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Meet Your Lunchtime Kitchen Assistant (& a Recipe for Berry Good Wraps)

August 29th, 2013 · 7 Comments · Tips

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How often have you said to yourself, "I need more time!" or "I just can’t get ahead on the food thing," or maybe "How can I make real food when life keeps moving so fast?"

(Katie raises hand.)

In fact, the new mantra I’m trying to knock (back) into my own head is this:

"I won’t be more motivated or have more ideas for dinner tomorrow, I’ll just have less time to prepare."

I’ve been SO unmotivated to meal plan and feel like I never know what I want to make for dinner lately, which has resulted in some "panic" meals and lots of thawing in the sink and punting on dinner. It’s annoying, and I only have myself to blame.

I’m hoping that the start of the new school year on Tuesday will kick into gear many of the routines I know we need, including meal planning for a whole week at a time.

It’s kind of funny that I’ve been feeling this way – rare for me – because I’m always saying I don’t like using other people’s meal plans. I may have to reconsider at some point if I can’t shake this lack of inspiration problem!

A Kindred Spirit or a Kitchen Assistant?

Laura MOMables

After almost a year of being on MOMables‘ email list and loving every subject line that came through, I finally got a chance to have a phone conversation with Laura, the chief MOM over there, and discuss our various entrepreneurial ventures.

It’s not often I get to bump into someone who is so clearly and quickly a kindred spirit. Let’s just say I regret not connecting with Laura earlier!

She’s been a KS reader for a few years, and she started the MOMables program because she has a talent for creating awesome, real food school lunches. She said on the phone: “Everyone has their own way of ministering to other moms, and kids’ food is mine.”

Through prayer and discernment, she and her husband decided that channeling her energies into this new business (two years ago) was the right thing to do, and she’s been super successful ever since. She wrote to me: "It is my purpose to help other parents feed their children uncomplicated good food at school."

Besides wholly enjoying talking about being Mom-preneurs and running online businesses, we gabbed away about real food and parenting (she has 3 kids too) and all sorts of things.

Tell me you don’t already love her too! Winking smile

Laura can’t be everyone’s best friend (sorry) but she HAS volunteered to help you get past some of those frustrated phrases I listed at the beginning of this post. MOMables is like having a kitchen assistant who will save you time and streamline everything you do for lunches.

From Laura:

MOMables is designed to provide parents with a healthier alternative to school lunches and pre-packaged foods.  I am not brand sponsored, so I won’t be suggesting Kraft or other major brands because they are paying me — I refuse.

All of our lunches are pictured with a serving of fruits and vegetables to indicate to the parent that a wholesome lunch should include just that: fresh produce, fresh vitamins, wholesome nutrients. 

Our main ingredient is a sandwich, a pasta salad, a dish made with left overs (and on the MOMtip we also suggest dinner solutions for the week that will yield leftovers for that lunch) and many others.  While I can’t control the quality of the ingredients a parent chooses to use in their child’s lunch,  I can suggest much healthier options than a daily peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwich (the latter, we never will have on our menu). 

Everyone can afford to make healthy lunches: whether one shops with a Walmart budget or a Whole Foods budget.

MOMables has a weekly school lunch meal plan with 5 lunch ideas, a prep-ahead sheet and a shopping list. She gives out all sorts of freebies and also has a full-length paid weekly plan that’s just barely over $1/week. Compared the high nutritional cost of buying school lunch…that’s a heck of a deal. Winking smile 

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Here’s a bit more from Laura about the program:

Packing lunch every day can be very stressful for most of us. Mornings can get hectic getting our kids dressed, our own teeth brushed and there never seems to be enough coffee to get us out the door quick enough!

As a mom of three kids under seven, I understand these struggles. In order to help us busy moms feed our kids fresh food, MOMables helps with a simple plan each week.

You can get a sample week from MOMables –yup, 5 lunch ideas, prep-ahead tips and a shopping list– for FREE! When you sign up for the weekly newsletter – it’s loaded with free recipes, tips and much, much more.

If you are ready to let MOMables help you get out of your lunch packing rut, come up with new lunch ideas, and simplify your lunch packing routinecheck out our plans and get ready to start making school lunches your kids will love.

MOMables is like a hiring a kitchen assistant to come up with school lunches your kids will actually eat, for only $6 per month! If you are looking to get the school year to a good start, get help with picky eaters, and feel less overwhelmed with kids food in general; signing up is your first step!

MOMables has two recipes from their weekly menu plans featured in the new eBook at Kitchen Stewardship, The Healthy Lunch Box (still 35% off only through midnight tonight!), and we’re sharing one with you today:

Berry Good Wraps Recipe

Berry-Good-Wraps from Momables

Yields 1 wrap

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 8” whole-wheat tortilla

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese

  • Small handful baby spinach

  • 2-3 strawberries, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon raspberry vinaigrette dressing

  • 1 slice nitrate free bacon, cooked & crumbled

Directions:

  • Spread whipped cream cheese over tortilla.

  • Layer spinach, sliced strawberries and top with crumbled bacon.

Roll tightly, cut wrap in half.

MOMTip: Lightly dress spinach-strawberry salad right before packing, or put dressing in a side container for dipping.

Even the recipes come with packing tips so the food doesn’t go bad! Oh, and in case you were wondering, just like a good cookbook, all of the recipes are pictured so you know exactly what the food should look like.

Head on over and check out the weekly plan, find MOMables on Facebook, or sign up for their free newsletter for weekly complimentary recipes.

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7 Comments so far ↓

  • Sarah Bailey

    Just started packing 12 lunches a week . . . and they are bland and boring. This info is going to help me jazz it up a bit! Thanks!

  • Candice

    I am subscribed to her website as well. It has been a lot of help in getting started to fix healthy lunches for my 4 kids (ages 2-8)! I especially appreciated the how to section for the packing tips on rice, pasta, and keeping a thermos hot.

  • patti k

    Although my kids are grown and I only have to worry about lunch for myself now, I love all of the great ideas you have here. Excited to explore more of your page!

  • Angie

    I must have learned something. I’m subscribed too! Love the tips and pics of inspiring lunches. My 1st grader is totally loving his lunches. Only once did he not eat all I gave him (I gave him too many carrots – not enough time to nibble all those even when they are in strips.)

  • Jennifer

    I just subscribed a few weeks ago and have been loving it! My kids started school last week, so we are in week 2 of ‘momables’ for lunch. I spent an afternoon a couple of weeks ago, picked a handful of the recipes to make up (based on what I know my kids will eat), made them, had a tasting session, and then froze the rest. Then, the day before school started for the week, we got out the containers and back a week’s worth of lunches from options in the freezer and some fresh sandwich/wrap type things. It’s been great! A week’s worth of lunches in about 15 min or so, and hubby can get the kids out of the house just a tad quicker in the morning!

    I loved how quick and easy the recipes are, that most have just a few ingredients, cook at the same oven temp, and that she has a homemade option for so many of the convenience type foods.

  • Lyd

    I love Momables! The site gives me tons of inspiration even if I have to tweak the recipes a little bit to suit us sometimes.

  • Rivka Kawano

    What a wonderful article – thank you for sharing! It is so encouraging to not feel like the only parent who wants better food for her kids. I have three as well – must be the magic number. :-)

    Keep up the good work ladies!

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I embrace butter. I make homemade yogurt. I eat traditional real food – plants and animals that God created, not products of plants where food scientists work. Here at Kitchen Stewardship, I share how I strive to be a good steward of my family's nutrition, the environment, and our budget, all without spending every second in the kitchen. Learn more about the mission of KS here.

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