Tag Archives: Strengthening the Immune System

Turning Dinner into Lunch.

3 Nov

Once a week my Hubby goes to play poker with his mates, and we will usually have a simple dinner so I can have the kids in bed quick…and I nestle down and catch up on my trashy tv, and latest project.

Tonight we had pasta and it was soooo easy to transport into Miss 5’s lunch for tomorrow.   Here’s how I made and easy dinner and lunch in one.

You will need…
Pasta…a child friendly shape such as Animals, small shell, pinwheel etc.
A can of Tomatoes…which ever you like, savoury are good if you want to make it super easy.
Herbs…if you are not using Savoury Tomatoes
A can of Tuna
Grated Cheese and Chopped Parsely (for topping)

Put your water on to boil for you pasta.  At the same time, in another pot, put in your tomatoes and any herbs. I like to add Oregano from my garden pot.

Bring both pots to the boil.  Cook pasta as per the packet…and when the tomatoes start to boil turn down to a simmer and reduce.  If you have whole tomatoes mash them up gently with your potatoe masher.

When the pasta is cook dish out onto dinner plates and a container  suitable for the lunchbox.  I use my small Easyo ones.

Then add at layer of your tomatoe sauce, a helping of Tuna and garnish with Cheese and Parsely.

Done.  Be sure to put the Pasta for Lunch in the fridge.Lunchbox pasta with canned tuna

 

 

Anzac Biscuits – Sort of…

7 Sep

Yesterday Littlest Miss and I tried to make Anzac Biscuits yesterday, but they wouldn’t come together.  We used the usually recipe, but just couldn’t form balls needed.  So instead, we made “Porridge and Golden Syrup Snack Bars”

Ingredients
1 cup Flour
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Desiccated Coconut
2 tbsp Golden Syrup
125g Butter
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Hot Water

Pre-heat your oven to 160.

Line a square cake tin, or Lamington tin with baking paper.

Melt your butter and golden syrup and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Combine all your dry ingredients in a large bowl, mix together and make a well in the centre.  Once your butter mix is ready dissolve the baking soda in the boiled water and then add to your butter/syrup mix.  Be sure to have the kids near by to see the reaction when the ingredients meet!

Pour your new mix into the dry ingredients and mix well.  This is where you would usually create your biscuits, instead press all of the mix into your slice tray and try to make sure it’s an even layer.

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden.

Allow to cool and turn out.  Use a sharp knife and carefully cut into rectangles or squares.  Use any left over crumbs to sprinkle over a snack of yoghurt 🙂

Rainy Days

15 Aug

So it’s a rainy Sunday and the man of the house is out with his buddies playing paint ball.  As girls are stuck at home as one of our kiddie car seats is sitting in the bath after getting wee scrubbed out of it yesterday :S  So what do you do….?  We got out the ‘crafting box’…a box filled with all the girls clue, sparkles, paints etc and they are making a magnificent mess and some beautiful creations.

I’m in the kitchen trying to create a tasty and healthy ‘snack bar’, otherwise know as a Muesli Bar for snack time & lunches.  I have adjusted a recipe that I pinched out of a magazine somewhere…and when I saw adjusted I mean butchered.  I have only half the ingredients needed so I have thrown in whatever I had in the pantry.  I wont be able to finish the job…because I haven’t got a substitute for the honey.

3 hours later….

Well, it tastes good, the toasted Muesli that is.  As far as making the bars…I’m still waiting on the honey.

The girls like it so far.  For lunch I sprinkled some on their yogurt.  We also decided that it would be good for the school lunch box.  I will have to make a special mix for the school as I have put Macadamia Nuts in this mix and they might not be so ‘peanut free zone’ friendly.

If it works, I will share the recipe with you tomorrow.  Who knows, I may even post a photo too.

Cinnamon Almonds

11 Aug

I have been recently researching food that are good for helping the symptoms and prevention of Asthma.  With the winter season being long, cold and wet this year, the cold and flu season is also thriving.  I have also been focusing on the Immune System, and trying to make my children’s stronger.

Zinc is an immune-enhancer and is found in Almonds, Cinnamon is loaded with Calcium and is also an anti-inflammatory.

I tried giving the children plain almonds, but they weren’t very excited about it.  I did a google search for Cinnamon coated Almonds and made a few adjustments for make it friendlier…I then told the kids I have healthy lollies and would they like to try some.  They loooveed them and love the thought that I was allowing them to have ‘lollies’ with their lunch.

Cinnomon Almond ‘Lollies’

1 Egg White
1 tsp Cold  Water
4 Cups Whole Almonds
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Sugar
1/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon (more for extra sprinkling, to taste)

Pre-heat your oven to 120°c

Lightly grease a baking tray (large enough to lay out all the almonds)

Lightly beat the egg white until thick, add the cold water and combine.  Gently fold in the Almonds, add the Sugar, Salt and Cinnamon.

Spread evenly onto a baking tray.   They now need to be baked for 1 hour, be sure to turn them over occasionally.  Each time you do, sprinkle more Cinnamon over the top, make sure to do it again when they have just finished roasting.  The more Cinnamon for the kids, the better.

I also found this great page, http://sites.google.com/site/cureremedies/home it has some great information on the uses of Cinnamon and Honey