Monday, 14 September 2015

Packed Lunch Inspiration!!

Now that our two youngest daughters are back to school, we are in full swing with after school activities! The biggest challenge I face is making sure their packed lunch fuels them through the day and the after school clubs, right until dinner time!

Several years ago I came across the Planet Box System - it's brilliant!! I had to get it shipped over to the UK form America as they don't have an outlet or supplier here in the UK, but it was worth the wait!

Here are two weeks worth of packed lunches - apologies for any repeats - they LOVE grapes, carrots and they especially love Pease Pudding with Avocado!!

Lambs Lettuce, corriander and feta cheese with chia seeds together with carrot sticks and cauliflower florets to dip in the balsamic glaze, and almonds, orange segments and grapes to round off!! 

Avocado & Pease Pudding with lemon & black pepper, with carrot, dehydrated Mango, cashews and grapes and Black Pepper Oatcakes. 

Quinoa, potato, carrot, sweetcorn, tomato & spinach stew (cold) with carrot sticks and balsamic glaze, dehydrated mango, cashews and grapes.

Avocado & Pease Pudding (again!) with lemon & black pepper, pitta chips, tomatoes, strawberries and almonds with an apple and plain oat cakes on the side. 

Wholewheat spaghetti with pesto sauce, red & yellow tomatoes, dehydrated mango, grapes and strawberries. Also some black pepper oat cakes!

Rice & Bean salad with carrot and corriander, tomatoes, sweet baby peppers, fresh coconut, grapes and cashew nuts.

Wholewheat Penne Pasta & Pesto salad, carrot sticks with Balsamic Glaze, raisins, tomatoes, grapes and cashew nuts.

Lettuce, cucumber and feta salad, with a panda bottle of Chia seeds to sprinkle over the salad. Also, balsamic glaze to go with the salad and the carrot sticks and sugar snap peas. Two tomatoes, several grapes and a few pistachio nuts! Yum!!! 

Lettuce, coriander and sweetcorn salad with Balsamic glaze and Chia Seeds in the Panda Bottle to pour over the salad. We also have carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, tomatoes, orange mini pepper, grapes and cashew nuts.

In the salad we have Chinese Leaf, corriander, carrot, pomegranate and chia seeds! Then sugar snap peas, baby yellow pepper and carrot sticks with balsamic glaze. For desert, grapes, strawberries and cashews!

I hope this gives you some inspiration! I found the Bento Box accessories (the panda food picks and bottles) on Amazon.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Veggie Quinoa Scramble!

Have you ever wanted to get this variety of veggies into your child in one sitting?
Let me show you how I manage it :-)
This is a vegetarian recipe that can be made vegan with a little bit of tweaking!

Veggie Quinoa Scramble

Brussel sprouts
Sugar snap peas
Sweet potato
Oil to saute onions (I use coconut oil)

Chop up all of the veggies - you can add any others you would like - I aim for an even ratio of rainbow colours - the smaller you chop them the better if you are trying to get a picky eater to eat more veggies.

You will end up with a big bowl of very small veggies! Probably way more than you need for one sitting! I keep any chopped veggies I haven't used up in a container in the fridge, so I can cook this up quick at short notice, as it's the chopping that takes up all the time with this recipe.

Cook up the veggies. I usually 3/4 fill a 3 Litre pan with veggies and cook that - they don't need more than 6 minutes or so in boiling water as they cook up quickly! At this point I also pop some quinoa on to boil, usually around 400g.

Next, chop up a small onion very finely, and sauté in a large frying pan. At this point I start to feel like a juggler with three pans on the go!! Drain the veggies and drop them in with the onions and give them a quick stir around the pan - then drain the quinoa and throw that in the pan too!

Once the ingredients are all evenly (as possible) mixed up, then throw in 2 or 3 beaten eggs and stir as the eggs mix into the quinoa and veggies and cook.

If you want to keep it a vegan dish, you can either miss out the egg step altogether, or throw in some scrambled tofu.

My children love this dish with some fresh coriander stirred in and a squeeze of lime and a shake of Pink Himalayan Salt over the top - but feel free to add whatever you want (if anything). Cheese, Nutritional Yeast, Ketchup - the list is endless. If you want to make it even more exciting, you could add pine nuts, chick peas, olives, sundered tomatoes, again, the list is endless. 

This recipe should nicely feed a family of 4 :-) Happy eating!

Food Revolution!

Earlier in the year I signed up to become a Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador. As you can imagine, with 4 daughters, I am passionate about what children eat, and how to ensure they get the right nutrients to fuel their growing bodies. Some people think it's extreme when my kids only drink water, freshly extracted juice, or nut milks - but extreme to me, is children with Type 2 Diabetes.

The food environment that we have today is worlds away form the one that I grew up in, where every meal I ate was cooked from scratch with freshly made ingredients. Unfortunately, as cooking skills are lost, and the school curriculums push more academics at the cost of life skills, the situation gets worse every generation. 

The Food Revolution mission is to get compulsory practical food education into schools across the world, if you haven't already, I urge you to sign the Food Revolution Petition to support this.

 As a Food Revolution Ambassador I intend to share as much 'food education' as I can.
I hope you try out some of the recipes!