Yeah, a food blog episode!
No cleaning today, I’m busy trolling the internet for new ways to organize stuff so I’ll get back to you on that. What I did do today was become a baking madwoman and now my house smells like a bakery crossed with a fresh garden!
My husband and I agree that we don’t enjoy sending our daughter off to school with a lunchbox full of processed foods, so this term I decided to actively start making healthier (and cheaper) snacks for her to have at school. Firstly she really loves good old-fashioned PBJ sandwiches but as we all know you can’t send that to school due to allergies, so we found an alternative called WOW Butter. It’s ‘peanut’ tasting soy butter and she really likes that so one problem already solved. Health and Safety all in one!
The next issue was snackables; she really enjoys having granola bars, chewy cookies and bite-sized biscuits but they get expensive so I looked to the cook books and came up with some really lovely recipes. A firm favourite is banana bread and if I don’t make it while children are sleeping then I’m lucky if it lasts 24 hours! The recipe calls for vanilla extract which I just happened to have run out of so I thought of the next best thing: coconut extract. Well, bananas + coconuts = Pina Colada! Apparently you can also add a shot of espresso but I wouldn’t recommend it for a child’s snack! You can now find this recipe in my post “Has anuyone seen the banana bread?”
Today I made the most delicious carrot cake muffins. We seemed to have a lot of carrots left over from 3 weeks ago so what better way to use them than in a yummy muffin? Even my 3 year old son who is the King of Picky Eaters liked these muffins. The recipe, which you can find here, makes roughly 12-14 decent sized cupcakes. I kept 6 out and froze the other 6 so they ready and waiting.
Next came apples which ended up becoming apple chips. Sprinkled with a little cinnamon and a touch of brown sugar these tasty treats again needed to be made without attending children! So easy to make and worth the time in the oven. You’ll find my favorite recipe here. But you can use more than just apples; try using pears or strawberries or raspberries. And you can also do the same with vegetables. I made carrot chips which disappeared rather quickly!
All this is fun and makes you feel good when packing up a lunch box that then comes home empty. You do need time though which you may or may not have. If this is the case makes things in big batches that you can freeze and take out when needed. Usually I dedicate a weekend day for my snack making then I’m set to go for the week.
Food blog over – I hope you enjoy a few of the recipes I’ve found. If you have any other healthy kid foods that would make a good lunchbox item please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.