Bear Creek Country Kitchen Soup for on the go

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Three days a week my daughter packs her lunch for school.  She’s fortunate to have use of a microwave and often takes leftovers for lunch, but sometimes her big brothers eat the leftovers for a late night snack.  That leads to many days of sandwiches, which can get old.

When Bear Creak Country Kitchens asked if I would sample their new Hearty Soup Bowls, it was great timing for us.  I knew this would add a welcome variety to the packed lunch situation.

Bear Creak Soups

There are four varieties to choose from.  I especially like the Creamy Chicken with Rice.

Cheddar Broccoli – Thick and creamy broccoli soup with a blend of rich cheeses

Creamy Potato – Rich and creamy potato soup with a delicate blend of herbs and spices

Cheddar Potato – Savory cheese flavor with a blend of spices and rustic potatoes

Creamy Chicken with Rice – Rich and creamy home-style chicken soup with hearty rice

Making the soup is as easy as adding water, stirring and microwaving.  The individual bowls make packing them so easy.  They would be great to keep in the office for days that require working through lunch.  For us, they make a great “grab and go” lunch when there’s no time to pack something else.  Or when an older brother scavenged the leftovers from the night before.

Giveaway

The folks at Bear Creek are going to give one lucky Eat At Home reader a full set of the new Bear Creek Hearty Soup Bowls!  All you have to do is post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BearCreekSoups showing us what your busy day looks like.  And don’t forget to tag Eat At Home and @bearcreekfoods.  Good luck!

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Bear Creek Country Kitchens began over 20 years ago with one goal in mind: to create home-style soups that will satisfy every appetite.  Combining high-quality ingredients and a special blend of spices, Bear Creek soups are delicious and easy to prepare.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bear Creek Soups. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches – Back to School Lunch

Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches

 

Back to school time is here and with it, lunch packing duty.  It can be hard to strike a balance between having variety in the lunch box and sticking with ingredients that you have on hand.

This recipe does just that by using common ingredients that are packed with fall flavor.  Peanut butter, cream cheese, apple, cinnamon and pecans make a great combo!

Feel free to substitute too.  Use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter.  Use a different type of nut.  Try it with pears instead of apples.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the sandwiches:

Peanut butter apple pecan sandwich ingredient

 

Peanut Butter, Apple, Pecan Sandwiches

Serves: 2 sandwiches

Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs. chopped pecans
  • ½ small apple, peeled and diced
  • 4 slices Nature's Own bread
Instructions
  1. Stir peanut butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add honey, cinnamon, pecans and apples. Stir to combine.
  3. Spread on bread to make two sandwiches.

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Nature’s Own Bread is kicking off back to school with a #LunchBoxCreations contest.  You can enter by submitting your photo or video to http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com .  Four winners will be chosen and each will win a $250 grocery store gift card!

  1. How to Enter
    1. Visit http://lunchboxcreationssweeps.com and  submit a photo or video of your favorite sandwich creation using Nature’s Own bread, and submit the entry, as directed, between 12:00 AM ET on 8/17/15 and 11:59 PM ET on09/15/15.
    2. Any entries submitted after September 15th, at 11:59 PM ET will be ineligible.
    3. Entrants can either submit a link of their video or photo from Vine, Instagram, or YouTube, or can upload their own photo as directed on the sweepstakes form.
    4. A photo submission counts as one (1) entry.
    5. A video submission counts as five (5) entries.
    6. Only one submission per person per sweepstakes.

For inspiration – and to show that anyone can make a video! – here’s the video I made with my youngest daughter, Mia.  We were doing a “dry run” of a school morning.  We homeschool, but she goes to a cottage school three days a week and packs her own lunch on those days.  She’s a great lunch packer and consistently has the most variety of anyone in the family.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature’s Own. The opinions and text are all mine.

You can also find Nature’s Own on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Veggie Chowder – Dinner into Lunch (plus a Slow Cooker Giveaway!)

Veggie Chowder Dinner into Lunch

 

I’m going to be talking about 3 of my favorite things in this post.  Soup.  Sweet potatoes.  And slow cookers.

Make that 4 of my favorite things – how could I forget easy dinners!  When Libby’s asked me to create an easy dinner recipe that cold be repurposed into lunch, I was in.  Our lunches almost always consist of leftovers.  Why cook twice, when you can do it once and have a second meal out of the deal?

This Veggie Chowder comes together really quick.  The other thing I like about it, is that it’s a pantry meal.  You can keep all of these things on hand, so you have the fixings for a fast dinner any time.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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5 Minute Lunch – BLT Salad

Some days at home you just need a quick lunch. My favorite one to make is a BLT salad. And the secret is in the dressing. My grandma taught me to make this dressing. Not only is it easy but it’s also delicious. This salad is a weekly go-to because I typically have these leftovers in the fridge by the end of the week. It’s just enough for one. Or you could double or triple to make for more people.

Here’s what you need:  [Read more…]