Need Creative Ideas for Healthy, Quick Lunches?

When that first growl of my stomach emerges around 11:30am my brain starts to think of what we have in the fridge other than just sandwiches. I enjoy an occasional sandwich, but just like my Mother I am not one who enjoys a sandwich for lunch every day. It makes me happy to have leftovers in the fridge but the days I don’t, I scramble to throw together something quick but healthy.

My children are easy to please. I love that! They enjoy variety. They love fresh fruits and vegetables, so that is never an issue but just like any of us, they get tired of the same things day in and day out.

Does that sound like a problem you may have? It is for many Moms out there! Weelicious is the answer!

First off, don’t you just love the name Weelicious?

Catherine is the brilliant mom behind Weelicious where she shares many delicious and simple balanced meals that are fun and kid-friendly.

The reality is, for those that send their kids off to school, you have no idea what will happen to the nutritious foods you lovingly packed to feed your little one.  Will your son toss the nutritious food you’ve included and jump right to the treats? Will your daughter trade her sandwich for her best friend’s prepackaged meal?  I can say I traded my fair share of lunches back in my day!

Determined to improve what kids eat both at school and on the go, founder Catherine McCord offers innovative solutions for quick, delicious, easy-to-make, kid-friendly lunch box meals that little ones and their older siblings won’t be tempted to swap.  Her new book, “Weelicious Lunches” is filled with lots of great menu planning ideas; tips, tricks, and reusable product suggestions to make lunch fun; inspiring color photographs, advice on dealing with food allergies and so-called picky eaters.

It provides more than 160 tried and true recipes, taking lunchtime from a pain to fun!  I had the pleasure of receiving the Weelicious Lunches book and I love that it is full of simple, easy to make recipes that are fun and healthy!

We have been trying a few of the fun recipes and I have to say I LOVE the book!  Many of the ideas are things we eat, I just don’t always think about them!  Just like Catherine, plain Greek yogurt is one of my pantry staples.  I am partial to Stonyfield’s Organic Greek yogurt just as Catherine is.

Here are a few of the recipes included that use Greek yogurt:

  • Cucumber Dip
  • Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce
  • Fruity Delight
  • PB & J Yogurt Swirls

The kids loved the PB & J yogurt swirls!  Another great recipe we thoroughly enjoyed was the Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce.  It is packed full of protein and flavor and is the perfect dipping sauce from chicken to veggies.  Something else I LOVE?  It is EASY!

Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon of tahini

Stir them together and have fun dipping!


Now for the fun part!  Our friends over at Stonyfield through the Yo-Getter’s program along with Catherine at Weelicious has offered one Frugal Greenish Mama reader a prize pack that includes a copy of Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord and a variety of free Stonyfield coupons (valued at $30)!

To enter the giveaway you must be a minimum of 18 years of age or older and be a resident of the US.   The giveaway is open through 11/4/13 at 11:59pm EST.

To enter to win, simply leave us a comment telling us why lunch time is a challenge for you!

21 thoughts on “Need Creative Ideas for Healthy, Quick Lunches?”

  1. OMG, do I need this cookbook desperately. Trying to think of what to put in my kids lunches is just so frustrating, because they are so incredibly picky. I am hoping that this creative, fun book will help me. Thanks so much for the chance.


  2. As the eldest in the house, I am usually in charge of making lunch when my mom is at work. So I really try to make something that will fill my brother and sisters till dinner. When I’m at school, I try to find a good lunch that would help me participate in class, giving me energy. Basically it’s about having food that will last for at least six hours without feeling hungry.

  3. I’m not a mom, but it’s hard to come up with healthy lunch ideas when I’m so busy during the day, so I totally identify. The recipes you mentioned sound great, so I would love to check out this cookbook myself. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have to get this book! My whole family loves Greek yogurt. We use it for everything from smoothies to a substitute for sour cream. I need all the help I can get coming up with new lunch ideas so that my kids don’t end up eating the same thing every day!

  5. I have never heard of Weelicious before. What a great brand-able name. Great blog Amanda.
    Thanks for the post and good luck to everyone entering the contest!

  6. Weelicious sounds like a great book! I may have to add it to my list for this Christmas with stocking stuffers. Husband can get me one and I’ll pass it along for a few of my friends that have the young ones at home and are looking for new fun ways for lunch and other meals!

  7. I’ve visited Weelicious since my son was just starting to eat! It’s one of my favorite sites. Can’t wait to try this Zippy Yogurt Tahini Sauce. Lunch time is challenging for me because my son takes a lunch box and I can’t send anything that needs to be heated.

  8. Now that I am semi retired I seem to be searching like crazy for things to eat at lunch–never quite satisfied-and I am not a picky eater. I do love Yogurt and Stonyfields is one of my favorite brands-has been for many years. I really have to remember to go out and buy some for a quick lunch-and hope I win cause I could sure use some ideas!!

  9. With my job it’s always going to be a challenge. I’m active duty military and I’m out the house by 5:30am at times, sometimes even earlier. We barely have time for ourselves, much less eat. I usually have 1 meal which is why most military personnel live on Monsters and Red Bull. 🙂

  10. My biggest lunch time challenge is finding a good balance between healthy and convenient. Do those terms even go together?? We do love yogurt, especially Stonyfield!

  11. First of all, I love Weelicious! This is going to sound funny, but my biggest lunch challenge is getting the food to fit into my little guy’s lunch box. My aunt (who is like his grandma) bought us a Little Igloo lunch box, but the interior is so small I can’t fit all the goodies in there with an ice pack. Getting my son to eating healthy really is not much of a problem. We are lucky he loves good food! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

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