Back to School | Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lunch Theme

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Welcome to the fourth post in our Back to School SeriesProject Lunchbox! Today’s theme is - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! With each series, we create a theme and strive to create fun and inexpensive lunches to give your child a little CONGA in their school day.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room? To contain the cuteness of today’s lunch? This popular childhood favorite is a hit with kids and parents alike.

Whether you have a toddler, preschooler, or early elementary kids, they will love seeking out letters in this fun box. Our tree trunk is a PB&J made of “Texas Toast” since I was only including less than half a sandwich I went with thick bread, and my Kinder loves bread. Use whatever you have on hand for branches; celery stalk ends, fresh spinach, iceberg, or romaine lettuce (ours is made from romaine hearts leftover from last night’s salad) Grapes make great mock coconuts, spread some up and down your tree. To carry on the alphabet theme we used Alpha-Bits cereal for a snack, and used a sharpie to draw those impish lower case letters climbing up the coconut tree on a stick cheese. We chose cheese curls because they mimicked the coconut shape and that seemed to round off the theme well.

You could also use Scrabble Cheez-its, alphabet graham crackers, or a small bowl of alphabet soup to carry out the theme further (grab a few thermoses on sale!) Also consider some ABC cookie cutters for cutting out sandwiches, cheese shapes, and more.

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To bring a little pizzazz to your child’s lunches with minimal effort begin by designating a drawer or basket in your kitchen. Gather simple items such as a paring knife, some basic cookie cutters, and an apple corer/slicer. Pick up fun items as you go to add to the collection. As you go about your day and life, you will notice little things that can be used for fun accessories or tools when making your child’s meal!

Do not forget the FREE Back to School Lunch Printables - a sweet note is always a great addition. Find more Back to School Series including…

More Themed Lunchboxes

1.) Introduction - Project Lunchbox - Pin It

2.) ABC School Days Theme - Pin It

3.) Shark Week Lunch Theme - Pin It

4.) Camping Theme Lunch - Pin It

5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme Pin It

6.) Bug Lunch Theme - Pin It

7.) Happy Birthday Lunchbox - Pin It

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Back to School | Camping Theme Lunch Bento Box

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Welcome to the third post in our Back to School SeriesProject Lunchbox! This week’s theme – Camping Theme! With each series, we create a theme and strive to create fun and inexpensive lunches to give your child a little SPARK in their school day.

Want happy campers at lunchtime? Treat them to this cute campsite themed lunch.  They can imagine that they’re roughing it while sitting in the cafeteria.  I think your average bear (and boys and girls) would agree it’s a fun pastime, even if you’re just pretending.  I think this lunch would also be great to serve for a camping themed birthday as individual camp lunches, don’t you?

Of course ,we had to start with hot dogs on a stick, remember those days of finding the perfect straight stick to roast your dinner on?  Let’s recreate that in a fun, safe way.  Use skewers, but don’t forget to cut off the pointed end, and I use a bit of sandpaper to smooth the rough edge down a bit. Another option is using popsicle or lollipop sticks.  I “grilled” a bunch of hot dogs on my George Foreman mini grill, and froze the extra, you can cook them anyway you want, but I love the way the little grill lines look.

Next up, you can’t have wienies without the beanies can you?  As much as I don’t like canned foods, Pork N Beans have really got it down pat in the flavor department, so I cave a little.  They also go on sale and you can occasionally fine coupons so it might be something you already have on stockpile. Lastly, If you’re  gonna cook up some grub you must have a good campfire – Pretzel nuggets make great logs and sliced cheese can be cut into flames with a good pair of kitchen scissors (you might remember this pair from our Shark Week lunch!)

And finally, you wouldn’t send your scout off to school the great outdoors without a s’more to finish of their tasty meal – use 1 large marshmallow. A fun size Hershey( better yet buy a large, break off a piece for the s’more and keep the rest for your afternoon pick me up), and a whole graham cracker-broken in half for top and bottom. I heat in microwave for about 10 seconds just so it will stick together. 

I’m sure this lunch will get the stamp of approval from your backpacker. Like the little camping set? Check out one of our favorite toys, the LEGO Duplo Fishing Trip.

To bring a little pizzazz to your child’s lunches with minimal effort begin by designating a drawer or basket in your kitchen. Gather simple items such as a paring knife, some basic cookie cutters, and an apple corer/slicer. Pick up fun items as you go to add to the collection. As you go about your day and life, you will notice little things that can be used for fun accessories or tools when making your child’s meal!

Do not forget the FREE Back to School Lunch Printables - a sweet note is always a great addition. Find more Back to School Series including…

More Themed Lunchboxes  Coming Soon

1.) Introduction - Project Lunchbox - Pin It

2.) ABC School Days Theme - Pin It

3.) Shark Week Lunch Theme - Pin It

4.) Camping Theme Lunch - Pin It

5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme Pin It

6.) Bug Lunch Theme - Pin It

7.) Happy Birthday Lunchbox - Pin It

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Back to School | A Bitey Shark Week Lunch Bento Box Theme

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Welcome to the third post in our Back to School SeriesProject Lunchbox! This week’s theme – Shark Days! With each series, we create a theme and strive to create fun and inexpensive lunches to give your child a little BITE in their school day.

Just in time for Shark Week, this fun and ferocious lunchbox will have your little one squealing in delight – not fear. Check out that shark rising from the whitecaps, ready to… be eaten…. Let’s Begin.

If you don’t already have a pair of good shears dedicated to your kitchen, grab a pair. I use mine daily. I just pop them in the dishwasher between uses to keep them clean. Today I used them to cut out the Shark Pizza Quesadilla filled with cheese, pepperoni, and a bit of sauce, after all we need something red dripping from the sharks sharp teeth!

Cut a tortilla, folded over into two half ovals. Use your paring knife to shape out his sharp teeth on one side before cooking. Load with fillings of your choice. I used my toaster oven to just melt cheese and lightly toast. Alternatively, you can pop a bunch of pre-made Quesadillas onto a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray and then into an oven preheated to 400° for about 5-6 minutes until cheese is just slightly melted.  Once cooled, allow to cool, place in freezer bags, label with the date and title, and place in freezer. You now have a quick alternative to PB&J to grab for your child’s lunch box.

The eyes and nostril on the shark are tiny snips of a black olive. Another option is to grab a chef maker (can be used on food and eaten.) For snacks, shark fruit snacks will carry on the theme and of course you need goldfish for shark bait. The ones above in the image are the new French Toast flavor.  And finally for crunch, popcorn is always a big hit – Munch, munch, munch. We shook ours up with a bit of Parmesan cheese for a fun alternative flavor to butter.

Recipe Idea:

To create a healthy dip for the shark bait, mix 2 Tbsp. plain Greek Yogurt with 1 tsp. of honey, and 1 drop of blue food coloring – makes a beautiful fish tank!

To bring a little pizzazz to your child’s lunches with minimal effort begin by designating a drawer or basket in your kitchen. Gather simple items such as a paring knife, some basic cookie cutters, and an apple corer/slicer. Pick up fun items as you go to add to the collection. As you go about your day and life, you will notice little things that can be used for fun accessories or tools when making your child’s meal!

Get creative! There are an ocean of ideas out there to swim in!

Do not forget the FREE Back to School Lunch Printables - a sweet note is always a great addition. Find more Back to School Series including…

More Themed Lunchboxes  Coming Soon

1.) Introduction - Project Lunchbox - Pin It

2.) ABC School Days Theme - Pin It

3.) Shark Week Lunch Theme - Pin It

4.) Camping Theme - Pin It

5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme Pin It

6.) Bug Lunch Theme - Pin It

7.) Happy Birthday Lunchbox - Pin It

Also check out Back to School Deals on Frugal Coupon Living.

Note: Shark Week for 2014 Begins on the Discovery Channel August 10, 2014.

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Back to School | School Days ABC Theme Lunchbox and Bento Box

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Welcome to the second post in our Back to School SeriesProject Lunchbox! This week’s theme – School Days!

With each series, we create a theme and strive to create fun and inexpensive lunches to give your child a little whimsy in their school day.

To recreate this fun school themed lunch use a basic set of Alpha Cookie Cutters  – that come in letters and numbers. You can create random letters, spell your child’s name, include their grade or a fun phrase like – Wow, Love, Kiss! I find it is easier to make the sandwich first and then cut, or you can precut two of each letter from bread, ham, cheese, and stack. You can of course use peanut butter and jelly as well. For the cheese pencil, use a black sharpie to draw the outline of the pencil. Use a red sharpie to make a general eraser shape; you probably already have these in a kitchen drawer.

Our cute little “chalk board “is simply made from chocolate graham crackers with icing piped on to form letters and numbers. Don’t run out and buy a piping bag, I just used some frosting from a partial can leftover from cupcakes. I put a spoonful in a Ziploc, cut the smallest tip off the corner and gently squeezed from behind the frosting. Alternatively, you can buy a little Wilton Icing Tube for writing at the grocery store in the baking section, near the candles and cake mixes.

For another healthy addition to your child’s lunch (and perhaps as well for afternoon snack), create a fun Tropical Salad.

Back To School Tropical Salad:

  • ½ a golden mango diced
  • ½ a kiwi diced
  • ½ banana diced or sliced
  • 2 tsp. shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar

Mix Together. Add a 2 tsp. of lemon juice to keep from browning.

To bring a little pizzazz to your child’s lunches with minimal effort begin by designating a drawer or basket in your kitchen. Gather simple items such as a paring knife, some basic cookie cutters, and an apple corer/slicer. Pick up fun items as you go to add to the collection. As you go about your day and life, you will notice little things that can be used for fun accessories or tools when making your child’s meal!

Do not forget the FREE Back to School Lunch Printables - a sweet note is always a great addition. Find more Back to School Series including…

More Themed Lunchboxes  Coming Soon

1.) Introduction - Project Lunchbox - Pin It

2.) ABC School Days Theme - Pin It

3.) Shark Week Theme - Pin It

4.) Camping Theme - Pin It

5.) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme Pin It

6.) Bug Lunch Theme - Pin It

7.) Happy Birthday Lunchbox - Pin It

Also check out Back to School Deals on Frugal Coupon Living.

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Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes Recipe – A Twist on Your Dinner Entree

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Want to do something fun and creative for the family at the dinner table. Have fun turning your routine meatloaf into yummy cupcakes that are actually dinner entrees. Easy to do and a yummy meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup crushed Club Crackers
  • 2/3 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Mustard
  • 2 cup Mashed Potatoes

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Directions:

  1. Preheat Oven to 350.
  2. Place mashed potatoes in a zipperd bag or piping bag and set aside for later.
  3. Combine Ketchup Mustard and brown sugar and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  5. Press this mixture into muffin pan.
  6. spread top of each with the ketchup mixture.
  7. Bake for 30-45 minutes.
  8. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, remove from muffin pan and pipe on a mashed potato “frosting”.

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Healthy Piña Colada Smoothie with Honey and Fruit

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Delicious fresh milkshake mixed out of several fresh fruit.

Healthy Lean Mean Green Smoothie Recipe
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As we know, green veggies are amazing for our bodies. They often can be eaten in abundance ffer countless health benefits. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals and also rich in fiber.

Enjoy this healthy smoothie recipe incorporating the benefits of Juice Plus+ Protein Powder.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend together in a blender.

Healthy Tips: Recipes are per serving. Multiply as needed! These are all done easily in the blender.  Freeze the banana without the peel in an airtight bag.

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Healthy Lean Green Smoothie with Protein Powder

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Healthy Lean Mean Green Smoothie Recipe
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As we know, green veggies are amazing for our bodies. They often can be eaten in abundance ffer countless health benefits. Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals and also rich in fiber.

Enjoy this healthy smoothie recipe incorporating the benefits of Juice Plus+ Protein Powder.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend together in a blender.

Healthy Tips: Recipes are per serving. Multiply as needed! These are all done easily in the blender. Consider replacing ground flax seeds with chia seeds to increase omega-3. Almond milk can be replaced with any kind of milk, including soy or rice milk. Freeze the banana without the peel in an airtight bag.

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Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe with Flax Seeds

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Healthy Harvest Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe
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Missing the sweet taste of pumpkin? Why not enjoy the flavor year around with this healthy smoothie recipe incorporating Juice Plus+ Protein Powder.

Ingredients:

Optional: 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 tsp maple flavoring.

*If you lack the pumpkin spice, combine 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, and 1/4 tsp stevia.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend together in a blender.

Healthy Tips: Recipes are per serving. Multiply as needed! These are all done easily in the blender. Consider replacing ground flax seeds with chia seeds to increase omega-3. Almond milk can be replaced with any kind of milk, including soy or rice milk. Freeze the banana without the peel in an airtight bag.

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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe

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I love all the copycat recipes I have been sharing with you. Duplicated a Restaurant Recipe is a frugal way to have yoru favorite treats at home. This Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza will be sure to please the family!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 package Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 8 White Corn Tortillas
  • 16 oz Refried Beans
  • 1/3 cup Enchilada Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Thick and Chunky Salsa
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup slice Green Onion (green end)
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Black Olives
  • Vegetable Oil for Frying

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet.
  2. Drain excess fat.
  3. Add water and taco seasoning. Mix well.
  4. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Transfer taco meat to food processor and run until it is a fine consistency.
  7. Heat Oil to 375 on stovetop.
  8. Fry each tortilla for 30-45 seconds on each side and set on paper towels or paper bag to drain.
  9. Preheat oven to 400.
  10. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of beans on 4 tortillas.
  11. Top beans with the meat mixture.
  12. Top each of these with the remaining tortillas.
  13. Top these tortillas with a blend of enchilada sauce and salsa.
  14. Next add a mixture of the cheeses.
  15. Then top with tomatoes and olives.
  16. Optionally add green onion slices.
  17. Bake in oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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Healthy Blueberry Kale Smoothie Recipe with Chia Seeds

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Healthy Blueberry Kale Smoothie Recipe
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When it comes to dessert, I want myself and my family to enjoy the flavor of food without feeling the guilt of calories and intake. This yummy recipe uses Juice Plus+. It is so thick you will enjoy with a spoon!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and blend together in a blender.

Rich, thick, and delicious.

Healthy Tips: Recipes are per serving. Multiply as needed! These are all done easily in the blender. Consider replacing chia seeds with ground flax seeds to increase omega-3. Almond milk can be replaced with any kind of milk, including soy or rice milk. Kale can be recplaced with spinach, chard or any other organic green.

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