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Year of the Lunchbox + Thai Chicken Bites

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Year of the Lunchbox + Thai Chicken Bites

Can you believe the year is nearly over? I definitely say this with a sigh of relief as another year of school lunches comes to an end. If you’ve been following my journey on Facebook and Insta, you’ll know that I’ve been posting photos of Addison’s school lunches each day. When I set myself this goal at the beginning of the year, I thought ‘how hard can it be?’ Well, let me tell you that it has been much more difficult than I ever imagined!

You know the days when there’s nothing left in the fridge and you just want to pack a simple Vegemite sandwich and leftover cake? I definitely had those days. My only saving grace was my freezer full of Lunchbox Ninja snacks I had made during the holidays (often rushed on that last weekend before school went back!). From thai chicken bites and broccoli bacon tots to raw muesli bars and muffins, there was always something to throw together with a bit of fresh fruit and some veggie sticks.  And you know the best part? The empty lunchbox at the end of the day.

So although there was school holiday prep involved, it was totally worth the effort.

The end result?

  • Less stress on those busy school mornings
  • Healthy kids
  • And empty lunchboxes. Winning!

Where did I get Addison’s fabulous lunchbox?

Many of you have also asked where I got Addison’s lunchbox from. I bought her first PlanetBox lunchbox when she started Kindy which Scarlett now uses for her morning tea. The Rover PlanetBox that you see in my Facebook and insta posts costs around $115 which includes 2 smaller containers for yoghurt / dips and a carry bag which you can add an icepack to. What I love most is that I don’t have to wrap anything. It all sits nicely in the lunchbox and the lid seals everything in it’s individual compartment. Now, I know $115 is a lot of money to spend on a lunchbox, but for me, it has definitely been worth the investment and I know she will have it for many years to come.

I bought our PlanetBoxes from www.biome.com.au 

Here’s a little taste of what you can find in Lunchbox Ninja (available in hardcopy and ebook).

Thai Chicken Bites

1 onion
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 kg chicken mince
1 cup baby spinach leaves
½ cup quinoa
1 bunch fresh mint

1 bunch fresh coriander
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
2 eggs
1 cup oats

1. Preheat the oven to 200 – 220°C and line a tray with baking paper.
2. Place the quinoa into a pot along with 1 cup of water. Bring to the boil and cook until the water has been absorbed.
3. Place the oats into the food processor and process until fine. Tip the oats into a large bowl.
4. Place the onion, garlic, spinach, parmesan, mint and coriander into the food processor and process until fine.
5. Add the onion mixture to the oats and add the eggs, soy sauce, mince and quinoa.

6. Using your hands, combine the mixture  well
7. Roll the mixture into small balls (golf ball size) and place onto the baking tray.
8. Place into the oven for 35 – 45 minutes or until golden.

I then freeze them and defrost as needed.

Enjoy!

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