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#16 kisma

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 08:43 PM

QUOTE(Daybreak @ Jan 28 2014, 06:32 PM) View Post

I think the 'no prepackaged food' rule is likely to be about rubbish rather than health. If you bought a box of, say, Tiny Teddies, and put a handful of them in a tub, instead of sending one of the individual packets, that would probably be fine.

I was wondering this. If you sent it is sans packaging if they would actually say anything. Seems a bit silly when you could buy boxes of sultanas but cant send them in, but you can send in little containers of them.

Ok the insulated bag makes sense now. But yes I see how annoying it would be for kids that are there outside of fridge use times.

This site has a few more ideas.
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And this site has heaps of quick things to make, although some need to be kept refrigerated
http://www.wholefood...hocolate-slice/

Im thinking for the bento ideas (as apart from splitting up little amounts of food, i wont be doing anything fancy) I will get a Nudies box, hoping to get one cheap once school starts and they start reducing things. Our no nut/egg policy at preschool is what really gets me stumped. A hard boiled egg would be so awesome for a good hit of protein.
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Posted 28 January 2014 - 10:33 PM

QUOTE(kisma @ Jan 28 2014, 09:43 PM) View Post

I will get a Nudies box, hoping to get one cheap once school starts and they start reducing things. Our no nut/egg policy at preschool is what really gets me stumped. A hard boiled egg would be so awesome for a good hit of protein.


I don't know if it was 'cheap' or not but I got a large nudie box with all the little bits for $10 at Coles on the weekend. Was good enough for me.


With no nuts, can you still do seeds and beans? Chickpeas with some paprika, olive oil, salt and pepper or pepitas in tamari?

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:01 AM

The rules surrounding school lunches drives me batty sometimes. I totally agree with restricting foods based on allergies (I don't even let my kids eat peanut butter for breakfast on the mornings they are heading to school), but when you include everything else...

One time my son got sent home with his container of homemade, freshly popped popcorn- no oil, butter, salt...literally just 'popped corn', because apparently it was a treat food. I get it, I really do, but it starts making everything so hard.

Standard lunch for us is;

- 'Open' sandwich (bits of ham/leftover meat, cheese, tomato (but no bread) in a Tupperware container).
- Fruit (usually strawberries, grapes, blueberries- something small)
- Yoghurt in a squeezy tube (because it also acts like an chiller block)

QUOTE(kisma @ Jan 28 2014, 08:43 PM) View Post

Our no nut/egg policy at preschool is what really gets me stumped. A hard boiled egg would be so awesome for a good hit of protein.


This hits hard for us too! Luckily our school only restricts egg if there is a kid in the class with an actual egg allergy, they don't have a school-wide blackout on eggs.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:02 AM

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One time my son got sent home with his container of homemade, freshly popped popcorn- no oil, butter, salt...literally just 'popped corn', because apparently it was a treat food. I get it, I really do, but it starts making everything so hard.


I distinctly remember having some plain plain corn chips in a little tub for my snack and one of my teachers telling me I couldn't have it as it was junk food, I was about 6. My mum sent in a letter with the cut out ingredients from the packet, which were corn, minimal oil, and salt. The teacher apologised and it was agreed that corn chips weren't junk food. It's hard to draw the line though.... We used to eat Uncle Tobies Wraps muesli bars, and we now get something similar (which won't be going to school as it's full of peanuts) but is covered in chocolate. Now at least muesli bars and nut bars have redeeming features (i.e. protein and good fibre) but they're as high in sugar as lot of chocolate bars.


The refrigeration discussion is funny - I can't remember ever having access to a fridge at school, and we just brought in whatever. Definitely in secondary school and later primary, we all had those Decor lunch boxes that came with a water bottle that slotted into the box or lay on the top under the lid, and we'd freeze our water for the day. The thing is, being from Melbourne, it isn't an issue for 2/3 of the school year! It's really only February and Nov/December where it becomes and issue.

I'm making myself hungry now.... I was remembering in Grade 6 we had a cooker in our classroom, and we'd all bring home-made pitta pizzas or toasties and grill them for lunch! I think I went through a phase of having 2-minute noodles in a thermos for lunch as well. I shudder to think how little nutrition there is in one of those biggrin.gif If I do that for the boys I will be sneaking in some protein and veggies wink.gif

Eddie's Kindergarten has a 'nut and egg aware' policy. They ask you not to bring anything with nuts, and said 'no egg products' such as quiche, frittata, or hard-boiled egg. They didn't mention everything else in the world which is baked with egg though, so I assume those are fine. Yet another question for our first meeting with the teachers biggrin.gif I loved having hard-boiled eggs for lunch... I think our primary schools are less prescriptive about eggs, hearing from the people we know who go to them.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:23 AM

AK2 you are more tolerant then me - I don't get it at all! I would follow Squeaza's mum's lead and send in an ingredients list with the popcorn and a note asking when corn was banned? But I'm belligerent like that tongue.gif

As I said our school canteen is very healthy and every term another food item bites the dust as someone deems it not healthy enough. In the summer months they sell slushies which are made from apple juice. Our most popular flavour was cinnamon, which was apple juice and cinnamon which turned a brown colour and looked like coke. So of course the kids would ask for a coke slushy. Some of the parents complained and had it removed from sale, because their child "thought" they were having coke, and then how were they supposed to teach them not to drink coke if they thought they were having it at school. Ummmm, how about telling them they're NOT having it at school? Rosie understood this when she was 5, some of the kids in question were in Year 4! wacko.gif
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:31 PM

Yeah, apart from the allergy rules it's all a bit OTT. Cait will definitely be having popcorn (because I just bought a crapload of kernels thinking that would be an ok snack!)


Apart from muffins and scones, what freezes well??? Well, well enough for a 5yo not to be too fussed.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:58 PM

It's my first year of packing lunches too. H has asked for wraps and sandwiches - he loves ham and devon etc so that's easy enough! I think I will make him some savoury muffins for snacks as they will freeze well.

He has a dairy allergy, so I will need to make some cupcakes for the freezer at school in case of birthdays. I think I will be baking a lot this weekend by the sound of it! That will be fun in between my own school work and an overnight hen's party wink.gif

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:46 PM

Lunch scored well today so am very pleased. Am even happier that the lunch box is already packed for tomorrow with little thought/effort!

QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 29 2014, 02:31 PM) View Post

Apart from muffins and scones, what freezes well??? Well, well enough for a 5yo not to be too fussed.


I freeze a lot of bakery items - finger buns, mini pizzas, lamingtons etc. I didn't end up making the zucchini slice because I wasn't sure that it would freeze well? unsure.gif
The defrosted meatballs were the hit of the day biggrin.gif

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 03:02 AM

Meatballs freeze very well cooked - we love the Annabelle Karmel chicken and apple balls, and I make big batches (cooked in the oven rather than fried) and freeze them to pull out for emergency meals for the boys. Dipped in a basic tomato sauce they're yummy.

Home-made sausage rolls freeze very well - we do them with good-quality sausages with the skin off and bought sheets of puff pastry.

I'm going to have to get out a huge sheet of paper tomorrow and write all these ideas down from this thread! When I'm doing lunch 5 times a week in 2 years my head will be blank.

Just a question, do any kids at school have access to microwaves for heating things?

Mel B - that's awful about the school canteen sad.gif Why do people need to go and spoil things for everyone? Fun Police indeed!
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 09:38 AM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Jan 30 2014, 04:02 AM) View Post

Just a question, do any kids at school have access to microwaves for heating things?

Not usually in public schools, and the one I know where they do, I don't think it's before Grade 3 or 4.
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 11:33 AM

No microwaves at our school for the kids, too many OHS issues I would guess.

Fun police is right Squeaza! Oh god that reminds me there is a parent in Rosie's year who is a food nazi, waging war on candy canes, tiny Easter eggs, cupcakes for birthday celebrations and any other food she deems unacceptable. Her child hasn't been in Rosie's class yet - maybe this will be the year ohmy.gif unsure.gif blink.gif
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Posted 30 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

QUOTE(squeaza @ Jan 30 2014, 03:02 AM) View Post

Meatballs freeze very well cooked - we love the Annabelle Karmel chicken and apple balls, and I make big batches (cooked in the oven rather than fried) and freeze them to pull out for emergency meals for the boys. Dipped in a basic tomato sauce they're yummy.

Just a question, do any kids at school have access to microwaves for heating things?



Ohh, those meatballs sound alright - might look them up!

Re Microwaves - same as Mel B, OH&S issues are the reason our kids aren't allowed them - we use the mini thermos instead, but I've only ever sent reheated meals and they apparently are still warm for lunch.

QUOTE(Mel B @ Jan 30 2014, 11:33 AM) View Post


Fun police is right Squeaza! Oh god that reminds me there is a parent in Rosie's year who is a food nazi, waging war on candy canes, tiny Easter eggs, cupcakes for birthday celebrations and any other food she deems unacceptable. Her child hasn't been in Rosie's class yet - maybe this will be the year ohmy.gif unsure.gif blink.gif


OMG.
She'd have a conniption in our class!


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Posted 31 January 2014 - 12:27 AM

I love those meatballs, usually make them with turkey mince. So tasty.


Bought some mince today to make them tomorrow even before I read this so on the right track! Might do some pizza scrolls too.

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:34 PM

Oh wow, this thread!

My son gets
- muffin
- apple
- ham & cheese sandwich
- another piece of fruit or some rice crakcers depending on what's in my fridge/pantry

Every. Single. Day. ph34r.gif
there is no way in this world my brain would cope with making a gourmet lunch box with lots of variety laugh.gif

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Posted 31 January 2014 - 11:59 PM

I'm hoping Cait comes home just wanting a sandwich every day too!

Today we did a trial run with her lunchbox and she ate 4 meatballs, grapes, cheese on toast for lunch and then complained she was still hungry. Tell me when she gets to school she'll be too busy playing and I won't have to pack 3x as much food every day!!!


Made the meatballs and some lentil patties to freeze. Can you freeze pikelets?




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