School is officially back for 2016, and perhaps you are rejoicing or even shedding a few tears letting go of your baby boy or girl. Either way, one of the biggest hurdles for busy Mums and Dads is the (often dreaded) prepping and packing of the school lunch box, as well as the challenge of delivering a healthy meal to the dinner table to fuel their bodies after a long day of learning.
Whilst some have the time to whip up an elaborate themed offering, let’s face it, the majority of us would be happy to land somewhere in the vicinity of healthy, filling and perhaps with a bit of variety to alleviate boredom.
There are a number of websites out there offering lunch box filler ideas but Kidspot has a few killer ideas to beat lunchbox boredom, many of which you can freeze and roll out when the ham & cheese sandwich rotation starts raising too many complaints. www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/galleries/lunch-box-ideas
When it comes to dinner, we can take off some pressure with our ready made meals range. They have been rigorously tested by our kids and pass with flying colours! Favourites in our house are the beef lasagne, cottage pie and meatballs. Visit www.thehungersolution.com.au to view our current menu, rotated weekly to keep life fresh!
Vietnamese fish tacos w/quick pickled carrot & daikon*
|450gm firm white fish (such as cod)
|2 tsp. fish sauce
||Extra herbs, roughly chopped
|2 tsp. sugar
|1 tsp. ground pepper
||Diced red onion (optional)
|1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
|2 cloves garlic, minced
||Quick Pickled Carrots and Daikon:
|1 tsp. oil
||1 large carrot, julienned
|1 tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped
||2” piece of daikon, julienned
|1 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
||1⁄2 teaspoon salt
|1 tbsp. sliced shallots
||2 teaspoon sugar
|1 tbsp. roughly chopped dill
|1/2 cup diced tomato
|Juice of 1/2 lime
|Salt (to taste)
|Pepper (to taste)
Cut the cod into 1 1/2 inch pieces and place in a bowl with the fish sauce, sugar, pepper, garlic, and oil. Mix well and let sit for 10 minutes.
Heat up a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add a touch of oil to the pan, and when hot, add the fish, being careful not to crowd. When the bottoms are browned and caramelized, about 2 minutes, flip and let cook for another 2 minutes or so, or until cooked through.
Remove from the heat and toss in a bowl with the chopped herbs, tomatoes, and lime juice. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Serve on charred or warmed tortillas with extra herbs, pickled carrot & daikon, lime wedges, and diced red onions, if desired.
To make quick pickled carrots & daikon:
Put the carrots and daikon into a bowl and sprinkle on the salt and sugar. After 15 minutes, rinse off the pickles, drain well and place in the fridge until required.
~ Recipe & photo sourced from http://iamafoodblog.com/ ~
Our eldest will soon be 4 (where does the time go?!) and he has requested not just any party but a SPIDERMAN party…
Punch “Spiderman party” into Pinterest and you’ll be greeted with a plethora of Spidey-related food and decor inspo. So much so that my head now feels like its full of the webs that Spidey is so fond of. Do I go with the spider webs made from black garbage bags? The Green Goblin punch? The lifesize Spiderman pinata?
There really are so many choices available now when planning a kids party. We have been to a reptile party with real live snakes & lizards, a Wiggles party, parties with face painting, kindy farm, ball pits, Elsa & Anna from Frozen painting faces and belting out the “Let It Go” song repeatedly to the delight of their pre-school audience. You name it.
When it comes to food the options are endless too. From mini spider web pizzas to red & blue layered jellies, strawberries with hand drawn Spidey eyes and of course a Spiderman cake. Plus some of our yummy finger food to keep the parents happy too. I probably will pass on the “spider eggs” (pictured below) at the risk of sending my 4 year old audience running to the hills.
On second thoughts maybe I’ll just hire another caterer and let the kids loose in the backyard with some silly string. Watch this space!