Recipe: Chicken and Wild Rice Slow Cooker Soup

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Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes that don’t require any advance cooking! So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. And my kids especially loved it when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch, so be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to do the same.

Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:

  • Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
  • Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
  • On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
  • Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
  • Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.

Enjoy!

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Recipe: Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Salad

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I’ve tried making chicken salad all different ways (even using the dreaded processed store bought mayo), and my older daughter has always claimed that she “doesn’t like chicken salad.” Well, that girl changed her mind super fast when one day I introduced this combination: Sour Cream and Onion Chicken Salad! This stuff is good with crackers, veggies, pretzels, and even just by itself. Trust me. Give it a go and you’ll see what all the fuss is about!

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School Lunch Photo Contest Results (for October)!

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Photo-Contest-Image1The results are in from our second Facebook School Lunch Contest, and man you guys have some good eaters on your hands! From toddlers to high schoolers I was SUPER impressed with the selections and variety of foods that were packed. Looking through the pictures was very inspiring so be sure to check out the full list of entries if you haven’t already. It was once again not an easy job to pick only 4 winners (so many great ones that also followed our rules this time!), but those who were selected will each get a LunchBots Duo in the color of your choice. So, congrats!

The Top 4 School Lunch Winners!

  • Allison Lindsay: Make your own hummus pizza! Whole wheat mini pitas, hummus (homemade), chopped veggies and olives for topping and a little organic shredded cheese. This assembly-required lunch has been a big hit in the past. My second grader also received a homemade granola bar for snack time (not included in the photo).
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Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

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These days so many schools have nut-free tables or classrooms, or are even entirely nut-free! I know when I was first required to pack nut-free lunches for my daughters, I was pretty worried about this uncharted territory. I really had to focus on every.little.thing I was packing to make sure there was no cross contamination or broken rules.

I eventually got used to it of course, but for all those who are still figuring out how to pack an allergy-friendly school lunch this year or are even looking for ideas for a kid of your own that has a nut allergy, then this is for you!

Also be sure to check out our list of Favorite School Lunch Supplies and School Lunch FAQs!

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School Lunch Dilemmas Solved: Advice from Momables!

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Today I am excited to share some great school lunch packing tips from my friend Laura Fuentes with MOMables! We all know that we should be packing our kids a variety of colorful, wholesome, healthy foods they will love, but sometimes that is just easier said than done. And that’s exactly why Laura, mom of three kids ages 7-years-old and younger, came up with an idea for helping parents make this a reality.

She developed a meal planning planning service with the school lunch box in mind, ensuring that anyone who followed along could kiss the “Sandwich Rut” goodbye. And, as I’ve mentioned before, aside from this paid meal planning service Laura also has a blog and facebook page where she continuously shares super creative and fun food ideas. It’s honestly one of my favorite Facebook pages to follow – so thank you Laura for sponsoring today’s blog post (and for always keeping my Facebook news feed interesting)!

If you decide to try out the MOMables meal planning service you’ll get 5 real food lunch ideas, a prep-ahead sheet, and a shopping list – all of which can help any busy parent feed their kids a variety of foods – for only $6 per month! And their one simple plan approach has built in substitutions for vegetarian, gluten free and nut free options when needed (please note: it is not dairy free or vegan).

Now, back to all those fabulous little MOMables tips I was telling you about. Here are 7 quick fixes from Laura for those unwelcome lunchbox dilemmas!

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How to Make and Freeze Homemade “Uncrustables” (plus 3 uses for the crust!)

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Let’s face it – even if your kids don’t mind the “crust” of the bread…eating a sandwich without the crust is sometimes just a little more fun. My kids do currently eat the crust at our house so homemade “Uncrustables” are not something I plan on doing every day, but will I do it on occasion just to switch things up? Absolutely. One complaint from blog readers about making these sandwiches without the crust though is that they hate to waste food. So in addition to showing you how to make [and freeze] your own homemade “Uncrustables” I’ve got some solutions for those bread ends as well.

First of all, why make your own “Uncrustables?” Three main reasons…

  1. You can control the ingredients (see “Exhibit A” below).
  2. It (can be) cheaper.
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