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Excerpted from The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes of MOMables
There is a popular restaurant that serves fried raviolis as an appetizer. My daughter tried them once and loved them. Not wanting to eat fried foods at home (not to mention the mess of frying anything), I decided to bake them instead. This recipe was an all-around success!
1 1/2 cups (175 g) plain Panko bread crumbs
3/4 cup (90 g) plain bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons (4 g) Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon (5 g) grated Parmesan cheese
3 eggs, beaten
24 frozen cheese raviolis
Olive oil spray
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C, or gas mark 7), and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow bowl, mix the bread crumbs, salt, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil, cook the raviolis for 3 minutes, drain and allow them to cool for 5 for 10 minutes.
Begin the breading process by adding 4 raviolis at a time to the beaten eggs, and flip to coat. Transfer to the Parmesan and breadcrumb mixture, and toss to coat well. Place on the baking sheet.
Repeat the breading process with the remaining ravioli. Coat lightly with the olive oil spray and bake for 15 minutes.
Serve with ¼ cup (60 g) Veggie Tomato Sauce (see below)
For a school lunch: Make these ravioli for dinner the night before. Double this recipe if necessary. In the morning, lightly warm the ravioli and pack in a lunchbox. They are meant to be eaten at room temperature.
YIELD: 24 baked raviolis
Veggie Tomato Sauce
This is my go-to recipe for all things tomato sauce. With extra veggies and the option to make it in the crockpot or on the stovetop, it’s perfect for pasta, pizzas, school lunches, and dipping!
1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 rib celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon (16 g) tomato paste
2 cans (28 ounces, or 1.6 kg) tomato purée
1 tablespoon (13 g) sugar
Crockpot directions: Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low. Using an immersion blender, purée the sauce so that no veggie chunks remain. Add water if needed for a lighter sauce consistency.
Stove-top directions: Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, carrots, zucchini, celery, onions, garlic, and salt. Sauté until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute more, stirring constantly.
Add the puréed tomatoes and sugar, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and purée with an immersion hand blender until smooth. Return the sauce to the heat and simmer until thick, 10 to 20 minutes. For a thicker sauce, simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
YIELD: Approximately 5 cups (1.2 kg)
If you don’t have an immersion blender, cook the sauce thoroughly and allow it to cool. Mix in your
blender (in small batches) so that no chunks remain.
We all know that kids need to eat right and get the nutrition they need to be their best all day long. So why not make lunches that will power their growing brains and bodies? Making lunches at home is a great way to keep your child healthy. Not only does it allow you to nourish your child with the most pure and wholesome ingredients, but it also gives you the peace of mind of knowing what has gone into every bite your little one takes. Full of recipes to suit every age and stage, The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the Planet shows you how simple and easy it is to prepare food that'll be the envy of the lunch table. The 200+ adorable and inspiring recipes in this book are just as much a joy to make as they are to eat! There are even entire lunchbox meals that are gluten-, soy-, and/or nut-free. Make your own super-delicious, super-nutritious homemade lunches today--it's guaranteed to be at the top of the class!