Quinoa Crackers

My kids aren’t in school yet, but I know when that day comes I will be sending them to school with a healthy, wholesome and delicious lunch that will keep them sustained through the day.  I dread the thought of my children wanting to eat “hot lunch”.  I’ve seen what schools deem “healthy” and cringe at the processed, cheap and convenient foods that they serve.

Before I had kids, I spent some time at an elementary school with pre-school aged children.  I walked them through the cafeteria to get lunch and just the smell alone made me nauseous.  The food really hasn’t change much since I was a kid.  I know my taste buds have evolved since my elementary school days, but I still cannot believe I ate that junk (and liked it)!  Haha…

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I can’t change the past, but I can change the now and the future – and for me, that means making sure I have wholesome eats for my children.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I’m all for indulging and allowing “unhealthy” foods from time to time, but I do not wish my children to eat it daily.  Will I give in and let them take a Lunchables to school when ALL of their friends do?  Ugh, I honestly cannot answer that right now.  But I will allow my kids to have gluten and refined sugar-filled cupcakes at a class birthday party.  I will let them eat pizza for a class celebration or on a field trip.  After all, unless they have an allergy, partaking in meals like that can actually be healthy; perhaps not physically, but the social part is what makes it healthy.

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These Quinoa Crackers are an example of something I would make over the weekend and send to school in my children’s lunches.  They are made with nutritious ingredients, don’t contain any preservatives or added sugars.  These crackers are gluten-free and Vegan.  Perhaps Quinoa Crackers with a few slices of grass-fed cheese and pasture-raised beef jerky would suffice in place of a Lunchables?  (Haha, wishful thinking?)

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Quinoa Crackers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In food processor, combine all dry ingredients.  Blend.
  3. Add in wet.  Blend well.
  4. Remove dough from food processor, form into a ball then flatten on a piece of parchment paper.  Place another piece of parchment paper on top and, using a rolling pin, roll dough into a thin sheet (between the parchment).
  5. Remove top parchment layer and cut dough into desired shape using a pizza cutter or knife.
  6. Transfer crackers (on the sheet of parchment) to baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove crackers, flip and bake another 5-10 minutes*

*Edge pieces may cook faster than the center ones so keep an eye on the crackers the last few minutes.

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These crackers are so easy to make and you can switch up the seasonings for different flavor options.  I stored these in an air-tight container for one week and they kept their flavor and texture.  These crackers are great alone or with a slice of cheese or cream cheese.

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What are your thoughts on school lunches?  Whether you have a kid or not, do you pack your own lunch?

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