So it’s been a month since we embarked on our WFPB journey and going out with the kids is like a military operation! Where are we going? Will there be non compliant food there? Will people offer said food to my toddler? Will he just grab the food? Will people think I’m rude for bringing our own food? I’m definitely getting better at not apologising for our change in diet, but it does evoke some strong opinions from people. Anyway, i digress. This needs to be a whole other post!
Back to packing food. Not only do I have to prepare a toddler lunchbox, a meal for the baby but I have to take snacks for me and a ‘tween’ if he’s with us. Now, I know some might say that it can’t be that hard just chuck some fruit and veg in and ‘she’ll be right’. I wish it really was that simple. Yes, we do eat lots fruit and veg but the amount we need to keep us full won’t fit in my over sized, over priced baby bag let alone a Yumbox!
It all comes down to checking nutrient content and ensuring we get all we need for the day. Plus the food has to be appealing because we all know how fussy 2 year olds can be! I have found over the last month (with lots of trial and error) that spending one day a week prepping lunchbox food is what really helps me. I usually do this on a Sunday, as hubby is home to help entertain the brood. Or if by some miracle both toddler and baby are sleeping at the same time during the week, I’ll do some cooking then.
I have learned and found lots of new recipes for lunchbox fillers, but just to ease us into it I adapted a few tried and tested recipes.
Pancakes are always a winner, whether sweet or savoury. My kids’ favorites are banana & blueberry and pea and broccoli. You can make a big batch and freeze them. Add whatever fruit/veg you like and put them in a container with baking paper separating them.
Baked Rosti. Mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about them. We love courgette (zucchini for you non-British folk) onion and potato. These also freeze well, but they don’t last long enough for me to freeze them! I had these for morning tea today with some mushrooms and peppers from my garden…yummy.
Chick pea chocolate cookies. Yes you read it right; chick peas! these are so yummy, your family won’t know they have chick peas in them. This recipe is adapted from Nadia Lim, and I have omitted the coconut oil. These also freeze well. My toddler has a batch of these in the day care fridge for when they are having a treat.