Lunch Box: Monday 27 June 2016

Look - a healthy lunch box! Well, okay it has cheese and salami, so how healthy can it be? But look there is an apple and a plain full cream yoghurt! Makes up for the other choices right? Right!

So what do we have? Firstly, 2 open sandwiches on low GI bread, with mustard, salami and cheese slices. Then some Rosa tomatoes and sugar-snap peas. To be enjoyed with the sliced apple and yoghurt. Dairy, grains, vegetables and fats sorted!

I also added low fat corn and chicken soup (not homemade - who has time? - I bought this from Woolworth's) to ensure I am full and satisfied. Works like a charm.


Grapefruit Salad

Sometime I crave salads. It doesn't happen very often as I am not one of the healthiest eaters ever. In actual fact I am the complete opposite! But just every once in awhile my body goes on strike and requires fruit and vegetables.

This salad had both so it was really refreshing. We had it along-side a pasta dish to cut through the cream sauce. It had the following ingredients: lettuce, cucumber, red onion. baby tomatoes, micro vegetables (carrots and radishes) and beautiful ruby red grapefruit. We made a salad dressing with: vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and some sugar.


Thai Green Mince Curry

Hubby and I both love curry. It use to be either traditionala South African curry or Indian curry but we attended a cooking class once where we mad Thai Green curry with chicken. Because you can make this curry in 30 minutes (where all other curry require at least double that) we tend to eat this once every week. I sometimes add sour cream to the sauce. Sometimes with chicken sometimes with beef mince. I even tried lamb mince and it tasted great. Sometimes I add noodles, sometimes we have it just with the veggies and sometimes we do rice. So the same dish has about 20 varieties! What I do differently to most other people, is allow the sauce to be absorbed by all the goodies, so I don't do this watery version some recipies have.

What you need:

  • 500g mince
  • 1 packet Thai Green Curry paste (about 15g)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 500g stirfry vegetables
  • egg noodles (dried or cooked)

What to do:

  1. Fry the mince, while breaking up big clumps.
  2. Add the paste, sauce and coconut milk.
  3. If using dried noodles, squish the noodles in between the mince so they are covered by the sauce. Add some water if the sauce isn't enough.
  4. Add the veggies on top. Don't stir. Put a lid on and allow to steam for about 15 minutes (checking to ensure there is enough fluid in the pan).
  5. Open up and stir everything well.
  6. Turn of the stove. Add the lid and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy!


Boere Sjiek

We visited a very unique place located in Okavango Industrial Park, Brackenfell called Boere Sjiek. It's part decor shop, part gift shop, part coffee shop and a whole lot of fun. We were around the corner buying wood for a Barbie house (more on that later) and decided to stop for lunch. We each had a small pie and salad followed by red velvet cheesecake. How cute are these photos?


Baby got sick!

Nothing worse for a parent when a child gets sick. Even worse when baby is hospitalised! The Little One was hospitalised (the reason why the blog was so silent in May) with viral meningitus at Durbanville Medi-Clinic. We all hated the experience mainly because baby and one parent (read mother) had to sleep over for 3 nights.

We lived on take aways for the first two nights (KFC and McDonalds are just too close!) but then we realised we could order food for the parents for R20 each (less than a cup of coffee) at hospital. We decided it couldn't be worse than take aways so why not.

We were hopeful as the Little One enjoyed some really good food. She had chicken drumsticks, butternut and sweet potato mash, cream crackers and marmite. While getting her to eat I should note we struggled to clean our plates but for a completely different reason: there just was too much food!

I had chicken a la ching with noodles, carrots and broccoli, side salad and a passion fruit fridge tart. And boy was it good!

As mentioned previously, Hubby is tired of having chicken a la king so he had meatballs in tomato sauce with noodles, steamed veggies, side salad and chocolate mousse.

The Little One did not always enjoy the food (here she had noodles, quiche and veggies) but we gave her some nuggets one evening just to get her to eat. She ate so little she lost a kilo! Luckily we got out after the drip was removed...only for me to get sick with bronchitus! The joys of being a parent.


Daily Dietitian - Week 2 | Day 2 and 3

Another day of bliss because I don't have to worry about what's for dinner! And we have such a selection for Tuesday and Wednesday. I am loving the soups very much and the curries so far were great. Here is what we had:

Lunch was: Cauliflower pizza with tikka chicken, peppadews, avocado and spinach.
Served with a roasted butternut and lettuce side salad
Dinner was: Almond crusted hake with mustard, smoked paprika on potato rounds with green vegetables

Toasted coconut, walnut, seed and cranberry paleo granola



Lunch was: Carrot, sweet potato, and red lentil soup with Moroccan flavours and grain free seed loaf

(loved the soup but not so much the bread)


Dinner was: Proscuitto wrapped, basil and goats cheese stuffed chicken with quinoa and napoletana sauce, served with a side of broccoli
Sesame peanut bars

Rosemary and beetroot crackers with cottage cheese