HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : SAUSAGE ROLLS & SALAD ON A STICK

Trying to come up with healthy and varied school lunches is a bit of pain, don’t you find? We are nearly half way through the school year and I am already bored with our usual ones (like this one and this one),and I am not even the one eating them!!

I don’t mind making the school lunches. It is trying to make them interesting while keeping them balanced and healthy that I find challenging.  The brain has to work and, most of the time, the brain does not like that!!!

I have recently introduced this new lunch into our school lunch menu and it is working out a treat.
Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI have to say that I have never been a big fan of sausage rolls, mainly because usually the sausages were very poor quality and the pastry was too heavy and fatty.  However, I recently found small sausage rolls made with 80% meat sausages (when it comes to sausages, always try to buy the ones with the highest percentage of meat in them for minimum fat and maximum flavor) so I gave them a go –  lovely!

You could also try to make your own sausage rolls. I have made them before using this recipe and they are surprisingly easy to make and so much juicier! You can make a big batch, freeze and take them out as needed.

HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : Sausage Rolls & Salad on a Stick

Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI tend to vary the ingredients on the salad.
Some of our favorite ingredients are : tomatoes, avocado, peppers, cucumber, olives, carrots, spinach leaves, cheese
Healthy School Lunches - Sausage Roll and Salad on a Stick @ OrgansiingChaosBlogI sometimes include a tiny little container with some tomato ketchup or relish to dip the sausage rolls into. They love it!

Do you find school lunches challenging? What is your favorite school lunch?
Share with us!

Chaotic Itzi

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WEEKLY INSPIRATION : VALENTINE’S DAY

We are already in February and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Are you a Valentine kind of person?

Mr B and I never celebrated it until we had the boys and they became aware of the day. We are just not very romantic. Now  we have a “family date”, exchange cards and have breakfast in bed, all together. It’s lovely. The boys call it Love Day, and for us, that is exactly what it is.

Whichever way you celebrate, on your own, with your partner, in family, with friends… t is always nice to have some inspiration for the day.

VALENTINE’S DAY DECORATION

If you like embracing Valentines Day to the fullest and go all out decorating your home, this balloon arch is just super cute and it can be used from breakfast bar to cocktail bar as the day evolves…
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog
I. Am. Totally. In.Love. With. This. Chandelier. I just have to make it.
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog
And what about these love-heart garlands? Easy to make and ever so adorable!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingChaosBlog

VALENTINE’S DAY PRINTABLES

If you are too busy to make anything, or you are feeling lazy, or just not feeling at all, there are some amazing free printables that you could use to decorate your home and get you in the mood.

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Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingChaosBlog

VALENTINE’S DAY FOOD

Now, if you are traditional and you are planning a Valentine’s romantic dinner, this caprese salad as a starter would be only delightful, delicious and super romantic!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlogAn antipasto platter is totally down my alley and it means no cooking for anyone… It doesn’t get any better than this!
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog

Or if you want to something a little bit more special, you could have the seafood option.
Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog
And I believe that tradition dictates that chocolate must be had for dessert in Valentine’s Day, right? This walnut and chocolate cake is just the perfect treat, don’t you think?Valentine Day's Inspiration @ OrganisingchaosBlog

So, whether you are having a quiet one, a by yourself one, a family one or a romantic night, I hope you are now inspired to make the day a little bit special. For you at least. Because you deserve it!

Have an amazing weekend!
Chaotic Itzi

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RECIPE: BREADED CAMEMBERT SALAD WITH CRANBERRY SAUCE

If you like cheese, you are in for a treat.
Fried camembert salad with cranberry sauce - delish
This recipe makes the loveliest starter for a dinner party. It is nice, it is tasty and it is light – all the things you want in a starter. Camembert is a delicious creamy cheese in its own right and by coating it with breadcrumbs and frying it, you get a lovely crusty outside and a soft and creamy inside… just yum!

To make a starter for 4 people, you will need:
4 people (ha! I know, I am hilarious!)
1 big  cake of Camembert cheese cut into wedges
1 beaten egg
breadcrumbs
For the sauce:
190 g Jar of cranberry sauce
Zest and juice of ½ orange
Approximately 1 pint or 500ml of vegetable oil, heated to 180C in a heavy bottomed pan.
Fried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
How to:
Cut the Camembert cheese into wedges. Dip each piece into a bowl with the beaten egg and straight onto to the bread crumbs making sure they are all coated evenly. Let them rest and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
To make the sauce, mix the cranberry sauce, orange juice and zest in a bowl. You can have the sauce warm by warming it slightly in a saucepan while frying the cheese but cold is also works a treat.

Heat the vegetable oil to 180C and deep fry the Camembert for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown, crisp and delicious. Remove it and place it in a plate with some kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil.
My favorite starter - Organising ChaosFried Camembert with cranberry sauce and salad - so good
Serve the breaded cheese with the sauce and a side leafy salad dressed with a light vinaigrette.

This is the kind of starter that you can prepare in advance and just fry as your guests are just sitting at the table.  You’re guest will love it. And if the don’t, they don’t deserve to be your friends… get better ones, you totally deserve it… I am only joking… not really

Fried camembert with cranberry sauce - delish . Organising Chaos

Invite friends and see what they think and if they deserve to be your friends…;-)
Chaotic Itzi

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HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : MAKE YOUR OWN SANDWICH

The end of the school year is close, I can nearly see it. The boys keep asking when school is finishing, when we are going to Spain (in August), when is their birthday. They are tired. They are looking forward to the summer holidays, the freedom, the heat (hopefully), the late evenings and sleep ins. And so do I.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - Full school lunch
At this point in the year, they are also tired of the same school lunches so I am trying to freshen it up a little bit.

This lunch is all about kids building the sandwich themselves. It is just a bit of fun as it can be eaten as a sandwich all together, they can eat the little bits separate or combine them as they want, but it always gets eaten in its entirety.

If you don’t have a lunch box with loads of different compartments and you don’t feel like buying one at this stage of the year, silicone cupcakes cases are ideal to keep all the different ingredients separate, they are easy to wash and reusable.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich
Today I used bacon, rocket, tomatoes, cheese and crackers, but I want to share with you some other suggestions for this DIY LUNCH that work very well in our house.
Bread : crackers, savory rice cakes, brown bread, mini bagels, small roll, panini…
Vegetables : rocket, spinach leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, spring onion
Meat : cooked bacon, sausages, ham, turkey, pastrami, salami, smoked salmon, tuna, roasted chicken
Other : cheese, hummus, mayo, cream cheese, gherkins, relish, mayo mustard.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - rocket and tomatos
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - fruit and treat
In our house, getting the my kids involved in the planning and making of their lunch works a treat – not only do they eat it better, but it is also lovely to see how much they grow feeling responsible and part of the decision-making process, it is very special.

What is your kids’ favorite lunch? Go on, share!
Chaotic Itzi

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CHAOTIC FISH TACOS

You know when you find yourself cooking the same 10 things over and over? I am there. So there… So I have been looking for new recipes, but they need to be family friendly, not too complicated, healthy and nutritious. Not too much to ask, right?

We are great fans of Mexican food in my house and we love fish so I thought Fish Tacos would a safe enough bet.
OCB - Fish Tacos Feast
The great thing about this recipe is that you can leave everything prepared and fry the fish at the last minute. Super handy!

FISH TACOS (Serves 4)
400 gr of white fish – I used haddock
1.5 tspn cayenne
1.5 tspn paprika
1.5 tspn ground cumin
1.5 tspn ground coriander
salt and pepper
flour
2 eggs
lime
coriander
OrganisingChaosBlog - Fish Tacos
Cut the fish into small bits and pieces and season it with salt, pepper, the rest of spices, the zest and the juice of half a lime.
Coat the fish with the flour, dip it into the egg and fry it in a pan with very hot oil. It will only take a couple of minutes. Take it out onto a plate with some kitchen paper. Squeeze half of the juice of the lemon onto the fish and sprinkle some coriander.

BLACK BEAN RICE
400 gr tinned of black beans
500 gr of cooked rice
2 garlic cloves
olive oil
Add some olive oil to a pan and add the drained and rinsed black beans over medium heat. Let them cook for about 5 minutes and add the crushed garlic cloves, cook for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add the rice and cook it for further 7 minutes until the rice is warmed through. I live serving it with some spicy tomato sauce or with some spicy jalapenos.
OCB - Fried rice with beans
You could make a lovely salad with cabbage and onion or just add your favorite fresh vegetables.
My original plan was to serve it with soft tortilla wraps but my Chaotic (and foodie) Monkey convinced me to get the “crunchy ones”, so we had them in the taco shells.
Some garnishes for fish tacos
This one has definitely made it to our menu, it will become a regular…
OCB - Fish Tacos Feast for the family
Have you got any suggestions? Something new and fresh?
Chaotic Itzi