School might already be back for some of us, but that doesn't mean the time for organisation is over. Whether you're already into Term 1, or still getting ready for it, the weekend lends itself perfectly to some food preparation. Why not take the opportunity to stock the freezer and take some of the stress out of lunchbox packing for Term 1?
Here are 4 of my favourite, freezable recipes:
(HOT TIP: these are not just for kids! Having a freezer full of scrumptious things can also help curb the 3pm work-time munchies too!)
1. Apple and cinnamon muffins
This is one of my favourite muffin flavour combinations and is always a big hit in the lunchboxes at our place. I love the recipe from here or this Thermomix recipe.
I never add sugar (even if the recipe calls for it) and wrap them individually and freeze for later. A frozen muffin gets popped into the lunchbox at night and has thawed completely by the morning. If you pack lunches in the morning just remember to move a muffin from the freezer to the fridge before you head off to bed.
2. Bliss balls
There are so many recipes for bliss balls out there that you can be sure to find one that suits your needs. Our school allows us to take nuts so we often use recipes that include them to add an extra protein hit to the lunchbox. If you can't include nuts, there are plenty of recipes that include seeds and fruit to accommodate. I always roll mine in coconut and freeze in single layers in a container.
You could try this recipe that includes nuts here or this nut-free one here
3. Fried Rice Cups
A perfect way to add some extra vegetables to the lunchbox and who doesn't love fried rice? Choose brown rice instead of white and I always add more vegetables than the recipe calls for (just whatever is in the fridge!). These are a great size for the lunchbox and freeze well too. Try this recipe here or this one over here.
4. Savoury slice
Another great way to add some extra vegetables to the lunchbox, as well as some protein for those growing bodies. Vegetables can be grated up small for fussy eaters, or left chunky for others. Experiment to see which combination is popular at your house and freeze in slices, ready to be added to the lunchbox. Try this recipe here or this one here.
If you can make just a couple of things this weekend, you'll be well on the way to saving yourself time and stress for the first term of school. Don't forget to get the kids helping out in the kitchen too and have fun!
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