Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook: Easy Lunch Boxes Review

If you followed the Talk Like A Pirate Day Blog Hop that we were part of two days ago, you have met a bunch of my friends.  We are part of a Facebook group called Bento Bloggers and Friends.  Through this group, I have met the most awesome people.  Kelly Lester is one of these friends.  She is the CEO of Easy Lunch Boxes and she called on some of our friends to help her write an incredible cookbook.  They use some products from Trader Joe's (we ♥ Trader Joe's) but you can use things from a regular grocery store if you don't have a TJ's near you.  I received a virtual copy of the cookbook a week ago and my hard copy yesterday.
I was so excited to be able to look through the book and pick out a few of the great ideas to try for the girls' lunches tomorrow.  This is what we chose....
Our main entree is the Waffle Pizzaaah! on page 152 by Corey Valley.  This is a simple yet delicious alternative to regular pizza.  We added some light Ranch dressing for dipping in a Mini Dipper by Easy Lunch Boxes.
Our vegetable side is cucumber slices.  Our pattern was inspired by Bobbi Jo Fleischman for her contribution on page 90.
Our fruit side is sliced strawberries.  I don't know how these strawberries are so sweet and delicious but they are, even at this late in the season.

Finally, our Fun Friday treat is Speedy Chocolate PB & Oat Snacker Whackers by Averie Sunshine on page 52.  Talk about a great treat.  It works to satisfy your chocolate and peanut butter cravings!
There are recipes for everyone from the kids to Mom and Dad.  (there are even contributions from guys!)  There are vegetarian recipes and vegan recipes plus great little tid bits that give tips and information.

Now that we've piqued your curiosity, you too can be part of the Easy Lunch Boxes craze.  Below are links to for the cookbook as well as the Easy Lunch Boxes that all of these recipes fit so perfectly in.  Also, the Easy Lunchboxes themselves are AVAILABLE!!  WOO HOO!!!
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  1. Great review! We are anxiously awaiting our hard copy as well. Such a fantastic book with wonderful ideas from fabulous people! Yay!!

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    1. The hubs was my taste tester and he said that they were super delicious! Plus, they were very easy to make. :)

  3. What a great review! You did a fantastic job with the recipes :) They all look simply delicious. I am so excited you tried that Waffle Pizzaaah! It's still one of our favorites!