1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #98
LUNCH – Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese with Peas
This Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese recipe is one of our favourites. In fact I served it for lunch here because the kids requested it. Roasting a butternut squash in the oven while I’m working in the kitchen, is an easy way for me to have butternut squash puree on hand. Or even better, I roast a few extra on a night that we are having it for dinner. I just get the food processor (a blender works too) ready and when the butternut squash has cooled slightly (I let it cool while we eat dinner) I just scoop it out and put it straight into the food processor with a bit of water and blend it until smooth. Then I freeze it in freezer bags/air tight containers in 1 cup amounts and label each bag/container – butternut squash puree | 1 cup | and the date.
If you have a wee one just starting on solids, butternut squash puree is a great introduction to vegetables. Freezing the butternut squash in an ice cube tray makes perfect portion sizes. Once the puree is frozen, pop the cubes out of the ice cube tray and store them in the freezer in a freezer bag labeled – butternut squash puree | and the date. Then when you want to serve the puree, thaw one or two cubes at a time, in the fridge (in an airtight container), in the microwave or on the stove top. Just be sure to taste test the puree to make sure it’s not too hot for your little one.
And there you have it – butternut squash for dinner, butternut squash puree for mac and cheese and yummy butternut squash puree for your wee one, all in one go!
SNACK – Banana Logs – Two Ways
Here’s a fun snack that is super quick to prepare and that the kids get a kick out of every time. Peel a banana, slice it in half crosswise and then again lengthwise. Then spread peanut butter on the cut side and topped it up with frozen raspberries and frozen blueberries.
You can get creative here and top the bananas up with any kind of fruit that you and your kids like or that you simply have on hand. Strawberries, peaches…or how about granola, coconut or almonds.
SNACK – Roasted Red Pepper Hummus & Veggies (and apples)
Having Roasted Red Pepper Hummus in the fridge is really handy for making lunches and snacks throughout the week. It works great as a spread on sandwiches and wraps or as a dip for crackers and veggies. Check out this post on Roasted Carrot Hummus to get lots of ideas for different hummus recipes, different snack and lunch ideas and how having hummus in the fridge can save a ton of time:)
1 Lunch + 2 Snacks is where I share the healthy, kid friendly lunch and snacks, that I serve the kids Monday to Friday, along with a few tips & tricks thrown in here and there. For more posts in this series click here. If you would like to see my lunch and snack ideas in real time, you can follow me on Instagram where I post them as they happen:)