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Take Some Time to Save Some Time on Healthy Lunches

Homemade Lunch Rolls

Making lunches before school was always such an ordeal at our house.  With kids going different directions and with different schedules and tastes, it was a huge challenge every weekday morning.

 

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But one year I started doing something that made a big difference.  And yesterday I recreated it with four grandsons: We made pizza and ham-n-cheese rolls.

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Back in the day, about once per month, I would make a large batch of these rolls.  Then I would  individually wrap and freeze them, and each morning the kids could choose the kind they wanted (or make another kind of sandwich) and pack their own lunch.  Since the roll was frozen, it would slowly thaw until it was just right at lunchtime.  

It seems like a big job, but the kids had fun helping to make them, and then the morning routine was much faster.

You Will Need:

 
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Makes 12-15 Lunch Rolls

  • 2 cups organic whole wheat flour, divided
  • 2 cups organic unbleached white flour, divided
  • 1 TBSP yeast (or two packages)
  • 1 cup organic whole or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup organic raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic butter
  • 2 organic eggs, beaten
  • Fillings such as pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sliced ham, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, left-over shredded chicken, pulled pork, etc

Step One:

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Make the Dough

  • Blend 1 cup each of whole wheat and white flour, add the yeast and stir together
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  • Heat to about 100 degrees (it should feel slightly warm to the touch) the milk, sugar, and butter.  Do not overheat or you will kill the yeast.
  • Slightly beat the eggs with a fork
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  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and blend on low with a hand mixer
  • Add the eggs and mix at medium speed for 3 minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup of white flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and blend, using a wooden spoon
 
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  • Remove the spoon and blend with your hand until the flour is incorporated.   Add enough of the remaining flour to get a smooth and slightly sticky dough.  You don’t want it dry.
  • Pick up the dough and pour 2 tsps organic olive oil on the bottom of the bowl.  Put the dough on top of the oil and turn it over and over until it is coated.  This will prevent the dough from drying out.
 
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  • Cover with a clean light dish towel, and let raise until double in size.  This depends on the temperature of the room, but it will take at least an hour
 
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  • Gather your fillings
  • When the dough has risen double, punch it down and clear your workspace.  Since I had helpers, I cleared the whole counter!
  • Take about a 1/3 cup size of dough, and flatten it into a circle about 5″ across and 1/4 inch thick

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  • Add your fillings–pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, or ham and cheese (Sun-dried tomatoes and olives would be great!  Or chopped broccoli and cheese!)
 
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  • Fold up three edges and pinch together, and then fold up the rest and pinch together to hold the filling inside
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I did it!
  • Place the rolls on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray
 
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  •  Brush with butter.  This will help the rolls to bake a golden brown color.  
 
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  • Allow to raise for about an hour.  The won’t get significantly bigger, but you’ll see the dough gets puffier.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until golden
 
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We had these for dinner last night with watermelon and cucumbers!

 

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Yum!
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Even the pickiest eater ate it!
 
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And the one-year-old loved it!

Lassen’s carries a selection of fun lunch boxes to help reduce lunchtime waste!  This one is a full kit! 

 
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Or you can add these fun reusable containers to the box you already have
 
 
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How do you like this stainless steel stacking set?
 
 
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Or a spaceship fabric set!
 
 
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With a little planning and preparation, making school lunches doesn’t have to be stressful!
 
 
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Happy Back to School!
 
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Bulgur… Not Just a Pretty Name!

Need a Quick Meal or Side Dish?

Back when our family was small and finances were thin, I learned to cook pretty economically.  Here is a light main dish or simple side dish from those lean days that we still love. 

Bulgur Pilaf

A few years ago I bought a 10-lb bag of Bulgur Wheat and dry-canned it with an oxygen absorber, and since then I have made pilaf for pennies per serving.  We have bulgur wheat in our bulk section, and we also carry Bob’s Red Mill Bulgur.  Bulgur can be used in soups and baked goods, too.  This pilaf recipe is a great way to try it if you’ve never had it.  

 

 
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Bulgur is whole wheat that has been parboiled and dried, then ground.  It is used a lot in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking.  If you’ve ever had tabbouleh, you’ve eaten bulgur!  Here is a recipe for Authentic Lebanese Tabbouleh that sounds amazing.

Bulgur Pilaf

 
These amounts will serve 2 for a main dish, or 4 for a side dish.
 
First, heat 1 TBSP of olive oil or butter in a sauté pan that has a lid.
 
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Then pour 1/2 cup of bulgur wheat into the pan and stir it around while it heats and starts to get toasty-brown.

 

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This will take about 5 minutes, depending on how hot your pan is.  Don’t let any of it burn!

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This is The Super-Easy Version:  

Turn the heat down and add 1 cup of water (it will boil up and steam like crazy), 1 tsp beef or vegetable flavoring, and 1/4 cup of frozen mixed vegetables.

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For Slightly More Labor:

If you’d like to use fresh vegetables, just chop them into small pieces and steam them for a few minutes to get them partially cooked before you add them to the bulgur.

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Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover with a tight lid, and then let it lightly simmer for about 10 minutes.  You’ll want to check it every few minutes.

When the water is absorbed and the vegetables are tender, it is done!  You can serve it either hot or cold.

So Simple!

I usually make this as a side dish for dinner, and then have leftovers as the main dish for lunch.
 
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Bulgur is a whole grain, so it is chock-full of healthy nutrients and fiber.  It is filling and delicious, with a wonderful nutty flavor!  This can be a great addition to any of your Spring-time meals!

 
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