It's Lunchbox Love time again! I really look forward to seeing what you all link up each week. Packing a lunchbox every day can get tedious, both for the packer and the eater. It helps a lot to see what other moms are doing ... whenever I ask my sons what their friends are eating all they ever say is "sandwiches!" (Which may be the case, but it sure doesn't help me much :) )
Today I'm featuring two submissions. Gluten Free Healthy Cake Donuts from Tessa Domestic Diva received the most clicks from readers, and Homemade Frozen Go-Gurts from Elevate Wellness were my personal favorite. I can't wait to try both of these recipes, and my boys are beside themselves at the thought of finding donuts in their lunchboxes!
from Tessa Domestic Diva
Homemade Frozen Go-Gurts
from Elevate Wellness
from Elevate Wellness
My contribution today is so adorable I thought it might be too cutesy for boys to be seen eating it at school (luckily, they agreed to eat it). As you can see in the photo at the top, I've stuffed teeny tiny little sweet peppers with quinoa. My plan was to fill an entire lunchbox with miniature foods... mini stuffed peppers, mini muffins, tiny clementines, etc. Of course, when it came time to take the photo, my stock of cute mini foods had been eaten all up, possibly by the Big Bad Wolf. So, in the lunchbox above, you can see dried mangoes and hazelnuts instead. I guess hazelnuts can be considered miniature, right?
I didn't cook the peppers, as my children don't like "mushy" veggies. You can stuff these with anything you like, but I found the quinoa worked well because the grains are so small themselves. I just added a little lemon juice, salt and chives.... lots of different ingredients will work here.
Miniature Stuffed Peppers
1 dozen mini sweet peppers
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp chopped chives
salt and pepper to taste
Cut the tops off the raw peppers (and reserve) and scoop out the seeds. Mix together quinoa, lemon juice, chives, salt and pepper. Stuff each pepper with a spoonful of the quinoa mixture, and replace the top on each pepper. Serve as is (do not cook peppers).
Now it's time for our link party! What did you pack for lunch this week? Remember, submissions don't have to be completely allergy-free, just free of whatever ingredients you are avoiding. Link up a recipe or a whole lunchbox... we can't wait to see what you've got!
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