Monday, May 30, 2011
With summer on the way, Goodbyn's everywhere will start to get filled with delicious salads and fresh fruit. It's a great time of year - especially when you open your box to so much colour! You might remember Nena's post recently about how to build your own salad but here are a few more salad links you might enjoy....
Jamie Oliver Salads
Salads for any occassion
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
10 Lunchbox Extras That Go Beyond Yogurt Tubes and Fishy Crackers
I've used many of these myself, and the Annie's snacks are a HUGE hit with my picky two-year-old.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
You will need:
- 2 dozen tart shells
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 cup of swiss cheese, grated
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup 18% coffee creamer
- 2 tsp dry onion flakes
- 1/ tsp pepper
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- dash of sea salt
Beat eggs until frothy; add cream and spices and mix well. Set aside.
Line a cookie sheet with foil, and arrange tart shells on it. Divide cheese and bacon among tart shells.
Pour egg mixture into shells over cheese & bacon until they are approximately 3/4 full.
Bake in oven at 350* for approximately 30 minutes, until tops are golden brown and puffed slightly.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does! It's always a big treat when I make these, and the prep work is very minimal. I love how easy they are to make, and the generous amount it makes. They also freeze extremely well (if you manage to have a few leftover, that is).
And don't forget there is still a little time left to enter to win your very own Bynto! Check out our give-a-way here.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
You still have time to share your green lunches with us and be in with the chance of winning a bynto of your very own!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
So for today's lunch I sent my hubby to work with a build your own chef salad (you should have seen the delight on his face when he saw the contents of his Goodbyn). This is definitely one of his favorites to eat, and my favorites to make (because it is SO EASY!)
I started with spinach. I am sure if you look at some of my other posts you will see that my family eats a lot of spinach. But it is a super food! Chalk full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents it is an excellent choice for the base of a salad. If your kiddos don't like spinach, try slipping it in among their other greens. You'd be surprised what they will eat when it is mixed up with some of their other favorites.
I cut up some mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and threw in some sun-dried tomatoes. in the middle compartment. Along with some lightly seasoned chicken breast (I cook up a big batch of this and separate them into smaller containers in my freezer so I can just take out a new container each week. It's a great thing to have on hand for salads, wraps and quick stirfrys); sliced ham, and a hard boiled egg in the bottom compartment. A little light mozzarella cheese and some sweet vinaigrette completes this lunch.
It's fun because it allows for some choice. My DH can put on as much or as little of anything as he wants, and I feel good because he is eating a healthy, filling lunch.
If you are worried for younger children and their ability to "toss a salad" together inside their bento, go ahead and send a plastic bowl with them. This way they can take things out of their Goodbyn and mix it up without making a big mess.
I am hoping you enjoyed my post today. Be sure to check out Georgina's awesome St. Patty's Day Post tomorrow; and if you haven't already, stop by our new Giveaway to see how you can win one of the brand new Byntos! Happy lunching!
Thinking outside of the bag,
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Freshly home grown fruits and veggies are absolutely perfect for your lunchboxes and if, like me you are "into" long term food storage then a garden is a wonderful extention to your supply.
I'm not here to preach to you about the benefits of fresh food you have grown yourself - you already know about the food crisis in the world right now, the increase in food costs, the health benefits to you and your family, the taste of fresh food picked and eaten straight away, the impact on your families carbon footprint, the destressing an evening in your garden can give you..... A garden is a very personal thing - you either get passionate about it or you run for the hills when someone even mentions growing your own! I just want to remind you that now spring is on it's way, you couldn't find a better time to start a garden!
I appreciate that not everyone has acres of land in which to grow enough food to sustain their family, however there are many ways in which you can make the most of what space you do have. I love to square foot garden and all of my plants are in pots so I can move them around the garden as I need to. Others like to go the full hog and dedicate a larger space. Whatever you choose - think about this Summer when you will be able to add delicious homegrown food to your Goodbyn's! Yum
Here are a few websites you might find useful if you were thinking of starting your own garden up:
My Square Foot Garden
How to start a vegetable garden
Planning a vegetable garden
Vegetable container Gardening
I hope that some of these links will help and inspire you! Good luck!
Ohh and don't forget - whilst you are thinking of green fingered gardening tips, why not take part in our green themed bynto giveaway by sharing your green themed boxes with us!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Going along with the green lunch theme, Everything in my lunch is either organic, locally sourced, or both! Talk about going the extra mile! I have some delicious mini carrots and cucumbers, gingersnap cookies (don't worry all, I didn't actually send 3 cookies with my DH to work - it just looked better that way for the photo! lol. Come on, I can't spoil him THAT much!) A lovely spinach salad with sundried tomatoes and bean sprouts, and a homemade cranberry and almond popcorn mix.
My husband takes a giant thermos of water to work, so I rarely have to send a drink besides that, which always leaves me a bit of extra space. I like this meal because it is healthy and fun. The popcorn mix helps satiate those with a sweet tooth (which may just keep them away from the vending machine longer), while providing them with the nutrients of cranberries and the protein of almonds. While pairing some healthy, fibre-rich salad with a tangy homemade dressing gives a little added interest.
Thanks for stopping by everybody. And remember to check out our March contest. The folks over at Goodbyn are giving us one of their awesome new Byntos to give to one lucky reader!
Thinking outside of the box,
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Good Luck Everyone!!!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Also included in the bento: garlic bread, mini-salad and dressing, Capri Sun Roaring Waters, grapes, and vanilla cookies.
We had about two cups of plain spaghetti left over, which I just couldn't see tossing, so it was my responsibility tonight to come up with something to do with them. It was the least I could do since Jamie was standing out in the cold while Emy was at softball practice.
I have to tell you, I wish I had taken a picture of dinner because it was delish! And, I literally just threw it together . . . impressive for me, because I just don't "throw dinner together". I'll jot down my little recipe so you can give it a try if you like.
- 1 boneless/skinless chicken breast, cubed
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups prepared pasta of your choice
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
That's it. Simple and delicious. It took about 30 minutes and served 4 to 5 people.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
2. Meal Plan. If you know what you are having for supper, you can plan for leftovers in your lunch. Say you have chicken fajitas for supper...this would make awesome chicken wraps for lunch the next day. No stress at 6am to figure out what the heck you are going to put in your lunch for the day. This not only saves you time but it saves you money. Here is a printable planner you can use http://www.your-printable-planner.com/7-day-meal-planner.html
3. If you can, pack most of your lunch the night before and keep it in the fridge. This also helps to eliminate that feeling of panic at 6am. Nobody likes to have to deal with lunch before you have even had a cup of coffee. If your kids are old enough, get them to help.
1 1/4 C white sugar
1/2 C margarine
1 1/2 C mashed over ripe bananas
1/2 C Buttermilk (or regular milk minus 1 1/2 tsp...add 1 1/2 tsp of white vinegar to the milk to sour it)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1C of blueberries or walnuts (you can omit if you like)
Preheat your oven to 350. Cream your sugar and margarine. Add the 2 eggs and beat until the mixture lightens a bit. Add your bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Combine your dry ingredients and add to the wet. Mix until combined. Fold in your blueberries or nuts. I use a silicone loaf pan for this but if you are using a regular loaf pan, grease it before adding your batter. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour for a loaf...approx 26 minutes for muffins.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Yeah, I'm not to crazy about how it looks, but I'm pretty certain a good bit of it was happily consumed.
Included in the bento: Capri Sun Roaring Waters, peanut butter/marshmallow quesadilla bites, orange slices, cucumber/carrots/celery with ranch dip, chips, baked ham cup, and barbecue beef slider.
Oh, and a few Red Hots that Emy begged me for.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Now - I'm not so worried! I embrace the empty spaces in my lunchbox - so I don't want a drink today, I won't take one. I can see a purple base where my silverware is - never mind. I have plenty of other things to worry about - my lunchbox isn't one of them ! :)
I have empty spaces in my lunchbox sometimes and I'm okay with that!! :)
(goodbyn today contains ham, cheese and beetroot salad. Canned peaches and a coconut cake)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
In this Goodbyn lunch is a grilled cheese sandwich, cucumber slices, baby carrots, dill pickles, jello cup, Babybel cheese, granola bar, brownie and a thermos of tomato soup.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
For this lunch I have Raspberries, Mango, Kiwi, Flapjack, Yoghurt, Sausage roll, Potatoe Salad, Beetroot, Lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoe, coleslaw and cucumber. So thats - Red, Yellow, Green, Brown, White, Purple and Orange. I also like to brighten things up with colourful silverware too.
Here are some interesting articles on the health benefits of colourful food:
How about some ideas for different colourful foods to include in your next goodbyn box - why not try for one in each colour!
Orange and Yellow
Blue and Purple
OOoh and one last link - check out these photos of colourful food!! CLICK HERE very inspiring!
If you are looking for a fun thing to do on Valentines Day - you could even include all red foods in your goodbyn! Or How about an all green lunch box for St Patricks Day!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Regardless, I have been trying to find ways to make my life a little easier in the lunch packing department, and I have some quick ideas to share with you all today.
- When I make dinner, whether it be a casserole or just chicken breasts and rice I try to make at least 1 extra portion, which makes packing a lunch that much easier! Also, if there is more than 1 portion it can double as lunch for those of us at home. This one may seem like common sense to a lot of us, but you would be surprised how much time and money this can save!
- I keep junk food OUT of the house - except for certain occasions. I don't know about you, but anytime there is junk food in the house, I tend to eat that and then I don't feel like making a real, healthy dinner or lunch for the family. Healthy meals can be just as simple and quick as junk food, so keeping the junk out of the house has made it easier for me to be creative and come up with delicious and fun meals for my family. If you don't know where to start, Leanne Ely over at Saving Dinner has some great ideas. Sign up for her menu mailer, or just her free newsletter. I have gotten some wonderful ideas for snacks, lunches, dinners; ways to make everyday favorites healthier - you name it! I also just got an email saying everything in her catalog is 20% off today with the proceeds going toward helping FeedingAmerica.org in their quest to provide food to under-nourished children and families in the US.
- When I buy fresh fruit from the market, I immediately come home and wash and cut it up. I keep it all in a rubbermaid container in my refrigerator sort of like a "fruit salad" of sorts. I usually throw in some melons, pineapple and grapes. This is great because I can just grab a handful to throw in one of my DH's Goodbyn compartments, or for a snack for my 2 year old son... or myself! And I can cut up an apple or a banana to add to it if I want. It has been a huge help not having to worry about washing and cutting up fruit every day.
- Freezer meals! I love freezer meals! I will make up a large batch of say, chicken fingers (it is so much easier to prep them all at once than to have to make separate batches every time I feel like making them). Then I can just pull the small baggie out of the freezer and throw them in the oven. It's an easy and nutritious way to fill a Goodbyn with something yummy and fun. I often do this on Mondays because we eat at my inlaws' house on Sunday nights (read: no leftovers, and I am lazy on Monday mornings! lol) and the cafeteria at my DH's work serves chicken fingers on Mondays... so this way he doesn't feel left out. Besides, my homemade chicken fingers are way better than those fried ones at his work! lol
- My last tip for you today is to meal plan! I find that when I meal plan it takes the guesswork out of packing lunches. And that way if I pull out some leftovers and I don't know how old they are - I can check my calendar and I know exactly when I made it! Realistically this only takes me about 10 minutes a week, and I do it every week the day before I go grocery shopping. That way I can take into account what I have in the pantry already and head to the market for whatever else I need.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Also included in the bento: carrots, oranges, Capri Sun Roaring Waters, peanut butter cookies.
Monday, January 24, 2011
So you can imagine how apprehensive I feel now when I need to throw a simple ham and cheese lunch together. My solution was pretty easy actually. By rolling out the bread slices and cutting off the crusts I can offer the sandwiches with enough of a twist to throw the kids off the scent of monotony!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
- I wanted a bit more variety in my lunches and something healthier than a dodgy pre packed sandwich from a shop which I ended up throwing half away - wasting it because it tasted weird.
- I wanted to pack my lunch in a box that I could re use again and again to be better for the environment.
- I wanted to save money. I was spending a fortune on lunches and packing my own was the only way to save!
I made the decision and got my goodbyn and haven't looked back. My household now owns 4 Goodbyns!
The problem is, as I have found, trying to get a variety in my lunches can sometimes proove difficult - I mean its all very well if you can have something different everyday, but I was finding my quest for variety was meaning I was buying more lunchtime type foods when I went shopping. Whilst I was enjoying the different tastes everyday, more food meant more chance for it to go to waste / out of date / mouldy!! I now preplan my lunches for the week so I don't over purchase when I go shopping and whilst I do have some variety in the main part, the rest is the same but presented in a different way.Take this week for example. I managed to get a great deal on yoghurt, mango and kiwi when I went shopping and so I have enough to last a weeks worth of lunches and snacks for the rest of the family too.
I started the week with a simple cheese and carrot salad for my main. I put the orange yoghurt in the left compartment and cut the kiwi into small pieces in the right compartment. I also had some left over banana bread I had made at the weekend and a few of the last grapes.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
In the Goodbyn lunch today: Two pigs in a blanket with ketchup on the side, strawberries, dill pickles, Crush yogurt, Baby Bel cheese, tomato soup (thermos), a few small chocolates and a container of water.
There are plenty of alternatives to just the plain pigs in a blanket as well. You can use sausage instead of hot dogs. You can add cheese and make cheesy dogs. You can even do chili cheese wrapped crescent dough...these you have to make sure you seal REALLY well so you don't get oozage. The possibilities are endless when you have some ready made dough at hand. Let's hear some of your favourite ways to use your crescent roll dough!
Monday, January 10, 2011
The Our Best Bites recipe for homemade hot pockets was scrumptious. The bread by itself is quite tasty and super simple. I've made it a couple times more already--once making it into rolls and once as a braided loaf. Jamie wants me to make a simple loaf we can use for sandwiches. And Carly, one of our readers, commented that it's just as good with whole wheat flour. You should definitely give it a try if you're into baking bread.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Thank goodness for my food storage supply - it came to the rescue when I was in need of a quick desert to cheer us all up. Now I know we're not all in the mood for any more baking but this was SO super easy and tasted delicious that I just had to share. Your basic ingredients are these:
a can of peaches and a white cake mix - this also works well with yellow cake mix too.
Tip the whole can, juice/syrup as well into a baking tin and add a cup of sugar - mix it around. If the juice doesnt cover the peaches add a little water to just cover them.
sprinkle over a teaspoon of cinnamon powder - you don't need to mix it in
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
For the balance...he THINKS he is getting a treat with the Crush yogurt. It is something fun for him to eat yet healthy. I would rather not have the litter in the lunch but he does bring home his containers for washing and recycling. The granola bar too is something fun he normally doesn't get in his lunch. It is still a treat but has some healthy aspects to it. Now for the full treat. Two cookies....store bought. For shame I know. But with all of the holiday cooking I have done recently, I do not feel like baking...this is going to have to do. I have a 9 year old boy who eats like a horse and has low blood sugar problems, so on occasion I have to put another small snack on the side. Today I put in giant Goldfish crackers for him to munch on in class.
For those concerned about the tomato sauce staining the Goodbyn, don't sweat it. I have had this box for over a year now and NO staining at all. If you wanted to reheat the spaghetti (my son likes his cold, straight from the Goodbyn) I would suggest putting it into a different container. Nena has posted about these awesome Wean Cubes that fit perfectly into the Goodbyn and can be removed for a quick reheating.
Happy New Year everyone! Let's get back on track!!!
Monday, January 3, 2011