30/01/2015

Lunchbox: Friday, 30 January 2015



This lunchbox doesn't have a veggie in sight but is supposed to be a small lunch and a late afternoon snack for working long hours on a Friday. We doe have some fruit to make it healthier though...


I also kept this in mind when making the chicken mayo filling. First things first: what's in the lucnhbox? Chicken and mayo (made with 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt and 1 tsp mayonnaise and parsley) with mini pitta breads, 2 mini steak pies with tomato sauce (meant as the late afternoon snack) and pineapple chunks with mini figs.


For the Little One I pack mostly the same, just without the processed stuff (pies and tomato sauce). For her a premade mini pitta with a tsp of the chicken filling, half a cheesy kids sausage, pineapple chunks that are extremely sweet, a mini fig that she can eat with the skin and yoghurt. She isn't big on bread, my little meat eater so I will have to see what gets send home.


28/01/2015

Butternut Bake - Lunchbox: Wednesday 27 January 2015


I packed 2 of my favourite recipes: mushroom, onion marmalade and jalapeño sauce, which is great for steaks and fantastic cold as a dip, and butternut and mushroom bake. I didn't take photos the night before, which is such a shame as my non-veggie eating cousin loved both! I made lots with the idea of leftovers and this was all that was left! Also in the lunchbox: steak slices for dipping, carrot and celery batons and fresh prunes.

Butternut bake

This is so easy!
  • 1 packet pepper sauce
  • 1 packet brown onion gravy
  • 2 tubs pouring cream (500ml)
  • 1 kg butternut diced into large chunks
  • 500g mushrooms

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. In an oven safe dish, arrange butternut and mushrooms in a single layer.
  3. In a jug mix the sauce packets and cream, season with lots of pepper.
  4. Pour over the butternut and bake for 1 hour or until the butternut is soft.
  5. Enjoy!

19/01/2015

Quick Cheese and Fig Spread



I love Kiri Cheese as should be obvious from the many inclusions into my lunch boxes. Especially the spreadable container. It's a smooth and creamy, full fat cream cheese with a slight tang to it. Lovely on its own on crackers, bagels, rolls etc but even better jazzed up a bit.


Woolworth's introduced green figs and ginger in a gooey syrup especially for the cheese board. I took their idea one step further and in a bowl added about 1 tbsp of the syrup and 1 tbsp diced figs to ½ cup cream cheese. Mix well and refrigerate for an hour. Ta-da.


Spread on some wholewheat crackers for easy enjoyment!

15/01/2015

Lunchbox: Thursday, 14 January 2015


Aaah (contented sigh). How good it feels to be back to my PlanetBox lunch boxes... Such an easy way to control portions and they force you to think up at least 3 compartments: main meal, salad and fruit.


And as always the quickest way to fill it up is with leftovers for the main compartment. Here we have chicken and herbed pasta in the glass container making it easy to remove and heat. A feta and watermelon salad takes care of the fruit compartment and a green salad with some low oil dressing.

13/01/2015

Lunchbox: Monday, 12 January 2015

Leftovers! I love leftovers it just makes life (and lunchbox packing) so much easier and by immediately taking halve a large plate of food, and packing it away means it reduces my portion sizes.

Crustless quiche with lots of veggies, zuchinni fritters with mint yoghurt, pickled beetroot and a green garden salad. I added a bit of vinegar for the salad. Starting this year one a good foot?

 

How is yours going?

 

12/01/2015

Crustless Tuna Pie



If there is one recipe that truly brings back the greatest memories, it's this one. A favourite made in big quantities by my mom. Usually with the idea that we freeze one for later, but this pie is even better cold the next day so the 2 pies are gone almost as soon as they are baked. Hubby used to refuse to eat anything with warm tuna in, I assume a bad experience as a child, but after stealing a bite of mine we had a tuna pie war on our hands! Now we have to make 2 pies at all times! Thank goodness it's so easy.



  • 20 slices white bread
  • 800ml full cream milk
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1 large or 2 small green peppers, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 500g cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 packet/30g fresh flat leave parsley, chopped finely
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika


  1. Preheat the oven to a moderate 180 degrees C.
  2. Tear the bread up into pieces, pour over the milk and allow it to soak.
  3. After chopping the onions, green pepper and parsley (reserving some parsley for later) and place in a big bowl.
  4. Add the eggs and all but 1 cup of the grated cheese.
  5. Add the tuna and bread with the milk. If it's too runny add a couple of extra slices of bread. It should be the consistency of porridge.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper and stir well.
  7. Pour into a prepared pie dish and sprinkle over the reserved cheese, parsley and some paprika.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Eat while warm or enjoy the next day cold.

I hope this quick recipe brings as much joy to you and your family as it has for me and mine!

03/01/2015

Lunchbox: Monday 5 January 2015

I bought these lunch boxes at the local CNA shop, which is more a stationary shop but who cares, these are fantastic! The middle compartments can be removed. Actually all of the compartments are removable! Great for what ever you have in mind!



What it really works with is leftovers. Not just for lunch either but also breakfast and snacks.


I made another batch of crustless quiche and these were what I had as breakfast and 3 o' clock snack. They are yummy and so quick to make.

For lunch I added some leftover chicken and mushroom, creamy sauce and tagliatelle.


With that I added a nectarine and strawberry green salad. Another healthy and satisfying lunch.


Happy New Year!

December 2014 was a nightmare! We had so many birthdays and then also Christmas and I was one of the people responsible for the menu planning, shopping and cooking of a summer feast for 20 people, while have one hell of a hangover!


But with January 2015 we have new year and with some IT help I can access my blog again (I don't have access to a computer and that is the sole reason I haven't been able to share any new posts) but boy, do I have a lot to share.

Our Christmas menu was created without any hot dishes and no mayonnaise, which I wish I could explain, for a South African is almost impossible! I will add all the recipes soon for 2 reasons: so I won't forget them and so we can use them again next year.

But back to January 2015 and our first lunchbox of the year!


I love this big lunchbox with its many compartments. In the one I added full cream yoghurt, cheerio cereal and mini marshmallows, the little one's favourite!


Then on the other side I have the "snacks": flapjacks, hot dogs, mini cheese squares and grapes.



In the main compartment we have my famous rice salad and curry lamb kebabs/sosaties!


The first lunchbox was for the Little One but was enough for her and 1 adult and was great as is.

So here is to a new year, many new recipes and ideas, healthy eating and some great parties!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!