With school starting again in September, I’ve been thinking a lot about packed lunches!
I HATE making packed lunches and it’s been 2 years since I’ve done it so I’m finding myself dreading it again. I just get so bored of making the same ham sandwiches day in, day out and I’m sure Isla must get bored of eating the same things all the time.
So, in a quest to try and liven things up a bit and keep those lunchboxes exciting, I’ve been thinking about healthy alternatives to the sandwich.
The other day, we made these lovely cheese and sweetcorn mini scones. At first Isla was not keen on the idea, but she couldn’t resist a bit of baking so succumbed!
They really are ever so easy to make;
- 175g (6oz) whole-wheat flour
- 15ml (1 tbsp) baking powder
- 50g (2oz) butter, chilled
- 50g (2oz) grated mature cheese
- 45ml (3 tbsp) sweet corn, canned, in natural non-sweetened or salt juice
- 150ml (1/4pt) semi-skimmed milk
- Egg and milk to glaze
- Mix the flour and the baking powder together in a large bowl
- Add the butter and rub into the flour, until resembles fine crumbs
- Add the cheese and sweetcorn and mix again
- Add the milk and combine together to form a soft dough
- Turn onto a floured surface and roll out until about 3cm (just over 1in) thick – cut out using either a mini cutter or a glass with a diameter of about 4cm (1 3/4 in) – this made about 28 mini-scones
- Place on a greased baking tray, glaze with egg and milk and cook in a preheated oven 230°C / 450°F / Gas 8 for about 10 mins until well risen and golden brown
As you can see, we made an assortment of sizes to try out the best. The small was too small and the largest were probably a bit big so the middle sized ones definitely worked best. They were delicious warm and Isla loved them without butter but personally I’d prefer a little (or a lot) of butter on mine!
For other great, healthy alternatives to sandwiches, have a look here; http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/29229/30-packed-lunch-ideas
If you have any packed lunch ideas, I’d really be delighted to hear about them.