Lunch box beef triangles
Finding lunch box items you can make in bulk and freeze is the perfect way to stay organised with school lunch boxes. These beef triangles will help the kids feel satiated with a good serve of protein, plus some nutritious veggies inside as well.
Photo: Nicole Avery
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- 1kg beef mince
- 2 carrots, finely grated
- 2 zucchini, finely grated
- 2 cloves garlic
- 140 grams tomato paste
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 6 sheets puff pastry
Preheat oven to 200°C and line two large trays with baking paper. Heat oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add mince, cook until browned, breaking it up as it cooks. Crush garlic into the pan, stir for a minute and then add carrots, zucchini, tomato paste and salt.
Reduce heat, mix the ingredients together and cook for 10-15 minutes. While this is cooking, remove puff pastry from the freezer and separate sheets, spreading out onto a clean surface.
Once thawed cut each sheet into quarters. Place ¼ cup mixture onto one quarter of the sheet, roughly in the shape of a triangle. Fold over the pastry to form a triangle and press down the edges with a fork to seal the triangle. Make a couple of prick marks with the fork on top of the triangle and place on the lined tray.
Continue this process until you have completed the two trays. Place in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, place on baking racks and allow to cool.
Notes: These can be frozen once cooked. Allow them to cool and store them in either freezer containers or freezer bags. Pull them out the night before and allow them to defrost in the fridge, ready for school lunches.
Nicole Avery is a Melbourne mum to five beautiful kids aged four to 15. She is the master organiser behind the popular parenting blog Planning With Kids and the author of a book by the same name, where she shares tips and tricks for organising the chaos of family life.