Lunchtime Giveaway! [Closed]

Happy Saturday! Today is a special day because it’s time for another giveaway.

This [mini] giveaway has some great items for lunchtime:

1) Laptop Lunches was so gracious to give my lucky winner a $25 gift certificate to order your very own Bento-Ware!Β (the lunchbox in the picture is mine and not included in the giveaway)

2) 9 oz Lifefactory glass water bottle.

3) To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set which includes a fork, knife, spoon and chopsticks.

4) Plus a surprise treat πŸ˜‰

Lunchtime Giveaway by Adventures of a Dairy-Free Mom

Now for the rules!

There are two different ways to enter.

This giveaway is starting Saturday August 30th and will end Saturday September 6th at 9 pm PST.

1) Follow my blog

AND

2) Comment on this post sharing a lunchtime tip or your favorite item to pack for lunch.

OR

1) Follow me on Instagram @dairyfreemommy

AND

2) Hashtag (#dairyfreemommy) a photo of your lunch or bento-ware and tag me (@dairyfreemommy) in the photo!

Good luck πŸ™‚

UPDATE:

Thank you to all who entered this giveaway! Thanks to Random.org, Michelle is our winner. Yay Michelle πŸ˜‰

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More Bento-Style Lunches and Tips:
Five Tips to Packing a School Lunch

Five Tips to Shopping Smart

Check out Laptop Lunches BentoWare!

Toddler Hulk Muffins

Have I mentioned that my little is Batman? Well he is…but sometimes he likes to be other superheroes too, like Captain America or the Hulk and now he is totally into Ninja Turtles as well. Anyways, since my life seems to revolve around superheroes, it was only fitting to call these [super] yummy green and purple muffins, Hulk Muffins!

I know, I know, he is no longer a “toddler” but toddlers are sure to love these muffins, just like my…preschooler. I am having a hard time letting go ofΒ my little baby who just wanted to be held all day, isn’t three too early to be a big kid? He is such a strong and independent boy who is so full of life and is so adamant about learning new things, and doing everything by himself. He also doesn’t want to be called any of those mushy nicknames, like my baby or boo bear…the list goes on…sometimes I slip up and call him a mushy name, and he reminds me, “Mom, I am not a baby, I am a big kid.”

On to the muffins…

I haven’t made a “toddler” muffin in quite some time, but I really wanted to make something that didn’t have flour and contained fruits and veggies that could easily be tossed into a lunch-pail. I had just bought a big container of spinach and blueberries from Costco, which I immediately washed and froze in individual baggies for smoothies (more on that another day)…but I thought hey, those would be perfeeecccttt for a muffin!

Toddler Hulk Muffins

Makes approx. 30 mini muffins

2 cups rolled oats (not all oats are gluten-free, check the labeling)

2 bananas

2 eggs

1 heaping handful of spinach

1-1 1/2 cup blueberries

1 cup dairy free yogurt (I used coconut yogurt)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 400.

Blend or food process the oats, yogurt, spinach, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla until smooth, although there will be some texture from the oats. Add in eggs. Once combined fold in the blueberries.

Grease or line muffin tin. Fill compartments 3/4 full. Stick them in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.

P.S. These aren’t just for toddlers, I loved them too!

P.P.S. Go check out my Instagram over there —-> on the right side of the screen. Follow me and stay updated on the daily (or close to it), or if you don’t have an Instagram you can still go check out the pictures!

Happy Baking πŸ™‚

Bananas, Nut Butters and Cinnamon.

Nut Butters and bananas have a bad rap among some, but they actually have great health benefits. They also make a perfect combination of yummy-ness that is amplified by cinnamon.

  1. Bananas are believed by some to be high in carbs, sugar and calories; however they really don’t have more of these things than other fruits. Bananas are actually low on the glycemic-index, which means they are great for diabetics because they don’t cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Plus, they are an excellent source of potassium.
  2. Nut butters are not only high in protein and low in carbohydrates, but they also provide heart healthy fats. I know that choosy moms choose Jif, but their regular peanut butter has quite a bit of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients. There are a lot of different brands of peanut butter out there, so just be label conscious and find something that is best for you. Peanut butter isn’t the end-all be-all of nut butter though; almond butter is a great alternative. I also like Sunbutter, which isn’t technically a nut butter since it is made from sunflower seeds, but it still offers great benefits and it tastes wonderful.
  3. Cinnamon just makes everything taste better, well not everything, but a lot of things. It isn’t just a spice to use on cinnamon rolls, I sneak it into other dishes…I hate to give up my secret ingredient… but it adds a great flavor and depth to tomato based dishes. There are a surprising amount of benefits from using cinnamon. To name a few: regulates blood sugar, lowers LDL cholesterol, and it is anti-microbial/viral.

I’m going to share five easy-peasy recipes with you that are good for breakfasts, lunches and snacks…or dinner if you choose!

  • Quesadilla: Take tortillas and spread with peanut butter, sliced banana and sprinkle on some cinnamon. Then cook on a skillet with a dairy-free butter, coconut oil, or nothing.
  • Sandwich, cold or grilled: Take some bread and smear on some peanut butter, add sliced bananas and cinnamon and you are good to go. You could also grill it up like you would a grilled cheese.
  • Oatmeal: Cook oats, add in a tablespoon of nut butter (you can do more or less depending on your taste), slice up some bananas to put on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Smoothie: Blend together a frozen banana, a tablespoon of nut butter (or whatever amount you want), add in a cup (and again you can play with the amount of milk to get your desired consistency) of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, hemp, rice), and a teaspoon or so of cinnamon and blend together.
  • Banana bites: mix together a nut butter and cinnamon mixture and cut up a banana into half-inch slices. Spread the mixture onto one side of a banana slice and top that with another banana slice. You can eat them as is or stick them in the freezer for a nice cold treat that are easy to grab on the go.

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Do you have any ideas and/or recipes that have banana, nut butters and cinnamon? If so, please share πŸ™‚

What’s for Lunch? Turkey and Hummus Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries

Over the weekend, my cousin made a dish of sweet potato fries that were so good! I had to ask her for the recipe so I could make them at home, and of course to share with all of you πŸ™‚ We made them with our lunch today, here is the recipe:

My Sweet Cousin’s Sweet Potato Fries:

  • Sweet Potatoes, we just used one for lunch.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Sea Salt

Slice the sweet potato(es) into uniform strips, toss them in melted coconut oil and sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (more if the fries are larger). Flip the potatoes half-way through.

She also made this dipping sauce that was amazing too. It was just ketchup and spicy buffalo wing sauce mixed together. Since I love all things spicy, I can’t believe I’ve never thought of spicy ketchup! This dish was sweet, salty and spicy…perfect!

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Today has been a little drab and dreary, so it felt like a grilled sandwich kind of day. I got out some slices of Dave’s Killer Bread and coated one side of each slice with coconut oil (I used CO because I had it out for the fries, but you could use a dairy-free butter substitute, olive oil, or whatever you have on hand). On the opposites sides of the bread, I spread a layer of hummus, my personal favorite is roasted red pepper, I stuck a couple of slices of turkey on the hummus and made myself a sandwich, I tossed it on the warm skillet and cooked it up like a grilled cheese sandwich. It was warm, creamy, and delicious.

A little side note about turkey, if you are using lunch meat style turkey, try and look for a brand that DOES NOT have artificial preservatives, nitrites or nitrates. Applegate Farms makes a lunch meat style turkey, but it is more expensive, I’ve seen it cost anywhere from $5.99-$8.99 for 8-ounces, Trader Joe’s has a turkey that doesn’t have nitrites or nitrates and it runs about $2.99 for a 7-ounce package. A majority of my local grocery stores have deli sliced turkey that they cut for you but I have not found, or asked what their turkey contains besides turkey. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Boar’s Head, but alas, we don’t have that around here. I’m sure other parts of the world have more brand options. Just keep a watchful eye on your foods ingredient list πŸ™‚ Okay, I will now step off of my pedestal now.

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