Lunch Box Idea: (Nut-Free) Trail Mix

Lunch box ideas - popcorn, pretzel & sultana trail mix

I have my lunch box staples: stuff I know the kids like. I also like to mix things up sometimes and try new things I can (hopefully) add to my lunch box food repertoire.  I found another one winner with my kids: a lunch box friendly (and nut free) trail mix.   Just three things in it: Pretzels, Popcorn & Sultanas It's a nice sweet/salty snack. Not amazingly nutritious but neither is it really nasty either. Lunch … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Temporary Tattoo Banana

Temporary Tattoo Banana - fun for the lunch box

I've used temporary tattoos to decorate boiled eggs around Easter time and they work on bananas too. This is fun for the lunch box or just to make the fruit bowl look uber cool.  Follow the packet instructions and apply to the banana just as you would skin. Corn & Cheese Scrolls (used this recipe) Sugar snap peas Boiled egg Banana Carrot mini muffin More Lunch Box Ideas 2 Ingredient Dough Scrolls Cheesy … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Scrolls (2 ingredient dough)

Ham & Mustard Scrolls (2 ingredient dough scrolls)

A little while ago, I shared how I make pizza scrolls for the lunchbox.  I make the dough from scratch in my Thermomix. Many asked about an easier way to do the dough so I'm sharing two different ways I do scrolls that are a little less hands-on. It's handy to have these up your sleeve so you can smash them out depending on how much time you have.   They freeze well so you can make a big batch for the lunch box. Puff Pastry Firstly, … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Idea: Cheesy Toasted Sandwich Bites

lunch box idea - cheesy toasted sandwich bites

I saved bread shapes from the Egg in the Basket I made for dinner to use in the lunch box the next day.   It makes for an interesting change from a regular sandwich in the lunch box. Ingredients Bread Grated cheese Tomato sauce (optional) 1. Cut bread shapes out of bread using a cookie cutter.  I used the left over bread for Egg in the Basket. You can also use the bread to make bread crumbs and use in … [Read more...]

Coconut Bread Recipe (only 4 ingredients)

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I've been making this coconut bread recipe since I was a child and now I make it with  my own kids.  Ingredients 1 Cup SR Flour 1 Cup Desiccated Coconut 1/2 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Milk Method 1. Gently combine all ingredients with  a large spoon. 2. Spoon into a well greased or lined loaf tin. 3. Cook for about 35-40 min in 170°C (325°F) oven. Delicious served warm with butter. Tip: you can make this … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Idea: Bread Crackers

lunch box ideas - make bread crackers

I saved these bread shapes from the Egg in the Basket I made for dinner to use in the lunch box.   Ingredients Brown Bread Olive Oil A little salt (optional) 1. Cut bread shapes out of bread using a cookie cutter.  I used the left over bread for Egg in the Basket. You can also use the bread to make bread crumbs and use in this meatball or chicken meatball recipe. 2. Put a layer of baking … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Pizza Scrolls Recipe (Thermomix)

Pizza Scrolls Recipe - great for the lunchbox - on

These pizza scrolls are the best. The kids and the husband LOVE then. I've never had a fail batch.  Sometimes, I do a double batch and pop them in the freezer for school lunches.  Pizza Scrolls Recipe Dough Ingredients 310 g Luke warm water (1  1/3 cups) 1 sachet dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 510 g plain flour (3  1/2 cups) 30 g extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons) Filling Tomato Sauce 200 grams … [Read more...]

Easy Flat Bread Recipe

Easy Flat Bread Recipe

If you look at most of the recipes on my blog, they are all really (and I mean really) easy.  I'm not saying this is the best or most perfect way to make flat bread, but it's the way I whip it up, it's delicious and I use it to accompany curries and soups. Plus the leftovers go beautifully in the lunch box. This recipe works as a pizza base too. Ingredients 2 Cups SR Flour (300 grams) 1 Cup Greek Yoghurt (280 grams) Olive Oil (approx … [Read more...]

The Lunch Box Monster

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It is there, waiting – every school day morning – waiting to be filled: The Lunch Box Monster. NOOOOOO! (Think Luke Skywalker’s response to Darth Vader’s “I am your father” declaration, and you’ll get the no just right). To say I don’t like making school lunches is an understatement. You see, it’s a battle: me trying to find ways to fill the monster against the constant hunger. And I can’t just fill the box with anything; items need to be … [Read more...]

Happy Lunchbox Message Buttons

milk bottle lid craft -- lunch box happy buttons

Guest post from Rebecca from WithLOVEfromMEtoYOU My eldest daughter is now at Preschool, and every now and then, I like to put little notes in her lunch box to make her smile. I tried writing and drawing pictures on paper bags, or on small pieces of paper but in the end they got food on them, of course, and by the time she saw them, they were looking a little worse for wear. I was thinking it would be a great idea to manufacture little … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Idea: Zebra Sandwiches

lunch box idea -- zebra sandwiches

Making food fun can help to encourage the kids to eat wholegrain bread if you're trying to make the switch from the white variety. Instructions Simply use two different colour breads for a sandwich, cut into four soldiers and turn every second one over to make a zebra pattern. My son loved finding a zebra in his lunch box! More Lunch Box Ideas … [Read more...]

Corned Beef

how to cook corned beef

Corned Beef Ingredients 1 kg corned beef 2 bay leaves ½ cup malt vinegar 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 onion, peeled 10 cloves  Instructions 1. Stud the onion with the cloves 2. Place the beef in deep pot; add onion, sugar, bay leaves and vinegar 3. Cover with water 4. Bring beef to boil and simmer for approximately 1 and ¾ hours Slow cooker: cook for 10 hours on low or 6 hours on high. 5. Serve with corn cobs … [Read more...]

Mexican Chicken Burrito Wraps

chicken Mexican Burrito wraps recipe

Mexican Burrito Wraps A winner at our place. Ingredients 500 g chicken breast cut into strips 400 g can baked beans 400 g can crushed tomatoes Taco seasoning Shredded lettuce Sliced tomato Grated cheese Salsa or tomato sauce Burrito tortillas Instructions 1. Brown chicken strips and add baked beans and can tomatoes. Add taco sauce to taste. 2. Place 3 table spoon mixture in centre of tortilla. Add lettuce, … [Read more...]

Winter Meatloaf Recipe

winter meatloaf recipe

Winter Meatloaf Recipe Ingredients 1 onion peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon crushed garlic 100 g lean bacon chopped 400g veal mince 300 g pork mince 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 egg 2 cups wholemeal bread, grated Topping 20 g parmesan cheese ½ cup extra breadcrumbs Instructions 1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until mixed … [Read more...]