A look at the new FUNtainer® range by Thermos®


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What containers do I use for the twins?

IMG_4016Now I have the twins, I find myself cooking and preparing more food so when I was approached recently by Thermos® to help them launch their kids range known as FUNtainer® I was thrilled. Not only is Thermos® a respected Australian brand but their unique technology means that you can keep drinks cold for up to 12 hours and warm food such as soups hot for up to 5 hours, or chilled food like yoghurts cold for up to 7 hours, eliminating the need to be worried about lunchboxes overheating – how fab is that? 

Recently Jess Rowe (aka the crap housewife) and I were involved in a media launch for the children’s range of FUNtainer®, in which we spoke about common parenting issues, and together cooked a range of FUNtainer® friendly recipes mums can use to expand the range of lunchbox options we pack for both pre and primary school aged children. 

A couple of my favourite recipes that the twins love, Banana Bites and Turkey Balls (included below) work perfectly with FUNtainer®, as I can pack both warm cooking and chilled snacks and travel around for the day without worrying they won’t be kept at the right temperatures.

IMG_4017Even more importantly for me, is the water bottles I use with the twins? As I naturally want them to drink mostly water, I need the water to be appealing and since we have added FUNtainer® drink bottles with Disney Designs, the twins cannot get enough of their favourite fire engine and cars water bottles (and mum is happy). 

So if you have been looking for some child friendly containers that work with your desire for your little ones to eat more fresh, home cooked, unprocessed food, look no further than FUNtainer®. For more information about Thermos® products, and the Thermos® FUNtainer® range, visit www.thermos.com.au.

IMG_4018Banana Bites

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 large bananas, mashed

1 cup rolled oats, raw

1 cup pitted dates, chopped

1 cup coconut, shredded (for rolling)

Method

1. Combine the mashed banana with the oats and dates in a blender for 1 minute.

2. Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until firm.

3. Roll the mixture into small-sized balls in your hands.

4. Coat the balls in shredded coconut and store in the fridge.

Turkey Balls

Serves 4 

Ingredients

500g turkey mince

1 medium onion, finely diced

1 zucchini, grated

1 carrot, grated

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup fresh herbs (rosemary, time, oregano, marjoram)

1 cup reduced fat grated cheese

1 tbsp. olive oil

Sauce

250ml tomato pasta sauce

1 can 420g can tinned tomatoes

1 tbsp. olive oil

4 cloves garlic

Method

1. Mix onion, turkey, carrot, and zucchini. Combine with egg, panko, cheese and herbs. Roll into small balls. 

2. Add olive oil to frypan over medium heat and cook for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Meanwhile, simmer tomatoes in small amount of olive oil, with garlic and pasta sauce. 

3. Serve sauce once reduced with turkey balls.

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