34 Healthy School Lunch Ideas That Your Kids Will Love

34 Healthy School Lunch Ideas That Your Kids Will Love

Some healthy and delicious food for thought.

Lunch was the one thing I looked forward to in my old-school days. Who am I kidding? I still get excited about lunchtime. I remember I used to trade my peanut butter and fluff sandwich for my best friend’s homemade ranch chips. Now that I’m older, I trade in my fluff sandwich for a healthy chicken wrap because I realize how important it is to have a nutritious lunch in order to sustain my energy throughout the day. It’s just as essential for your kids to have tasty lunch options that still are nourishing and provide fuel for their body, so they have the energy to play all day long. These fun and vibrant recipes are made up of classic recipes with a healthy kick to them. We curated the best list of healthy, wholesome recipes that will make your kid’s tummy very happy. We assure you that your kids will not be trading these delicious lunches in the cafeteria anytime soon.

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10 Soda Cakes That’ll Take You Right Back to Your Childhood

10 Soda Cakes That’ll Take You Right Back to Your Childhood

Cue the nostalgia.

Soda cakes are a historic staple of Southern baking, and now they can be a part of your own family baking tradition. Featuring beverages like Coca-Cola, 7UP, Cheerwine, Cream Soda, and more, these cake recipes incorporate some of your favorite soft drinks into elegant desserts. These cakes are packed full of nostalgic flavors that’ll take you right back to hot childhood days by the pool, afternoons at the roller rink, and family pizza dinners. Kids and adults alike will love the subtle, sugary flavor soft drinks bring to these cakes. Although we love adding soda to our cake for its robust flavor alone, the soft drinks are also key in keeping these cakes moist and delightfully airy. The carbonation helps the cakes to rise, acting as a leavening agent in the desserts. So whether you like vanilla or chocolate, layer cakes or sheet cakes, these soda cake recipes have something for you.

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20 Fresh Summer Recipes to Add to Your August Menu

20 Fresh Summer Recipes to Add to Your August Menu

Including old-school desserts like Coca Cola Cake.

Just because summer is slowly coming to a close doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy the tastes of the season. How do Southerners combat dwindling farmers’ market stock? By pickling any and everything we can, of course. Start with our master pickling brine, and make one (or all five!) of our colorful pickled vegetables, including zesty okra, spicy beans, Tuscan-style cherry tomatoes, turmeric-dill cucumbers, and easy red onions. It’s the tastiest way to preserve summertime.

But what to serve all those pickles with…how about a set of five-ingredient supper recipes that make use of fresh summer produce and quick pantry staples? We suggest starting with a classic sandwich with a twist, our Smoky Grilled BLTs. This recipe gives your basic tomato sandwich a run for its money.

And to cap off every late-summer cookout, we’re going old-school—super old-school. Southerners have always known that soft drinks can serve as the ultimate secret ingredient, and we’re bringing back vintage favorites with updated recipes: 7UP Bundt Cake, Coca Cola Layer Cake, and Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes, to name a few. There’s no better way to send off summer than with these 20 delicious new recipes.

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35 Main Dish Casserole Recipes That Make Dinnertime So Easy

35 Main Dish Casserole Recipes That Make Dinnertime So Easy

One dish and done.

What would dinnertime in the South be without trusty casserole recipes? They’re easy, kid-friendly, and you can usually find a spare casserole stored in the freezer for the most hectic weeknights. Although we love classic side dish casseroles for cookouts and holidays, main dish recipes are more useful for weeknight dinners. When you don’t have the time to prep a main dish and several sides at dinnertime (which, who does these days?), these ideas get it all done for you. You won’t hear an ounce of resistance from the kids when they see enchiladas, pizza casserole, or barbecue mac and cheese on the table. And they’ll have no idea that we lightened up classic comfort food recipes like lasagna and tuna noodle casserole with healthier versions. With these main dish casserole recipes, you can put a satisfying dinner on the table in one dish.

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