Here in NSW we are due back to school on Tuesday for Term 3 (where has the year gone??!). So this weekend I set some time aside to get my bake on for school lunches and also dinners. I highly recommend getting organised the weekend prior to school starting back as this will help you with your sanity during the manic weekdays and weeknights of school term. As I work during the week and don’t get home until near 7pm with the youngest, the last thing I want to do is stand in the kitchen cooking or even think about what we’re going to have.
For school I’ve cooked up bacon and cheese muffins (with hidden zucchini and carrot), sausage rolls (with spinach and beetroot leaves), pizza scrolls, Vegemite scrolls, quiche, choc bliss balls, Nutella parcels and white chocolate fudge. For the scrolls I made the dough with Greek yogurt and flour as I had yogurt that needed to be used. Easy to make and the recipe can be found here.
Some people question why I do this. Why don’t I just give him a sandwich? My answer is I do – he takes Vegemite sandwiches on a regular occurrence. He also takes boiled eggs, croissants, copious amounts of fruit, yogurt, crisps and on occasion he’ll take a small pack of Little Teddy biscuits. However, I like baking and cooking. I like to see what different foods I can do. I like him have variety. And he’s happy with his lunchbox which comes back empty.
For during the week dinners there’s larger sized sausage rolls, fried rice, chicken pesto, beef burgers and vegetable pasta bake. I’m also going to try and give cauliflower rice a go to try and replace some grains in my diet. And as Friday night is ‘make your pizza’ night, I’m going to try and make my base with cauliflower or sweet potato. Before you ask, no I won’t be trying to make that for hubby and the boys – there would be a mutiny here if I tried that!
Do you have any other recipes you use for school lunches or weeknight dinners?
Anyone tried cauliflower or sweet potato bases for pizzas??