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Back to School Healthy Lunches

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Classes are back in session. Now it’s time to get the lunch situation back on track. Packing healthy lunches is key. I want to make sure my kids are getting healthy options, but I also want to make lunch fun for them so they don’t get bored of the sandwich in the plastic baggie. I think this helps the kids eat their lunches at school.

I was excited to partner up with one of my favorite food stores WHOLE FOODS MARKET. They offer so many amazing back to school options. Some of you may not know but WHOLE FOODS has their own brand called 365 Everyday.

The 365 Everyday Value products can fill your pantry without emptying your wallet. With value prices every day of the year, the products are formulated to meet all of their quality standards, come in both natural and organic selections, and will change the way you shop at WHOLE FOODS MARKET. That’s because they have it all — from whole grain flours and shade-grown coffee to organic milk and frozen veggies. They make it easy to stock up on the best products for the best price.

My kids love lunch meat roll ups. I added a little pretzel stick to keep the roll up together. WHOLE FOODS lunch meats are now 25% off Sliced In-house Deli Meat Sale from 9/7 until 9/13.

365 Everyday Value® Organic Sliced Cheese has the benefits of organic including that it’s made from the milk of cows not given synthetic hormones (rBST) and Lunchmeat that doesn’t contain artificial colors, flavors or preservatives such as added synthetic nitrates or nitrites.

Below you will find 3 fun ideas to pack for the kids. I hope everyone has a fun and safe school year.

Here we have Peanut butter & Jelly rolls, pretzel stick, carrots and water 

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Quaker crackers, Ham & Cheese kabobs, water and some mandarin oranges 

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Peanut butter apple sandwiches, carrots, quacker crackers and water

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

Devour: Embrace Your Inner Kid with 5 Fun Flips on Pizza
The Lemon Bowl: Skillet Mexican Street Corn
Homemade Delish: Healthy Back-to-School Lunches
Creative Culinary: Peanut Butter and Apple Oatmeal Cookies
The Fed Up Foodie: Spiced Pumpkin Donuts
A Mind “Full” Mom: 2-Ingredient Homemade Gogurts
The Mom 100: Tomato-Orzo Dill Soup
Healthy Eats: 7 Back-to-School Dishes That Kids Can Help Make
Taste with the Eyes: Black Bean Spaghetti Caterpillar For Kids
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Kale Sushi Rice Bowls
Swing Eats: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies (Gluten-Free & Flourless)
FN Dish: Our Favorite A+ Afterschool Snacks

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Food!!

Warm Pumpkin Salad

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Pumpkins are a staple for fall decor and food. I love everything pumpkin.  I’m that person that will have everything pumpkin as soon as October hits. I love to incorporate it in my cooking. I’m lucky enough that my store carries per cut and peeled pieces.  I like to make warm salads during the cooler months.  I figured this would be the perfect one to share. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pancetta, cubed
1 fennel bulb, sliced
2 whole Artichoke hearts, cut into wedges
2 lbs pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into desired pieces
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 cups extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a baking dish add pumpkins and Artichoke hearts. Season salt, pepper and 1/4 cup olive oil. Place in the oven for 1 hour or until pumpkin is tender. Set aside.

In a medium skillet on medium heat add pancetta, cook until crispy. remove and place on paper towel to absorb any oils. In the same skillet add the fennel into pancetta oil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside in large bowl. Add the pumpkin, artichokes and parsley. Toss together.

Dressing:
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced

Preparation:
In a medium bowl add apple cider begin to whisk in olive oil. Whisk consistently. Season salt and pepper. Add garlic, lemon juice and molasses. Keeping whisking for another 2 minutes. Pour over pumpkin and veggie mix. Toss everything together. Top with crispy pancetta. Place in serving dish and enjoy.

P.S. This is a perfect dish for thanksgiving.

Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #fallfest below:

The Hungry Traveler: Pumpkin Brown Butter Madeleines
Bacon and Souffle: Pumpkin Lasagna with Sausage, Kale and Parmesan
Homemade Delish: Warm Pumpkin Salad
Creative Culinary: Pumpkin Butter
The Lemon Bowl: 20 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes
Weelicious: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Virtually Homemade: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
TasteBook: Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Dishin & Dishes: Homemade Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte Concentrate
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Red or Green: Spiced Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Bars
The Heritage Cook: Roasted Pumpkin, Potato, and Sage (Gluten-Free)
Swing Eats: Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Taste with the Eyes: Sultry Pumpkin Soup – Southwest Flavors, Dressed To Kill
FN Dish: 8 Ways to Eat Pumpkin All Day Long

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Bite Size Peach Panini

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Panini sandwiches are always fun to create; from to sweet to salty or in this case both. Peaches are in full bloom right now and are one of my favorite fruits. I wanted to highlight them in this recipe giving it the perfect combination of sweet and salty. Once you take a bite into this panini your mouth will be bursting with flavors from the saltiness of the prosciutto, the creaminess and sharpness of the Gorgonzola cheese, the sweetness of the peach and the crunchy and buttery taste of the ciabatta bread. Cutting them into halves or into fours will be the perfect bite size start to any party. I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients: 
8 slices ciabatta bread 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, for spreading on bread 
1 to 2 peaches, sliced into thin wedges 
2 cups Gorgonzola cheese crumbles 
4 slices prosciutto 
 
Preparation: 
 
Get the panini press nice and hot. Next take the pieces of bread and spread the butter on the outer part of the sandwich. Now add some Gorgonzola cheese, slices of peaches and finally one slice of prosciutto. Close the panini and put on the hot press for about 4-5 minutes, until toasted and golden brown.

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #SummerSoiree below:

Virtually Homemade: Mixed Summer Fruit Baked Oatmeal
Homemade Delish: Bite-Sized Peach Panini
The Heritage Cook: Grilled Chicken with Peach Chimichurri Sauce (Gluten-Free)
Weelicious: Peach and Ricotta Crostini
Creative Culinary: Fresh Peach and Bourbon Upside Down Cake
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chocolate Dipped Peaches with Sea Salt
Red or Green: Summer Peach & Tomato Salad
The Mom 100: Sour Cream Peach Cobbler
Domesticate Me: Peach Crumble Smoothie
Daisy at Home: Creamy Peach Popsicles
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Six Ways to Savor Peaches
Healthy Eats: 7 Healthy Ways to Use Peaches in Their Prime
Taste with the Eyes: Grilled Peach Salad, Over-The-Top Maple Bourbon Dressing
Swing Eats: Grilled Peaches with Greek Yogurt, Honey, Lime Zest, and Vanilla
Dishin and Dishes: Bacon Wrapped Grilled Peaches with Goat Cheese and Aged Balsamic
FN Dish: 8 Juicy Ways to Eat Peaches Before They’re Gone

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Sweet Tomato Jam

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Tomatoes in my garden are in full abundance. We have so much that we make sauce and freeze it.  Something that I learned as a child was how to make tomato jam.  Yes I said “jam.” It’s so delicious and goes great on a cheese board. As we all know tomatoes are actually fruit, so it’s natural to turn it into jam. Give it a try you will not be disappointed. 

Ingredients: 
12 large tomatoes
1 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks 
2 tablespoons cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
  
Preparation: 
Add tomatoes to a large pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. 
Drain tomatoes. Peel off the skin, coarsely chop and remove core (if you would like to remove the seeds feel free to). Place into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth consistency. 
 In a large pot add tomatoes, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Cook on medium to low heat for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Until mixture has a jam consistency. Taste along the way adjust sweetness. Once done set aside to cool. 

Scoop into mason jars and refrigerate until ready to use.  

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #SummerSoiree below:

The Heritage Cook: Rice and Cheese Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes (Gluten-Free)
The Lemon Bowl: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef & Eggplant
Homemade Delish: Sweet Tomato Jam
Healthy Eats: 7 Seasonal Uses for Fresh Tomatoes
Creative Culinary: Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta 
Weelicious: Heirloom Tomato Salad
Dishin & Dishes: Cobb Salad with Homemade Roasted Onion Vinaigrette
Domesticate Me: 10 Totally Awesome Tomato Recipes
Swing Eats: Tiny Insalata Caprese
The Wimpy Vegetarian: Tomato and Swiss Tart
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Tomato Pickle
Taste with the Eyes: Quiche with a Black Quinoa Crust, Heirloom Tomatoes, Spinach, Goat Cheese
Red or Green: Summer Pasta With No-Cook Tomato Sauce
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Heirloom Tomato & Crouton Casserole (Scalloped Tomatoes)
The Mom 100: Chopped Salad with Chicken, Tomatoes and Lemon Thyme Dressing
FN Dish: 10 Ways to Be a Tomato Whisperer

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Delicious Ceviche

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The heat is on this week in Philly. On days like today I just want fresh salads or juicy fruits. Ceviche is one of those dishes that I turn to when I want a no cook meal. 

A lot of people ask what Ceviche is.  Is it good?  What does it takes like?  Well I have had Ceviche before and I can personally say I love it. Here’s my own recipe for it.  There are so many different ways to make Ceviche. 

1 1/2lbs tilapia 

1/2 cup cilantro 

Juice of 8 limes 

Salt & pepper 

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

2 garlic cloves, minced 

2 avocados, cubed 

1 small onion, diced 

1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped 

2 tomatoes, sliced around the core and chopped 

2 mangos, cubed 

1 Serrano pepper, diced 

1 seedless cucumber, cubed 

Tortillas chips, for serving 

Preparation:  Tilpia and chopped up in cubes, marinated in Lime juice for about 45 min.  (longer if you would like.) (Tip: The citric acid causes the proteins in the seafood to become denatured, basically cooking the fish.  Another fish that is great for this dish is Halibut).  

In a large bowl add chopped up avocado, onion,  the outer part of the tomato (basically cutting around the tomato because if not the pulp of the tomato causes too much juice), garlic, dash of salt, pepper, serrano peppers, cucumbers, mangos, cilantro and olive oil.  Toss everything together and set aside. After about 45 mins or so drain the lime juice and place fish in salad mix.  You can put them on a dish or a fancy glass to capture the eye. Serve with tortillas. 

Before preparing this dish just make sure you research your fish and make sure your market sells the freshest fish.  Enjoy!

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Check out the other great dishes from this week’s Food Network Blog #SummerSoiree below:

Feed Me Phoebe: 5 Farmer’s Market Summer Salad Recipes
Healthy Eats: 
Ovenless Entertaining
Dishin & Dishes: 
Coral Snake Salsa (Apricot Tomatillo)
The Mom 100: 
Simple Raspberry Fool
Domesticate Me: 
Arugula Salad with Shaved Zucchini, Pistachios and Parmesan
Taste with the Eyes: 
Santa Barbara Sea Urchin à la Jean-Georges
Homemade Delish: 
Delicious Ceviche
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwich with Basil-Garlic Scape Pesto
Red or Green: 
Gott’s Gazpacho
Swing Eats: 
Green Grapes, Drunken Goat Cheese, and Jalapenos on a Toothpick
Bacon and Souffle: 
Scallop Ceviche
FN Dish: 
A Complete Menu of No-Cook Recipes for the Whole Day