Lunchboxes


and how to be efficient in the process!

I am about to start my 10th year as a Lunchbox packing Mum. At first I thought it was a creative challenge to vary the contents of the little pots each day. A mini tapas looked pretty cute in my preschooler’s lunch box*, but over time it gradually became a drag and the same things started to feature every day. Come Thursday evenings I was not in the mood for facing another lunchbox. Vegemite sandwich, cheese cubes, sultanas and an apple became a regular. 3 years later when my son started school, 2 school lunchboxes on top of mine and I was officially over it! Which parent has energy to do gourmet at 10pm after coming in from work, surviving witching hour and home readers and then doing the washing up? It certainly wasn’t me. Our life needed a radical overhaul. It was time to bake in bulk and freeze.

Once I had filled the freezer, the children were given guidelines on the composition of a balanced lunchbox and then let loose in the freezer each morning. Not only had I got over the evening drag, I had given the children more autonomy. At the time I was still making sandwiches daily as they weren’t freezing so well, but now I have my Tefal Cuisine Companion I make topped rolls and scrolls which freeze well.

If you want to stock your freezer this school term, have a look through these recipes and be sure to post back in the Shine with your Cuisine Companion Facebook group your creations.

This list will constantly evolve based on your feedback so please leave comments below.

*Note to self – cute mini tapas do not cut it with a teenage girl who is at sport training morning, noon and night and her giant and growing, younger brother. Add more protein based recipes to the below 😉
 

My recipes

(Please note some of these are only available in my book)

Savoury Scrolls

Topped & plain bread rolls

Quick soup rolls slightly sweeter, bit more crunchy and cooked in half the time!

Banana bread / muffins

Fruit buns

Mini or full size pies

Shredded chicken perfect for sandwiches

Beetroot salad depending on your tastes you can alter the dressing or leave plain

Shortcrust pastry for mini quiches

Puff pastry for sausage rolls

Smoothies this method can be used for any smoothie combination you like

 

These recipes are on the sweeter side, I tend to cut the sugar down for lunchboxes:

Sweet scrolls I reduce the sugar and do not ice. The plain dough can also be used as a basis for slightly sweet bread products

Double chocolate cookies

Condensed milk cupcakes

Here are few basics you might find useful too:

Ketchup

Butter This also produces lots of yummy buttermilk which I love in mini pancakes or muffins

Custard
 

Tefal recipes

Regina pizza

Vegetable couscous

Cheddar scones

Chicken nuggets

Zucchini frittata

Zucchini & Carrot slice

 

Thermomix recipes

The following are Thermomix recipes which can be easily converted to Cuisine Companion methods using my conversion chart. If you have any questions please just ask in my Facebook group. If any of these become popular I will explicitly publish the CC method so be sure to let me know what you enjoy.

Skinnymixers back to school guide

The Road To Loving My Thermomix lunch box recipes