Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday's Mini-Quiches, again

After everyone being sick this past week, then Faith celebrating her birthday this weekend, I was less than inspired to cook. Besides, all those lovely mini-quiches I made had ended up frozen because no one was feeling well enough to eat them. They became lunch today. And I cheated and gave both kids the same thing to make it *really* easy on me. ;o)


Faith has a smoked chicken & cheese mini quiche, half a toasted bagel with strawberry cream cheese, some carrot sticks, melon & grapes, and a few mini chocolate chip cookies.


Ben has almost the same--mini quiche, bagel with strawberry cream cheese, canteloupe, grapes and the chocolate chip cookies; no carrots for him, he still has trouble chewing them.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Another Recipe for Friday

So Faith is still a little too sick to go to school. With her birthday on Saturday & her party on Sunday, I'd rather not take a chance that she doesn't get well for both of those.

So in that vein, I'll share my recipe for bourek (found in last week's lunches) instead.

1/2 lb ground beef
1 egg
Onion powder
Garlic powder
Salt
Pepper
Sheets of phyllo dough, thawed
Butter

Brown, drain and crumble the ground beef
In a separate bowl, mix the cooked beef with onion & garlic power, salt & pepper to taste, depending on preference for seasonings, then mix that with the egg.
Fold a sheet of phyllo dough in half longways to make a long skinny rectangle.
Scoop about 2-3 tsps of the ground beef mixture into one corner, then fold up to a triangle.
Fold over again to make another triangle, then another, till all the dough is folded over
Use water to dampen the edge to seal the dough
Place on a cookie sheet & brush with melted butter
Bake at 400 for 5 minute, then lower to 325 for an additional 15 minutes until golden brown

Very very easy and very very yummy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Quiche Recipe for Thursday

We are all at varying stages of the crud in my house, so no lunches yesterday. Ben was sick on Monday, so his lunch was still packed in the fridge and he took that on Wednesday. Faith was sick on Wednesday and didn't need a lunch. I bought one because I was too lazy to make one.

So instead, I give you my quiche recipe. :o)

1-2 cups diced ham or chicken or meat of your choice
8oz shredded cheese of your choice
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup Bisquick or similar baking mix

Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Cover the bottom of each cup with meat, then sprinkle cheese on top of that (maybe a couple of teaspoons of each).
In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk and baking mix till the lumps are gone, you may want to use an electric mixer here.
Pour a little of the egg mixture over the meat/cheese mixtures till the muffin cup is filled almost to the top.
Bake 400 for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

This also works with a regular pie pan for a whole quiche, but up the baking time to about 40-45 minutes.

The current batch I have are smoked chicken and various cheeses since I was trying to use out some already opened cheese. Personally I wanted chicken & gouda but we had no gouda. Ham & swiss is really yummy and a favorite of my kids too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Mini-quiches for Monday

We needed a new idea for lunch this week and both kids absolutely love quiche. I opted to make a quick batch of mini-quiches for them. It yielded a dozen, but Faith snagged one right out of the oven and then another at dinner. Good to know they are popular. I went with a smoked chicken and cheese combo. Personally, I would have liked smoked chicken with gouda, but a) I didn't have gouda and b) I had about 3 different kinds of cheese opened that really needed to be finished. So they are smoked chicken with old cheddar, Italian style cheese or Colby/Monterey Jack. And I lucked out to do identical lunches today!


Ben has a mini-quiche with koala cookies and grapes, plus a side (not-shown) of vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries sliced into it. He loves these Mickey shaped containers but they don't hold a whole lot of food, hence the side Shinkansen container for the yogurt.


Faith has a mini-quiche, grapes, koala cookies and a couple of carrot sticks. Her Princess is container is almost as small as Ben's Mickey container, so she has a side dish of vanilla yogurt with strawberries too, but hers is a Hello Kitty container.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Woohoo! 70,000 hits!

Yeah, that's all I have right now. ;o)

So you're not terribly disappointed that you clicked on this post for nothing, the DollarSpot at Target has the round silicone cupcake wrappers for $1 for 6 of them in fall colors (deep yellow, maroon and a funky sky blue color).

See, it was worth looking, right?

Friday, September 19, 2008

End of the Week Leftover Bento

It's Friday! Last bento of the week, unless I feel inspired and make them over the weekend. If you've been following my blog at all, you'll realize that although I say it, it isn't rather likely. ;o) Weekends are relax around the house and do nothing kind of days around here.

But until that point, Faith had one more day left of school, her Friday electives. She only has morning classes, but likes to stay for lunch with her friends.


She has one of the leftover boureks (cut in half to fit in her box), vanilla yogurt in the HK container, a couple of baby carrots, a granola bar (cut in thirds to fit), the rest of the canteloupe and the rest of the grapes. The fridge clean out last night yielded a full lunch.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Wednesday Mayhem, Part 2

But why is it mayhem part 2, you might ask? Well, Faith technically has hot lunch days on Wednesday, but she didn't order it. I let her pick and she only wanted the Chik Fil A day and the pizza day. So she needs a lunch too.

As noted in the prior post, the boy commandeered the last muffin, which meant I was without a go-to staple (stuffed muffins of some sort, not just corndog). However, I do have other leftovers and being that I teach at Faith's school, *I* have access to a microwave. She goes to lunch as my kids are finishing recess and having our morning restroom break, so I can easily nuke something for 30 seconds at that time.



Faith has leftover fried rice, leftover sweet & sour meatballs, mini vanilla Oreos and canteloupe & grapes. It's packed so I can easily move the fruit/cookies out, pop it in the microwave and put the fruit/cookies back in. Not bad for minimal notice and a lack of basic foods!

Wednesday Mayhem, Part 1

Since everyone works or goes to school on Mondays & Wednesdays, it is necessary that I make lunches the night before. However, after a busy Tuesday, culminating with softball practice for me & Shaun, I still had lunches to make. Ben decided to be helpful and demand the last corndog muffin. I wanted something different, but realized that by giving in, it was less work for me!




So Ben has the last corndog muffin, cheese cubes, mini vanilla oreos (that he begged for at SuperTarget), grapes and canteloupe. The container is tiny but it is part of a Mickey Mouse set that he loves and has asked me daily to use. I'm also adding on (no picture), some vanilla yogurt with blueberries in a separate container for him.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday's Bourek Bonanza

This week, I decided to try Shaun's advice that it was a much better idea to feed the children the same lunch if at all possible to cut down on my workload.

I also had a recipe I wanted to try for "bourek". Basically, it is a Turkish or Algerian pastry stuffed with meat and spices. Most recipes called for ground meat (ie. chicken, lamb, or beef) and, although I'm sure lamb is more authentic, no one here will eat lamb and I'm not about to cook it either. Lambs are too cute to be on our table, sorry.

The recipe in and of itself was easy and F&B were my taste testers right out of the oven. Faith loved it, Ben seemed to like it, but he also wanted to nap and wasn't exactly the most willing participant. But the result was pleasing and Shaun tried them later on as well. He thinks they need a dipping sauce but neither of us are sure what kind of sauce. Ideas?


Faith has one bourek, a boiled egg, chopped melons, a blueberry muffin, carrot sticks, grapes and a grape star pudding. For those who have asked about the puddings, I buy them at the Oriental grocery. They come in a big jar of individual packages and the kids love them, but that is about all I know about them.


Ben has a bourek, a boiled egg, a blueberry muffin, chopped melons and grapes. No carrots or pudding for him. He gags on raw carrots (sensitive gag reflex) and the puddings seem like too much difficulty in a preschool room. He doesn't know what she takes anyhow.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday's After-the-theater Lunch

We took Faith last night to see Mamma Mia on Fort Worth, so we didn't get home till quite late. This was the best I could do under the circumstances (and the fact that Ben ate for dinner the pasta salad I was going to give her for lunch).


She had a toasted mini bagel with honey-almond cream cheese, carrot sticks, grapes, cheese cubes and a mini vanilla cupcake (from the huge stash I bought and froze right after July 4th).

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Wednesday Lunch for Ben

Faith has pizza day at school today, so only one lunch was needed. I have no objections to only making *1* lunch instead of two. ;o) I do have a couple of recipes to try next week but I really wanted it to be on days where both kids could take them to try, so make sure to check Monday for something interesting for sure. Friday will be something, I just don't know what yet, since it is a 1 kid lunch day.



Anyhow, I digress. Ben took a mini hamburger on a sesame bun (leftovers from Chili's the other night), a pasta salad with pepperonis (I'm out of ham) and shredded cheese, animal crackers and some grapes. It's in his Diego box, so he should be happy, he wanted Diego the other day and his lunch didn't fit right.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Corndog muffins

Now I will say that there is some debate in our house as to whether or not hot dogs constitute real food. I have been repeatedly outvoted at a tally of 3 for to my lone 1 against.

Due to that, corndog muffins have become a semi-regular dietary staple in my house. The kids enjoy helping to make them, so I roll my eyes, cook them and just let the rest of the family eat them.

You need:
corn muffin mixture - you can make your own or I cheat sometimes & use Jif plus milk & an egg
2-3 hot dogs uncooked but diced
handful of cheddar cheese

Mix the corn muffin mixture per the pacakge directions (Jif is add milk & egg)
Stir in the diced hot dogs and the cheese & mix well.
Spoon into muffin cups and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes

They can be refrigerated for a few days or you can freeze them and defrost as needed. I've done both with no ill effects.

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Monday! (For Faith)

Shaun made a valid point last night that I should probably make the children the same thing for lunch instead of two different ones. The problem lies in the fact that Ben wanted what Faith had on Friday and Faith wanted anything but Friday's lunch. So, for an extra few minutes of my time, they were both happy.


Faith had a turkey and cheese quesadilla, carrot sticks, some kind of Teddy Graham type of cookie, some vanilla yogurt (HK container) and canteloupe. She ate it all but the yogurt and poitned out that I forgot the spoon. Oops.

It's Monday! (For Ben)

It's back to school Monday in our house. Today was Ben's second day of preschool and after seeing Faith's Friday lunch, he wanted a "dog-box" too. FYI, these are 101 Damation boxes from the Disney Store.


He picked a corn dog muffin (yay, those are almost gone!), goldfish pretzels, koala cookies, canteloupe and the rest of the grapes. The box came home empty and his teachers do send home anything not eaten.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Faith's Friday "MommyHasAHeadache" Lunch

Stupid hurricanes in the Gulf. We didn't get any major problems, but the pressure in the air has given me a headache I just can't get rid of. :o( So instead of making Faith a cute & innovative lunch, I had to rely on leftovers.


She had one of the corndog muffins, a blueberry muffin, cheese cubes, and grapes & canteloupe. It looks OK, but I was thinking of making her quesadillas instead.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Benjamin's First Day of Preschool Lunch

Mr. Ben started preschool today! It was a bit of a necessity since I'm working part-time and he needs to be somewhere. We did find a great school right next to where I work and he is going to go two days a week!

I had him help me choose his very first day lunch.


He picked ham & cheese sandwiches shaped like trains, a blueberry muffin that he helped make, chocolate koala cookies and grape/canteloupe fruit kebabs. It's all in a Thomas the Train box which came home completely empty--right now, we're on a mission to find the right amount & combo of food for him.
 

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