Getting creative with packed lunches and Bacofoil® #ad

This year my children announced that they no longer want school dinners, so I knew that I was going to have to make packed lunches for them, and I would need to be a bit creative to ensure they didn't eat the same thing every day. Bacofoil® challenged me to make a different school lunch every day for a week, to show how their Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags are great for storing food as well as transporting lunches securely.

My daughter is difficult to make packed lunches for, because she doesn't like to eat bread, so I have to find alternatives for her which are healthy and ones which I know she will eat. My son is easier, and genuinely would eat sandwiches every single day of the week, so I have to look at options for him that are different too.

Although my daughter doesn't like bread, she loves eggs and vegetables and pasta, so there are plenty of options for her. I made both children these omelette bites. They are so simple to make. You just need a muffin tin, a mixing jug, eggs, milk and cheese. Add three eggs, a splash of milk and a handful of cheese into a jug and mix it well with a fork. Season with salt and pepper and then pour into a muffin tray. This recipe should make around 6 omelette bites. You shouldn't need to oil the muffin tray, because of the texture of the bites. You then pop them in the oven for around 5-10 minutes and then you can pop them into a Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags and then into a lunchbox. These can be eaten hot or cold, which makes them a very versatile option. The Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags ensures that food is stays fresh and the flavour is protected too. I found that because of the easy stand alone base to the bag, it made them very easy to fill and also to store too.

On day two they both had cream cheese and cucumber wraps. These are incredibly simple to make but are a good option for children. I cut the skin off the cucumber because they were home-grown and for some reason the skin tasted really sour!

The third day I decided to try sending them with a hot lunch. I made jacket potatoes in the morning, cut a cross in the top and added a dollop of butter and some cheese. When they were baked, I wrapped the potatoes in Bacofoil® The Non-Stick Kitchen Foil a few times. The children said they were just about warm enough for them when it came to lunchtime.

Although my fourth lunch probably wasn't that creative, it was my son's absolute favourite, Marmite sandwiches, and I couldn't deny him them once in the week! For the final lunch, I made my daughter pasta in a tomato and mascarpone sauce. I actually put this into a Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags too, and was happy that it didn't leak thanks to the tight seal the zip creates. In fact, my daughter said it was really easy to eat it out of as well. The bags are very durable due to the fact they are made out of a high quality, tear proof and water resistant film.

I also have a very quick recipe for you as a treat for doing all the packed lunches, it's a roasted plum breakfast, which is delicious, and you could use the plums for a pudding instead if you fancied it!

 First, I chopped the plums and removed the stones. Then I placed them on a baking tray on some Bacofoil® The Non-Stick Kitchen Foil. I sprinkled ground ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of sugar and baked them in the oven at around 180 for twenty minutes.

You need to cook on the non-shiny side as this is the side with the unique BacoLift® surface which stops the food from sticking. I was really impressed that none of the plums stuck to the Bacofoil®, and they were really easy to remove. When I got them out of the oven they smelled absolutely amazing. I put some muesli in a bowl, with vanilla yoghurt and chia seeds and placed the plums on top. 
The additional benefit of the BacoLift® surface is that because the food doesn’t stick no holes will be created in the foil, stopping any oil or grease from seeping through saving on the washing up.

I placed the leftover plums in a Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags and popped them in the freezer to use at a later date.

It tasted really delicious, and was a wonderful treat to come home to once I had dropped the children off at school. I was really impressed with all the products that I used and will definitely continue to use them in the future. I love that the Bacofoil® All Purpose Zipper® Bags are re-usable, so there is less waste. I found that washing them thoroughly was the easiest option for after they had held a really messy lunch. That way I could continue to use them again and again.

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Bacofoil® I received products and payment for the purpose of this post. All opinion is my own and is honest and fair.