In the past I have posted many different recipes for protein balls. They are a huge hit in my house, easy to eat on the go, and light enough to give your kids before dinner time. I am going to share with you all the recipes that I have tried, as well as a recipe adaptation that I made earlier this week. All recipes can be made gluten-free by using certified gluten-free oats. To make them lunch box friendly use seed butter instead of nut butter.
Meal updates from last week:
The shredded beef tacos did not turn out like I had imagined. I microwaved the tortillas as instructed, but they all tore as soon as I rolled them up. The dish ended up looking really messy. The meatballs in the turkey soup were great, but the broth was very bland. I do not think that I will make this recipe again. The cranberry protein balls were a huge hit! The flavour and texture of these ones were very different from the peanut butter based ones. I will be making these again.
Love week, we will be eating in Monday-Thursday which includes Valentine’s Day. Friday we will be eating out, and we do not have plans for Saturday. The weather is supposed to be lovely so I will be firing up the bbq for two of my meals.
- Lasagne soup from @farmgirlsdabble I will serve this with a caesar salad (I have made this soup many times and it is a huge hit. I omit the ricotta when serving to my kids).
- Valentine’s Day menu:
Lobster tails with artichoke risotto from @travelcooktell and a green veggie on the side: asparagus, green beans or a salad. For dessert I will be making the no-bake cheesecake that I posted last week in Sweet Treats.
- Greek turkey burgers with tzatziki from @foodiecrush (I will serve this with a greek salad)
- Grilled Hawaiian chicken teriyaki bowls from tastesbetterfromscratch.com (I have made this bowl before, and the flavours are amazing together! I will be making steamed rice for the bowl base, not the coconut rice that the recipe calls for).
For breakfast this week I will be trying out a new recipe for oatmeal breakfast bites. For snack I will be going back to the protein balls from @thelemonbowl they have been the biggest hit in our house. This week I will be looking for recipes for protein balls that are lunchbox safe.
Don’t forget to print the dinner-list-3 for your weekly grocery shopping.
If your kids are anything like mine then as soon as they are home from school they are looking for snacks. It is a tricky time to feed children, they need something to tide them over until dinner, but giving them too much may impact their appetite. I always try to give a fruit or vegetable and a protein. Here is a list of kid approved snacks:
- smoothies: frozen fruit, half a banana, any type of milk, yogurt and a handful of spinach.
- banana split: cut a banana in half lengthwise, cover with yogurt and top with berries and nuts.
- ants on a wheel: thinly slice an apple, spread slices with nut butter and top with raisins. (sometimes we also add some chocolate chips)
- energy bites: our new favourite recipe is from @thelemonbowl
- home-made snack mix: pretzels, raisins, chocolate chips, Chex cereal and goldfish crackers. (this is also a great snack to send to school)
- cheese and crackers