August 2015

How to Toast the Perfect Marshmallow

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Family Toasting Marshmallows over a fire

Summer is almost over—but we’re still celebrating with National Marshmallow Toasting Day!

Toasting Marshmallows

Do you know how to toast the perfect marshmallow? Take these tips and invite your friends and family for a Marshmallow Toasting party tonight!

Toasted MarshmallowSit upwind in the fire. No one wants smoke in their face!

Once you get your puffy, delicious marshmallow on your stick of choice (preferably a roasting fork or long wooden stick), make sure you stay a little to the side of the flames, and also over an area where you see glowing coals. According to scientists and engineers, the radiant energy is better for toasting than the flames themselves.

Hold the marshmallow a couple of inches (usually 1-3) from the glowing coals.

Hold your marshmallow still for a few seconds, then begin to rotate the stick. As you turn, a nice, even, golden hue should begin to form. Don’t hold your marshmallow in any one place for too long! This will cause your mallow to melt.

Once you have a slightly golden brown marshmallow, like the one pictured, blow to cool – then eat alone or as a S’more!

 

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5 Quick and Easy School Lunches to Impress the Class

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The ideal school lunch, for both parents and kids, requires the following 5 elements. The lunch should be:

  • Easy to Prepare
  • Easy to Pack
  • Visually Pleasing
  • Tastes Good
  • Provides a Little Variety

Gone are days where a turkey sandwich on Wonder Bread is going to keep the inspiration flowing for parents and children alike. The school year is too long, and the options are many!

 

Here are 5 of our Savor Our Solutions team’s top picks for the snazziest school lunches that will impress their classmates and make you the weekday hero:

  1. Mini Pizzas

Pop these cupcake mold pizzas in the oven the night before, and your little learners will be the talk of the cafeteria.

Simply combine refrigerated pizza dough, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and optional toppings like pepperoni into the cupcake pan. Preheat to 425 degrees, bake for 10-15 minutes, wait for them to cool, and pop them out and store. Pack with fruit, water or juice, and some pretzels for a unique and balanced lunch!

mini pizzas for school lunches by cooks innovations

  1. Mini Tacos

Continuing with the mini, easy-to-eat theme are our mini tacos, which fit perfectly in a kid-friendly bento box. Use the varied container slots to house taco meat, cheese, mini tortillas, and toppings. Leave a space for a treat like grapes or cut apples.

mini taco school lunch idea from cooks innovations

  1. Teriyaki Fried Rice

Some kids prefer hot lunches. For this warm, inviting Asian-style recipe, all you need is a thermos. To create this recipe, scramble eggs, then add cooked white or brown rice, edamame, and seasonings. Extra Bonus: Make a batch of eggs for breakfast and use the leftovers for this nourishing, savory meal.

Teriyaki Fried Rice Hot School Lunch Idea by Cooks Innovations

  1. Ham and Cheese Apple Wraps

We’re making lunch in seconds with these ham, cheese, and apple wraps—it’s like a sandwich, only without the bread and with a little fruity twist!

Stack your child’s favorite slice of thick cheese with apple and wrap in deli ham. Pack in a bento box with fruit and wheat thins, pretzels, or crackers.

Ham Cheese Apple Wraps for School Lunches by Cooks Innovations

  1. The Elvis Burrito

This is definitely not the burrito that your kids are used to. Spread peanut butter on a toasted whole-wheat wrap (or choose a gluten free option), and sprinkle over the peanut butter crumbled, fresh bacon, honey, and sliced bananas. A mini milk jug goes great with this one!

Elvis Burrito School Lunch Recipe by Cooks Innovations

Do you need more back to school recipe ideas, including after-school snacks and easy dinners? We’re sure you do! Not to fret- visit our Back to School Pinterest page and grab our best tips!