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BANANA DOG BITES
Have you ever thought about how many peanut butter-and-something sandwiches you've made for your kids? A more interesting twist: If you've got bananas, tortillas and peanut butter, you've got Banana Dog Bites – a fruit, protein and carbohydrate all rolled into one unique lunch idea! Kids will love spreading the nut butter on the tortilla, peeling the banana and laying it in its "tortilla bed." Get the recipe.
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There might not be a more universally loved recipe for kids than chicken nuggets. But don't just reach for the box from your freezer – make them yourself so you know exactly what's in them. This healthier version is super easy (and freezable!) and great with a squeeze of ketchup on the side. Get the recipe.
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CHEWY CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BAR
Before you put that packaged granola bar in your kid's lunch bag, give this recipe a try. Most granola bars cost around $1 each. This homemade recipe makes 30 bars and costs roughly $4 per batch (if you’re not into chocolate, try dried fruit like cranberries, cherries or raisins). That's a $26 savings and a real treat for your kids to unwrap during lunch. Get the recipe.
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THE WORLD’S BEST PB&J
How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the world's best? It’s simple: Slather the inside with gooey peanut butter and fresh strawberry preserves, then toss it into a waffle iron. When it comes out, it not only looks different from the ho-hum sandwich you put in your kid's lunch box everyday, but it also tastes ten times as scrumptious, too! Get the recipe.
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CHOCOLATE GRAHAM CRACKERS
Graham crackers are a simple sweet treat to add to a school lunch, but toss in a handful of these crunchy chocolate graham crackers in fun shapes, and just wait. All it takes is 20 minutes – you'll be hearing rave reviews from your kids at pickup time, hoping you have more crackers waiting at home! Get the recipe.
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Sandwich? Check. Fruit? Check. Dessert? Check. Wait! What about a vegetable? It may seem like the most challenging item to inspire your kids to eat, but when you add a creamy dip for them to dunk carrots and sugar snap peas into, everything changes. Made from herbs and Greek yogurt, it's a nutritious must-have for lunch! Get the recipe.
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CHICKEN FAJITA QUESADILLA
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Catherine McCord, mom to Kenya (age 5) and Chloe (age 3), created Weelicious.com as a platform to show parents around the world how easy and beneficial it is to expose children to wholesome and delicious homemade food. On Sept. 18, Catherine takes her inner "mom-ologue" from the web to the page with her new cookbook, Weelicious: One Family. One Meal.
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