Spinach, Cheese & Corn muffins

In the weeks after my recent op, I had many friends drop around with meals and goodies with I was extreeeeeeeemely grateful for!  The biggest surprise winner for my kids were some muffins made by my friend Anna.  I mean, they had green stuff in them and hers had three times more and in much larger pieces than mine in the pic above!  They chose them over her delicious handmade sausage rolls and had a couple each!

SPINACH CHEESE & CORN MUFFINS

2 cups SR flour
1 can of corn kernels
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/4 cup of chopped chives
2 cups of roughly chopped spinach
1 cup milk
1 egg
80g melted butter
2 tbs polenta

1.  Turn oven on to 200 degrees celcius.
2. Grease 12 cup capacity muffin tin.  Or just use muffin cases.
3. Combine flour, corn, cheese, flour & spinach in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle.  
4. Combine milk, eggs & butter in a jug and pour into the well.  Using a wooden spoon, mix together until just combined. Try not to overmix (difficult with kids involved!)
5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and sprinkle with polenta.  (The kids love this bit).
6.  Pop in the oven for 20-25 mins.  

They are particularly delicious fresh out of the oven with lots of butter!

Just like these, these & these lunchtime winners, they freeze well and are great to bring out and reheat when needing a yummy lunch or snack.



We have made them a few times since and they are still a hit.  

I always have lots of eager & adorable helpers in the kitchen.  


Can’t seem to get away with cooking on my own.  Is it the same at your house? 



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EASY PEASY ZUCCHINI

I have another winner to share in the lunchbox stakes…
A winner all round as everyone loves it but most importantly – it freezes well, just like the last lunchbox winner, which helps enormously with the need for variety and for a time poor Mum.



1/2 cup grated zucchini
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 tspn chopped parsley
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs

1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and parsley together in a bowl.
2. In another bowl combine together the milk, butter & eggs. To this second bowl, add the zucchini & ricotta cheese and then beat well.
3. Add this second bowl to the dry ingredients, stirring together until just moistened. Batter may look a little more stiff than your usual muffin mix.
4. Fill each muffin cup to about 2/3 full. Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 20-25 min or until golden brown.


Use baking paper as muffin liners (just like this) and it won’t stick to the patty pans like it did with mine. I used baking paper the other day when I made zucchini slice in muffin form (another lunchbox winner & pictured below) and it worked beautifully, so I’ll be using that next time I make these muffins!

If you have any healthy-ish recipes whether sweet or savoury, that would work for a lunchbox, please link them up to this post. I’m trying to get a bit of a collection together as I need all the help I can get and I’m sure it’ll be helpful for others too – thanks!



EASY PEASY MORNING TEA

I was very, very proud of myself this week because…
I made scones.

For some reason, I have always been scared of scones. They seemed on a par with sponge cakes and pavlovas. In the realm of the experts at the CWA who had perfected the art over many many years.

I actually laughed at myself when I realised how easy they were. This recipe was given to me by my new friend Susannah (who has, by the way, just started her own very cool blog – head on over for a visit!). As usual I had some willing helpers and in no time at all (seriously!!) we had a batch of scones on the table and in even less time than that – all were gone – delicious!!

EASY PEASY SCONES
3 cups SR flour
1 cup lemonade (or even soda water)
1 cup cream

I’m not exactly sure on the correct way to make scones, but I just mixed the ingredients together, rolled them into balls (using some extra flour on the bench & on hands) and popped them onto a small lightly greased (& slightly floured) tray. Then into a 200 degree celcius oven for around 10 mins (depending on size of scones).

I notice that my friend Sonia from Lioness Lady also uses the exact same recipe. I’m onto a winner and I encourage you to give it a go! Next I’m going to experiment with adding extra ingredients like ham and cheese or raisins & the like, as they may just work in lunchboxes! If you haven’t yet, please check out this post and share your lunchbox tips! I need all the variety I can get!

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EASY PEASY LUNCHBOX WINNERS

I’m on a quest for healthy (ish) school lunches for Goose and in particular – sandwich substitutes. So far the stand out favourite has been the ‘Mini Egg & Bacon Pies’.

This is a recipe that has been in our family for as long as I can remember. These were requested at every single birthday party without fail when we were growing up and my sisters & I have carried on that tradition.* They are always a hit and perfect to freeze and pull out for school lunches, when friends come over for lunch or when you need to bring a savoury plate. They are great warm and great cold.

MINI EGG & BACON PIES

250g shortcrust pastry
3 rashers bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon chives OR 1 onion, chopped
3 eggs
1 & 1/2 cups of milk OR cream
2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
125g cheese, grated
salt & pepper

1. Set oven to 190 C.
Fry bacon & onion in frying pan. (Or just the bacon if you are using chives)
3. Beat eggs & add all other ingredients.
4. Line a greased muffin tray with pastry rounds. I use the top of a wine glass or a scone cutter.
5. Put tablespoon or so of mixture into each one & cook for 15 mins.

* This can be made into one large pie also. Just blind bake the pastry first for approx 10 mins and cook at 180C for approx 40 mins.

Coming close second in the lunchbox stakes are Zucchini & Ricotta Muffinsstay tuned later this week for the recipe. I am keen to try these, these & these which I think could be winners also.

What are your lunchbox winners?

If you’ve got a healthy lunchbox recipe, whether sweet or savoury, that you’ve already posted about – please link it up below. Or you could always write a new post – just to link it up here! It would be great to have a resource of lunchbox ideas, that are tried and true by bloggers & their kids, that we could all go to with just one click!



*With the exception of the Japanese party & the Pink Party as it just didn’t fit the theme ;)

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