Ham and Cheese Muffins

Lunch box ideas are few and far between in my household. I’ve been so used to cooking for my kids at home for so long, it’s been a challenge. I’m thinking some of you have the same issue as well? Especially since these days so many schools are nut-free so the easy go to peanut butter and jelly sandwich option is out the weekly line up.

That said, I’ll be concentrating on recipe testing more lunch ideas since my kids are going to school more often! These ham and cheese muffins are great for the lunch box and you can even add an optional vegetable. Cheese is yellow and yellow squash is yellow, so it’s invisible. Just saying.

Cheese Muffins

Furthermore, since my youngest loves to deconstruct everything and anything.   Every time I give him a sandwich, one part lands on the floor the other in his high chair.  This time, I made his sandwich in a form of a muffin. It’s perfect for our outings and play dates. These young toddlers are curious and picking apart food is so common! This hopefully will e a quick and easy fix.

Substitution options: If you don’t eat ham, you can replace it with cooked turkey bacon as well. For those with egg allergies, I’ve also made these with flax-seed instead of using an egg. All you need to do is substitute the egg for a flax-seed mixture. All you will need is:

1 egg = 1 mixture below

  • 1 tbs. flax seed meal
  • 3 tbs. hot water

Mix the meal and hot water and wait 5 minutes to produce a thicker “egg like” liquid.

It does come out a little less moist using flax-seed, but it’s still delicious. These are perfect right out of the oven and are so tasty! This ham and cheese muffin is perfect for breakfast, lunch or even as a side dish for a meal.

ham and cheese muffins recipe

Ham and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 c. cooked chopped ham (we used Thanksgiving leftovers, but any will do)
  • 1 1/2 C. flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c. grated yellow squash (drained with paper towel)
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 stick of melted unsalted butter/ 4 tbs
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder - to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a bowl, mix first 6 ingredients until well combined (flour, onion powder, baking powder, salt, chopped cooked ham and cheese).
  3. In another bowl, mix milk, egg, squash and melted butter
  4. Mix cheese mixture with milk mixture (bowl 1 + bowl 2) until well combined
  5. Grease a muffin tin or use cupcake liners. Fill muffin tin about 3/4 of the way (enough to leave for rising)
  6. Tip: mini muffins will cook faster so I always check it at 15 minutes for mini and about 20 for regular sized muffins. Use a toothpick to check, when it comes out clean it's done!
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Cheese Muffins

If you’re looking for more lunch ideas try these Corn Dog Muffins 

 

 

4 Ingredient Turkey Pot Pies

After Thanksgiving, it’s easy to get tired of eating turkey day in and out.Turkey Pot Pies PhotoNaturally though, it’s hard for me to throw it away leftovers.  If you’re bored with turkey and mash potato or turkey sandwiches, this is a must try. This recipe only has 4 ingredients! You can also do this with left over chicken and make chicken pot pies.

Ingredients:

  • Crescent dough – Store bought
  • 1/2 c. cooked chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/2 c. canned cream of chicken / cream of mushroom
  • thawed garden vegetables
  • chicken seasoning or salt and pepper

Procedure:

Turkey Pot Pies Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 400f
  2. In a bowl, mix turkey, cream of chicken and sprinkle a little chicken seasoning or salt and pepper. Set aside
  3. Using a glass or cookie cutter, carve out circles of crescent dough
  4. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray and carefully place dough in each circle
  5. Add turkey mixture into each circle
  6. Using the leftover dough, cut strips and place it on top as shown above
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, check at 15 minutes for desired browness

Healthy “Candy” Apples

I’m always looking for healthy snack alternatives. I try to give my son protein along with his fruit. Here’s a perfect combination! Candy Apples 2My toddler’s current obsession is being Mr. Independent so I let him dip his own apples.  The crimson gold miniature apples I found at the store is the perfect size (see the photo on the right for size comparison).

We use also use silicone divided plates so he doesn’t have 3 separate bowls to throw on the ground! They’re non-toxic and we use them daily.

Tip: If you can’t find the small apples you can use a melon roller and just scoop small pieces out.  PLEASE be very mindful of your child’s age as it may be a choking hazard. You can also cut it up into thin circular chips for younger kids.

Ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Popsicle sticks or skewers
  • Peanut butter
  • crushed almonds

Procedure:

  1. Wash apples and poke a stick or skewer into the apple
  2. Dip in peanut butter manually or use a butter knife
  3. Dip in almonds
  4. Enjoy!

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