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How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch

How to Convince Your Husband to Take Leftovers for Lunch
 

Kristina was given a SmartPlanet Pure Glass Bento Container in exchange for the opportunity to review it honestly. All opinions are her own. And they're giving one to you, too! Scroll down for details on how to enter to win.

It's no secret that I love saving money, avoiding food waste, and feeding my family healthy meals. One super simple way to do that is to send leftovers to work with my husband for his lunch.

But therein lies a problem - one you may have encountered, too. Not everything reheats well, tastes good the next day, or transports easily. Through the years I've learned a thing or two about what's worth sending off to work with him, and what's better left in the fridge or freezer to be repurposed another way.

If you're hoping that your husband (or, let's be honest, yourself!) will be more open to transporting leftovers to work, I've got some tips.

Choose visually appealing meals.

Things don't look quite as delicious the next day, no matter what you do. We eat with our eyes first, so if you pack colorful, visually appealing meals you - or your husband - will be more likely to eat it instead of running to the local sandwich shop.

Choose meals that he enjoys.

If your husband is all "meh" about dinner on the night you serve it, it's going to be double "meh" by the next afternoon. Don't badger him to take a meal that he doesn't really like.

Invest in a good container.

You need a good container that fits your lifestyle. I love bento containers that have multiple sections for food, but many of them are either plastic (not the healthiest option if you're reheating due to chemical leeching) or stainless steel (can't microwave these). I prefer glass containers, but found myself packing several of them for one meal.

I was given the opportunity to check out this glass bento from SmartPlanet and I jumped at the opportunity! It's got two separate wells (perfect for most of our meals), holds enough food to satisfy my husband's appetite, and is microwavable.

Plus, it didn't leak. That's always a plus. (Note, the central divider does not come all the way to the top so if you transport this container carelessly it's possible that the foods will slosh over into each other. But they won't leak out the top, which is the most important part in my opinion.)

Since receiving it, I've been using this container exclusively to pack my husband's lunch. No more armful of mismatched containers to wash at the end of the day, no need to warn him to "be careful so it doesn't dump out in your bag," and no words of caution about transferring the food to a plate prior to reheating. It's really been the one-size-fits-all lunch container that we've been looking for!

Pack foods that have similar reheat times.

If you pack a grilled chicken breast and mashed potatoes, by the time the potatoes are finally heated through the chicken is going to be way overdone, dry, and tough. Packing foods that reheat similarly will mean they all come out tasty by the time the buzzer on the microwave goes off.

Pack higher-fat foods.

I think most of us know by now that fat isn't the enemy, right? When reheating foods, they have a tendency to dry out. Packing foods that have a higher fat content decrease the likeliness that they'll be tasteless and rubbery by the time they're heated. Foods like casseroles, meatballs, soups, and chilis are usually great the next day.

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Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker Review & Giveaway

Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker Review & Giveaway

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Thanks to one of Smart Planet’s newest products, you can now make your very own gummy candy at home!  This Gummy Candy Maker set is my family’s latest obsession.  It is super easy to use and loads of fun.  The Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker set includes four silicone mold trays for making gummy bears and gummy worms as well as one giant gummy bear mold.  This candy maker set also includes a microwavable silicone candy bowl with an easy pour spout.  This set is surprisingly easy to use and clean.  The gummies easily pop out of the molds and are ready to eat.

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My kids could easily remove the gummies from the mold all on their own.  In fact, they were so quick about that this was the only picture I managed to get before they started shoveling their gummy treats into their eager mouths!

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The Gummy Candy Maker also comes with a recipe book.  You will find a recipe for standard gummies as well as others for vitamin and sour gummies.  The recipe for just regular gummies includes 4 packets of gelatin as well as a 30z box of gelatin in the flavor of your choice.  Simply mix these ingredients with cold water and heat them up in the silicone bowl.  The light film is created at the top of the mixture when heated.  You can the tell which gummies I poured first into the mold because the top has a more solid pink color.  It doesn’t effect the texture of your gummies in any way but if you want to have a more clear back on your gummies, simply scrape the film off the top of your heated ingredients before pouring them into the mold.  This will give them a more professional look if you will be serving them to guests.  Once you are ready to pour, fill each gummy mold and then refrigerate.  When fill the small gummy bear molds be sure to fill them to the top or your cute little gummy bears won’t have ears.  We did this the first time we made gummies using this set.  Honestly, my kids didn’t even care that the ears were missing.  They were too excited to gobble up their cute little creations!

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To create the giant gummy bear, you simply double the recipe.  We found that we like our gummies to be a tad softer so we actually cut out one packet of the regular gelatin when creating our giant gummy bear.  You will put this mold in the freezer to let it set.  The giant gummy bear turned out great.   Since this mold is not made of silicone and did place a light spray of palm oil in the mold before filling it.  Once the gummy was set, I simply pulled the mold away from the gummy at its side and it easily separated.  I tipped the mold over a plate and the gummy easy fell out of the mold and maintained its perfect shape.  The Smart Planet Gummy Candy Maker set is a great way to get creative in the kitchen.  It is extremely easy to use and my kids are busy coming up with new requests for the next batch of gummies we will create with this Gummy Candy Maker.

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These gummies would make a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!

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ELECTRIC MAC & CHEESE MAKER REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

ELECTRIC MAC & CHEESE MAKER

When I first heard about the Electric Mac & Cheese Maker from Smart Planet, I oddly amused. But who doesn’t love mac & cheese? My kids would eat mac and cheese for every meal if I let them. So I was actually pretty excited for this bad boy.

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SMARTPLANET’S ELECTRIC MAC & CHEESE MAKER

This Electric Mac & Cheese Maker perfect for people who are in collage, it’s SO EASY! It’s legit the quickest way to prepare mac and cheese. There’s a built in strainer that drains water in seconds as well. No need to look for the drainer bowl this is everything you need built into one gadget. All you have to do is add all the ingredients through the ingredient slot. Which might I add, could of been a bit bigger, but it’s all good.

Sit in all the ingredients with the easy to use handle. It’s suggested that you wear a oven mitt or something, because the steam will get you and it’s HOT! After a few minutes, it’s ready to eat! There’s a recipe booklet that has recipes. We used the one they had for homemade mac and cheese, which is normally how I do it, I rarely ever use the blue box anymore.

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It has 3 settings which are Low, Simmer and Boil. It’s best if you take a damp rag and wash it out before and after ever use. I even let my oldest help me make the dinner. It’s always nice when you’re able to let your kids help you and not let them be in danger. It’s safe for the older kids. It’s also great for anyone who can’t cook. It’s so simple!

The SmartPlanet Electric Mac & Cheese Maker is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanet website for $29.99. Everyone that likes SmartPlanet on Facebook through this promotion will get a 20% off promo code as long as they ask for it.

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SmartPlanet Milk & Cookie Shot Maker Giveaway

SmartPlanet Milk & Cookie Shot Maker Giveaway

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SmartPlanet recently introduced a fun new way for you to enjoy your milk and cookies with the new, Milk & Cookie Shot Maker.  This fun kit includes a silicone cookie shot mold and a silicone chocolate melting station.  You will also find a booklet with this kit that includes the recipe you will need to follow to create the cookie shots.

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It is important to follow the recipe provided with the SmartPlanet Milk & Cookie Shot Maker so that your cookie dough will mold well and keep its structure after baking.  The mold allows you to bake six cookie shots.  The melting station is so quick and easy I think I will be using it to melt chocolates and candies for all of my future sweet creations!

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Buy It!

The SmartPlanet Milk & Cookie Shot Maker is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanet website.

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Giveaway – Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit – Ends 10/25/14

Giveaway – Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit – Ends 10/25/14

Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit

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Smart Planet makes packing and eating a lunch to go a whole lot more fun than a brown bag and foods that can be wrapped in foil or stored in a zipper bag. They can also help you cut down on waste, which is good for our planet.

The Double Decker Meal Kit is a modern lunch box that is great for adults and kids. There is plenty of room inside for a full size meal.

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There are two large compartments that stack together underneath one lid. The bottom base section is collapsible. It is made from silicone and can expand to twice it’s size. The silicone is microwave and dishwasher safe.

The lid has a built in container that will hold salad dressing, dipping sauce, hummus or a small treat. The spoon and fork have their own space on the lid, which makes it easy to keep everything you need all together.

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Tabs lock the lid securely in place and handles fold up for transport. It comes in three bright colors – blue, green and pink.

I like putting a large salad in the bottom section and a half sandwich in the top. What would you like to pack in a Smart Planet Double Decker Meal Kit?

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