When my boys were younger, lunch was as hassle-free as breakfast. I always made sure we had a good supply of kid-friendly favourites like macaroni and cheese, soup, sandwich meat and oriental noodles and when lunch arrived, I just asked my boys what they wanted and they chose from the array of products in the cupboard and fridge.
But now Zackary is in Grade One and that means that I need to find ways to keep his lunches interesting and appealing so that he gets the nourishment he needs for a long day. The snacks are easy; I simply choose from a variety of Zackary’s favourites including pudding, applesauce, fruit slices, granola bars, raw veggies and fruit snacks to make sure that he gets different healthy snacks and treats every day. But keeping the sandwich interesting…now that’s a challenge.
I had been experimenting a bit with different shapes of sandwiches and wraps but I was starting to run out of ideas, so I did what I always do when I need a little inspiration for my meals: I visited the Life Made Delicious website and searched for lunch meals. And that’s when I found a recipe that would be a perfect replacement for Zackary’s sandwich…Ham and Cheese Muffins!
Ham and Cheese Muffins
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups (750 mL) Bisquick* mix
- 1 cup (250 mL) milk
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable oil
- 1 cup (250 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup (175 mL) chopped fully cooked ham
- Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottoms and sides of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. (Spray will work better than greasing or using paper muffin liners.)
- Beat eggs slightly in medium bowl with fork. Stir in Bisquick mix, milk and oil just until moistened. Stir in 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cheese and the ham. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) cheese over tops of muffins.
- Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve warm. Wrap and refrigerate any remaining muffins.
The muffins came out of the oven looking absolutely delicious. The cheese on top made it a little hard to take the muffins out of the pan but after carefully loosening the muffins with a knife I was able to pop them out of the tin and set them aside to cool. The boys each tried one right away and both declared them delicious.
The next day I packed Zackary’s sandwich container with a Ham and Cheese Muffin, a handful of carrot sticks and a wheel of cheese. Sure enough, there wasn’t a crumb left when Zackary got home from school!
And the best part is that the Ham and Cheese Muffins gave me all kinds of other great ideas for Zackary’s sandwich at lunch times. I could customize this recipe by using different types of meat and cheese. Or I could make other hand-held sandwich replacements like homemade calzones or mini quiches. The possibilities seemed endless once I started thinking outside the bread box!
If you’re looking for something new and different for your child’s lunch, give these quick and easy muffins a try and see what you think. They’re even great for a quick breakfast! And next time you need a little inspiration for your own child’s lunch, why not stop by Life Made Delicious and find out what types of tasty lunchbox additions the site recommends!
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