My objective this September is to get you thinking “outside the Lunchbox”! Preparation is the key to better, more varied lunches, and the good news is it’s not as hard as you think!
Today’s Lunchbox: Lemon Basil Tomato Soup (recipe on blog, here: easy and delish, one of my most popular recipes), homemade Sweet P Biscuit (100% whole grain, recipe will be up on blog this week), strawberries, hard boiled egg and a Grizzly Paw from the freezer (p. 124 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families).
Today’s Tex-Mex school lunch: Leftover Cowpoke Chili (easy, non-spicy veggie chili at p. 71 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families), low-salt organic tortilla chips, seed and raisin mix, local apple. (Chili made enough for last night’s dinner, today’s lunches, and two future school lunches (frozen in, you guessed it, mason jars!)
Soup, Salad & Biscuit Lunch: Frozen Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup reheated this morning, leftover kale salad (try the simple & delicious Krazy Kale Salad in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 82), homemade whole grain tea biscuit from dinner last night (try the Georgia Buns at p. 88 of my cookbook) and an apple.
I pack deli-box style lunches all the time. They’re easy, because they don’t involve a “main course”, just a random assortment of smaller, healthy items, in this case: a Good Morning Muffin (frozen, will defrost in the punchbag by noon, recipe at p. 33 of my cookbook, Real Food For Real Families), a hardboiled egg, some white cheddar cheese, whole wheat pita triangles, local cucumber & peach slices, a plum, and about a 1/4 c. of mixed seeds (for some healthy fat).
This lunchbox features leftover cold pasta tossed with leftover roasted veggies and a little pesto sauce (but you could use any healthy salad dressing). If you’re looking for an easy pesto recipe, you can try my Popeye Pesto (in my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families at p. 74) or my Kale Pesto
This lunchbox contains a favourite treat in my house, a “Suntella” and sliced strawberry sandwich. The Suntella is a school-safe, healthier version of Nutella that you can quickly whip up at home from basic ingredients, including sunflower seed butter, cocoa, honey. The recipe can be found at p. 44 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families. Along with the sandwich, I’ve added a local pear and some sliced raw veggies to round out the lunchbox.
A great way to keep variety in your lunches is to plan for leftovers by making extra the night before. In this lunch, I heated up extra veggies that I roasted the for the previous night’s dinner, along with refrigerated pre-cooked pasta and a little jarred natural spaghetti sauce from the store to make a healthy Roasted … Continue reading Love Your Leftovers Lunchbox
This balanced school lunch features: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (have you tried Mama’s Chicken Soba Soup at p. 56 of my cookbook, Real Food for Real Families?), local carrots, grape tomatoes, strawberries and plum and as a healthier treat, a homemade Grizzly Paw (p. 124 cookbook, made in advance and frozen, it will defrost by lunchtime).
Since the release of Real Food for Real Families in late May, I have been receiving almost daily feedback from parents, kids, aunts, grandparents, teachers, sitters, etc., who have picked up a copy and started getting more real in the kitchen. I thought I’d collect a few of them up and share them with you. Every time I receive a positive response it makes my heart smile, because it means one more family out there is embracing real food.
[slideshow_deploy id=’2038′]I’m thrilled to share some photos from the launch of my cookbook, Real Food For Real Families. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the launch — all 200 of you! It was a beautiful evening at St. Mary’s Book Club where friends old and new came together to sample some of my … Continue reading Real Food For Real Families launched at St. Mary’s Boat Club
This is a fabulous demonstration of the misleading nature of food marketing targeted at our kids. The processed foods we feed them daily are not healthy, notwithstanding claims of “no sugar added” or “whole grains and high fibre”. The sad state of our commercial family food system is the reason I wrote my cookbook, due … Continue reading watch this video, this is why I wrote the cookbook!