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    Quote Originally Posted by PomPoms View Post
    @Elijahs Mum do you have a recipe for your falafels? My DDs love falafels from the markets but they are expensive!

    You are very organised! The list is great...
    This is an Israeli one I like and it's very easy - I use canned chick peas if I don't have time to soak dried but I think the dried give a better texture!


    1 cup dried chickpeas ( or 1 tin)
    1/2 brown onion, roughly chopped
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    2 cloves of garlic
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    4 tablespoons flour

    Put the chickpeas in a large bowl and add enough cold water to cover them and let soak overnight, then drain. Or use canned chickpeas, drained.
    Place the drained, uncooked chickpeas and the onions in the bowl of a food processor add parsley, coriander salt, garlic, and cumin. Process until blended but not pureed.
    Sprinkle in the baking powder and 4 tablespoons of the flour, and pulse, mould into little balls or falafel shapes ( cover your hands in extra flour if mixture is too wet and it's easier to handle ) and refrigerate for a few hours before frying
    Shallow fry in olive oil a few minutes each side until cooked!

    I get about 20 falafels

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    My youngest two don't do sandwiches so I tend to do mini-tubs of cherry toms, small tub of blueberries, hommus and something to dip with, mini mini quiches, chunks of avocado with a little fork, cheeks of mango, mini savoury muffins, sushi, rice balls etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskittyfantastico View Post
    The quiches freeze and defrost really well - no complaints so far.
    I will definitely give you that meatball recipe but it's in a party food book at home and I'm away atm but 2babyno1onboard might have the same book?
    Ahh so I realised mine are oyster sauce chicken balls rather than hoisin ones. Here's the recipe anyway, handwritten by my mum
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elijahs Mum View Post
    DS starts kindy in 2 weeks! I've got a planet box lunch box that has 4 sections so the last 3 weeks I've been trialling lunch ideas ( yes I have too much time on my hands!) DS prefers wraps over sandwiches - this is my list that I'll be choosing the weeks lunches from :




    Main/protein

    Mountain bread wraps
    ( poached shredded chicken/rocket/cheese)
    (falafel/hummus/tabouli)
    (Turkey/Swiss/spinach )
    (Cheese/tomato/avocado)
    (Salmon and salad)
    Mini chicken drumettes ( crumbed with quinoa and parmesan cheese)
    Fish strips ( crumbed flat head)
    Chicken strips
    Mini Crab cakes
    zucchini slice cooked in muffin tin
    Mini croissant sandwich
    Mini cheese and spinach quiches
    Falafel balls with tzatiki dip
    Mini meat balls
    Mini Rice cakes with cheese/avocado
    Frittata
    Pasta salad
    Salmon noodle salad
    Corn and cheese pikelets
    Breadsticks wrapped with Turkey or ham
    Cheese and spinach puffs


    Fruit:
    Fruit salad
    Strawberry
    Blueberries
    Cherries
    Watermelon
    Pineapple
    Rockmelon
    Grapes
    Apricots
    Peaches
    Orange slices
    Pomegranates seeds


    Snack - recess - 2 items
    Yogurt
    Mini baby bel and crackers
    Freeze dried fruit
    Crackers with swiss cheese
    raw veg sticks with dip
    Olives
    Boiled eggs
    Sultanas/ goji berries
    Peas /snow peas/beans


    Treat
    Protein balls
    Pretzels
    Popcorn
    Muffins
    Banana bread /lemon bread
    Yogurt covered goji berries
    I would seriously buy your cook book if you had one... 👍👍👍

    Do you have recipes for the salmon noodle salad and the mini chicken drumettes? Do you yoghurt coat the goji berries yourself? AND...my boy lives olives too....do you know much about their healthfulness/ones to steer clear of etc.?

    Sorry to bombard you☺️

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Ahh so I realised mine are oyster sauce chicken balls rather than hoisin ones. Here's the recipe anyway, handwritten by my mum
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    These are different to mine but very keen to try these - sound delish!

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    Default School Lunch Box Ideas!

    Errrr so things have changed since I was at school and the staple was a vegemite sanga and an apple. Yikes. Luckily I've got another 5 years before DD starts school. I need to learn how to cook.

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    Man my DS started school last year and I was so excited to try out all these great lunch ideas. After a couple of weeks of fancy offerings he said 'mum I just want a Vegemite sandwich' 😂 so now he gets a Vegemite sandwich everyday as well as a piece of fruit or vegetable- generally Apple, pear, melon, grapes, mushrooms, carrot or snow peas- and one or two other snacks (depending on size)- popcorn, savory muffin, banana bread, muesli bar, pizza scroll, frittata, meatballs, hard boiled egg, cheese and crackers, mini rice cakes, yogurt. I make things in big batches and lunches are very easy to prep. Make sandwich, grab fruit, reach into freezer and pull something out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Errrr so things have changed since I was at school and the staple was a vegemite sanga and an apple. Yikes. Luckily I've got another 5 years before DD starts school. I need to learn how to cook.
    I was just thinking how ripped off I was with a soggy jam sandwich (or sometimes honey that had crystallized), a packet of no name brand crisps, a choc chip muesli bar (also no name brand) and a bruised banana. Totally gypped.

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    I wouldn't stress about the home made meals. Depending on your kid they're just as likely to want whatever their best friend has anyway. I've also had mine complain that their lunches are "too fancy".

    So yep now it's a sandwich and fruit and some crackers. Nothing else gets eaten.


 

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