School Lunch Ideas – Cheese and Sweetcorn Muffins

It is no secret that I love making packed lunches for my kids, I think I must be in a minority! I’m able to make fun and healthy lunches by being organised and preparing a few things in advance. These cheese and sweetcorn muffins are great for their lunch boxes and can be frozen. I prepare the lunch before I go to bed so I’m not rushing around in the morning, the muffins defrost over night in the fridge so they will ready to eat by lunch time the next day.

Makes 10

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Back To School Lunches – Hartleys Jelly Review

My daughter has just started her first year of school (sob) and my son is in nursery. After the first two weeks of doing the school and nursery runs, I realise I’m not the perfect, organised mum that I thought I would be!

  • Have school uniform washed and ironed before bed – Fail! I’m up late at night ironing.
  • Get to school on time – Fail!  We were 10 minuteswq late on the first day.
  • Make mum friends in the playground – Fail! I’ve come to terms that I will forever be socially awkward.
  • Make everyone presentable in the morning – Fail/success! The kids look clean and well dressed. I however, look like one of The Twits… No wonder no one wants to be my friend…!
  • Lunches – Success! It’s no secret that I like making packed lunches but I thought I would struggle now they both have them.

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Hash Browns

You may be wondering why I’m doing such a simple recipe! Well not only were hash browns one of the first things I attempted to cook for my husband when we first met (massive fail, I didn’t put the eggs in and tried to cook them in the oven!), but they are also cheap to make.

The mixture and hash browns can be frozen if you don’t need them all at once!

Costs 9p each

Makes 12

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Monster Lunch Box

For this lunch I have used eye food picks and small kebab stick for the caterpillar/snake. The chocolate stars are actually cupcake sprinkles! It look under 10 minutes to prepare.

  • Monster ham and cheese bagel.
  • Strawberry yogurt with chocolate stars.
  • Green grape caterpillar/snake (she couldn’t decide on what to call it!).
  • Blueberries.
  • Mini cheese biscuits.

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Magic Wand Lunch Box

At the weekend I picked up a new lunch box at Poundland, it fits everything in perfectly! My daughter is obsessed with all things maic and fairies so that is the inspiration for today’s lunch.

I have used small wooden kebab sticks, small flower cookie cutter and eye picks. It took under 10 minutes to make.

  • Bread, ham and cheese magic wand
  • Green grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Tortillas

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Flower Lunch Box Ideas

I have been posting pictures of my 3 year old daughter’s packed lunches on my Facebook page for quite a while but I have never put them on my blog so here is one!

When she first started nursery, she had their cooked meals but after a few weeks it came apparent that she wasn’t enjoying them. So she has been having packed lunches ever since!

I don’t have any fancy equipment, just a few cookie cutters, eye picks and plastic pots. All of the lunches take under 10 minute and just me a bit of creativity and imagination! I also try and make them cheap and keep waste to a minimum. They include stuff she likes (she changes her mind everyday!) and at least one thing she either hasn’t tried or isn’t that keen on.

This lunch was inspired by the biscuits she made the day before and insisted to have it for lunch at school to show all her friends.

  • Ham and cheese sandwich
  • Pepperoni
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Homemade jam biscuit
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Banana and Oat Pancakes 

My children and I love these! They are a perfect way of using up any over ripe bananas, and you can also add additional ingredients like, dried fruits or spices to them. We have them for breakfast, lunch and even as a snack. I have served mine with runny honey and banana but my daughter recommends them with ice cream!

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Proper Simple Sandwich

I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t have much time to make my lunch come lunch time. My husband comes home for his lunch so I have to make lunch for him and two toddlers so it is hard to make something quick but still delicious. We often have sandwiches and thanks to The English Provender Co, we got to try a few different pickles in them last week! It was hard trying to decide on our favourite but this one got the thumbs up from all the family.

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Eva’s Cheese Scones 

Just recently my daughter has been really interested in baking. Some times it doesn’t go too well but I promised that I would publish one of her recipes! She is 3 years old and only needed a little guidance and help so they are very easy to make.

Makes 16 Scones
Ingredients: 

225g self raising flour 

50g butter, cubed

100g cheddar cheese, grated (plus extra for on top) 

100ml milk

1 tsp baking powder 

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Put baking tray in oven.

2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add the butter. Rub it in with your fingertips until it forms into breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese and mix until well combined.

3. Make a well in the middle of the mixture and gradually add the milk. Stir until it forms a firm dough. You may not need all of the milk so make sure you do not add all of it at once.

4. On a lightly floured side, roll out the dough so it is 2cm in thickness. Cut out scones with a cutter. Place in the now hot baking tray. Brush with milk and sprinkle on a little cheese.

5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  
  

 

 

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Carrot and Coriander Soup

I recently brought a lot of reduced bags of carrots from Asda for 5p, I have frozen some for meals or snacks during the week and the rest I’m making a soup with. Carrot and coriander is one of my favourite soups to make because it doesn’t require much preparation!

Serves 3-4   Costs: 26p a serving

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