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.
A Massive Scarf Is the Key to Eating Outdoors This Fall

A Massive Scarf Is the Key to Eating Outdoors This Fall

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Dining outdoors at neighborhood restaurants (or just in the backyard) has provided a welcome reprieve from months of isolation and being cooped up indoors. or to keep dining outdoors at home, you don’t have to shiver while you do it. But there’s one small, portable thing you can do to keep warm: the Big Scarf. I don't mean the kind that can fold up tidily and be tucked in a coat pocket. The Cashmere WrapsA 100 percent cashmere wrap is pricey, but you will never need to replace it.
Best Black Friday Cookware & Appliance Deals 2020 on Our Top-Rated Kitchen Gear

Best Black Friday Cookware & Appliance Deals 2020 on Our Top-Rated Kitchen Gear

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Every Black Friday, the Epicurious team pays special attention to the deluge of deals to find the most worthwhile kitchen discounts. In addition to the best Black Friday deals under $25, or this rundown of the best Vitamix deals, we are also keeping an eye out for the best deals on the appliances and kitchen tools that have won our product tests. This year, we have found deals on test-winners both big and small, like huge markdowns on glitzy Breville appliances and discounted OXO gadgets. Check out the best Black Friday deals on our product-test winners below. Black Friday is a great time to snatch up discounted Breville appliances, like the convection oven, which tend to be on the pricier side.
Big Announcement: New Book on the Way!!

Big Announcement: New Book on the Way!!

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I honestly can’t wait to get the first copy of this workbook to use it for myself! I currently have to use a conglomerate of different sticky notes, notepads, and papers, but with this new book, it’ll all be in one place and so easy to use! I’m so excited to share with you the templates that’ll be included (I worked so hard on these!). Located in the front pocket of the workbook…Laminated School Lunch Packing ChartLaminated Final Dinner Menu Template (so everyone always knows what’s for dinner!) The little icons coordinate with any instructions in the text so that you can easily cross-reference what to do and when!
Black Friday 2020: Best Kitchen And Cooking Deals

Black Friday 2020: Best Kitchen And Cooking Deals

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While many stores will still be holding deals on actual Black Friday (which is November 27, by the way), others will be staggering their deals throughout the month of November. To help you decide where to shop and what to buy, we've rounded up all of the best Black Friday (or should we call it Black November now?!) kitchen deals that have been announced online and in print circulars. Costco:Home DepotGet up to 50% off on daily new Special Buy Savings, with free delivery. on daily new Special Buy Savings, with free delivery.
Blackened Fish Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing

Blackened Fish Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing

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Sooooo, while I am not drastically changing the way the rest of us eat, I am trying to accommodate her request. Other Fish Recipes You Might EnjoyBlackened Fish Salad with a Creamy Avocado Dressing Course: Dinner Cuisine: American Keyword: blackened fish, fish taco salad Dietary Restriction: Egg Free, Gluten Free, Peanut/Tree-Nut Free Category: SeafoodActive Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Author: Lisa Leake Servings (Adjust to suit) : 4 Calories: 594 kcal Here's a super flavorful and hearty seafood dinner that is perfect for anyone who is pescatarian or who just loves fish. Add the olive oil to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until the fish is charred on both sides and cooked all the way through (white and flaky), about 6 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Lay the blackened fish on top and serve with the dressing.
Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole

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Thumb Up Helpful (2264)Rating: 5 stars This is a wonderful casserole. I used diced hash browns instead of the shreds, and shredded parmesan from a bag instead of the shaker can. Thumb Up Helpful (716)Rating: 5 stars I made this for a church group and got rave reviews, and many recipe requests. Thumb Up Helpful (237)Rating: 5 stars I have made Hashbrown Casserole for many years and I have never had a recipe this good! I used shredded hash browns 2 cans of cream of celery soup - healthy request instead of cream of potato.
Easy Low-Carb Pizza Crust

Easy Low-Carb Pizza Crust

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If you’re familiar with the keto diet, you know that the secret to a good keto bread = CHEESE! A homemade, low carb, 3-ingredient pizza crust that’s on your table in about 30 minutes? It’s important to choose the right sized sheet for the job so that your crust doesn’t turn out too thin or too thick. If you don’t have one, use your hands to shape your crust so it’s about 9”-x-13.”Pre-bake it. Much like a cauliflower crust, this version has to pre-bake before you top it to ensure stability and crispiness.
Homemade yeast water for bread baking

Homemade yeast water for bread baking

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This recipe shows you how to make your own yeast water for bread baking, perfect for times you cannot find yeast at the supermarket. I've had the best results making yeast water with apricots, but other dried fruits such as dates or figs are also possible. Reactivating the yeast water Two days before you are ready to bake bread again, remove the jar from the fridge. Storage tipWhen the yeast water is ready, use part of it for bread baking, and store the rest in the fridge like a sourdough starter for the next time you bake bread, then feed as described. Properly stored and fed like this, the yeast water can be used indefinitely.
How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven or on the Stove and Win at Fall

How to Cook Butternut Squash in the Oven or on the Stove and Win at Fall

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How did butternut squash become the most-cooked squash in America? And I believe that knowing how to cook butternut squash is essential kitchen intelligence, particularly during the cooler autumn and winter months. You can cook butternut squash in a variety of ways with great results: roasting, steaming, grilling, sautéing. More good news: As far as winter squash varieties go, butternut is pretty easy to dissect (get the full rundown on how to cut butternut squash here, and some short GIF tutorials here). How to roast butternut squash halves
How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave and/or Oven

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave and/or Oven

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But spaghetti squash…well, it’s not like other squash. Step aside twice-baked potatoes, twice-baked spaghetti squash is in town. Photo by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by Alex Brannian, Food Styling by Anna StockwellHow to Cook Spaghetti SquashOnce the squash is partially cooked and halved, as indicated above, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Plus, in the goal of getting spaghetti squash to behave like noodles, you aren’t looking to get much browning on its surface (a little bit of browning is fine). Sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon salt across the cut surface of each half (if you have a very large squash, you might want a little more; for a small squash, a little less).
How to Have Structure This School Year

How to Have Structure This School Year

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🙈 I know we definitely need more structure this fall, and I just finished reading through your Facebook comments about how packing lunches helped create a routine while at home. Now more than ever, we need structure for our little ones (and ourselves!). So, we’re excited to once again be offering our uber-popular meal plans that tell you exactly what to buy and make for unprocessed lunches – Real Lunches, Real Easy! Available for two weeks only (due to contractual agreement with my publisher) join us for peace of mind and healthy eating this school year! Basically, a complete system to make real food school lunches super easy.