A Back-to-School Eat Well, Spend Less: ABC Ideas for Your Lunchbox

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Looking for inspiration on what to pack in your kids’ lunchboxes as they head back to school? Here are a few fun lunchbox ideas to get you through the year (or at least the first half of it) in this month’s Eat Well, Spend Less series. I pull the white cotton sheet over my head […]

Mason Jar Meals: Ranch Chicken Salad in a Jar

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An easy on-the-go lunch or dinner, this ranch chicken salad is a great way to repurpose your leftovers, make lunch grab-and-go, and ensure you’re eating right even when life feels like it’s running a marathon. I roll over, kicking the covers off and lying there in my bed, letting myself adjust to the temperature difference. […]

Breaking Down School Lunch Box Ideas

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Rethinking ideas for the school lunch box from sandwiches to wraps to crackers and cheese and fruit on a stick. Let’s talk for a minute about this business of school lunches. Just one more time, I promise. We’re a week and a half in. I’ve sent hard boiled eggs with my kids three times. In […]

Easy School Lunch Macaroni and Cheese for Sliding into a New Routine

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This 15-minute macaroni and cheese is one of the school lunches I fall back on easily. I only make it once in a while, but it’s a kid favorite, the creamy cheese sauce keeping the pasta hot until lunchtime. Our day starts as the sun rises. Alarms blare. (To my neighbors, I apologize for Ole’s […]

Pumpkin Pie Fruit Roll(Up)s

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The pumpkin love continues. I’ve still got a brioche idea packed away, but in the meantime, I’ve been creating new uses for the pumpkin purée that we made. This time we’re going for homemade pumpkin pie fruit roll-ups. My kids like fruit snacks. There. I said it. I mean, really, what kid doesn’t? I, however, […]

Quick School Lunch Tip: Peach Freezer Smoothies

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I tend to get a bit greedy with peaches, as in I buy them by the crate. Last week I realized I was either going to need to eat the remaining 5 pounds I had still to get through that hadn’t been processed to freeze or eaten fresh or baked into muffins. I knew I […]