Lunches for the week #4

Tuna and sprouts wrap, tomatoes, choc pudding

Tuna and sprouts wrap, tomatoes, choc pudding

This week, I have been looking at more on bento and making healthy, well-balanced meals for the family. A new book I got from the library, Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jennifer McCann. The book features simple vege-based dishes and even vege alternatives to meat-based dishes, complete with dessert. The book is organised by menus so it is great to create a fun meal to teach about a region’s cuisine. Love the ideas and will try out some next week. For this week, we had…

Monday – Pizza Chicken Burgers with red pepper, cheese and mushrooms, and Grapes and Cherries fruit cup

Tuesday – Tuna and Alfalfa Sprouts wrap with cherry tomatoes, and Chocolate Pudding with fresh cherries

Wednesday – MilkyBar liked yesterday’s lunch so much, he asked for a repeat (yaay!) so it was almost the same except we had steamed sweetcorn instead of the tomatoes, and had blueberries with the pudding.

Thursday – Tuna and Potato salad with Quail Egg Sailboats, and cherry tomatoes. (The sailboats are so cute!)

Friday – leftover Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Scoops, Chicken Nuggets, Baby Carrot cup, Alfalfa Sprouts and Cherry Tomato nest, with Teddy Bear cheese.

Tuna and Potato salad, Quail egg sailboat, tomatoes

Tuna and Potato salad, Quail egg sailboat, tomatoes

Chicken nuggets, Garlic mash potato scoops, Sprouts and Tomato nest, Carrot Cup, Teddy Bear cheese

Chicken nuggets, Garlic mash potato scoops, Sprouts and Tomato nest, Carrot Cup, Teddy Bear cheese

This week’s new vege was Alfalfa Sprouts. I just love this sweet, crunchy, mild sprouts. I put them in salads, sandwiches and even just munch them on the side. They are cheap and lasts for up to a week in the fridge. They are also value-for-money as I get many uses out of that one box. MilkyBar calls them Grass Sprouts 🙂 For some other ideas on cooking with alfalfa sprouts, take a look at Cooks.com.

Pizza Chicken Burgers (adapted from Better Food for Kids)

300g ground chicken (or beef)1 egg (beaten)1/4 cup red bell pepper (finely chopped)2 tbsp onion (finely chopped)1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs (I use panko breadcrumbs)1/2 cup pizza sauce/tomato sauce1/2 tsp each dried basil and oregano3-4 button mushrooms (sliced)Slices of cheeseHamburger buns (split and warmed)

In a bowl, combine the chicken, egg, bell pepper, onion, breadcrumbs, pizza sauce and the herbs. Mix gently til combined well. Shape into 6-8 evenly shaped patties (I prefer making them smaller).

Grill in the oven, on a lightly oiled baking tray til done. During the last few minutes, top each burger with a slice of cheese (cut into half if you need to) and a few slices of mushroom.  Cook til cheese melts. Serve on warm buns.

Pizza burger 1

Pizza burger 2

Pizza burger and fruit cup

Pizza burger and fruit cup

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