Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to School lunchbox prep

I've been inspired by other RD's spending a bit of weekend time preparing food for the upcoming week. ( Well, school starts tomorrow so I spent some time this weekend making food for the lunch box. Earlier in the week I made a couple of healthy granola bars too, nut free so they can go to school but more substantial and less sugary than store bought bars.

Cooked millet ( the new oatmeal-a future post dedicated to millet is coming), Desi's Favourite Yellow Sauce (carrot, 1/2 cup cashews, salt, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and water to blend), roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted chickpeas, cocoa date balls, millet bean balls, zucchini apple muffins and Tofu Stromboli. 

I'm learning about hyperlinks, so for now, please scroll down for recipes and links! This is a long post- trio of granola bars is coming soon! (cocoa date balls)

Millet bean balls

1 cup cooked millet
1 cup cooked white beans
1 cup steamed vegetables (broccoli, carrots, green beans, onion, garlic- whatever)
1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
Onion powder, garlic powder, chilli powder,basil, oregano- whatever you and your kids like)

Mash it all together,chill if you want it to be easier to roll. Roll into balls, place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes,turning a couple of times till browned and dry. The kids stole four when I was folding towels!

Tofu Stromboli- the dough recipe comes from "Vegan Lunchbox Around the World"

For the dough:
1cup + 2Tbsp warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2-3 cups flour

For the filling:
1/2 block tofu
1 cup kale
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Dill, garlic, onion,basil and salt to taste

Add yeast and sugar to warm water. Let rest 10 minutes. Add oil. Add 2 cups flour and salt, mix well adding more flour until dough forms, then sprinkle with flour and knead about five minutes, adding flour as needed to keep dough from sticking. Let rise covered in a greased bowl about an hour. 

While dough is rising, blend filling ingredients in a food processor.

Roll out dough into a rectangle and spread with filling, then roll it up pinching the sides. Place in a greased loaf pan or on a cookie sheet, for a flatter bread. Bake a 375 for30 minutes, until loaf is browned and sounds hollow. Slice and freeze individual slices.

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