Friday, August 27, 2010

Cheesy Lunchbox Muffins

I found this recipe from The Sneaky Chef by: Missy Chase Lapine and it's a great way to sneak in carrot and sweet potato as well as some apple into your child's diet!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vege or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup orange puree
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced cooked ham, turkey, salami or bologna if desired (I didn't add it since I typically spread peanut butter on his muffins for protein)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375, line muffin tin with paper liners (if used, I just sprayed them)
  2. In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  3. In another mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce, orange puree, cheese and optional meat. 
  4. Fold dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until the flour is just moistened - don't overmix
  5. Fill each muffin cup almost to the top, spooning about 1/4 cup batter into each 
  6. Bake 25-27 minutes until tops are golden brown
  7. Serve warm or wrap and store in refrigerator (for up to 3 days) or freezer (for up to 3 months)
  8. Defrost and place in lunchbox with an ice pack
     
    Result:

    Kye loves them and I think they will be SO useful for when Kye has a little lunchbox to take to school. I like that I'll be able to offer him variety other than just pbj and that he'll be eating something healthy without even realizing it!

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