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
250g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
100g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
1 Free Range Egg
100ml Sunflower or Vegetable Oil
150g Iceland Frozen Sweetcorn (no need to cook/defrost)
50g Grated Mature Cheddar Cheese
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...
- Wagyu Meatloaf Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting
- BBQ Sardines with Wild Garlic Salsa Verde and Couscous Salad
- Seafood and Kale Pie with Parmesan Puff
- BBQ Waffle S'mores
Other lunchbox ideas incorporating Iceland goodies from fellow bloggers include...
Disclosure : This is a commissioned recipe for Iceland Foods. As always, all views expressed are my own.
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