Thursday, 1 September 2016

Cheesy Sweetcorn Muffins - Perfect for Packed Lunch



Can you actually believe that we're in September? For many that means only one thing. Back to School. Although in Scotland they've already been back for three weeks and we're now on a five week countdown to the October holidays (have I mentioned we're going to Orlando?!) For many parents and kids one of the the daily challenges during term time is what to put in the packed lunch box. Both foodie boy and foodie girl are big fans of school dinners so only occasionally require a packed lunch, which I'm actually quite grateful for if truth be told! Busy Mums already have more than enough to be doing in the morning getting kids out of bed, washed, dressed, breakfasted, schoolbags packed etc etc. Hats off to anyone who manages to do this without a shouting match and battle of wills! Add in packed lunch and you have all the ingredients for a stressful morning.





I've teamed up again with my friends at Iceland Foods to show how the #PowerOfFrozen can help keep lunch boxes fun and healthy. My recipe for cheesy savoury muffins uses the freezer staple of sweetcorn (with no need to cook or defrost it first). The freezer comes into its own once again as muffins of all kinds freeze fantastically well. Simply cool them to room temperature and freeze in airtight bags or containers. Pop a frozen Cheesy Sweetcorn Muffin in a lunchbox first thing in the morning and it will be perfectly defrosted by break or lunchtime. Muffins are my go to bake when I need something quick and easy. Miranda may not been keen on the savoury version in her lunchbox, but these were a big hit with my two. Even picky girl ate them! My son suggested that they could be spiced up with Cayenne or Smoked Paprika. Yup, he's a better cook than me!


To complete our lunchbox foodie boy was intrigued to spot frozen sushi in the cabinets at Iceland. Priced at £3 a pack this would be more of a special treat than a regular lunchbox staple but he thoroughly enjoyed it. We defrosted it at room temperature and the consistency of the rice was just perfect (and it comes with soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi and disposable chopsticks). When it came to a drink I whizzed up a smoothie using Iceland's oh so convenient individual portions of smoothie mix. Priced at £2 for 4 pouches these come in two variants. Pineapple, Papaya and Carrot or Banana, Kale and Mango. If you can get your kids to eat the kale one you're doing better than me! I added apple juice and a couple of tablespoons of natural yoghurt to the frozen Pineapple, Papaya and Carrot mix before I blitzed it all together. The semi frozen smoothie along with a frozen Sweetcorn and Cheese Muffin will also help to keep the rest of the contents of the lunchbox cool. That's the #PowerOfFrozen for you!


Cheesy Sweetcorn Muffins
Makes 12 

Ingredients
250g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
100g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
1 Free Range Egg
250ml Milk
100ml Sunflower or Vegetable Oil
150g Iceland Frozen Sweetcorn (no need to cook/defrost)
50g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese

Method
Preheat the oven to 190c and place paper cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.
In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then add the 100g of grated cheddar cheese and mix.
In a separate bowl beat the egg with a fork before adding the milk, oil and frozen sweetcorn. 
Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
Spoon into the prepared tin and sprinkle the 50g of grated cheddar over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are lightly browned and spring back when pressed gently.


For further #PowerOfFrozen recipes check out my previous posts...

Disclosure : This is a commissioned recipe for Iceland Foods. As always, all views expressed are my own.
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15 comments :

  1. Loving the cheesy muffins... I must fill my freezer with some of these over the weekend ready for the start of term. I spotted the sushi when I went into Iceland and was dead impressed... not sure if my kids would go for that though tbh!

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    1. My daughter definitely wouldn't go for sushi but my son is much more adventurous. Muffins are such a great standby bake to have in the freezer.

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  2. I love muffins but hardly ever make savoury ones. These look great.

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    1. I really like them as an accompaniment to soup.

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  3. These muffins sound so good, would be perfect with soup. I love all the frozen veg and fruit recipes, must get myself to Iceland!

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    1. I use frozen summer fruit mix in sweet muffins which was what made me thing that the frozen sweetcorn would work. Don't know how I'd cope without my freezer.

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  4. These muffins look fab! Really need to try these out, would be handy for S' lunches.

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    1. Perfect lunch/snack fodder for kids and grown ups too.

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  5. As I am not much of a fan of sweet muffins I really loved this recipe and other similar ones you have posted, savory muffins are always welcome!

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    1. Like you I have a savoury tooth rather than sweet so these are completely my kind of muffin!

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  6. Thank you for the mention, I have added you to mine. These muffins look and sound so good. I will also be keeping an eye out for the sushi x

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    1. We were so impressed with the sushi! Loving your easy tuna rice salad recipe too.

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    2. I like freezing carrot cake muffins . I make them with apple sauce, carrots, and rasins. You can frost them with cream cheese and honey!

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    3. LOVE Carrot Cake muffins. A cheesy sweetcorn one followed by a frosted carrot one would be my ultimate muffin combo!

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  7. I love savoury treats and muffins are fab as they freeze so well. Had no idea Iceland Foods also do smoothie mixes, how amazing! Thanks for linking upto #TeaTimeTreats in Sept, the round up is now up!

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