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Eight simple and delicious Thermos-friendly lunchbox recipes {PLUS a giveaway}

Fat Mum Slim /

Brought to you by Thermos®.

Hello. I’m interrupting your morning to let you know that school is almost back, baby. Actually I sound like I’m saying this with much enthusiasm, but I’m trying to mask my hesitation and sadness that Lulu is starting school very soon. It’s freaking me out.

The thing I do love about Back To School though, is the fresh start, and getting organised. I love having freezer filled with lunch snacks, and new ideas. I love that socks are in their pairs, uniforms fit, and I don’t have to hunt for hair elastics each morning, because I’ve just bought a gazillion over them {those suckers go missing, always}.

I’m working with the lovely team at Thermos® FUNtainer® to bring you some ideas for hot and cold lunches for your kids. I’m a big fan of FUNtainer® for many reasons. The first one being that they’re extremely reliable and durable products – The ones I have at home I’ve had for YEARS and they’re still in brand new condition. They also don’t leak and this is an important one for me, as there’s nothing I hate more than a leaky drink bottle or container.

As we live in a tropical area, I want to ensure that if I’m sending food that is cold for my kids, and that it will stay cold, and equally so if I’m sending hot food, it will stay hot and not spoil.

FYI, hot food stored in the Thermos® FUNtainer® stays hot for five hours, and cold items stay cold for seven hours. Even the drink bottles keep drinks cold for a whopping 12 hours (if we don’t want to eat or drink lukewarm food and drinks, we shouldn’t really expect our kids to!}.

When I talk about packing Thermos® FUNtainer® for the kids to school, I get a lot of questions about what to put in them. So today I wanted to share eight easy ideas for filling up a FUNtainer® with lunchtime goodies.

WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR FUNtainer® FOR YOUR KIDS


1. RICOTTA AND SPINACH ROLLS
My kids love these, and they freeze SO easily, so I can make a huge batch, pop them in the freezer and then reheat in the morning, and pop into the Thermos® FUNtainer®. I cut them on the larger side, so I can fit five individual pieces into one FUNtainer®, which is a really substantial lunch {you can cut them smaller too if you like and fit more}. I’ve shared my favourite recipe below too, so scroll down for that.

2. SAUSAGE ROLLS
This is another great one. I make these simple sausage rolls, and they stay perfectly warm for lunch time. I’ll also pack a little container of tomato sauce too, because kids love some sauce!

3. FRUIT SALAD
Have you ever enjoyed warm grapes and strawberries? No, I haven’t either. It’s not really enjoyable at all. You can put a simple fruit salad in the FUNtainer® and it will still be chilled and delicious at lunchtime.

4. FRIED RICE
This fried rice is so delicious, I recommend making a double batch for dinner, and then let the kids {and you} enjoy leftovers for lunch.

5. SOUP
I know it’s probably a little warm to be thinking about soups, but keep this one in your back pocket for when Autumn and Winter roll around.

6. NOODLES
Oodles of noodles! A simple ramen noodle dish is such an easy FUNtainer® filler, and also a TUMMY filler!

7. SUSHI
My kids will always eat sushi. Always. And I like that it stays cool in the FUNtainer®, so I don’t have to stress about it. And they will eat it, so I know their tummies are full while they’re at school.

8. YOGHURT
Yes, yoghurt! FUNtainer® are perfect for yoghurt. Scoop in what you like, and top it with some fruit if you please and know that it will be chilled and delicious come lunchtime.

Now, I know you’re keen to jump on the FUNtainer® train, so I’ve got a beautiful giveaway up for grabs. I’m giving away four FUNtainer® packs, with one FUNtainer® food jar and one FUNtainer® drink bottle. To be in the running, just leave a comment below answering the following question; What would you fill your FUNtainer® with, and why?

Conditions: One entry per person. Open to Australian residents only. Competition closes February 20th at 11:59pm, AEDST.

Spinach and Ricotta Rolls

Ingredients

250g chopped frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 spring onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, diced finely

400g ricotta cheese

1 cup grated tasty cheese

1/4 cup grated parmesan

salt and pepper

3 sheets of puff pastry

1 egg, extra to brush

Sesame seeds to sprinkle

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC, and line two trays with baking paper.

2. Place your pastry sheets on a clean bench to thaw.

3. Combine all ingredients, except the pastry, extra egg and sesame seeds, in a medium-sized bowl and stir to combine well.

4. Cut your pastry into halves, and place a sixth of the ricotta mixture along one side. Roll up and cut into five equal sized rolls. Place onto tray, brush with the extra egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

5. Cook for 25 minutes, until golden and pastry is cooked.

Note: You can freeze these easily – either cooked or uncooked.

@Fatmumslim