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Nature Cookies

Nature Cookies from Weelicious Lunches

When you’re in need of a healthful treat to pack in the lunch box or just an after school treat you can feel good about serving, look no farther than these Nature Cookies.

Nature Cookies from Weelicious Lunches

A few years ago (ok, maybe it was a little longer than that) when I was in middle school, I went on a two and a half week camping trip with some of my classmates. We drove from Kentucky to Colorado to hike, camp and experience living in the wilderness. On our long daily walks through the mountains we would munch on bags of trail mix filled with seeds, dried fruit and nuts, which gave us the energy we needed to go all day and also kept us satisfied between meals. For whatever reason I called it “nature mix”, and I loved it.

Nature Cookies from Weelicious Lunches

When I started writing the Weelicious Lunches Cookbook I couldn’t get that memory out of my head and so I tried to put a fresh spin on the nature mix of my youth. I wanted to make a “healthy” cookie that kids could take to school, eat as a snack or even have for breakfast...

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Win a KitchenAid Mixer in Our #weemenus Instagram Giveaway

When I see families cooking Weelicious recipes it makes me giddy. Nothing gets me more excited than looking at pictures of what you’re making for and with your family from the Weelicious cookbooks and Weelicious.com. I try to share as many recipes and food experiences in our daily life as I can. And part of my inspiration comes from seeing your recipes as well. Food is one of the most magical sharing experiences around and hopefully we all learn from each other daily.

To keep that inspiration coming, Weelicious Menus* is giving away a gorgeous Kitchen Aid Standing Mixer in our #weemenus Instagram Giveaway.

It’s easy to enter, here’s all you need to do:

1. Make a Weelicious recipe.

2. Snap a picture of the process! It could be the finished meal, your and your kids having fun in the kitchen, or everyone enjoying whatever you decided to whip up.

3. Post your picture to Instagram using the hashtag #WeeMenus, and remember to tell us the recipe you made.

4. Enter your...

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How to Prepare Celery Root Video

There are some vegetables that look down right intimidating. Celery root (also known as celeriac) is one of them. When you see one, the first question you will ask yourself is what do I do with that?! But you’d be hard pressed to find a more flavorful vegetable, so it’s well worth learning how to prepare one to cook. I know I’m not doing the best job of selling this. You have to see it to believe it, and after you watch this How to Prepare Celery Root Video, you’ll be a total pro!

Over 10 years ago I was hiking with my friend Alex, who at the time was a very successful private chef. Alex was always having to create healthy recipes for her clients and one of her favorite ingredients to use was celery root. Up to that point I had only cooked with celery root once or twice, so I had no idea about all of the incredible dishes it could be used to create. She described to me making a pureed celery root dish similar to mashed potatoes, with a creamy texture and mild...

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches from Weelicious

Flashback: the morning I needed to make a sandwich for school lunch and realized I had no bread! That’s just about the last problem any of us wants to deal with when we’re pressed for time trying to get our kids out the door to school. Fortunately that day, I had made waffles for breakfast and substituted the leftovers for bread to make these Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches. That’s right, waffle sandwiches.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches from Weelicious

More often than not I have a waffle surplus after making a batch of Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Mix for breakfast, so I freeze what we don’t eat to have for breakfast on future mornings when I need to get a good breakfast on the table quickly.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches from Weelicious

I’ve also started refrigerating a few to use for sandwiches, stuffed with an endless variety of fillings. I love this strawberry preserves and cream cheese combo because you get some sweetness from the strawberry, a creamy texture (and a boost of protein) from the cream cheese and of...

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Apple Cheese Wraps

Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious

Chloe and I woke up uber early last Sunday and, while the boys were still snoozing away, slipped out to the farmers’ market. Sometimes girls just need a little girl time.

Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious

Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious

Chloe pushed the wobbly cart we use to gather all of our food while we snacked on samples and picked out the best looking stuff. The weather in Los Angeles is still blistering hot, so it’s tough to think about buying anything other than summer fruits, but when we hit one of our favorite stands, Windrose Farms, and saw their big baskets of gorgeous apples I got my fall groove on.

Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious

Apple Cheese Wraps from Weelicious

At first I was going to just add sliced apple in the kids’ lunch boxes, but thinking about foods that pair well with apples I was inspired to makes these gluten-free Apple Cheese Wraps, which pair great with Gluten-Free Vegan Oat or Cocodate Cookies. I love combining slices of sweet, crisp apples with a nice piece of salty cheddar cheese and fresh sliced turkey or ham to make these cute little wrapped packages.

As we...

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