How to Make a Spooky Halloween Lunch

5 ways to create spooky Halloween lunches

Packing a fun holiday lunchbox doesn’t have to add more than a few minutes into your lunch-packing process. Here’s how we created a spookier spin on a simple and healthyish Halloween lunch…

5 ways to create a fun and simple Halloween lunch!

    1. Spider sandwich: Add pretzel sticks as legs to a PBJ (or nut-free option)—we cut out the circle shape with a ball jar rim, but you could just use the rim of any cup or small bowl. Two raisins were stuck on using peanut-butter glue.
    2. Eyeball crackers: Use tahini, hummus, or guacamole to stick half an olive on a round cracker.
    3. Witch’s fingers: Put a dab of hummus on the end of 5 Peas Please or veggie straws.
    4. Apple mummy: Wrap an apple in gauze and tuck two googly eyes under a piece of the wrap.
    5. Pumpkin carrots: Slice two small, shallow wedges length-wise to create a “stem. Then slice the carrot stick to create individual “pumpkins”.

Carrot pumpkin

Extra treat: Wrap your kiddos favorite kind of lollipop in a tissue, tie it with a ribbon or string and draw the mouth and eyes with a marker.

Halloween lunch ideas for kids

Happy Halloween!

Jen & Corinne

PS: Here are more tips on packing lunches for kids under 10 and for kids 11 and up!

Back to School: Weekend Meal Prep and Planning

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Nothing slaps a parent or kid into shape like Back to School. It’s time to get back into routines, stop ordering out so much, stop sleeping in, start going to bed earlier, and start thinking about dinner before 8pm.

So, in episode 11 of the Healthyish podcast, Jen and Corinne share the importance of taking time on the weekends to plan and prep a few foods and meals to make the week MUCH easier—easier to survive without takeout food, with homework chaos, and with easy-peasy lunch packing. They also share school supplies shopping ideas and an idea for a budget-friendly anniversary dinner with kids. Join them as they swear by weekend prep to prevent overwhelm and insanity!

And for our fabulous 3-Day Weekend Prep e-guide, sign up for our mailing list on the right-hand column of the blog and we’ll send that your way. If we’ve wet your whistle, this “Lazy Lasagna” is a life-saver if you prepare one or two on the weekend. You can even construct one or two and stick them in the freezer to thaw and bake months down the road.

Share your favorite weekend food chores with us… what do YOU do with 10, 20, or 30 minutes on the weekend that makes your week of meals so much easier?!

Buried in casseroles,

Jen & Corinne

Caulipower Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

There are two problems with being a dietitian. The first one is that people often feel like you’re counting the calories they put into their mouths (believe me, I don’t like math THAT much), and the second one is that when you’re strolling down the aisles of the grocery store and see flour made out of cauliflower, you buy it. THIS STUFF.

I figured I couldn’t go wrong with cookies, right? Well, the Reilly clan had mixed reviews at first… mainly because the 4 critical kids *knew* that there was cauliflower in there (‘Why can’t we just have NORMAL chocolate chip cookies?!?”)… but when the cookies cooled down, the mild cauliflowerness disappeared and the reviews shot up from 3 to 5 stars! Boom. Buying cauliflower flour just moved out of the problem category. So, voila! Enjoy.

In veggies, Jen

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Caulipower Chocolate Chip Cookies
These little chocolate chip cookies basically qualify for a well-balanced meal. You've got veggies, protein, flax seeds, and chocolate! They're a scrumptious bite-sized treat that you and your whole family can feel good about.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat flax seed meal, margarine, water, sugar, protein powder (if using) and vanilla in a medium bowl until creamy.
  3. Beat in cauliflower baking mix and salt until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Form dough into small dough balls and drop onto un-greased baking sheets.
  5. Bake 9 - 11 mins. or until golden brown and firm to the touch.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Store in an air-tight container at room temp for up to 6 days.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Caulipower Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 218mg 9%
Potassium 117mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 28%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.