Weelicious Lunches

Bite this Book: Weelicious Lunches (giveaway)

Well, we’ve made it through back to school week for our busy family. Littlest member Clara donned an oversized painting smock and Noah’s size 12 sneakers and was prepared to march out the door with her big brothers on the first day. Thankfully, I still have a few years before I have to think about that milestone.

School lunches are now part of the weekday morning routine, and like most of you, I need all the inspiration I can get in that department. Fortunately, my friend Catherine of Weelicious fame is about to release her second cookbook, Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals!

I think I audibly sighed when I opened the Weelicious Lunches cookbook for the first time. Catherine really understands what appeals to kids and offers over 160 recipes for fresh and creative healthy lunch ideas. Her tips on reinventing leftovers, strategies for picky eaters, and principals for a balanced lunch are all incredibly useful – both for school lunch and around the home.

Read on for an interview with Catherine and a chance to win a copy of Weelicious Lunches!

Weelicious Lunches

 Q&A with Catherine of Weelicious

Tell us a little bit about your approach to thinking outside the lunch box: I feel like we all get stuck in a lunch rut making the same thing day after day.

When I’m preparing lunch, I make sure that it includes a fruit, vegetable, protein and carbohydrate so I know I’m sending my kids to school with a balanced meal. I try to find ways to make lunch visually exciting and delicious for the kids, but quick and easy for me to assemble.

Your school lunches are renown for their creativity. Where do you find inspiration in the day-to-day?

A lot of my inspiration comes from our local farmers market or from whatever’s in season at the grocery. I find that fruits and vegetables with bright colors pique the interest and attract a kids eye. My kids are my guinea pigs and as they get older, meal time in my house is really becoming more of a collaboration.

Whenever I make cookies, pancakes, bars, soups, etc., I freeze an extra batch so I can just toss in something homemade when I’m packing lunch instead of buying prepackaged foods. I also try to change things up daily. I’ve never duplicated the same lunch in the same week. After all, variety is the spice of life!

nterview with Catherine of Weelicious lunches

Did you have a favourite school lunch as a child and did you make it yourself?

Believe it or not, all of my lunches were at a cafeteria school. Starting in about 3rd grade I would spend my recess period hanging out with the lunch ladies and continued through high school. I was fascinated watching them cook and come up with different recipes every day.

Do you have any tips for letting children make their own school lunch bag?

Yes! Let kids come with you to the grocery store and allow them to pick the fruits and vegetables they want to try. Giving them a little choosing power can help expand on what they’re used to.

Ask your child what handful of recipes they love, then teach them how to make them. The more you empower kids to be good cooks, the more they actually want to make and enjoy the food!

Weelicious Lunch TomatoSoup

Thank you, Catherine!  Weelicious Lunches is available for pre-order on Amazon, and be sure to enter the double giveaway below.

Double Cookbook Giveaway

Thanks to W.M. Morrow I have both cookbooks from Catherine M to giveaway to one reader!

**This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Julie, who has been notified via email.**

Winner will receive:

To enter:

To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and, just for fun, tell me the grades of your children – if you have back to schoolers. That’s it! I’ll go first: Kindergarten and Grade 3. Whew, that happened fast.

Remember: If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email.

Giveaway ends Sunday, September 1, at 8:00 AM EST. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites.

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Comments

  1. Pre-k and 5th. Oh I need help with lunches!

  2. 2nd grade and 4k

  3. Grade 2 and pre-school.
    Inspiration is needed after doing lunches for Grade 1 already and having a kid who values his peer group opinions more and more!

  4. Kindergarten!

  5. I have a toddler who needs more ideas for lunch!

  6. 1st grade! I also have a 3 year old. :)

  7. One pre-K girl getting lunches for the first time!

  8. Pre-k and an infant.

  9. K and omg are lunches hard work!!

  10. Not in school yet but day care lunches!

  11. Kindergarten

  12. Kindergarten :)

  13. 1st, 6th, and college sophomore : )

  14. Stacey Wilkerson says:

    Tired of the kids eating school lunches. Pizza and Vit. Water is what they usually like to get. Wanting to get some other healthy food into them. Grades 6 and 10.

  15. Pre-k!! Would love to have the book!

  16. These lunches look so good I think I’ll make them for myself ;)