Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am to cooking what Jedward is to singing.
That is, more enthusiasm than talent.
(I just wish my enthusiasm could make as much money as theirs has!)
But I’m always prepared to give new recipes a go, and there’s plenty of places online to pick up tips and ideas for food that so simple even I can’t mess it up.
When it comes to feeding my boys, I’m focused on trying to get them to eat more vegetables just now. Not an easy feat when they sniff out anything healthy and reject it almost before they’ve tasted it.
But I’m not giving up. And during the Summer holidays they’ve had a thing for omelettes, french toast, boiled eggs and soldiers…..
Which is why I’ve been inspired to come up with some eggstra special solutions (see what I did there?) to our healthy eating dilemma.
In Scotland, we have just one week to go before the kids return to school. Our 7 weeks of Summer holidays have gone fast.
And now that I’ve got their new uniforms ready, pencils sharpened, PE kit ironed, all that is left to do is find healthy options to put into their packed lunchboxes.
So, ladies and gentleman, I present to you baked vegetable frittata.
Perfect for popping into the packed lunches on Monday mornings, as all you need is some leftover vegetables from your Sunday roast, and six eggs. Couldn’t be simpler.
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees (gas mark 4) and grease a medium-sized ovenproof flan or pie dish
1. Take a selection of cooked vegetables
2. Chop into small pieces
3. Beat 6 eggs in a mixing bowl, add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper
4. Pour into the dish, making sure the vegetables are spread out evenly
Place the mixture into the oven for 25-30 minutes, making sure the egg has set and the frittata is golden brown
Leave to cool before cutting into slices
But be sure to wrap the slices in kitchen foil and place into the packed lunchbox…..
Before hungry children get their hands on it and it’s all gone!
I was challenged by Sainsbury’s to come up with a healthy and balanced lunchbox meal for my kids to take back to school. For more ideas check out their inspiration site.