More school lunch ideas and Chocolate chip cookies with chickpeas !

As I was sitting here staring at my computer, wondering how to begin this post, my mind blank…my 5 year old son came in to tell me that he and his sister were playing “Indian” … they were pretending to be in “Indian” (I think he was trying to say Indonesia!) and they were helping all the animals and kids after the tsunami hit.  He said they were collecting things to take to them.  I went to the living room to check it out, and they had a pile of canned grean beans, pretzels, applesauce, dog food, band aids, and some bottled water.  They were pretending that our dog “Stella” was a tsunami victim and had her wrapped up in a blankie on the couch with some dog treats and her favorite chew toys.  Makes the constant bickering throughout the summer all worthwhile when they do something like this…I just love their hearts !!!

Anywho, not sure if you read my last post (seems forever ago!) but lately I’ve been trying to come up with some healthy lunch and snack ideas.  I wanted to share a few I’ve discovered over the last couple of weeks.  There are plenty of things I’ve tried lately and failed with but I will spare you those :)

One of my favorite new discoveries are veggie corndogs…my kids really don’t seem to notice that these aren’t the nitrate filled, carcinogenic ones they get at the occasional birthday party  (not to mention they don’t have pig snouts or ears ground up in them!)  We’ve tried a couple brands and they like them both. I just wrap these in foil after baking and they are still warm by lunchtime !

They are made by Yves Veggie Cuisine and Morningstar.  They loved both brands, however my daughter said the Yves brand tasted “more like a real hotdog”.

Another great lunch idea is “Happy Bites” chicken bites.  These are made with organic chicken, whole grain brown rice and organic potatoes and are gluten free !

"Happy Bites" Chicken Bites

And a lunch isn’t complete without a little something sweet :)

I like to pack these healthy chocolate chip cookies in my kids lunches…I usually make 12 cookies at a time and then freeze the rest of the dough as the chickpeas get a little hard after a couple days.

Chocolate chip cookies with chickpeas
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Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Jennifer
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 11 mins
Total time: 21 mins
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Sucanat (organic brown sugar made of dehydrated cane juice…or you could use light brown sugar)
  • 3/4 cup heart-healthy butter spread (I use Earth Balance or Smart Balance)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cups spelt flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and coat baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Beat sugar and butter together until smooth. Beat in egg whites and vanilla.
  3. Mix together flour, oats, baking soda and salt and gradually add to butter mixture.
  4. Stir in chickpeas and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet and cook for 11 minutes.
  6. Enjoy !!!

Sucanat

 

My cookie making helper

 

Mmmmmm

Make it a healthy & happy day !!!!!

Jennifer

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!

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