My little blog is growing and I am excited to host my first giveaway starting TODAY! Better yet, the giveaway is for MOMables, a service I’ve been using for a few months now, with great success.
I am going to share with you some of the MOMables lunches that Girlie and I made this week, so you can see how easy they are. I also encourage you to visit the MOMables site to download a free week of menus, so you can get a feel for what a typical menu includes and how the shopping lists are laid out.
Little Dude’s Tuesday lunch was packed in an Easy LunchBox and included the MOMables recipe for a Strawberry Shortcake Waffle Sandwich! If you could’ve seen the look on my son’s face when he saw this lunchbox, you’d have been giggling like he was! He is waffle-crazy right now and this lunch made his day:
Girlie’s Tuesday Lunch was the MOMables Philly Avocado Sandwich. She told me that she added the fresh tomato from our garden (shown with bell peppers on the small compartment) to the cream cheese and avocado and it was delicious! Her very fruity bento lunch is pictured below. I also packed her a container of Chobani Champions for some extra protein and calcium.
The kids were out of school for Yom Kippur on Wednesday, but Girlie attended camp at the Newtown Athletic Club. They serve a pizza lunch there, so she just needed morning and afternoon snacks. She chose the sandwich sushi and packed it herself in a Lock&Lock for afternoon snack. Her morning snack was Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chunk yogurt with Annie’s Bunny Grahams and an apple. Girlie loved using the iPad to look through the weekly menus and select one to make herself. She could easily re-create the lunchbox with substitutions for her preferred items. She loved being able to work independently and using the iPad definitely made the lunch prep more fun. Here are her NAC Snacks and a photo of Girlie rolling out some bread to use in the MOMables Sandwich Sushi:
The Sandwich Sushi was definitely her favorite MOMables recipe idea. She loves sushi and using the rolling pin is always fun. She was also very excited about our next lunch: MOMables Egg Salad! She loves hard boiled eggs and thought the idea of putting them on a sandwich was just plain hilarious! I’d never made egg salad before and it seemed like a lot of work, but since she is a vegetarian (by her own choice), I agreed to try it as an additional source of protein. It was not a lot of work and Girlie actually did ALL the work to make it! Here is her creation along with a picture of Girlie in action, peeling eggs:
I find it curious that I expect that my Kindergartener can use the iPad to browse through all my MOMables PDF recipes in iBooks to select recipes and then re-create them, but I was shocked to discover that she can peel an egg without mangling it! I have a hard time with eggs sometimes and I didn’t think she could do it. She can and hers were better than mine. For the egg salad, she was able to put eggs and water in a pot and once the eggs had cooked and cooled, she did all the peeling, mashing, and mixing with lite mayo. She chose the other elements to include in her lunchbox as well. She loves fresh fruit and cheese. We also added a sliced cheese star to the top of the sandwich. This is a lunch I know we will do again!
So now that I’ve showed you FOUR easy recipes that I tried, let me share with you my thoughts about the MOMables subscription:
- The photos are awesome! You don’t need to think about what to pack or the presentation, MOMables has that covered!
- Shopping lists are well organized and recipes are efficient about using similar ingredients all week to maximize your purchases.
- On top of the actual recipe and the shopping lists, you also get Kitchen Notes to help you plan ahead with advance prep items and a printer friendly menu page that consolidates all of the meals, ingredients, and directions onto one page.
- The recipes are simple and the photos speak for themselves a lot of the time. Most of the recipes were easy for my kindergartener to make on her own!
- iPad Tip: If you are on your computer, you can download the menu to your hard drive and then drag and drop into iTunes, which will cause the menu to appear in iBooks. You can also visit MOMables directly from your iPad’s browser and then open the PDF in iBooks to save it there. I now have a whole shelf full of mobile menus and shopping lists!
- Some of the lunches are weird! And I mean that in a good way! I would never have considered making a sandwich out of a waffle, but it was fun and my kids gobbled it up! There is a menu item this week for the Airport Sandwich, which is a combination I’d never have imagined on my own, but you can bet I’m going to try it! I love having access to new ideas to mix things up every week.
- Recipes are great for omnivores. My kids are vegetarian and there was a lot for them in the menu as-is. Most of the recipes that contained meat were easy to make substitutions, but there were some we just didn’t do. On the meaty-days, we just went to a prior week and picked out an old favorite.
- MOMables is affordable! I’ve seen some really expensive meal-planning services, but a MOMables subscription is just $5 – $6 a month, depending on the plan you choose. You’ll get a lot of awesome meal ideas every week and it is definitely worth it. Don’t forget to check out the sample menu to find out more!
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Thank you again to MOMables for allowing me to offer this giveaway to my readers!
Here are the products I used in this lunch: