It is nearly the end of school holidays here in QLD and we are about to enter into our last term for the year. Being a teacher, term four is always my favourite. Sure, everyone is tired and hanging out for the Christmas break, but I find it to be a time of celebration. Not just because of all the Christmas themed activities but because you get a chance to celebrate the successes of your students, the milestones you reached together as a class or personal goals that were met and exceeded. This year, for me, will be no different. Even though I have not been in the classroom, I can still reflect back on the successes and challenges I faced this year as a Mum and how much my two little boys have grown. I also get to join in celebrating how much my eldest son has learnt in this past year at Kindy BUT before we get TOO sentimental here, there is the fact that there are still TEN WEEKS of lunchbox packing to be done.
Don’t stress, I have you covered.
I was asked by son’s kindy teacher to find some recipes to share, at Kindy, that encourage healthy eating. I decided that I might as well share it here on the blog and hopefully it will give everyone the motivation to keep healthy lunch boxes packed for the remainder of the year.
My biggest tip, although I am far from being a seasoned ‘school mum’, is to make sure you have lunches packed the night before. There is such a limited amount of time in the mornings that no one needs that extra stress.
With this list I have provided some links to recipes that you may find helpful. I have tried to include a broad range of recipes as I understand everyone has a different preference for ingredients. I generally use rapadura sugar/ coconut sugar and spelt flour in my baking. We do eat meat and we do eat some dairy. We eat lots of fruit and vegetables and fresh eggs. Everyone is diffferent. So, I hope you may at least find inspiration from the list and maybe a few new recipes to try.
1. Homemade muffins, cakes or biscuits.
2. Muesli bars and slices
3. Fruit Kebabs with dips
Fruit skewers with honey yoghurt – Use seasonal fruit and my suggestion is to use paddle pop sticks in place of skewers, to avoid a safety hazard.
4. Yoghurt or plain custard
When buying yoghurt from the supermarket, try to look for a product that does not contain artificial additives or fake colours. Also choose full fat and low – no sugar varieties for a more nutritional option. You can also make your own yoghurt. Custard is another thing that is great made from scratch, very easy if you have a Thermomix.
Chocolate Custard (TMX) – Depending on how strict your kindy/ school is, this may be a good one for afternoon tea.
Lemony Coconut Custard – This has non TMX instructions too.
Thick Yoghurt Recipe (TMX) – This page has a few links to other yoghurt recipes and has ideas for flavouring.
5. Crackers/ Veggie sticks with dip and/ or cheese
When using store bought, look for additive free brands where possible. I usually go for plain SAKATAs for the lunchbox.
Avocado and Coconut yoghurt with Pumpkin Tortilla Crackers
Roast pumpkin and sweet potato dip – chop veggies and coat in coconut oil and a sprinkle of salt. Bake until well cooked, mash with a fork or blend in TMX (Approx Speed 5 depending on how chunky you like it)
6. Frittatas and Veggie Muffin
7. Boiled eggs
8. Sandwiches/ wraps –
Curried egg – 6 hardboiled eggs, 1 TBS mayonnaise, 2 tsp curry powder, pinch of salt. Add lettuce if desired.
Grated carrot and nut butter – sunflower seed butter if nut free.
Leftover roast meat (lamb, beef, pork, chicken) shredded in themomix.
Cheese and sweet mustard pickles.
9. Mini Pizzas
Yoghurt Pizza dough – 500g spelt flour, 250g yoghurt, pinch of salt. Mix together in a bowl until dough is formed. Thermomix: 30-40 seconds, speed 5. Add a dash of water if required. Top and bake in a moderate oven for around 20 minutes.
You can keep these as basic or as elaborate as you like. My son likes Quirky Cooking’s ketchup, shredded spinach, thinly sliced leftover meat or sausages and cheese. I sprinkle a few pepitas on top too.
10. Leftovers from dinner
You can send leftovers in a thermos or reheatable container if food can be kept in fridge and reheated by an adult. This is a great option as it means no food goes to waste and your child will have a highly nutritious lunch.
If your child has access to a fridge to store their lunch, a smoothie could be a great way to fill their belly and boost their nutrient intake for the day. Avoid nut milks for these and store in a leakproof jar or container as it will need a good shake before they drink it. If you’d like to send a straw along with it opt for a paper straw or a reusable one like these.
A nice, simple combination is milk (or coconut milk), banana, honey, yoghurt. I usually throw in ice when I’m blending, even if it isnt being consumed straight away so that the smoothie blends well at the start.
If you prefer things green then you could use this handy infographic.
12. Sausage Rolls and Meatballs
Plain popped or Coconut Caramel Popcorn (omit the nuts)
14. Roasted Chickpeas
Dairy free spelt scones (TMX Quirky Cooking)
Quick and easy pancakes (TMX – Just make small and use as pikelets)
18. Rice Paper Rolls
19. Pizza scrolls
20. Dried Fruit/ Nut free trail mix
You can dry your own if you own a dehydrator or it can be done in the oven on a very low setting. If you’re buying dried fruit try to go for sulphur/ preservative free varieties.
21. Fresh fruit
The list is endless. It is a good idea to cut it up and squeeze a little lime juice over it so it doesn’t go brown. You can chop bananas up ahead of time, just leave the skin on.
I hope you all enjoy this last term and enjoy the time of celebration. Also, there are only 11 Fridays until Christmas! Eeek!
Until next time,