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. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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Comments

  1. A son in Kindergarten

  2. Preschool:)

  3. Kindergarten

  4. Kindergarten! And preschool

  5. Kindergarten & preschool:-)

  6. Daycare! 🙂 My mnchkin is 2 years old.

  7. Grade 3 and 4

  8. Grade 3 and preschooler

  9. Grades 10 – 8 – 5. Hope I win them!! 🙂

  10. grades 3 & 2, and one starting preschool. 🙂

  11. My little guy is 14 months…I have been looking for ideas for lunches and snacks!

  12. 1st grader and precocious 3 yr old pre-K preschooler

  13. Newborn and preschool!

  14. My children are not in school yet, but I’d really like lunch ideas for my 2 1/2 year old daughter and for when my 5 1/2 month old son is older

  15. Second grader. Thanks so much for the book giveaway Aimee!

  16. My oldest, Katelyn, is five and just started kindergarten. She’s super picky and I need all the help I can get with he lunches. My youngest, Sophia, is three and started preschool. I

  17. Kindergarten and sixth grade. They love taking lunches to school!

  18. My daughter is going into Grade 3!

  19. DS is starting 2 nd grade!!!

  20. Emily Sterling says

    Looking for ideas for my two year old! Never too early!

  21. Kindergarten, and no grade (19 months).

  22. Kindergarten

  23. Whitney Kays says

    So glad I found Aimée’s site! I need as much inspiration as I can get. We have one little girl about to enter preschool. So big already!

  24. A Pre-K foodie! No kidding. 🙂

  25. Thank you! My son is 9 and daughter is 6

  26. Preschool

  27. Two sons: prekinder and first grade! Can’t believe it!!

  28. My DS is 4 so he’s not in kindy yet but I really like to plan in advance.

  29. Kindergarten and Preschool!

  30. I have a set of twins who are starting pre-school. The agony of school lunches is now beginning for me!

  31. Grade 12 and grade 8, we really need some fresh ideas!

  32. Jessica Whitehouse says

    Preschool and a new baby sister arriving in 6 or less weeks 🙂

  33. 2nd grade, preschool, and 18 months old!

  34. Still in daycare.

  35. Preschool and Kindergarten

  36. One in pre-k4 and two in nursery school 2x/week 😉

  37. Daycare… Our girl is 19 months old and we’re always looking for creative lunches!

  38. Kindergarten and grade 2.

  39. 1st grade

  40. Daughter & son in preschool

  41. Amber Blackman says

    Hi, I’m Amber and I have 2 daughters, one in preschool and the other a senior in HS.

  42. Preschool and 5th grade!

  43. Lindsay Scicluna says

    Preschool! I recommend weelicious.com to all my mommy friends 🙂

  44. Just Preschhol this year. I love the first weelicious cookbook.

  45. 1st grade & pre-school

  46. A son in Kindergarten!

  47. I have an 8th grader, a 2nd grader & a preschoolers.

  48. I have a preschooler.

  49. 3 year old and 1 year old

  50. I’d LOVE to win this – love her blog!! I have two kiddos as a work from home mom – my daughter is prek (tear) and son is 28 months!