TGIF. The weekend is a wonderful break from trying to figure out what to put into school lunchboxes. And the dilemma of what to feed the “monster” that emerges from the classroom.
Don’t get me wrong, Mini-critic Senior is usually a funny, engaging child to hang around with. But when the “Hunger Monster” rears it’s ugly head – heaven help us!
Coupled with the fact that she gets easily distracted at meal-times, especially at school lunch, it means she’s running really empty by the time the school day ends. By this stage, a piece of fruit just ain’t gonna cut it. And a cupcake every day – well, that’s obviously not going to work either.
So here’s a selection of ideas I use to tame the savage beast (and sibling) - in a hopefully healthy fashion. Most of them can also be packed into containers and are portable enough to eat on the way to after-school activities.
Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Salad
Extremely quick to make : I use canned chickpeas (one day I intend to get organised and cook a huge batch to freeze). Other ingredients are cherry tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice. My monsters like sour tastes and I can convince them to try almost anything if I add lemon juice. Strange but true.
Yoghurt and fruit
Plain unsweetened yogurt, drizzled with honey and served with soft fruit (we are having a bit of a strawberry glut at the moment. Joy!)
Cones of silence
Oven baked chips - a little longer to make but easy. I drizzle them with olive oil and lemon juice .
Stuffed french toast. Any combination of soft fruit can be sandwiched inside slices of bread. These ones actually had rehydrated dried fruit (a mix of cranberries and strawberries) because I didn't have any other fruit on hand. Dip the sandwiches into a mixture of egg and milk (I also add a pinch of sugar and cinnamon). Fry with a little dab of butter in non-stick frypan.
Sunshine in a cup
And last but not least, an oldie but a goodie. Smoothies! This one had a combination of strawberries, papaya, yoghurt, dash of milk and a few ice-cubes to thin it down.
Do you have a “beast” at home too? Would love to hear how you tame their "hunger monsters" too.
Have a great weekend and see you on Monday :)
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