Category: School Life

13 Back to school lunches

Back to school, for me this year is a bit of a non event.  I’m not going back to school  – I still have a couple of months left to enjoy my Paddy!  But every other year I am normally still on a high from my new years resolutions to make better food choices or be better organised (there is definitely a theme to my life! haha) so I TRY to start the year strong!  This collection of recipes are aimed for both the parents and the kids so your not making two lunches! Keeping in mind that so many schools and day care centres are now nut or egg free, which is something I whole heartily support as my niece is anaphylactic to both nuts and eggs.  For some families it can seem a bit tricky to get your head around but for other families it is the difference between life and death of their child!  So I have made this list of 13 recipes – so hopefully you will find something that is suitable for your little ones and the requirements of your care centre.

13 Back to School Lunches and snacks
13 Back to school lunches and bread substitutes
  1. These delicious little savoury muffins – with vegetables hidden inside are from Roar Sweetly you can check them out here, and they are nut free
https://roarsweetly.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/savoury-muffins-for-toddlers/
Roar Sweetly – savoury muffins

2. Frozen Banana Yoghurt Bites – Easy for the kids to help make and easier for the adults and kids to eat! From Eats Amazing these are nut and egg free, check them out here

Frozen Banana Yoghurt bites
Eats Amazing – frozen banana yoghurt bites

 

3. Cheddar Cheese Bites! OMG Yum, easy savoury snack that is cheesy what is not to love and egg and nut free! Check it out here from Love Bakes Good Cakes

Cheese Bites
LoveBakesGoodCakes – Cheese bites

4. PIZZA – YUM. Check out these pizza pinwheels with their own dough recipe! Egg free and nut free from – Butter with a side of bread. Recipe Here

pizza pinwheels
Butter with a side of Bread – Pizza Pin wheels

5. This zucchini slice is easily eaten hot or cold it contains egg but no nuts.  Check it out Zucchini and Bacon Slice

Easy Lunchbox Fillers
Quick and easy zucchini and bacon slice

6. Yoghurt Dots – such an easy idea that makes nearly into a treat! Check it out at One Good Thing by Jilliee Here and of course both egg and nut free!

Frozen Yoghurt Dots
One Good Thing by Jillee – Frozen Yogurt Dots

7. Something sweet and only 37 Calories!!! Brownies from Broma Bakery – check them out here – these are nut free

Brownies
Broma Bakery – Brownies

8. No food processor needed for these great bliss balls – check these out here. These are egg free but do contain nuts, but you could swap them out for seeds.

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No food processor bliss balls

9. Healthy muesli bars which are both egg and nut free!!! Check them out at my clean plate here.

Muesli Bars
My Clean Plate – Muesli Bars

10. Hulk nuggets! Haha brocolli nuggets with only 5 ingredients. The perfect lunch snack, serve plain or with a little dipping sauce!  Check out the recipe here, unfortunalty this recipe does have egg but no nuts!

Broccoli Nuggets
Kannamma Cooks – Broccoli Nuggets

11.  Something that’s a little bit of a treat, and its Elvis’ favourite combination and as Elvis is my favourite also my favourite combination! This has unfortunately both eggs and nuts – but I had to include it – it was my moral duty! Check it out by Taste and Tell here.

Peanut Butter and Banana Bread
Taste and Tell – Peanut Butter and Banana Bread

12. Avocado and Corn fritters, delicious both cold and hot.  Perfect for dinner one night and lunch the next!  This recipe does have eggs but is nut free! Check it out here.

Corn and avocado fritters
Give Recipe – Corn and Avocado fritters

13. Good old Pikelets!  Always a winner and easy to make – this is my grandmother recipe always light and fluffy.  This recipe does contain egg but no nuts – check it out here

fresh piklets
fluffy piklets – fresh from the pan

If after all these suggestions you still decide a sandwich is the way to go then check out this list of sandwiches without the bread!  Everyday my mum would ask what I wanted on my sandwich and everyday I had a cheese sandwich.  Everyday of my school life, and then once I left school and started teaching it was the same – the tuckshop ladies joked that Paddy would come out holding a cheese sandwich – FYI he didn’t! haha but I know some people love sandwiches so here are some suggestions if your ever sick of bread!

Bread Alternatives
Bread Alternatives

Choc chip cookies

choc chip cookies

This recipe is what my mum has been using, since forever. It’s relatively fool proof – my year 8 students use it. So you know it’s easy and without the chocolate chips its a great basic cookie that you can use in heaps of different ways, add peanut butter, jam drops, anything!

choc chip cookies
Choc Chip Cookies Recipe

125 grams butter/margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
250 grams choc chips

1. Cream together butter and sugars. At home I do it with a mix master because it’s quicker but at school it’s by hand.
2. Once it’s mixed uniformly (no visible chunks of butter) add egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
3. Sift in flour and stir until a thick dough is formed, add all the choc chips and mix in.
4. Roll dough into same sized balls and place on baking tray, make sure they have enough room to spread in the oven.
5. Bake at 180 degrees for 10-12 minutes. When they come out of the oven they will still be soft, as they cool down they will harden.

My favourite variation is adding 1/4 cup peanut butter in step 1, it’s amazing!!!IMG_2008.JPG

No Food Processor Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

Out of not having a food processor necessity – I made this recipe. I still wanted to get onto the bliss ball bandwagon but I didn’t want to buy a food processor (I’m holding out for a thermomix!)
Anyway, I find these really do hit the spot when you need a sweet treat that is relatively healthy!
Ingredients
1 cup of dates chopped
1 cup of nuts or seeds chopped. I use raw cashews and chai seeds to fill the gaps of the cup
2 tablespoons of cocoa
1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (optional)
1 tablespoon of protein powder (optional)
coconut to roll in

Bliss ball preparation
Bliss ball preparation

What you do
1. In a saucepan place the dates with 1/4 cup of water, place on medium heat until reach a slight boil. Allow to slow boil for a couple of minutes until soften. Take off heat and drain.
2. Allow to cool.
3. Add cocoa, protein powder and oil, mix in.
4. Add chopped nuts and seeds, stir in.
5. Allow to cool completely and roll into balls.
6. Store in fridge, makes 12 – 15 balls depending on size.
Don’t eat all at once, you will find that – that many dates are NOT your friend :-)
Great to be put in the freezer to snack on whenever you need them, once set put a couple in a zip lock bag and put them in your work freezer great for the 3pm snack!

Bliss Balls
Bliss Balls

no processor bliss balls

10 non-chocolate Easter gifts

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Stuck for Easter gifts that aren’t chocolate? It’s tough! Slippers and scarves are my normally very boring ideas! But this Easter I have put together a list that hopefully has something for everyone!

1.These play dough carrots are that cute and easy you could make these as class mate gifts or in a range of different colours for a little one! Check them out made to be a momma

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2. How wouldn’t love these bunny ears! I would, even at umm 31! Easy to make and the perfect diy project for Easter!

Head over to the house that Lars built

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3. Bunny Money! Cute, easy and suits pretty much everyone! The clever people at crafty journal have you covered!

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4. Bunny tails! A cute jar full of fairy floss with a free printable label! Cute! Thank you lilluna

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5. This cute library bag is a multi functional drawstring bag for all your needs, pop some books in it and your ready to go! Check it out on Etsy

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6. The perfect gift for every little person you have ever met! Who doesn’t love dinosaur tails! Check it out at Two Little Feet’s made it store

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7. How about this adorable bunny! It’s a DIY, so you will be able to personalise it to suit anyone! You can check out the template here the lovely people at eab designs have it all sorted for you!

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8. Another great idea, especially if someone can’t enjoy chocolate because of allergies. These cute ideas, will keep everyone on a sugar high! Check these out here

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9. The hungry bunny! Cute and practical, after Easter it is still useful! Full pattern and tutorial here

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10. This awesome idea could be done to any bottles! An easy idea that would suit everyone and every drink! From chocolate milk to beer! Check them out here

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I hope you have enjoyed my non-chocolate Easter presents! A little more exciting than scarves! These pictures and ideas are from the listed web sites, but they are on my list because I think they are awesome! >

Making coloured rice for craft

Last week I opened a new packet of rice, it had been in the cupboard a while, but when I opened it, there was like a spider web in the top of the packet. Weird! So like a good girl, I didn’t feed it to my husband! But I wasn’t sure what to do with the new/old packet of rice! So I poured it into a tupperware container, for a rainy day!
Today my rainy day arrived! I figured out what to do with my perfectly looking rice, that came from a weird looking packet! I decided to dye it!

Dyed rice, we use it at school all the time, for collage and for sensory activities. I had never thought about it until one of my students asked if she could make it, I let her go for it, and her results were awesome! As easy as dying pasta, but a lot shorter drying time. So being the geek that I am, I used my holidays to make resources for school! Just like every other teacher on the planet!

How to make coloured rice

First you will need,
Rice
A Chinese takeaway container (disposable plastic) with lid
A spoon
Food colouring
Baking trays (the same number as colours of colouring)
Water
Alfoil
Equipment for Dyeing Rice

In the plastic container add, 2 capfuls of food colouring. More or less depending on how bright the colours you want. And one capful of water, you can alter these quantities to reflect how bright or how much food colouring you have to use. But you don’t want to have a lot of liquid.
Dye and water mix

In the container add the rice, I split a 1kg bag of rice into 4 colours so 250g each time. Place the lid on the container and slide the rice around and up and down until totally coated in colour.
White rice in dye solution
You want to use as much colour as possible, if you have extra liquid pour it out.
Drain dye

Line your baking tray with alfoil, so that the colouring doesn’t stain. But also just in case there is any liquid left you don’t want it to drip onto your counter or wherever your rice will dry. Use the back of the spoon to spread the rice out as thin as you can.
Spread dyed rice thinly onto baking sheet

Rinse out container and spoon and repeat with each colour of food colouring.

Allow the rice to dry over night, mine was dry in 2 hours but I live in QLD. Or if needed sooner, place in a very slow over (100*c) for 10 mins. The spread out again and put in the over for 10 more minutes.
Drying the dyed rice

Place in airtight container and use for craft as you please! Would be cute if you were allowed to throw rice at your wedding or as craft. Obviously don’t encourage the children it eat it!
Coloured Rice

The same method could be used for pasta, but drying time would be longer. I also wouldn’t suggest quick drying in the open as the pasta may split if in the oven.
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