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Packing Lunches

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Kitchen Talk (Packing Lunches)

If you’re like me, making lunches in the morning does not represent the height of your culinary creativity. I have been known to let out a pitiful sigh while staring uninspired into the fridge, only to end up grabbing the same few items: fruit, deli meat, cheese. And then, of course, there’s the inevitable mining of the veggie drawer for items my child will actually eat. This time of year, we can really get into autopilot mode, packing the same old lunch every day. So today, we want to pick your brains for ways to pack delicious lunches (for kids or grown-ups!) while keeping the morning sane in the process. So tell us:

What are your tips for packing healthy and interesting lunches?

I’m short on lunch ideas these days, but I do have one simple one that’s tried and true. Veggies and dip! It always feels like a bit of a defeat to open the lunch box at the end of the day and find containers still full of food. Often it’s the vegetables that get left behind, so one of my reliable solutions has been to pack dressing or dip with the vegetables. I have a child who loves foods he can dip, so this encourages him to eat up the healthy stuff, too. I like to use homemade salad dressing I made for dinner the night before, or just hummus, guacamole or yogurt dip, like tzatziki.

Erika has a good system. She says: “I like packing pasta or grain salads because I can easily make them the night before and store them in the refrigerator already packed in a lunch container. Then I can just quickly heat it up in the morning as I make coffee or steep tea. I sometimes make big batch of the pasta or grain base and the protein so I can whip up different versions, like Italian, Greek, Mexican, or Asian.”

Nanci always has whole wheat tortillas handy to throw whatever leftovers from weeknight dinners into a super quick wrap (brisket, fajitas, lunch meat, Philly cheese steak, chicken Caesar salad, pinto beans, etc.). She also has a yogurt maker and makes yogurt each week. So a cup of homemade Greek yogurt with some jam in it is always on her lunch menu. Other than that, she makes big batches of whatever she makes for dinner and typically throws a small container or two of the leftovers into the freezer for a super quick toss into a lunch bag.

Now for your tips! Tell us about your favorite items to pack and/or your brilliant lunch-planning tricks below. We’re ready for our brown bag attitude adjustment!


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Looks Lovely! Crackled Easter Eggs

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Lovely! (Crackled Easter Eggs, submitted by Stephanie of Girl Versus Dough.)

Dyeing eggs is a magical experience, whether you’re a little or big kid … or a forty-year-old one. There’s the vinegar smell of the bowls of dye, the delicate balance of the egg on the wire holder and the thrill of hunting for and finding your specially decorated egg. And let us not forget all that tasty egg salad.

We’re excited about making a beautiful bowl of multi-colored eggs, and Tasty Kitchen member Stephanie shared a new crafty and clever way to decorate them, courtesy of Real Simple. We love the vibrant colors of these Crackled Easter Eggs. We’re definitely trying this technique.

We hope you enjoy all your Easter traditions. Remember to browse our Easter recipes for more scrumptious food for your Easter feast.

Here’s the link to the printable on Tasty Kitchen: Crackled Easter Eggs


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Looks Delicious! Gluten-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! (Gluten-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes, submitted by TK member Kimberly Grabinski of What's That Smell?)

Happy Monday! Or is “happy” stretching it a bit? Know what would make Monday more fun? Breakfast for dinner! We’re thinking about the whole shebang: bacon, eggs, and of course, pancakes! We all have our favorite pancake recipe or mix, but if you need a gluten-free option or just want to try a healthy alternative, these Gluten-Free Maple Cinnamon Pancakes from Tasty Kitchen member Kimberly look mighty tasty.

While you’re at it, make some extras and save for breakfast the rest of the week. Nothing easier in the morning than popping a pancake in the toaster.

So Happy Pancake Monday! Yes, that was more convincing. We might even stick a candle in our pancakes. No birthday required.


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Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats

We’re so excited about our new digs and hope you’re enjoying the new site too. Have you been wandering about and exploring? One of the things we love is our new Search feature. It’s more robust and now you can even specify ingredients to exclude, or, in our case for this post, ingredients to include. Which is handy when looking for dessert ideas for tomorrow. Looking for a chocolate recipe? Want to include all recipes with either chocolate or cocoa, just to cover all bases? Need gluten-free chocolate recipes? We’ve got you covered.

Here are a few of our favorite chocolate desserts for Valentine’s Day. Get ready for some decadence!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Sundae Jars: Chocolate-Coconut with Mixed Berry Caramel from TK member DessertForTwo)

Sundae Jars. These are easy and can be made in advance. A really fun presentation, too!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Flourless Chocolate Brownie with Warm Dark Chocolate Sauce from TK member Amy of She Wears Many Hats)

Flourless Chocolate Brownie with Warm Dark Chocolate Sauce. You can’t miss with these. Decadent, nutty and covered with warm chocolate. Perfect!

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Molten Lava Chocolate Cake from TK member Sips and Spoonfuls)

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake. This Valentine’s Day classic is always a hit. That chocolate oozing from the center has the power to change lives.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Mini Red Velvet Truffle Cups from TK member Patricia of ButterYum)

Mini Red Velvet Truffle Cups. How cute are these? Perfect if you just want a little bite of dessert or several little bites.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Chocolate Mousse Pie from TK member Anita of Hungry Couple)

Chocolate Mousse Pie. Chocolate mousse is another Valentine no-brainer. This one gives you another layer of goodness with the chocolate graham cracker crust.

Tasty Kitchen Blog: Looks Delicious! Valentine Treats (Chocolate Souffle from TK member Maeghan of The Way to His Heart)

Chocolate Souffle. Serving this in ramekins make delicious individual servings and also decreases the intimidation factor of souffle.

There are so many more recipes to choose from here on Tasty Kitchen, so have fun browsing! We hope tomorrow is full of sweetness for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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Looks Delicious! Fleur de Sel Caramel Brownies

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Decadent, rich and a little salty, we’re quite sure these Fleur de Sel Caramel Brownies from Tasty Kitchen members Neil and Whitney of The Newlywed Chefs will make your honey happy.

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Looks Delicious! White Chicken Chili

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  What is it about chili this time of year? It just works. Warm and hearty. Spicy and satisfying. The go-to chili for many folks is Chile Con Carne, which is always a winner. It’s familiar, and everyone has their specifications. Beans or no beans. Served on its own or over pasta, corn chips or […]

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Quiche for Bev’s Babies!

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  Babies! Babies! There’s nothing like celebrating a baby on the way. And we’ve got double the fun today, because we’re celebrating twins! Our great pal, Bev, is expecting twins in January, and we’re so thrilled to participate in this virtual baby shower for her. Bev is one of those darling people whose mere presence […]