When it comes to lunchboxes, I’m super keen to get as much veg in there as possible. These ham and veggie muffins are no different. They really pack in the veggies and are also quite high in protein- which is great for getting kids through the school day.
Just as you can’t run a car without any fuel, kids need fuel to get them through the school day. But not just any fuel, lunchboxes full of junk will fill them up, but they won’t get them running to their full potential. So here’s what I do: I aim to up the protein, lower the sugar and basically avoid crap.
No-one wants a classroom full of tired cranky little so and so’s in the classroom in the afternoon- been there done that! I’ve written before about how you might be packing heaps of stuff, but not the right stuff, so if that interests you, check out my article about packing smarter, not bigger here.
The great thing about these muffins is although they are packing protein in, the kids tend not to notice because all the other flavours help to mask it. They can easily become the “main event” of lunchtime as they are basically everything a kid needs for lunch!
I’m lazy, something which you benefit from because you can mix these ham and veggie muffins all in one bowl, get them baked and then get them into lunchboxes, or freeze them. They freeze really well and defrost well in the lunchbox too.
If you’re looking for other savoury muffins for the lunchbox, I’ve put together a list of our favourites, to help you get some baked and in the lunchbox this week! Today’s recipe is just below.
- 2 large zucchini, grated
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 50g ham cut into slivers
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 1 handful baby spinach, thinly sliced
- 1.5 cups self raising flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease and flour 1 18 hole muffin tin (or use a silicone one).
- In a bowl combine the zucchini, corn, ham, cheese, spinach.
- Add in the flour and mix briefly.
- Add the eggs, milk and olive oil.
- Fold through until just mixed.
- Spoon evenly among the muffin holes.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the muffin tray for 10 minutes.
- Put on a wire rack to cool completely.
Serving Size:1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 40mg Sodium: 214mg Carbohydrates: 11g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 5g