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!

Bento lunch for you?

These days there is so much pressure on parents to make sure your children eat a well-rounded and balanced diet.

Photo source: Bentolicious

Maybe what has changed is the fact that unlike 20 years ago when a honey sandwich on white bread was the norm, parents are expected to know the latest ‘super foods’, the average quantities of white sugar in processed items and how to cook quinoa. Plus there is the ongoing struggle of fussy children with stubborn tastebuds.

Essential Kids recently put out an interesting concept -> Could Bento Style Lunches be the Key to Health Kids?

“Bento” traditionally originating from Japan contains rice, protein and vegetables arranged in a box shaped container. This trend has slowly been sliding into the western world and is becoming quite a fashionable way to prepare school lunches.

From my experience little birds love choosing food, touching it, helping prepare it. Maybe Bento lunch boxes could be the answer?bentolicious

If you need some amazing Bento style inspiration check out Bentolicious (she is amazing!)

It is important to remember that according to the NSW Government approximately 60% of children are not eating a sufficient amount of fruit and vegetables everyday.

Are your little birds eating enough fruit and vegetables? Maybe making your children’s food a little more interesting could help?

Here is a graph of the NSW government daily serve recommendations for children:

Age Fruit Vegetables
4-7 1-2 2-4
8-11 1-2 3-5
12-18 3-4 4-9

 

 

 

 

 

Note: One serve of fruit is 150 grams (equal to 1 medium-sized apple; 2 smaller pieces (e.g. apricots); 1 cup of canned or chopped fruit; ½ cup (125ml) 99% unsweetened fruit juice; or 1½ tablespoons dried fruit). One serve of vegetables is 75 grams (equal to ½ cup cooked vegetables; 1 medium potato; 1 cup of salad vegetables; or ½ cup cooked legumes (dried beans, peas or lentils).

Happy healthy eating little Nesters!