lunchbox jelly pots

Two weeks under the belt of the Back to School routine and we seem to be doing fairly well…so far so good I’d say. We lost a cardigan but quickly retrieved it, we even found last term’s water bottle in the lost property whilst hunting it down! #winwin

As far as lunch is concerned, this term we have decided on 5 days a week lunchbox meals; the girls seem to think they get a longer lunch and they are constantly asking me to put less in as they don’t want to ‘waste all their time‘ eating.

Lunchboxes are a saviour but also a bit of a headache trying to keep them nutritious with food you know will be eaten.

Hartley’s have come up with an excellent idea – a wibbly, wobbly jelly in a cute little pot, perfectly sized for lunchboxes!

As previously mentioned, the girls are in that awkward stage between being little girls and big girls. A kind of no man’s land where they are trying their best to be grown up but there is a huge secret part of them that actually likes still being young. Like when we walk past a Build A Bear store for example.

Jelly, however, has no age limitations – ask Dad!

That means I can easily add a jelly pot to the lunchbox knowing they won’t be ridiculed at school, actually they may even get some street cred, I mean jelly is associated with the best parties, right?

hartleys jelly pot

The jelly pots come in six flavours, strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, orange, apple and tropical.

They have no added sugar in them, all of the sugar is naturally occurring and no artificial colours or flavours have been added. They are also perfect for vegetarians too.

 

Hartley’s are giving away the bright yellow lunchboxes, all you need to do is collect 12 Jelly pot lids and fill in the online form. A Hartley’s lunchbox will be on its way to you and let’s face it, it won’t take too much time to collect 12 lids, will it?

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Hartley’s who are promoting their no added sugar jelly pots for lunchboxes. All opinions are my own.

oat and sultana cookiesYum, double yum and what’s more chewy oat and sultana cookies are good for you!

With the evenings drawing in and the girls at school all day there’s nothing like a piece of cake or a homemade cookie to eat when you get in from the school run. So it’s time to scour the recipe books for all sorts of cakes and biscuits to fill that gap between arriving home from school ratty and tired and dinner time.

Also an excellent healthy addition to lunch boxes ;)

Chewy Oat and Sultana Cookies

Prep time: 20 minuts

Cooking time: 12 minutes

EASY and makes around 16 cookies

INGREDIENTS

100g butter
100g Whitworths for Baking caster sugar
1 tbsp runny honey
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
100g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
160g porridge oats
100g sultanas

Pre heat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4/ and lightly grease two large baking sheets

Beat the Whitworths for Baking caster sugar and butter in a large bowl for 2 minutes until light and creamy

Add the honey and egg and continue to beat until combined

Add the spices, baking powder and flour, beat to combine and finally add the oats and raisins

Spoon the mixture onto the baking trays about 8 per tray

Bake 10 – 12 minutes until golden

When they are cooked allow to stand for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack

BritMums Pro reached out and asked who’d like to put their blog forward to work with Whitworths? I said yes and Whitworths sent me through their brand new Whitworths for Baking sugar range.

whitworths for baking sugar range

The range has been especially created with bakers of all abilities in mind to help make it easier and more enjoyable, the sugar is packaged in quantities frequently asked for in recipes and the new re-sealable bags Stand Up On Their Own, no more sugar all over the work top!

The range can be found in Asda, Tesco and Waitrose and each pack is colour coded, look out for the Twist and Sprinkle icing sugar duster with a built in sieve too.

oat and sultana cookies

Disclosure: I’m working with Whitworths Sugar, whose www.whitworths-sugar.co.uk site includes ideas and recipes for baking with sugar. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the #bakingS0S hash tag and @WhitworthsSugar.

Bacon and Eggs – I can’t get away from them. I think they must be imprinted in my DNA so you can imagine my annoyance when every time I serve eggs the girls turn their nose up (they do things as a couple).

They will eat the bacon, they adore sausages and most other components of a Full English BUT they will not go for an egg.

So I had to become cleverer than them right? (yes that must be a word)

I have tried boiled, fried, poached you name it.

I have given them Creme Caramel which obviously works for all the wrong reasons but I got the eggs in.

I need a way to get the girls to eat eggs, I’m not sure why, it’s become a sort of challenge now so I find myself thinking up all possible ways of doing this. Pasta alla Carbonara has been successful on occasions but if they’re not in the mood I find myself eating it all up.

So I thought of omelettes, or frittatas as they’re known in Italy but I thought I’d take a kiddie view on the situation and came up with muffin shaped frittatas, cake looking ones that would be pleasing to the eye and therefore they would EAT.

Bacon and Cheese Individual Frittatas

Ingredients

Bacon – a few slices chopped and fried off with no oil
Cheese grated
1 courgette
8 eggs
Salt and pepper
a little vegetable oil for coating the silicon tray

Method

  • Turn the oven on to 190C
  • Coat your silicon muffin tray with vegetable oil
  • Add some bacon pieces to each one, top with a little courgette and finish with a sprinkle of cheese
  • Beat the eggs with salt and pepper and any seasoning you may wish to add, pour over the fillings leaving a little space before reaching the top as the egg will expand. (see photos below for proof) I had mine too high
bacon and egg muffins
  • Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes
egg and bacon mini omelettes
    Another beautiful view of my beautiful muffins

  • bacon and egg omelettesServe for breakfast, lunch, lunchboxes or a child’s dinner too.

tupperware storage

I made them today (Thursday, the girls haven’t tried them yet but I will update this post tomorrow to let you know how I got on. In the meantime Paul came home from work and ate three in one go and told me how good they were. Now that is the best compliment ever.

Another way of making frittatas is in one pan like Mummy Central did with her Baked vegetable frittata – perfect for lunch box ideas!