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Lunchbox Ideas

When it comes to lunches and filling lunchboxes for kids I often hear the saddened sigh or a cringe on faces. I love filling my girl’s planet box every evening for the next day whether it be for home, care or travel. But what do I put in there you say? How does it keep her interested when you simply can’t be bothered?! Well, firstly I can’t promote Bento Style lunches enough. Think picking platters, a bit of this a bit of that, deconstructed sandwiches because let’s be honest most kids pull their lunch apart anyway so why not make it easy for them. They are easy, yes different, and lots of people will find them odd at first, but seriously I have adults drooling over M’s lunches. So with school going back I thought it be fitting that I share my favourite recipes and recipes of blogs, chefs and friends that are sure to keep your kids lunchboxes (and your own) full of nutritious wholefood’s that are a mix of grain free, sugar free and dairy free items*.

a few websites and blogs (off the top of my head) I recommend for recipes:
www.facebook.com/realfoodmumau (of course)
www.mummymade.it
www.wholefoodsimply.com
www.againstallgrain.com
www.superchargedfood.com
www.ahealthymum.com
www.thenaturalnutritionist.com.au
www.iquitsugar.com
www.nomnompaleo.com
www.nourishedkitchen.com
www.deliciouslyella.com
www.the-fit-foodie.com/blog/
www.wellnessmama.com/
http://www.thepaleomom.com/

Snacks

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Wholefood Simply
http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/
Mummy Made It
http://www.mummymade.it

Lunch

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Pink Farm
https://www.facebook.com/ourpinkfarm
The Natural Nutritionist -contains some dairy and grain

http://thenaturalnutritionist.com.au/

Danielle Walker aka Against All Grain

http://againstallgrain.com/

Supercharged Food

http://www.superchargedfood.com

Nom Nom Paleo

There are so many other resources out there too. Check into my Pinterest for more websites to visit. I am sure these will keep you busy for the next term.

 

*note that some recipes do contain dairy, grain, sugar and FODMAPs. Please adjust recipes accordingly or contact me for recipe help.

Orange and Chia Cakes/Muffins

School is just around the corner so why not spend the weekend in the kitchen baking. I am very big on nutrition and teaching kids the importance of real food vs CRAP so get the kids in their with you and teach them about what you are making, why and how it will help them. This will build a great foundation for them and also puts the demand for sugary processed foods from the school canteen on hold for a while.
These beauties are packed with Chia Seeds that are rich in Omega 3’s, fibre and protein. Chia seeds are great for filling little (and big) tummies and giving great energy to get them through a full day and keep their brains focussed in class too. Of course we’ve included Oranges as we are still eating through our tree here. You all know they are high in Vitamin C but incorporating the peel adds fibre to the recipes as well. We’ve gone nut free too as more and schools are on this initiative so it makes your job easier. WE opted for coconut flour as it compliments oranges well in this recipe. Coconut Flour is a great substitute for gluten and nut flours (even buckwheat dare I say considering my current affair) as it is lower in carbohydrates and full of beneficial fibre, vitamin C and B12; all important for our growing offspring. Eggs are fabulous and although you could go completely egg free but you might as well just give the kids chia puddings instead of a baked treat here.

Feel free to add flavours (spices, essence, superfood powders etc) anything sugar free and part of the real food pantry.

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Orange and Chia Seed Cakes

Orange and Chia Seed Cakes

nutfree, grainfree, low FODMAP
PREPARATION TIME       TOTAL TIME
15 MINUTES             45 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

3 Tbsp Chia Seeds, soaked in hot water (ratio 3:1)
1 whole Orange (the whole thing chopped) plus, the juice of a second navel orange
½ cup of Virgin Coconut Oil (softened but not liquid)
¼ Cup Maple Syrup
3 x good sized Eggs
1.5 tsp  Baking Powder
1/2 cup of Coconut Flour

INSTRUCTIONS

Pop Chia seeds in water and set aside
Preheat oven to 170c
Prepare Muffin Tray with cups or baking paper

1. Pop the chopped orange in the food processor and whizz until it purees. Juice the other one and pop to the side.

2. Add softened coconut oil and maple syrup in a bowl and beat until combined and creamy.
3. Add eggs one at a time beating thoroughly after each one

4. Combine Orange and Chia mix (as well as second juice) then add to the bowl

5. Combine flour and baking powder in sieve and gradually folding in to mixture
6. Leave to sit for 10 minutes to let the chia and coconut flour activate
7. Pour into prepared tray

8. Bake at 170c for about 30 Minutes testing with skewer.
9. Leave to cool completely if you can resist, the cooked chia needs some time to cool down

 

Top with maple glaze or whipped coconut cream

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YUM

Breakfast

Some people can’t eat eggs, some don’t like them, we all have our reasons. We eat eggs like they are another limb but sometimes it’s time consuming with my poppet who wakes up needing food immediately!
Oats used to be  our staple until we worked out that it was the cause of our 10am slum. I like to keep things in their natural state as much as possible so that I know I what I am eating and where it comes from (obviously keeping it real); so we try to avoid overusing things like coconut flour; which is great for you but a small amount is a shiiiiz load of coconut really?!

Buckwheat is not wheat, nor is it gluten, nor is it a grain. It’s a seed related to rhubarb just with a confusing name. It’s chia’s cousin in the ‘superfood’ family if you think about it. It has a yummy nutty flavour and is packed with soluble fibre, high amino acids (the feel good about life serotonin producing tryptophan), manganese, magnesium, zinc and copper (fabulous for us women). Buckwheat is also full of these wonderful anti-inflammatory polyphenols so has amazing antioxidants that help with a multitude of things.  And let’s add the cost. It is pretty much the most cost-effective superfood on the market (that’s before people realise how good it is and the price rises). So go get some and use it.

Uses for Buckwheat;
Activated (aka-buckinis) (soaked for minimum 6 hours and then ‘dried’ at low temperature for a period of time in oven or dehydrator)
Roasted (optional soaking for 6 hours and roasting at 120 until crunchy)
Flour (ground to a fine flour and used in baking)

hit me with your buckwheat uses!

Buckwheat Porridge

grainfree, dairyfree, lowfodmap, vegan
serves 2
PREPARATION TIME             TOTAL TIME
3 MINUTES                    8 MINUTES
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Cinnamon Buckwheat Porridge

INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup activated or roasted buckwheat kernels
1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (activated)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp slippery elm
1 cup water or milk (we used homemade almond)

*optional: chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla
*extra water or milk (we added extra as it thickened)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place seeds in the food processor and pulses until a fine powder (you can have some larger bits if you like)
2. add powders
3. heat pan of water or milk on stove and add buckwheat mix
4. stir until a porridge consistency
5. add extra water

Serve with extra milk and fruit of choice.

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Buckwheat Porridge with added chia

 

Orange and Coconut Cake

Yes we still going nutty over Oranges here. They are going to be thrown out if I don’t squeeze all of them this weekend.
I decided to make a cake to give away (of course) to see whether I could just bulk bake, freeze and then give gifts of orangey goodness. My husband said I should sell them in a cake stall…..

I remember making coconut flour cupcakes about a year ago for my daughter and they tasted pretty darn good so I winged the recipe a bit by adding coconut kefir as a probiotic alternative and made what my ‘taste testers’ have said is a good enough cake. I think with some orange cashew cream or maybe an almond maple glaze with orange segments, this would be a great afternoon tea cake to take anywhere.

Orange and Coconut Cake

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Grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, nutfree, Lowfodmap
Preheat oven to 180c
PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                1 HOUR 20 MINUTES

 

INGREDIENTS

5 eggs
1 cup coconut milk kefir (alternatively use a milk of choice)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup  melted coconut oil
2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup coconut flour

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Combine all dry ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times (break up any clumped coconut flour)
2. Add wet ingredients and pulse until a smooth batter forms
3. Pour into lined round or square tin
4. Bake for 50 minutes
5. Leave to rest in tin for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool

**Cut into portions to freeze.

Kids and Adults do love MILO

Who doesn’t love a good milo? Who has read the ingredients???

A hot chocolate on a cold winters day or night? We often have carob or raw cacao, cinnamon and maca with a dash of vanilla with some almond milk (we use the automatic milk frother machine….perfect) But when I can remember or more so when I’m willing to give up some of my nuts and seeds I make this drink mix.

My tip- grab a little bit of boiling water and make a nice paste then mix with milk or ‘nicecream’ or sprinkle on pancakes, on cappuccino’s on your dinner if you love and miss the malt and chocolate taste.

Superfood Choco Powder

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INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons linseeds (meal is fine and this is the one that is the hardest to grind)

2 tablespoons organic activated sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated sesame seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 cup organic activated almonds

1/4 cup organic activated brazil nuts

1/4 cup organic activated cashews

1/4 cup organic activated pecan nuts

1 cup raw organic cacao powder (or carob to avoid caffeine will taste a little different)
2 Tbsp Maca or Mesquite Powder
1 tsp Liquorice Powder (optional for sweetness)

1 cup organic rapadura sugar (alternatively you can omit sugar completely and add a dash of maple syrup and a ¼ tsp vanilla extract if needed to the drink once mixed)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grind nuts and seeds in food processor or even better a Thermomix (i wish) or a coffee grinder to a fine powder (think Milo)

2. Add Cacao/ Carob, Maca/Mesquite, Liquorice Powder and Rapadura Sugar to mix in a jar and shake shake shake!

3. Test with Milk of choice for taste.

*When serving use 4 teaspoons to a glass of milk

* Store in the fridge or freezer.

*If you don’t activate that’s fine, use raw nuts and seeds or grind and then roast for an even more amazing flavour.

 

Kids – Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

I don’t usually stray from foods I can’t eat but there are apple eaters in the house and they were on their way out so I thought instead of composting I’d attempt to bake.

This recipe can be adapted for most fruits really. Blueberries are my favourite followed closely by strawberry and rhubarb. But try banana, pineapple, raspberry, throw some choc bits in!

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Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, histamine, inflammation 
PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                50 MINUTES

Preheat oven to 180c
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup coconut flour 3/4 cup blanched or activated almond meal 1 1/4 tsp baking powder spice mix* 4 eggs  1/3 cup coconut oil 2 tsp 100% maple syrup (optional) 1 cup homemade apple puree 1 cup diced apples 2 tsp vanilla extract1/4 cup milk of choice or coconut kefir or yoghurt
*spice mix
3 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. mix wet ingredients (except apple)
3. add apple puree to wet ingredients
4. add diced apples and fold
5. fold wet mixture gradually into dry
6. pour into prepared muffin tray (or alternative cake dish or loaf pan)
7. cook for 30 minutes
8. remove from oven (check for clean skewer) they will seem soft and you’ll question them but they are light and fluffy muffins
9. Leave to cool in tray before removing
10. Top with coconut kefir cream or frosting glaze

For a sweet topping…………..

FROSTING GLAZE
1/2 cup almonds
5 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil*, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
*1/2 Cup Coconut Kefir Cream

To make the glaze, roast the almonds (at 180) for 10 minutes or until they smell toasty.
Let the almonds cool for 5 minutes (and no longer!) and then process in a food processor until almond butter forms.
Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt
Process until it’s well combined.
Fold through cream.

*you can omit kefir and just have glaze.

Enjoy with a chai latte using the spice mix (no salt) a dash of maple syrup, hot water and milk of choice.
The kids will love them in the lunch box. Make them nutfree by substituting almond meal with buckwheat flour.

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