Lunches for the week #1

This week we had abit of a rush around – getting back into our daily routine and working out our timings as MilkyBar’s class had to move to different location. So this week’s school lunches were fast and simple.

On Wed: Baked Sweet Potato chips, served with leftover Tuna and Cherry Tomato Pesto Pasta (will write about this some time soon)

On Thurs: Rice and Broccoli Casserole – we loved this! This was adapted from Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh book that I borrowed a few weeks back. It is simple to put together and was really delicious. Leftovers also kept well as we had the remaining amount for dinner too.
As I am abit finicky when I cook chicken, I added in a couple cloves of garlic and sliced ginger to the rice. I used Thai brown rice instead of white and I decided to keep all the vegetables green so I omitted the carrot and kept the broccoli, green beans and peas. This is definitely a keeper!

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Tyler Florence’s Chicken and Broccoli Casserole (adapted from Tyler Florence’s Start Fresh)

1 tbsp olive oil
2 chicken thighs
1 head broccoli (cut into florets)
Mix of green peas and green beans
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic (mashed with the back of your knife)
2 slices ginger (mashed with the back of your knife)
1 cup Thai brown rice
1 1/2 cups water/chicken stock
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Salt and pepper the chicken and add to the hot pan. Brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.

Browned chicken

Browned chicken

Add the vegetables to the same pan and saute til bright green. Remove and add to the chicken.

Saute veges

Saute the veges

Heat the butter in the same pan. Add the garlic, ginger and rice. Lightly salt. Stir the rice til coated in the butter.

Cooked brown rice

Cooked brown rice

Place the rice into a casserole dish with a lid. Pour in the water/stock.

Place the chicken on top of the rice, and then the vegetables. Cover with the lid.

Bake in a preheated oven at 170C, for about 35-40 mins. The rice would have absorbed all of the liquid and the chicken should be fully cooked. Serve warm.

Plated up and ready

Plated up and ready

Am going to have a lunch-out on Friday so that rounds up this week’s school lunches. Have a great weekend, everyone and let me know if you try out the recipe!


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