As the New Year starts so does my lunch box dilemma.
While my 7 year old loves all the good things in life (sushi, olives, gherkins etc,) there are the basics in life that she does not eat like bread of any kind, sausages, noodles (she will only eat spaghetti – you would think they were the same thing right!) .
Fitting in with this and all the food that she needs to have to increase concentration and focus has meant I needed to put a little bit more time and effort into the lunch boxes ideas.
This year I started off with meatballs. She loves these !. These are great as you can make a batch in the evening or over the weekend and freeze them. If you put them in the lunch box they will be defrosted and ready to eat by break time!
500 g beef mince
1 carrot finely grated
1 baby marrow finely grated
a pinch of salt and pepper
2 teaspoons dried thyme
What to do:
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl using your hands. This way you make sure everything is mixed together nicely. If the mixture seems a bit to dry add another egg.
Take a tablespoon of mixture and roll into balls. This way you get similar size portions. Please on a baking tray and bake for 15 – 20 minutes. I got 14 meatballs out of the mixture.
Send in the lunch box with a small container of mayonnaise or tzatziki and a side portion of cucumber slices and baby tomatoes.