Chicken, mash & gravy
This is the Bostock's organic chicken. I like to buy great quality meat and getting it through our local co-op group means it's not much more expensive than the supermarket.
Roy LOVES gravy so I always try to retain the juices from cooking so I can make a simple home-made gravy (packet gravy is one of my pet hates lol).
The gravy goes pretty gelatinous until heated and then remains liquid as it's in the food thermos. Perfect for a rainy day lunch!
This is one of my go-to meals. A home-made Thai curry. I use pork, prawns or chicken depending on what I have available.
I love it as it's pretty quick to prepare and I can make a big batch that easily does 2 meals and a lunch (maybe 2).
I serve with either brown basmati rice or brown rice noodles. Then a stir fry veg or an Asian coleslaw type-thingy! This time I went for non-heated, blanched broccoli and beans finely diced with carrot, red peppers and daikon. What's in the fridge determines what goes in.
I also make an Asian dressing to go with the salad and often have crushed nuts to sprinkle on top too.
My boys love curries. Do your children?
Sausages, egg and potatoes
Found some German sausages made by a Kiwi guy who spent 6 years apprenticing in Germany. No additives, preservatives or fillers - just meat and herbs.
Would you believe the curry flavour is my boys favourite!!
Very simple lunch of left-overs.
Mince & spaghetti
Today the boys have mince and quinoa/rice spaghetti. They ate too much of it yesterday so I padded it out with some peas.
Adding the extra veg today gives me an internal tick too. Tonight we have a catered event at the school so I'm thinking veg will be in shorter supply than at home!!
Chicken & Potatoes (not reinventing the wheel ..)
So definitely not reinventing the wheel here with left-over roast potatoes, marinated chicken pieces, chopped veg and seasonal fruit.
The chicken and potatoes I reheat and send in a food thermos with a cheap spoon (read - it may not return ...).
Simple is good for me and the boys will not be complaining.
The advantage of using left-overs is that every day is different without me actually making the effort for that to be the case!!
As a busy working mum I'm super fond of one pot wonder dishes.
This was a beef and lentil stew that I cooked earlier in the week. It took me about 15 mins to prep (threw a few other veg to roast in the oven too) and then I let it slowly burble away.
The boys love hearty dishes like this and I love it because it's easy to make and chock full of all sorts of good stuff.
The only negative is the curb appeal. It just doesn't look great, especially when prepped to go in the lunchbox. And my boys have heard quite a few negative comments over the years (dog food among them!).
Oh well, that's life. Bet the thermos comes home empty anyway ...
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