{Cook & Hack} Cookies for days

As a mum to four I am always on the lookout for easy ways to make lunchbox prep just that little bit easier. It not only means the kids are fed (WIN) but also that I maintain my sanity (Bigger WIN).

Today’s tip is for freezing cookies.

I often find myself going back to the same recipe and just altering it, depending what’s in the pantry. I have listed the recipe I use below, it is one of those recipes that has been changed over the years but seems to keep going through the years. Having said that, I imagine most cookie recipes would be adaptable to this method.

I will make this recipe, then plonk it onto baking paper ->

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Next roll into a long sausage and cut in half ->

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Roll the logs in baking paper, then surround with glad wrap ->

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Write on them (if you choose) then whack them in the freezer. I don’t know officially how long they last, but we are yet to find some that don’t unfreeze well.

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Simply pull them from the freezer about 30 minutes before you want to use them. The beauty of the freezer-roll-idea is that you can just cut little discs to put on the baking tray.

These little cookies made a great addition to the school lunchboxes.

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INGREDIENTS

250g butter (softened)

1/4 caster sugar

1/2 can condensed milk

2.5 cups of self-raising flour

METHOD

Preheat oven to 170º

Step 1: Beat together the sugar, condensed milk and butter.

Step 2: Slowly add (and stir) the flour.

Step 3: Mix in any additives you have in the pantry. (See hint below)

Step 4: Place teaspoon size balls onto a lined baking tray and slightly push down.

Step 5: Cook for approximately 10 minutes in preheated oven.

HINT: Our common additions are sultanas, sprinkles, chocolate drops.
We also sometimes plop a dollop of jam or nutella on top of the cookies before going in the oven.

Cookies cook VERY quickly.
They are ready once they start to change colour.

{The Nest Health} Snack Attack for Weight Loss

So there is this lady and she is pretty smart and pretty and clever and stuff.

She just also happens to be the leading weight loss motivator in Australia and so when she talks we listen.

Michelle Bridges knows her stuff so when she tells us what snacks are best for weight loss we sit up and listen (and stock our fridge accordingly). snacks

You can find the snack list here -> Best Snacks For Weight Loss

Happy health Nesters x

 

{The Nest Eats} A crabby apple and pouting worms..

We all know how much little birdies eat.

A lot of time you will spend an hour making something healthy and delicious only to be faced with the wrath of a mini titan demanding only a vegemite sandwich. CUT INTO TRIANGLES – NOT SQUARES – ON THE BLUE PLATE – NOT THE GREEN ONE!

Having said that, we have stumbled onto some fantastic ideas to make healthy food just a little bit more fun!

Thanks to the team at Lolly Jane for this great collection.

Here are a couple of our favourites!

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Happy eating Nesters x

{The Nest Cooks} Feeding the starving little birdies

Starving. Wasting away. Haven’t eaten in like one hour!

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When the little birdies come home from school they are often ‘famished’ (or so they say!) and finding ways to fill their tummies can be really painful!

You want something healthy. Filling. Delicious.

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The team at Mums Grapevine have put together a list of 10 Healthy After School Snacks to give you some inspiration. avocado

Happy eating Nesters x

{The School Run} 50 Freezer Friendly snacks for kids

I know one thing for sure, most mama-birds and papa-birds make the resolution to be smarter with the little birdies lunches at the start of the school term. Then, unfortunately by week three it is vegemite and cheese sandwiches on white bread and a slightly tarnished green apple.

Today we have some beautiful Freezer Friendly Lunchbox Snacks to give you some brilliant inspiration!

This way you can go on a cooking rampage on the weekend and not have to worry during the week and simply do the last minute freezer grab to pack their lunchboxes before school.

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This was first published by our talented friends at One Handed Cooks – go there, they rock!

You’re welcome Nesters!

{Food} Snack on this, and no it’s not a soggy pear or ‘gourmet’ Vegemite sanga..

Some days I am very motivated and my children eat the proper serves of fruit and vegetables a day, drink copious amounts of water and spend the afternoon snacking on organic hummus and carrots. Then, more commonly are the other days where a Vegemite sandwich is turned gourmet because I slap on a slice of Kraft ‘plastic’ cheese and cut it into triangles. one handed

Preparing healthy, delicious and nutritious meals some days is tough but is made easier by the fabulous team at One Handed Cooks.

I can honestly say they have saved my kids from a future of honey on toast and a soggy pear cut into quarters.

They make meals that are easy, practical and completely possible whilst holding a sack of potatoes on your hip (read: unhelpful, teething 10 month old) at the same time as negotiating with toddler bird on the pros and cons of wrapping the cat in toilet paper.

Plus, you now have less of an excuse for baby bird (and the whole family) to eat poorly when out-&-about or snacking. One Handed Cooks have provided a generous list of healthy snacks you can make and take with you. Some of the fabulous choices are:

  1. Edible necklace
  2. Kale chips
  3. Fruit skewers
  4. Roast pumpkin loaf
  5. Quinoa balls
  6. Muesli bars
  7. Apricot coconut balls
  8. Vegetable sausage rolls
  9. Mini spelt pizza
  10. Roast veggie tarts
  11. Meatballs

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I really recommend putting One Handed Cooks into your favourites, for in time your little birdies will thank you for it.

Happy cooking nesters!

Hide some vegies in this wonderful slice

Sneaky zucchini, hidden carrot, less obvious onion.

This zucchini slice recipe from TASTE is a big hit in our little nest.

photo source: Taste

photo source: Taste

We don’t always follow the recipe exactly. This is the place to hide those lonely leftover vegies at the end of the week before the next shopping trip. We have often added mushrooms, capsicum, corn and peas. The variations are endless.

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 375g zucchini, grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 200g rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Happy cooking (and sneaky vegie hiding) Nesters!