Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet: Cookbook Review and Giveaway

The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet Cookbook Review and Giveaway. Ends at 11:59pm on Thursday 4/23/15

I've been a MOMables fan for many years now and when I saw its founder, Laura Fuentes, was coming out with a cookbook, I was more than excited. As often as I get my recipes online, I'm kinda old school in that I prefer cooking using actual cookbooks. I just love flipping through pages, looking at pictures and picking out something yummy to make. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one! And then Laura asked if she could send ME one to review and I was thrilled beyond belief! OF COURSE, I said! It was my absolute honor. :)

When the school year started, like 9 months ago - lol, we were faced with an incredibly hectic schedule thanks to piano lessons and 7 soccer practices during the school week between my 2 girls. I was really needing to get organized to stay on top of things and was determined not go insane and not to make hitting fast food drive-thru's a habit. This cookbook has been the answer to all that and more. I rarely read cookbooks cover to cover, but this one I couldn't put down until I had done just that. Laura offers so many great tips on how to plan, organize, prepare (and often how to store) delicious and healthy meals for kids (adults love them, too!). For a while, I brought it with me everywhere I went, especially the after school carpool lane, when I had some down time to really dig into it. :)


The recipes are not only ones that kids will eat, they are healthy, too, which is a must. She offers a variety of ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between - like snacks, treats and drinks, too! Plus the ingredients used are easy-to-find, often items you already have-on-hand and the recipes themselves are no-nonsense. Yes! Exactly what I was in need of!

I decided to get the girls involved too, since this is, after all, for them! During piano lessons one day, I had them each peruse it for recipes they wanted to try while the other one had their lesson. Little Sis chose breakfast burritos and that's Big Sis on the right pointing at blueberry bread, among many other things.


I can't say enough good things about this cookbook. In just a short time of owning it, it quickly became one of my most-used and favorite cookbooks! Here's just a little sampling of the recipes I was able to whip up.

1. Hawaiian Puff-Wheels, page 87, made with bacon instead of ham. These were a HUGE hit with the girls, myself, their friends AND their mom! Send this in on the girls' first day of school last year and they gobbled them right up.


2. My favorite of all Homemade Chocolate Syrup, page 186, because Big Sis LOVES chocolate milk and I have no more worries about high fructose corn syrup, preservatives or nuts! Plus I can control how sugar it gets, NOT the companies that produce them!


3. Mini Quiches, page 125, made using pie crust. Perfect for adults and kids alike. Pretty, too, don't you think?


4. Glazed Cake Donut Muffins, page 43. Yum. is all I have to say.


5. Breakfast Burrito, page 36. Made ahead for busy mornings! A huge plus, because Little Sis could eat one every day if ya let her!


6. Blueberry Bread, page 163. You had me at blueberry. And bread. ;)


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7. Cornbread Muffins, page 169. Quick, easy and oh so yummy with the touch of honey that's added.


Here are some other favorites not pictured:
Read Chicken Nuggets, page 120
Neighborhood Meatballs, page 104
Peaches and Cream Wafflewiches, page 62
Ricotta and Jam Pancake Sandwiches, page 51

And I'm still dying to try: Lunchbox Falafels, page 115 (and many more)


GIVEAWAY DEETS

I did say this is a giveaway, right? Well, simply leave a blog comment on this post telling me which of these recipes you'd like to try first and enter to win one of your very own! Winner will be chosen using random.org. Check back here on Friday 4/24/15 to see if you've won!

This giveaway is open to contestants with US shipping addresses only. Sorry everyone else! ONE winner will be notified (so leave me whatever way you'd like for me to contact you whether it be an email, facebook profile, g+ profile, etc ESPECIALLY if you are commenting as anonymous! LOL) and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, a new winner will be selected. Laura Fuentes will be responsible for mailing the winner their prize. Giveaway ends at 11:59, EST, on Thursday, 04/23/15. Good luck!

For more information on the amazing Laura Fuentes, please visit her at her website: LauraFuentes.com.

Feel free to stop by and like our Facebook or Instagram pages, though it's not a requirement at all to win. :)

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Updated 4/24/15 10:15 AM to announce winner:
Updated 4/26/15 10:22 PM Haven't heard back from first winner, so I drew a new winner, comment #25:


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SHANNON QUALLS!!
Congratulations!!

Thanks so much for playing, everyone! To get a copy for yourself, just click on the picture below or follow this link to purchase one at Amazon: The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet Cookbook.


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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25 comments:

Amber Hernandez said...

I would love to try the glazed cake donut muffins! Yummy! I can be reached at cracker4622@yahoo.com. - Amber Hernandez

TenderHeartMom said...

The blueberry bread looks so yummy

happyvballgirl said...

This comment is for Jessica Schlamp from My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook because she was having problems commenting on this post. :)

I want to try them all but especially the glazed cake donut muffins!

Anna Adden said...

The glazed cake donut muffins sound delicious! Yummy!!!

Monica said...

Blueberry bread

Anonymous said...

Breakfast burritos for a make ahead option.

Rebecca Johnson said...

I would love to try the breakfast burritos! I so hope I win this giveaway :)

Paralea Boose said...

Ok. I will enter the contest, as long as the cookbook doesn't come with kids to feed. I'd be making adult versions of these to feed to Randall, or maybe he will help me cook and they can be Swinger treats when we get around to visiting volleyball...and since I don't know what name it will publish, by now you've figured out this is Lea (Paralea)...

Jamy Gearhart said...

I've been enjoying reading your blog and recipes. We've done the make-ahead burritos before and they work great. I make up a batch of regular burritos and froze them for my teenaged son to cook when I don't have time to make supper. I would like to try those mini-quiches too...I bet they freeze up good as well.

Dave Callender said...

I would like to try the breakfast burrito

Sarah Denton said...

Ooh the Blueberry bread looks yummy

Michelle Sedia said...

Hands down the donut cake muffins!!! I'm salivating over thinking of them already!!!
If I'm lucky enough to win please fb message me dear. Thanks a bunch for the opportunity to win such a great prize!!

Kathy said...

I would love to try the blueberry bread.

Jenn said...

Blueberry bread for sure!! Yum yum!

Erin Canfield said...

That Blueberry bread looks like a winner for my house!

Jenn said...

Ohhh the blueberry bread! Sounds fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

Glazed cake donut muffins all the way! Xoxo, auntie kris

Stacey U said...

That blueberry bread looked fabulous!

Lori Kenney said...

Glazed cake donut muffins! Sounds so yummy!

virginia newcomb v.newcomb08@gmail.com said...

i want to try the donut muffins

L.A. Mama said...

The Hawaiian Puff Wheels look delicious!!

ibelayni said...

The blueberry bread looks delicious! ibelayni(at)gmail(dot)com

sarahgalison said...

I would like to make the mini quiches!

jessica said...

I am definitely interested in the Scratch Chocolate Milk recipe! I have 1 Milk hog and he loves his chocolate too! The puff wheels look interesting! Always looking for new ways to shake up the lunch boxes X3!

Jessica S

Shannon QUALLS said...

Those glazed donut muffins look awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!