12 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids or Adults

12 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids or Adults that are simple, wholesome, and meatless – no sandwiches included!

School started last week for my kids, and I’m equal parts sad to have them gone all day and excited to get back into a routine and have a little more structure in my week. Getting organized at back to school time includes meal planning, recommitting to eating wholesome food (which is needed after a summer of fun/travel/vacations/parties/reunions), and figuring out school lunch box ideas again.

I LOVE school lunch box packing and I thought I’d share yet another post this year with new ideas to help get a great lunch in the box in no time flat. We all need more ideas when it comes to school lunches, but these also work great as lunch box ideas for adults to take to work. Just up the portion if you need to!

12 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids or Adults that are simple, wholesome, and meatless - no sandwiches included! These are perfect for back-to-school!

Aren’t they pretty? I can’t wait to share some of the details about how to make all 12 of these lunch box ideas today.

Tips and Tricks for the Lunch Box Ideas:

  • I have been using Easy Lunch Boxes for 4 school years now (heading into our 5th year!), and I still love them. I bought them when my oldest went to Kindergarten and just got a second set! They are a great size, easy to clean, and the kids can get the lids on and off themselves. Plus, I just saw they now sell them at Target! They also make great little snack trays for movie night (popcorn in the big spot, candies in the little ones!)
  • If you have little kids below school age, it’s nice to make their lunch box (and yours!) in the morning when you are making the other lunches. I just stick the little boys’ lunches in the fridge and then lunch is done for everyone, even the ones at home!
  • Have your kids help you decide what they want for lunch and get them involved in the prep/packing. When my kids have a little say in their lunch, they are much more likely to eat it.
  • If you have a nut-free school (ours is not), try sun butter (made from sunflower seeds) in place of peanut butter, and omit any nuts.
  • To cut down on morning prep time, make a veggie box and have the kids take from it for their lunches.

Lunch Box Ideas - Boiled Egg Lunch Box

Boiled Egg Lunch Box

  • Boiled eggs
  • Seeded crackers
  • Veggies (tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, broccoli)
  • Almonds + chocolate chips
  • Grapes

First up, the forever easy boiled egg. Feel free to peel them ahead of time for your kids if they need the help, but my kids like do to it themselves. You just can’t go wrong boiled eggs in my book. They are a well-rounded fat/protein source and my kids love them for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Lunch Box Ideas - Pancake Sandwich Lunch Box

Pancake “Sandwich” Lunch Box

  • Mini pancakes with nut butter + banana slices inside to make a sandwich
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh berries
  • Almonds + chocolate chips
  • Mandarin orange

I know I promised you sandwich-free lunch box ideas, but I don’t think pancake sandwiches count. My kids love it when I make little sandwiches out of peanut butter, banana, and pancakes. They are the perfect little finger food that’s fun to eat. I just make a double batch of whole wheat pancakes one morning and use half of it to make mini pancakes for lunches. Easy, fun, and always a win in the school lunch department.

Lunch Box Ideas - Burrito Bowl Lunch Box

Burrito Bowl Lunch Box

  • Rice + black beans + roasted sweet potatoes + fresh salsa
  • Almonds + chocolate chips
  • Grapes

Long live the burrito bowl! You can really play with this idea to fit your needs and your child’s preferences. I cook up the rice and roast my sweet potatoes on my meal prep day and then just open a can of black beans as needed. I like to mix in a little salt, cumin, and chili powder with the black beans so that they taste more like taco filling. A little fresh salsa on top brings it all together. Sometimes my kids like cheese, lettuce, or ranch dressing on this too. A wedge of lime in the box to squeeze before serving is always fun too.

Lunch Box Ideas - Pesto Pasta Lunch Box

Easy Pesto Pasta Salad Lunch Box

  • Cooked pasta + pesto + chopped tomato
  • Chocolate chips + almonds
  • Blueberries

This super simple pasta salad can be made easily in the morning because it’s only three ingredients. You can use leftover pasta if you have it, or you can cook some up while the kids eat breakfast. I normally just cook it the morning of because I’m standing at the stove making a hot breakfast most mornings anyhow. If that won’t work for your schedule, cook the pasta up ahead of time or simply prepare extra when you are cooking pasta for dinner and save some for lunches. Just stir the pasta with some prepared pesto and top with tomatoes. It’s simple, but it’s always a hit at my house.

Lunch Box Ideas - Corn and Bean Chip Dip Lunch Box

Corn and Bean Chip Dip Lunch Box

  • Corn and Bean Salad
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips
  • Mixed berries

Corn and Bean Salad/Chip Dip is super easy to make and my kids love it. Just add canned corn, rinsed black beans, and chopped tomato to a small bowl and season with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Sometimes I’ll mix in cilantro or some pico de gallo if I have it. Simple, simple, simple, but so fun to dip corn chips into. Add a side of salsa and some fruit, and you are ready to roll.

Lunch Box Ideas - Apple Sandwich Lunch Box

Apple Sandwich Lunch Box

Apple sandwiches are always hit in our house. You just cut an apple horizontally into slices, top with nut butter, and add another slice. My kids don’t mind if the apple is brown at lunch, but if yours do you might want to give them a dunk in some lemon water before adding the nut butter (the nut butter doesn’t stick to wet apples though, so you’ll want to dry them off with a paper towel first). You can also add chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, a little Nutella, or granola to your apple sandwich. I used to cut out the core but my kids either eat it all or nibble around it, so do what’s best for you.

Lunch Box Ideas - Yogurt Parfait Lunch Box

Yogurt Parfait Lunch Box

  • Yogurt (store bought or homemade)
  • Mixed berries
  • Strawberries + almonds
  • Granola (store bought or homemade)

So easy! You are going to love this simple yogurt bar idea because it takes no time to put together. If I’m sending homemade yogurt I normally put it in my favorite one cup (half pint) little canning jars with a lid. I use these all the time, and they are perfect for sending homemade yogurt to school. Or if you buy your yogurt in a big tub, they are great for sending a smaller serving in – they don’t leak but kids can get the lids off. Win!

Lunch Box Ideas - DIY Pizza Kit Lunch Box

DIY Pizza Kit Lunch Box

  • Pita
  • Tomatoes + mushrooms + bell peppers
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Dried pineapple + grapes

My kids love this meal (even though “pizza” like this isn’t my jam) and they are always happy to have it. I get my pita bread from Costco and it’s really good (plus it freezes well so it’s easy to keep on hand). You can chop up the veggies a bit so that they can be pizza toppings or the kids can just eat them on the side. My two oldest dip their veggies in the tomato sauce and eat them, how weird is that. Pizza is always a hit and this easy pizza kit is a simple way to get those kids some pizza.

Lunch Box Ideas - Banana Sushi Lunch Box

Banana “Sushi” Lunch Box

  • Banana Sushi
  • Carrots + tomatoes + cucumber + cauliflower and/or broccoli
  • Chocolate chips + almonds

To make banana sushi, simply spread nut butter on a tortilla, place a banana on one edge and roll it up. Slice it with a sharp knife into rolls or “sushi” pieces. This is also the world’s easiest toddler snack and we make it often. Why is banana and peanut butter so good?

Lunch Box Ideas - Hummus Lunch Box

Hummus Lunch Box

  • Hummus
  • Curry roasted chickpeas
  • Pita
  • Veggies such as peppers, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, and/or cauliflower
  • Dried pineapple

This is a dip-all-the-things in hummus lunch box and it’s a lot of fun to eat. Have you made roasted chickpeas yet?! My kids love them and they are cheap and easy to make. You can make them ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. Sometimes my kids will make little sandwiches with hummus and roasted chickpeas on the pitas, but most of the time they just eat this like a happy little finger food lunch.

Lunch Box Ideas - Breakfast for Lunch Box

Breakfast for Lunch Box

  • Mini whole wheat pancakes
  • Maple syrup
  • Blackberries + raspberries + blueberries
  • Yogurt (store bought or homemade)

Long live breakfast for lunch! Again, I just make a double batch of pancakes one morning and make half of them into mini pancakes for lunch. They store well in the fridge and my kids think its fun to have breakfast for lunch.

Ta-da! There you have a dozen new lunch box ideas to get your school year started off with a bang. Those lunch boxes were all meatless and not one included a traditional sandwich. I hope you find them helpful. You got this mama!

PS. Don’t forget to tag a picture #blessthismesseats on Instagram. I love to see your lunch box ideas in action!

PSS. If you need even more lunch box ideas this lunch box idea post is similar and super popular but with 8 more awesome, easy, healthy lunches.

Lunch Box Ideas

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Chocolate chip cookies are little morsels of memories. I’m sure you, too, have more than one memory that has a chocolate chip cookie wrapped up in it.

Chocolate chip cookies remind me of my sister. We call her Tia at our house. Tia has perfected her chocolate chip cookie. They are divine. Instead of asking her to whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies, we simple ask her to make “Tia Cookies”; she knows exactly what we mean. “I could go for some Tia Cookies right about now” is a phrase uttered nearly every Sunday night.

Tia no longer lives 7 blocks from me; since Tia isn’t around to make me cookies anymore, I’ve had to find a recipe that would rival hers in greatness. Well folks, after years of making this recipe, it’s time declare a new winner. This is literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever; it is even better than a Tia Cookie!

If you’ve been on the hunt, look no more. This is the last chocolate chip cookie recipe you will ever try. If you don’t love them the first time, make them again; you made a mistake somewhere 🙂

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Here’s what I love about the best chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  • It is made with 100% butter – no margarine here.
  • Not only is it all butter, but it’s all melted butter. No waiting for a stick to soften or trying to “soften” via the microwave.
  • The melted butter gives it a yummy almost caramelish undertone. You’ll understand when you get there.
  • I always double this recipe, bake a couple dozen, then form and freeze the rest. Just bake the frozen dough for a few minutes longer at 350 degrees (instead of 325). They turn out perfect every time. Now I always have cookies in the freezer ready to pop in the oven on a whim. I haven’t said no to a request for cookies in months!
  • I love having the cookie dough in the freezer, too, for unexpected guests or when I want to take some dinner over to a friend. Hot cookies are always welcome with a meal!
  • Have you invested in a cookie scoop and baking mats yet? They are game changers and everyone needs both in their kitchen.

Here’s a little tip for the butter and sugar mixture. This is what it looks like after about a minute of mixing – dark and caramely. Delicious, but not what you are after. We want it “creamed” which means light and fluffy.

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

Here’s what the butter and sugar should look like before you add anything else. It will be light and fluffy, and this will take a full 5-8 minutes of mixing. Don’t skip this step!

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

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Literally the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. The secret is using melted butter!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted and cooled for 5 minutes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk (when I double the recipe I do 3 eggs instead of 2 eggs and 2 yolks… it’s up to you)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the melted butter and sugars together with an electric mixer (or stand mixer) on medium speed until smooth and light and fluffy in color, around 5 minutes. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
  2. Reduce the speed to low and slowly add half the flour, the salt and baking soda, and then the second half of the flour.  Mix in the chips until incorporated.  Working with 1 large tablespoons of dough at a time, roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet (lined with parchment paper or a baking mat) about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake the cookies until the edges are set and beginning to brown but the middles are still soft and puffy, around 10 minutes.
  4. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to let cool completely.
  5. Repeat with remaining dough.

Notes

To freeze this cookie dough, simple form it into balls and stick them in a single layer in a zipper-topped bag or an airtight freezer-safe container and freeze. Place the frozen cookie dough balls on your baking-mat-lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Hot cookies on demand will change your life!

Recipe from America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

I literally cannot wait for you to make these. They are going to change your chocolate chip cookie life because I promise you that this truly is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there! Did you know I’m a little cookie obsessed? I make this recipe multiple times a month, but I also have whole lot of other cookie recipes hanging around the archives too if you feel like looking around.

The best chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER! The secret is in melting the butter (no more waiting for it to soften!).

The recipe was originally published in February 2012. It was rephotographed, rewritten, and republished for your enjoyment in June 2017.

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time!

15 One Skillet Dinners

My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome:

  • When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make a sauce, all the little bits of cooked meat that stick to the bottom of the skillet get worked into the sauce, adding all kinds of flavor. It’s a great little trick.
  • You can move from the stovetop to the oven with ease! This is great for getting chicken partially cooked up on the stove, and then moving to the oven to finish cooking the meat, brown cheese, and/or bake biscuits on top.
  • There’s only one dish to wash! Now that’s worth saying.
  • I picked meals that are kind of stand-alone meals, which I love. These have your protein, starch, and some veggies all mixed in, so there’s not much left for you to do or add to the meal. That really ups the appeal for a quick and easy meal in my book.

I have a couple of different sized cast iron skillets that I love and use a lot. I think most people should own a 10-inch skillet. It’s great for things like cornbread, frying eggs or making scrambled eggs, frying up donuts, and will work for most of these one skillet meals just fine.

I also have a 14-inch skillet that I love and use all of the time, though. It’s pretty big, but I have found that I really like the size. I’m cooking for a family of 7, so large dishes are great. The large size is also nice for this kind of meal though, because it leaves you with lots of room to stir, cook, sauté, and otherwise create a great meal without overcrowding the pan. It’s also nice because the pan isn’t overfilled too often either. I don’t have food bubbling and dripping over the edge of the skillet on to the oven floor when I use a big skillet. It’s up to you, but I’d recommend getting them both. 🙂  You can never have too much cast iron!

Here are those great one skillet meals. I sure hope this gets your dinner juices flowing. Enjoy!

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole from Bless this Mess

One Skillet Meals - Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

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Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Aren’t these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat!

Simple homemade pumpkin noodles that are fun to make and fun to eat. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, but the orange color is gorgeous!

Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom’s dinner rolls, and my grandma’s cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once if you’d like to see a few pictures). She lives in a tall red brick house that has the original homestead log cabin behind it. You walk up the front sidewalk right into her kitchen, and I’ve always liked that. You step straight into the hustle and bustle and the heart of her home. I remember times walking in and seeing a newspaper-lined table loaded with drying egg noodles. My grandma would make them in large batches and then keep them in the freezer for later use. We had egg noodles cooked in chicken broth with a little shredded meat in them for every family holiday meal. They were a staple.

My own mom was in Utah a few weeks ago and she helped me with a few recipes. One recipe we wanted to make together was egg noodles! We decided to add a little pumpkin to it to better celebrate the season. The color of the pumpkin noodles is beautiful! They have a warm orangey glow, but truth be told, they don’t really taste much like pumpkin. I thought that was ok, though; they taste like normal noodles but look pretty.

Simple homemade pumpkin noodles that are fun to make and fun to eat.

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Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

It’s no secret that I love a simple easy egg bake. I make some kind of egg bake or quiche about once a week or every other week and I just don’t get tired of them. They are really easy meatless (or nearly meat-free) dinner options that the whole family loves. I love that I always have eggs on hand (thank you backyard chickens), that I can sneak vegetables in to dinner, and that it reheats really well. I’ll often make a double batch and eat the second half for quick breakfasts the rest of the week.

Few things are simpler than this egg bake, but it’s still very filling, full of flavor, and hearty. It’s great for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. If I plan ahead and have the time, I might make our favorite biscuits, healthy banana muffins, or some breakfast cookies to go with it. If I’m short on time, then I might just serve the egg bake with a simple fruit salad or a smoothie. Both options are great.

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8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer.

What is it about the spring that is a total zoo? We have everything from the dentist and t-ball practice to the spring dance recital and baseball going on. Having healthy food ready to go in the fridge means that I’m making good choices, even on the craziest of days.

I do pretty well about planning dinner, but it’s a whole lot harder to plan lunch. I thought I’d take a little time to prep some awesome lunches and share them with you today. These are simple, wholesome lunch-box ideas for adults. Kids could enjoy them too but I had adults in mind when I created them. These are perfect  adult lunch box ideas to enjoy on the go, at work, or even at the park with the kids. Real food never looked so good.

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

Tips and Tricks for Making Adult Lunch Box Ideas

  • The key to great lunches are keeping them simple, using real food, and making things that can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge. All of these lunches hit all three of those things.
  • Get some lunch boxes you love! I bought a set of Easy Lunch Boxes when my oldest went to kindergarten so that she could start packing her lunch and we still use and love them all of the time. When I’m packing my school kids’ lunches, I’ll often just make three more lunches for the little boys at home. They love eating out of these cute boxes and I love that the work is done. I’ve now bought a few more sets of these and we still love them.
  • I like to prep lunches while I’m making dinner and already have out my knife and cutting board. You can set out to do a big meal prep session or you can prep a little as you go, it’s up to you.
  • Have you started making no bake oatmeal bites for your lunches yet? We are OBSESSED with these little balls of goodness.

Here are the details on the adult lunch box ideas!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Easy Pasta Salad (leftover pasta + chopped zucchini/red onion/tomato/bell peppers/ham + salad dressing (roasted garlic, creamy Italian, and classic vinaigrette are awesome in this)
  • Cashews + dark chocolate chips
  • Kiwi + blueberries

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Hummus
  • Celery/carrots/bell peppers/broccoli
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit (mango/pineapple/blueberries/apricots) + dark chocolate

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Salami + provolone
  • Crackers
  • Radishes/cucumber/carrots/black olives
  • Raspberries

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Apple and Peanut Butter “Sandwiches”
  • Blueberries
  • Cashews + almonds + pecans + dark chocolate chips
  • Boiled eggs
  • Carrots + celery

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Egg Salad
  • Crackers
  • Black olives/celery/carrots/broccoli/radishes/bell peppers
  • Dried blueberries/apricots/pineapple + dark chocolate + almonds

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

  • Green Salad (all the veggies + optional ham/cheese/boiled egg). If I’m going to eat it within an hour or two, I’ll add the dressing before I leave the house. I’ll bring the dressing in a separate container if I’m not going to eat it for a few hours. Don’t dress the day you make it; it gets soggy fast.
  • Crackers
  • Blueberries + raspberries
  • Dark chocolate

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!

Wasn’t that awesome and pretty painless? The noodles and curry are leftovers from a dinner and the boiled eggs and salad dressings can be made ahead of time. Even if you were whipping these up one at a time in the morning, they shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to put together.

 

8 awesome adult lunch box ideas that go way beyond the typical sandwich!
If you are looking for other lunch-box inspiration, you might also like these posts:

12 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids or Adults
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Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar is the easiest ways to eat veggies for breakfast. Prep once, eat healthy all week!

You know how some things are just normal to you and you don’t think much about them, but when someone sees you doing them they have questions because it’s new to them? This “omelet” in a jar idea is just that… I have been chopping up vegetables and sticking them in a jar for years. It started with salad in a jar (here’s a full tutorial on how that amazing-ness works!) but I started doing it with other things to. It’s just normal. So when I told my friend about this breakfast trick, she loved it and made my promise I’d share the details with all of you on the blog. Done and done!

I’m not sure what makes sticking vegetables in a jar work so well, but I’m here to tell you it is magic. They last SO LONG! I assume it’s because the glass is insulating them from freezing (which happens too often in my wonky fridge) and there’s got to be something about having a bit of a seal because of the lid. Whatever it is, it’s awesome. I like to prep 4-6 of these little jars at a time and use them all week long. If they just have vegetables in them, then they’ll keep about a week (sometimes up to 10 days if I didn’t put in any leafy spinach!) and if I tossed in a little cooked bacon or chopped ham then I like to use them in 3 or 4 days.

Here’s the second half of the magic. When it’s already done and in the fridge you are ten times more likely to eat it because it’s easy. Food prep really will help you to eat healthier because convenience is awesome and powerful.

I’m knee-deep in trying to lose some weight and one of my main tricks to help myself succeed is to eat a veggie heavy meal two out of the three meals in the day. I really like to start my day of on the right track, so eating vegetables for breakfast is a great start to a successful day of dieting. I can eat a nice green smoothie or I can eat these “omelets”. You cook up the vegetables and then you can either add some scrambled eggs and cook them all together OR you can cook the vegetables and then fry up two soft-centered eggs. The soft cooked eggs on top of tender crisp vegetables is amazing. The yolk almost makes a sauce for the vegetables and it is heavenly. Having two options on how to cook the eggs makes me feel like I’m getting more variety. I also love a little hot sauce on top of all the egg and vegetable goodness.

Here’s a little pro tip: say you make 6 of these and you haven’t eaten all of them, but they are starting to get a little old. You can toss the chopped vegetables on top of homemade pizza or sauté them up as a base to your homemade pasta sauce. No need to waste good intentions, just use them somewhere else! Having chopped vegetables in the fridge is awesome. Having chopped vegetables in the fridge that last a really long time is extra awesome.

Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar is the easiest ways to eat veggies for breakfast. Prep once, eat healthy all week!

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Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs

The most amazing Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recipe (better than the real thing!)

You guys, you guys!!! Homemade Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs are going to change your life. I’m telling you what, they are amazing! I made these yesterday with the kids after school and I planned on posting them here on Monday. While we were making them I posted a picture on Instagram and I got such great feedback that I figured I better post them today so that you all could have the recipe over the weekend!

Who knew that using a few natural ingredients could turn out so delicious. These have peanut butter, a few tablespoons of maple syrup (which you can’t taste at all in the finished product if you are wondering), whole wheat flour, vanilla, and chocolate. That’s it! They aren’t nearly as sweet as the commercial peanut butter eggs but they are still so good, everything that is chocolate + peanut butter is good though, amiright?!

The most amazing Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recipe (better than the real thing!)The most amazing Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recipe (better than the real thing!)

When it comes to the flour you have a few options. I used whole wheat because it was easy and what I had on hand. You could also use coconut flour or whole oat flour (toss some oats in the blender, blend until fine, measure out flour as needed). I did not try these with a gluten free flour blend though, so proceed with caution is that’s what you’d like to use.

The chocolate plays a big roll in how delicious these are and I highly recommend using a high quality dark chocolate. I’m obsessed with these Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips and would recommend them if you are looking for something delicious. Parchment or wax paper or a baking mat are also a must, don’t forget that step.

One perk of making these at home is that you can customize them a little. I added a bit of fancy flur de sal (French sea salt) to about half of mine and it was amazing. I’m obsessed with all things sweet and salty so they were little bits of heaven to me. I highly recommend trying it if you are a salty dessert kind person.

The most amazing Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recipe (better than the real thing!)

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