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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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Apple Cars, Have Fun With Food

We all want our families to eat healthy, right?  But lets be honest, sometimes it gets boring, doesn’t it?

I thought this was a great way to get kids to eat their healthy snack.  It even worked on my 11 year old who thought they were cute enough to eat!

You will need:

An apple cut into slices

Grapes cut in half

toothpicks

Push the toothpicks through the bottom of the slice and place a half grape on the end.

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Easy as can be right?!  Who wouldn’t love eating this cute snack?  Get the kids involved and let them help make them.  What a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

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Recipes shared over this week…. looks delish.

Don’t forget to pin them so you can find them later if you don’t want to try them NOW!

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Thanks to Tales Of An Everyday Coupon Mom for this helpful tip on how to use zucchini in baking and no one will ever know it is in there!  Tricky but I love it!  These brownies look amazing and the chocolate frosting makes me want to eat it with a spoon…lol!

Before I dive into the recipe, I wanted to share my secret to baking with zucchini. Most zucchini recipes call for shredded zucchini. As much as I loved these brownies as a kid, I didn’t like finding the occasional string of zucchini. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Not very appetizing and I know some people refuse to eat baked goods that are made with zucchini for this reason. Years ago, I decided to use my blender to chop them up.

I peel the zucchini, slice it, and throw it in the blender with the oil for the recipe. Then I hit Puree.I do this whenever I make brownies, muffins, or bread that has zucchini. Everything gets mixed up very well and you don’t have to worry about random strings or bits of zucchini. On to the recipe!

Zucchini Brownies

  • 2 cups zucchini (I use one regular sized zucchini)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cocoa

Puree zucchini, oil, and vanilla in blender. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. I don’t use chopped nuts, but if you like them in your brownies, then add 1/2 cup to 1 cup. Mix zucchini mixture into dry ingredients with a spatula until well blended. Do not beat!

Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The brownies will be cake-like, so test them like you would a cake. Allow brownies to cool for about 20 minutes or so before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 6 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine or shortening
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

I soften butter and margarine in microwave until it is very soft. Combine all ingredients with a mixer until smooth. Frost brownies and enjoy!

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Lemon Glaze Icing, quick and easy recipe

Easy Lemon Glaze Frosting Recipe:
Nothing makes a house smell better than freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest! Did you know that you can easily clean a smelly garbage disposal with a lemon? It’s true! Just slice it and toss it in your disposal and flip the switch. It will leave your disposal clean, and your kitchen smelling great! Today we are going to use a lemon for an even great purpose… Lemon Glaze Icing!

Here’s what you need:
3 tablespoons of lemon juice (I prefer freshly squeezed)
Zest of 1 lemon
¾ cup  powdered sugar

How you make it:
1. Put everything in a mixing bowl and whisk together! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Lemon glaze is the perfect addition to vanilla buttercream cupcakes, strawberry frosted cupcakes, and fruit salad!

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