role in helping to decide what they'll have, they'll be more likely to eat it. You know that if you load your kids' lunch boxes with too much sugar they'll crash by mid-afternoon. Who says you can't turn that delicious, whole grain veggie pasta you had for dinner last night into a delicious, cold pasta salad for your kid's lunch? Bento Box PerfectionLisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food has a ton of school lunch ideas on her site for quick inspiration.
Chef John's Perfect Prime Rib

Chef John's Perfect Prime Rib

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Thumb Up Helpful (622)Rating: 5 stars This is a fool proof method for making the best medium rare prime rib. Thumb Up Helpful (160)Rating: 5 stars Absolutely, the easiest way to make perfect prime rib every time. I have never been able to do Prime Rib correctly and I finally cracked it using this recipe. I have never been a huge fan of prime rib and this recipe has won me over. Thumb Up Helpful (132)Rating: 5 stars Prime rib was perfect juicy and perfectly pink.
Classic Waffles

Classic Waffles

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The only thing I do differently is make waffles in the blender. This is the way my mom's recipe was and it makes the waffles lighter. The first time I made this I shifted the flour and I beat the egg whites and yolks separately to make fluffier waffles b/c that's all you see online about how to make fluffy waffles. I wonder if someone hacked into the recipe database and changed the amount of baking soda in the recipe so that poor, unsuspecting cooks would have their waffles ruined. Thumb Up Helpful (261)Rating: 5 stars 1st time cooking waffles and it came out great.
Friendly’s Has A Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake Available In Grocery Stores

Friendly’s Has A Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Cake Available In Grocery Stores

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Spotted by @SnackGator on Instagram at their local Meijer grocery store, the Friendly's cake is appropriately called a Peanut Butter Cup Premium Ice Cream Cake and is just under two pounds. It's made with layers of rich peanut butter ice cream, chopped Reese's cups, white chocolate, and chocolate icing, according to the food Instagram page. "This peanut butter cup ice cream cake tho. It features to layers of peanut butter ice cream separated by chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups covered with white chocolate truffle. After all, who wouldn't want to cut into a gigantic ice cream Reese's cup?
How to Make Puerto Rican Pasteles for Christmas

How to Make Puerto Rican Pasteles for Christmas

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Growing up in my Puerto Rican family, so many of my holiday memories revolve around food. Pasteles are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, but preparing them involves multiple steps and requires a sort of assembly line to put them together. Pasteles a la Papa CruzThis is my father’s recipe for pasteles, along with some of his cooking tips. The last fold should bring the paper over the now elongated pastel masa. Image zoom Wrapped pasteles a la Papa Cruz | Credit: Ramona Cruz-PetersCooking the pastelesBring a large pot of water to boil.
Jack Link's Makes A Hairy Gift Box Filled With Beef Jerky

Jack Link's Makes A Hairy Gift Box Filled With Beef Jerky

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Well, worry no more, because you can buy a big, hairy heart full of beef jerky for the occasion. Jack Link's put together the gift and the heart-shaped box is covered in brown faux hair instead of any glittery red or pink decorations. The real fun is inside of the box, though, and features original beef jerky by the brand. Valentine's is characterized by sweet treats like chocolates, candy, and cookies, sure, but this is a much better option for anyone who prefers something savory. I'm not saying I'm going to go out and buy this for myself...but I'm not not saying that either.
Jimmy Dean Has 2 New Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwiches

Jimmy Dean Has 2 New Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwiches

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Personally, I predict an influx of people experimenting with the flexitarian lifestyle, and grocery store items like Jimmy Dean's new plant-based breakfast sandwiches will make that switch even easier. To make mornings a breeze (whether you're flexitarian or not, TBH), Jimmy Dean is releasing two new plant-based patty sandwiches that guarantee the same deliciously seasoned taste fans love from their products. The Plant-Based Patty Egg & Cheese Croissant includes a patty made of soy protein and egg whites along with American cheese and whole eggs all served between a flaky croissant. Share how a @JimmyDean breakfast helps you start your day, tagging us and using #JDPlantBasedPatty and #sweepstakes for a chance to try our new Jimmy Dean Plant-Based Patty Croissant sandwich available now @SamsClub. To enter, just tag @JimmyDean on Twitter and use the hashtags #JDPlantBasedPatty and #sweepstakes to share how Jimmy Dean breakfast helps you start your day.
Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast

Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast

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So, today I’m sharing a recipe that’s perfect to get your kids cooking—Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast. Sure, french toast is fun, but I found that stuffing it with peanut butter & banana ups the ante. Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast2 pieces whole wheat bread1-2 tablespoons peanut butter (or other nut butter)1/2 banana1 tablespoon butter1 eggsplash of milkdash of cinnamonberries to top French toastmaple syrupEasy substitutions for this kid-friendly recipe:Make it gluten-free by using gluten-free bread in lieu of whole wheat breadCan’t have nuts? Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast 5 from 1 vote Course: Breakfast Cuisine: American Keyword: easy french toast, kid-friendly breakfast Dietary Restriction: Gluten Free, Peanut/Tree-Nut Free, Vegetarian Category: Too EasyActive Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Author: Kiran Dodeja Smith Servings (Adjust to suit) : 1 Calories: 315 kcal An easy recipe that kids can help make, this Peanut Butter Banana Stuffed French Toast is perfect for breakfast or brunch. Place the other piece of bread, peanut butter side down, on top of the bananas like a sandwich.
Prince William Secretly Volunteered At A Homeless Shelter Over The Holidays

Prince William Secretly Volunteered At A Homeless Shelter Over The Holidays

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Prince William made sure to give back over the holidays. Per People, the Duke of Cambridge visited The Passage, a London-based homeless shelter that is also one of his many patronages, three times ahead of Christmas. In a photo shared via the charity's Twitter account, William can be seen wearing a face mask and apron as he helps prepare donation bags. pic.twitter.com/XCHqccfRSf — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) February 13, 2019In the past, William has expressed how volunteering at the shelter has shaped him for the better. "The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me," William said.
Real Food Defined (The Rules)

Real Food Defined (The Rules)

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Real food basically means anything not highly processed (like artificial additives) and containing only five or fewer whole ingredients. It means mostly avoiding ingredients you would not cook with at home. Here are the seven rules we followed during our original 100 Days of Real Food pledge: No refined grains (such as white flour or white rice); only 100 percent whole grain. No refined or artificial sweeteners (such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda); only honey and pure maple syrup in moderation. I promise, there’s still food left after eliminating everything mentioned in our rules!
Soy Milk Is Better Fresh. Here’s How to Make It Yourself

Soy Milk Is Better Fresh. Here’s How to Make It Yourself

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On the other hand, I spent a couple years writing a tofu cookbook and have fully embraced making fresh soy milk at home. Compared to other plant-based alternative milk beverages, soy milk has more protein. In fact, soy milk possesses as much protein as whole cow’s milk—but it’s lower in calories and, luckily for me, lactose-free. Super fresh soy milk is easy to make at home and, frankly, tastes leagues better than the stuff sold in boxes—or even at dedicated tofu shops. Soy milk essential ingredientsSince there are only two ingredients involved in making soy milk, you’ll want to choose them wisely.
Tara O’Brady’s Holiday Biscuits Go Sweet or Savory

Tara O’Brady’s Holiday Biscuits Go Sweet or Savory

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This was true on regular days, but on Christmas morning they took the tendency to the extreme. Enter Christmas Bread, which wasn’t a bread exactly, but a biscuit-meets-foccacia tray-baked wonder. Although my lads no longer wake at such an ungodly hour, Christmas Bread remains a compulsory tradition, now exclusively served with brunch. Befitting the move to the main event, the bread (biscuits, really) became correspondingly that much more festive, with the addition of sour cream and a boost of butter. Photo by Tara O'BradyOur standard Christmas Bread is a mottled biscuit with Gruyėre and spinach, which grants a sense of accomplishment for getting a vegetable into my children before noon.