Ok, so I still don’t have a school age child! Miss 5 is off to school next year and I’m very excited about that. But, I used to be a teacher and I appreciate that for parents school holidays can seem like they last forever. School holidays for us mean: no swimming, no dancing so we have a bit more time on our hands for creating and making. Creating and making a mess if yesterday is anything to go by!
I wrote a post recently about how to cook with your kids and stay sane…you can use that post to help you with the ideas in this one if you want. Here’s the plan: you’re going to cook one thing per day with the kids and therefore have fun and something yummy to eat…and in the process stock your freezer for the return to school. Every recipe I’ve selected for you is easy to make with the kids and freezable, so come return to school you’re good to go and your morning is grab and dash!
Day one: Enriched yoghurt dough scrolls.
What the kids can do: chopping the bacon/ham, measuring the flour, seeds, yoghurt, mixing, kneading, rolling.
Freeze and then pop in lunchboxes the night before!
Day two: Mini banana muffins
What the kids can do: banana mashing, measuring the flour and other ingredients, spooning into muffin trays.
These are freezable and will defrost overnight in the lunchbox.
Day three: Roasted Chickpeas
What the kids can do: peeling chickpeas, measuring the ingredients for the coating, mixing the ingredients for the coating, coating the chickpeas.
These will keep in a container on the bench for a few days and can be snacked on while you enjoy the school holiday!
Day four: Mini cheese and spinach savoury tarts
What the kids can do: cutting the pastry, putting pastry in the muffin trays, measuring the filling, mixing the filling, filling the pastry shells.
These freeze well and can defrost overnight in the fridge in the lunchbox.
Day five: Un-beet-able cacao cake
What the kids can do: measuring the ingredients, mixing the ingredients, grating the beetroot, lining the cake pan, pouring cake into the cake pan.
We freeze this in individual pieces, they defrost easily overnight in the lunchbox in the fridge.
Day six: Sweet potato and apple fritters
What the kids can do: grating the apple, peeling the sweet potato, chopping sweet potato, mashing sweet potato, measuring spices, flour etc.
We freeze these and they defrost well in the lunchbox in the fridge overnight.
Day seven: Baked mini meatballs
What the kids can do: measuring and mixing, forming meatballs, putting them in the muffin trays
These freeze well and are awesome either for dinner with pasta and great in the lunchbox, especially with food picks in them, defrost overnight in the fridge.
Day eight: Cloud jellies
What the kids can do: blitzing and chopping fruit, measuring, mixing pouring into trays, cutting into squares.
This will keep in the fridge for up to a week but can also be frozen.
Day nine: Savoury sesame seed pretzels
What the kids can do: measuring and mixing, kneading, shaping, brushing, sprinkling the seeds.
These freeze really well and are awesome for grabbing and adding to lunches.
Day ten: Apple and pear muffin bites
What the kids can do: measuring and mixing, chopping and grating, spooning into muffin trays.
These freeze really well and defrost overnight in the lunchbox.