I had some spare tomato based sauce so embarked on one of my food experiments! I created a "lasagne" but used layers of white beans/lentils instead of the pasta sheets. Still of course stuffed all my veggies in between, plus rich tomato sauce layers and a cheesy sauce made from cottage cheese, eggs etc.
I thought it was great. Max wasn't as enthusiastic but it wasn't a fail and he was happy enough to eat for lunch the next day. It was filling and chock-full of nutrients. I also made a big pan so froze a chunk to wheel out sometime in the future when time is short ...
What do you think of the idea?
Today Joe is taking some meatloaf and brown basmati rice to school. But this isn't just any meatloaf, it's got one of my favourite nutrient boosters in it. Liver. Now I know liver is not top of many people's "I love that" list however, there are ways you can use it where you will never either notice the taste or the texture but you will benefit from it's awesomeness. Let me wax lyrical about liver for a while - it's stuffed full of great vitamins like Vit A, B-12, B6 and iron. It's the reason polar bears eat it first - they know it's the best bit! To make it more palatable you can just freeze in small portions and then grate some into mince dishes like meatloaf, bolognaise, meatballs and burgers. You won't notice it on the palate but you will receive all the benefits.
Have you tried adding liver to dishes?
Jacket potatoes are such a simple lunchbox winner. I put these in the oven as I was baking a meatloaf (and a meat-free dish!). Joe has some left-over marinated chicken and Max some egg. I also added some bean sprouts to the veggie pots as I had some spare. Great nutrient boost and a lovely, crunchy addition for the boys ....
Do your kids like jackets?
Boys will be happy today. Both have jacket potatoes with meat (or non-meat) balls and a thick and rich tomato sauce. They have pumpkin bread mark II as well. This is much better texturally than mark I and is fluffy and light. Still not perfect though - gah. Think mark III may just be the winner! I'm determined to perfect for next week's newsletter so subscribe to receive http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/subscribecontact.html
Would your kids enjoy jackets, meat balls and sauce?
I made San Choy Bau last night. Pork for us and prawn for Max. Iceberg lettuce is rubbish at this time of year and I'd found some awesome looking Cos at the markets so used that - which is of course more nutrient dense anyway. I added beansprouts (again a nutrient booster) and some chopped peanuts to give it crunch and texture. So this morning that's what the boys got in their lunchboxes. At the last minute I decided to heat the San Choy Bau filling and stuff that in the thermos. Means they will have to build them themselves at school so there may be complaints ...
I also gave them a piece of Pumpkin Bread each. New recipe I was testing and which they declared "one of the best flavours ever" and this from Max who is not a pumpkin fan! However, the texture was critiqued so I will try again tomorrow. Think I know how to fix it. They will never-the-less appreciate it in their lunchboxes and it's quite dense so nice and filling.
Have you tried lettuce wraps?
So today the boys are getting pies and pancakes and they will be delighted. Although Max surprised me last week when we were discussing Joe getting such negative comments on his lunchbox. He reckons that often he gets kids who are jealous of his fare. Now that is cool!
I made some pastry using a combination of butter, tapioca and chick pea flour and it's not bad. I filled it with a mixture of sauteed veg, herbs and cheese (with of course the obligatory green leafies added). What's not to like about a pie?
The pancakes were another wheat alternative test. I used brown rice and tapioca flour and they were nice but thin like a crepe. Then this morning I experimented using a different "liquid" and they were fluffy and thick. I'll send the recipe out to subscribers in the newsletter so if you're not signed up better jump on! ... http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/subscribecontact.html
Joe has a swimming competition today away from the school so sushi is a perfect lunch option. He has 8 individual pieces that I made yesterday and can pick one up whenever he is hungry. It will also be something that doesn't make him feel over-full. Alongside that he's got the world's largest apple and a GF, DF, SF, NF pancake - that both he and Max approved!
Sushi is so expensive to buy and yet is really, really easy and quick to make. I will send a simple recipe and video on how to create using just normal kitchen equipment in next week's newsletter. Subscribe to receive ... http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/subscribecontact.html
Most Sundays we have fish and if there's a new one on offer we will often try. This is Pearl that Roy pan fried and then added Cajun spices to half. Mighty tasty! Boys have left-over today in the thermos along with potato wedges and roasted parsnip.
I can guarantee they will both come home and complain that they are hungry. I reckon there are holes in the bottoms of their feet and the food just drops through. I am already planning another freezer for the teen years!
Do your kids eat ridiculous amounts of food?
Ooh, experimenting today - exciting for me, scary for the boys! I made some rice paper rolls with a cooking student on Mon (check out the photo below - he did an awesome job at 5) which gave me an idea. I had some left-over Mexican. It was prawns with a tomato spicy sauce but not enough to send for lunch with rice etc. So I teamed with spinach, corn, sour cream and a little cheese and parceled it all up in rice paper. OK so it's totally mixing cuisines but I reckon the boys will love them. They both complained yesterday that they wanted more food so also threw in a random not quite sure .. think sweet potato brownie ... that I found in the freezer too.
Fingers crossed they like them. Gut feeling is it will be a big thumbs up.
Do you ever mix cuisines?
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