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How to Pack a Healthy and Delicious Lunch Box

With kids about to go back to school, you want to make sure they have a healthy lunch but one that they’ll enjoy too. Accredited practising dietitian Kate Di Prima shares her best lunch box tips to keep you and the kids happy.

1. Plan to cook extra at dinner so there are dinner leftovers for sandwich and wrap fillings.

2. Pre-cut fruit and salad vegetables (score mango, slice peach, peel slice carrot, chop cucumber) and wrap in plastic wrap or store in containers in the fridge.

3. Pre-slice cheese to reduce the need for kids to use sharp knives.

4. Bake at home on the weekends and store items in an airtight container or wrap individually in plastic wrap and freeze. Baking at home is also a great way to secretly include more fruit and veggies in the lunch box.

5. Buy yoghurt and custard tubs in 100-125ml ready to grab portion packs.

6. To reduce the need for plastic wrap, purchase small containers that can fit in the lunch box and be washed out at the end of the day.

What are your kids’ favourite school lunch recipes? Share your lunch box ideas in the comments!

 

January 23, 2014

Easy Baking Recipes: Marmite Scrolls

Not just a favourite after-school snack for the kids, Marmite scrolls are delicious fresh out of the oven any time. They’re so easy to make and ready in less than 30 minutes. This is a great recipe to get your kids baking, too.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes: 8

Ingredients 

2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
60 g margarine
200ml soy milk or dairy milk
4 tsp Sanitarium Marmite 
3/4 cup grated Edam cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Using your fingertips rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and add the milk. Mix together then gently knead with hands to form a dough.

3. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 20 x 30 cm rectangle. Spread the dough with Sanitarium Marmite, then sprinkle with cheese, leaving some for later.

4. Roll the dough from the long side into a roll. Slice the roll into 10 even slices and place each piece cut side up onto a lightly-greased baking tray. Sprinkle with extra cheese on top of each scroll.

5. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until scrolls have risen and cooked through.

Tip: Finely chopped onions, spinach leaves, tomato slices, basil leaves, pistachios, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto or pumpkin seeds can all be included in the toppings. Sprinkle over before rolling dough up.

What is your favourite afternoon treat?

October 1, 2013

Best-Ever Pasta Bolognese Recipe

Elevate your midweek pasta dinner with our best-ever Bolognese recipe – a great way to hide vegetables from the kids. Instead of serving over spaghetti, we like to dollop the ragu into pasta shells, then grill for 5 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp up the edges of the pasta shells.

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

400g button mushrooms
1 zucchini, roughly chopped
1 brown onion, roughly chopped
1 large carrot, roughly chopped
2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
2 tbs olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g beef mince
1 tsp dried oregano
¼ cup tomato sauce
800g can chopped tomatoes
400g large pasta shells
Finely grated parmesan cheese, to serve

Method
1. Place mushrooms and zucchini in a food processor, use pulse button to finely chop. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with onion, carrot and celery.

2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, mushroom mixture, and garlic. Cook, stirring 5-8 minutes or until soft.

3. Add mince, increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until browned all over. Add oregano and cook a further 3 minutes. Add tomato sauce and tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Season to taste. Reduce heat to low and simmer 30 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

4. Cook pasta shells in a saucepan of boiling salted water following packet instructions. Drain and set aside.

5. Combine pasta and sauce, mix well. Scatter with cheese and serve. For an interesting touch, place in an oven-proof dish and heat under a hot grill for 5 minutes to melt the cheese and crisp up the pasta shells slightly.

What’s your favourite midweek pasta recipe?

September 3, 2013