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The new school year is here! If you’re having a bit of trouble thinking of baon ideas, here are a few recipes you can steal:

1. Veggie Frittata with Chicken Fingers

Makes 6 servings
Takes 30 minutes

  • Sauté 1 diced medium onion, then 3 minced garlic cloves in 2 tablespoon butter until soft but not brown.
  • Add 1/2 cup each diced artichoke hearts, sliced mushrooms, and grated zucchini, and 1/4 cup grated carrots.
  • Cook until soft but not brown. Beat 6 large eggs well with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Fill silicone baking cups with vegetable mixture about half way up. Top with egg mixture then with 1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce and more Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then lightly scrape the sides to loosen each frittata.
  • Pack with chicken fingers.

Baon trick: Make this dish healthier by adding 1 cup cooked quinoa to the veggie mix, and substitute any of the veggies with your child’s faves.


2. Italian Rice Balls Box

Makes 6 servings
Takes 50 minutes

  • Sauté 1 chopped medium onion and 3 minced garlic cloves. Add 1/2 kilogram ground beef and 3/4 cup frozen green peas. Add 1 1/4 cup prepared marinara sauce. Set aside.
  • Combine 4 cups freshly cooked rice, 1 large egg, and 3/4 cups Parmesan cheese.
  • Using a resealable kitchen bag, mold about 1/2 cup of rice around a cube of mozzarella cheese and beef filling into a ball. Tightly compress.
  • Roll in seasoned Italian breadcrumbs (breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and dried parsley, oregano, and basil).
  • Lightly fry in extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat. Then bake, 1/2 inch apart, for 20-30 minutes at 350°F until cheese oozes.
  • Pack with meatballs, veggie sticks, and marinara sauce.

Baon trick: Make this for dinner, then pack the leftovers for next day’s lunch.


3. Sweet Potato Pancakes with Fish Fingers

Makes 6 servings
Takes 30 minutes

  • Coarsely peel then grate 1/2 kg. Taiwan kamote. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 3 finely chopped scallions, greens only, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Drop rounded tablespoons of the chunky batter into a frying pan on medium-low heat and flatten to form a pancake. Fry on each side about 4-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  • Meanwhile, season 2 cream dory fish fillets with extra virgin olive oil, capers, and calamansi. Slice fish fillets into fingers. Grill on an oiled grill pan until opaque.
  • Pack pancakes with sour cream and fish fingers.

Baon trick: Mix carrots into the kamote mixture, too.


4. Baked Veggie Macaroni

Makes 6 servings
Takes 30 minutes

  • Sauté 1 chopped medium onion in extra virgin olive oil. Add 4 minced garlic cloves; do not brown.
  • Add veggies: 1 chopped small head of broccoli, 1 chopped large zucchini, 8 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped unskinned eggplant, 1 chopped large green bell pepper, 1 coarsely grated large carrot, and a handful of freshly chopped basil leaves. Sauté until softened; cool for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook 1 400-gram pack of macaroni shells. Blend sautéed vegetables in blender or food processor until puréed. Drain pasta.
  • Mix sauce with cooked shells. Top with mozzarella cheese and basil; bake.
  • Pack with garlic bread and fruits.

Baon trick: Salt and pepper each additional vegetable that’s added to the mix.


5. Three-Bean White Chicken Chili

Makes 6 servings
Takes 20 minutes

  • Sauté 1 chopped medium onion and 3 minced garlic cloves. Add 300 grams chopped boneless chicken breast, and cook all the way through.
  • Add 1 400-gram can each cannellini beans, pink beans, and baked beans or in equal parts, if not using the entire can.
  • Season with a dash each of ground cumin, ground sage, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Finish with 1 227-gram can drained pineapple tidbits.
  • Pack with steamed rice, steamed broccoli florets, and homemade chocolate chip cookies as a snack.

Baon trick: Use your choice of canned beans and lean meat like ground turkey, or swap white rice with brown for a healthier option.

This article was originally published in the June 2015 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines magazine. 


Source: smartparenting.com.ph

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