Pomegranate Popcorn Balls

Trick or treat!  Halloween is right around the corner, and while there are plenty of gory and ghoulish recipes out there for all your festive needs; I’m going the subtle route and tricking taste buds with these inconspicuous looking popcorn balls.  You’d never guess from looking at them, but the marshmallow is made with pomegranate molasses, and offers just as much tartness as it does sweetness.  Add to that some salted sunflower seeds and popcorn, and you have all the elements of the perfect treat: sweet, salty, tangy, chewy and crunchy.

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Pizza Rolls

Wrapping up our back-to-school series with a fun and tasty recipe that is sure to be a kid-pleaser.  Pizza is a pretty kid friendly food, but cold leftover pizza is not always the best lunchbox option.  Enter pizza rolls!  A soft whole wheat dough rolled up cinnamon roll style with your favorite pizza toppings inside, and of course extra sauce for dipping.  Make up a batch on the weekend and fill up those lunchboxes with cheesy carby goodness that is sure to be gone when the lunchbox comes back home.

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Cardamom Chocolate Chip Lentil Cookies

More back-to-school/lunchbox ideas with these unusual but delicious cookies.  An after school snack (or afternoon coffee break!) of chocolate chip cookies is both iconic and nostalgic.  Who doesn’t want a cookie or three to look forward to and get them through the rest of the day?  My daughter always wants a sweet treat in her lunchbox, so I use it as a way to sneak in some healthy goodness.  Cookies are a great vehicle to “hide” healthy ingredients in.  While these have butter, sugar and chocolate chips (because I want them to actually taste good!!), they are also full of whole wheat pastry flour, oats, almond meal and an extra dose of protein from pureed lentils, which I promise you can’t taste.  And if gluten-free or nut allergies are a concern, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with substitute ideas at the bottom of the recipe.

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