After a week of cheating on my daughter’s protein choices, I defrosted a pound of ground turkey (Makinajian’s!) and decided to squeeze whatever creativity I had in my system to think of creative things to make.
I made a basic turkey mix of ground turkey and added – all minced well via food processor – onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, celery, and flax seeds, steel-cut oatmeal. I mixed everything well by hand until the ingredients were incorporated, and preheated the oven to 350 degrees. I then started making various shapes, and dropping them onto lightly greased (canola oil) Corningware dishes.
I made tiny mini meatballs, mini hamburgers (or hambagu without all the lovely brown sauce), as well as meatballs with frozen peas pressed around them to create a cute pattern. These were put into the Corningware dishes, covered, for about 35 minutes, and then set out to cool. I tried to get creative with the hamburgers, pressing frozen veggies into funky patterns along the surface. I’m planning on freezing many of these so I can use in future lunches.
Today’s lunch consisted of:
Turkey hamburger with a funny moustached face (mouth is ketchup) on a bed of frozen vegetables, seasoned with a little soy sauce and ginger vinaigrette. Almost looks like Mr. Bobinsky from “Coraline“, but the mustache doesn’t twirl up!
Whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce – sauce has sliced sautéed red onion, maitake, white button mushrooms (conventional) and Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Seasoning
Boiled egg – yes, I just pressed it into a round shape with my hands while it was warm so it would fit in the bento box. It was pretty nifty! A light sprinkling of sea salt on the surface
Hopefully she liked her lunch!