Take the 3rd Annual Power Your Lunchbox Pledge and Help Families In Need!

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School started this week for my kids and we've hit the ground running! Back to school means a return to regular meal planning and my kids have been asking for more variety with their lunch options to pack and take to school. Of course, I want those lunches to be delicious but also nutritious! One of their favorites is taco salad which I've shown below packed in our Bentology bento box. It's so easy to put together and take to school! This year, I'm excited to check out the 3rd Annual Power Your Lunchbox campaign from Produce For Kids and their partners. Not only does their website offer tools and tips for families and classrooms on eating healthier lunches, after-school snacks, and weekday dinners with recipes, those that take pledge will receive coupons and be entered in the ...

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Weekly Menu Plan {August 22, 2016}

Weekly Menu Plan {August 22, 2016}

Well, summer is officially over as school started today for my kids! I took the summer off from posting my weekly menu plan here on Meal Planning Magic because I just wasn't that consistent! And to be honest, I wasn't really sure how many of you wanted to see them. But after getting some feedback ...

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Soft and Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies

I first started making these Soft and Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies when a co-worker shared them at a cooking contest we had. There were a lot of people there that loved to cook so we would often have theme days when we would bring in goodies to share with the rest of the employees. That was over 15 ...

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Choosing Earth Friendly Lunchware not only saves you money, it also helps protects our planet. Here, I share 5 tips for choosing lunchware that is right for you.

5 Tips for Choosing Reusable Lunchware

Packing nutritious lunches every day can seem especially daunting when you add in the options of what to pack them IN. For us, choosing reusable lunchware containers that are earth friendly just makes sense. Not only will you save money in the long run, you’ll also be helping the environment by ...

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A reader survey that will help provide feedback as to the content and design of Meal Planning Magic.

2016 Semi-Annual Reader Survey–I Want YOUR Input!

Friends, I first want to say how much I appreciate each of you that visits my blog and comments here or on social media. It really means so much to me in the blogging journey of mine. When I started blogging more than eight years ago, I never imagined where it would take me and now, looking back, I ...

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These make-ahead no-bake Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Energy Bites taste just like a cookie! They are perfect for snacks or lunchboxes and taste great when they're cold!

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Energy Bites

If you ask me, peanut butter is best served on a finger. At least it is when I need a quick bite of something to stave off hunger and satisfy my sweet tooth. But I’m pretty sure that’s not how the peanut butter makers meant for it to be served. But if you've been around my blog for awhile, you'll ...

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You can enjoy chili year round with Slowcooker Chili Pie! Full of better-for-you ingredients, indulge your cravings with this flavorful version! | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com

Slowcooker Cowboy Chili Frito Pie

In Texas, chili is pretty much a given as far as local cuisines go. And there’s no rule that says it’s just for cold weather either! I can remember when I first moved to Texas in junior high, I had my first chili pie (whoa, that’s a rhyme). Our local neighborhood pool had a concession stand and ...

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Who says road trips need to be all about the junk food? Healthy road trip snacks are possible with a little pre-planning and this Better For You Road Trip Snacks Roundup of recipe ideas so you can eat healthier while on the road! |Find it at MealPlanningMagic.com

65+ Better For You Road Trip Snacks

We've taken our fair share of road trips over the years and I know how challenging it can be to fight off hungry tummies AND avoid the junk food! But over the years, we've figured out some ways to make it a little easier and munch on healthy road trip snacks. Be sure to check out my 7 Tips for a ...

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All the flavors of a slice of supreme pizza are in this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad! It's healthier and make-ahead too! | Recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad

Pepperoni Pizza in a Pasta Salad? You bet! If you love pizza as much as we do, then you will love this Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad. This summer I’ve been looking for more recipes that I can not only make ahead but also those that do not heat up the kitchen. I used to eat pasta salads a lot more but ...

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