My theme for this week’s Blogging Marathon is “Lunchbox Recipes for Kids”. Now this is a very challenging theme for me because of 2 reasons: One: my 5 year old has become a very picky eater and packing his lunch is quite a challenge most of the times. Two: Schools don’t have microwaves to reheat the lunch, so whatever we pack has to taste good even at room temperature.
When my son was in kindergarten, his daycare had a very good lunch program. He had a vegetarian option everyday and the food was served hot. But now in kindergarten, school lunch menu has hot food everyday, but there are hardly any vegetarian options and so we have to pack him lunch. One thing we figured out is rice gets too cold and is tough to eat by lunch time, especially in winter.
My son loves meatless meatballs and after buying the store bought ones for couple of times, I decided to make them myself. They are pretty easy to make and they freeze beautifully for later meals.
I used MorningStar Farms Soy Crumbles. Reconstituted soy granules/ TVP can be used instead. I added oats to make the meatballs hold together and improve the nutritional value. Also I used flaxseed meal for binding. I shallow fried the meatballs this time, but the next time I want to bake them.