Egg-free Quiche

Egg-free Quiche

Yes I know “Egg-free Quiche” is a bit like “tyre-free car” and it was the first thing Max said .. “Mum, aren’t quiches made from eggs?” Well yes, generally they are however as part of my prep for the GF & Allergy Show this weekend I have been testing all sorts of things. Egg-free recipes have been a focus as it’s not something we generally do but of course eggs are a common allergen. The quiches turned out to be a total winner. All three boys gave them the tick – YES!!! So today Max has 4 kumara (sweet potato) mini, egg-free quiches, a slice of zucchini pizza and ironically 2 cooked egg yolks!!

Healthy vegetarian lunchbox
Joe has pretty much the same but traded the yolks and 2 quiches for a sausage.

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Little Parcels Lunchbox

Max at school camp so Joe gets to be chief tester (guinea pig)! Yesterday I was making all sorts of wraps and rolls ready for my stint at the GF & Allergy Show so that’s Joe’s lunchbox today. And I can tell you he’ll be delighted. He has veggies and a little cheese in the nori and rice paper and then an egg wrap with cheese and apple chutney … http://www.theartofnutrition.co.nz/blogLunchbox Joe - 14 (1 of 1)

Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls

Fun, healthy lunches Rice paper rolls

Yesterday I was doing a big kitchen stint (when I have time I bulk cook) as today and tomorrow we have after school activities that limit what I can do for dinner. I had 250gms of mince beef that needed using and also had to step up and provide Max with some exciting vegetarian fare. Decided to make some rice paper rolls. As I had water boiling and frying pans going it wasn’t a big deal. Did mince, fried mushrooms and broccoli plus ginger for Roy & Joe. For Max (at his behest) I did raw, crushed peanuts, chopped lettuce, sesame & tamari, raw mushrooms, brown rice noodles and grated cheese (not very Asian with the cheese I know but it was the compromise and actually tasted OK!!). Max got 4 rice paper rolls and Joe 3 plus some chick pea crackers and I know they will love this lunch. A little different and something they will really enjoy. Go Mum!!

Fun vegetarian Lunchboxes Rice paper rolls

Wraps

Lunch Wraps

Have been recipe testing – which the boys love and hate in equal measure. Today was a love day as I’ve done some rather successful brown rice wraps. Joe has his filled with mince, veg and cheese (to be melted). Max’s have cheese and home-made tomato sauce. They roll and stay together well. Good one Mum!! They were also very excited as my lovely neighbour gifted us some home-grown damsons. We all LOVE the tartness and the sweetness.

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Quick healthy vegetarian Lunchbox

Kumara Quiche

Kumara Quiche

The kumara (sweet potato) quiche I baked yesterday for Max was well received and of course makes the perfect lunch fare. Here he’s taking a big chunk of the quiche and some baked cauli tots in the thermos. He also has his standard chopped veggies, a piece of fresh corn, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries and cherries and watermelon. No prizes for guessing what season we’re in!

Healthy Vegetarian Lunchbox

Re-learning How to Cook

Re-learning How to Cook

As Max is determined to remain a vegetarian for a while I need to rethink the way I cook. It is not enough to dump the meat and add some melted cheese or an egg. I am gradually getting better at providing meals that are tasty and nutritious without the traditional proteins I would add. But I am still a long way off being confident that I am providing a balanced diet and being able to serve enough decent protein substitutes and fat to keep Max satiated. Not only do I not want him to feel hungry but I want to make sure he is looking forward to meals with the same enthusiasm he used to. Ahhh, to be at a less busy point so I have the luxury of spending hours perusing new recipe ideas. But alas that is not so. I have however, made a promise to myself that I will do one recipe specifically for Max every other day so I am at least moving forwards and getting closer to serving the sort of food that will tick all of my boxes.

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The lunchbox shown is Joe’s from this morning. Chopped veg, corn, nectarine, plum, home-made yoghurt with fermented strawberries and blueberries. To go in the thermos a marinated chicken wing, a zucchini fritter and some potato wedges. Max got the same but minus the chicken wing and I added a broccoli burger and some melted cheese (yes I resorted to the melted cheese … sigh). In my defense the broccoli burger was a new recipe and it rocked!

Non grain quiche

I am feeling very smug about tonight though. Check out the Kumara (sweet potato) Quiche. It looks and smells fab and I tasted the mixture and can confirm that if Max doesn’t like it I will be quite happy to snarf the whole lot.

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Max’s Moral Stand

Max’s Moral Stand

So my lovely Max has just started at Intermediate School. It’s a big step up in terms of maturity and responsibility. Now he needs to leave a lot earlier for school, catch the train to and fro and generally be more independent. It’s been such a positive move for him and he’s loving it all. Mon night he came home from school and asked whether he could go vegetarian. We discussed his reasons for choosing to do this and he explained what he was thinking and what he had researched. I said that it wasn’t a problem but a little more warning may have been helpful. To which he replied “we eat so many veggies anyway it’s not exactly going to be a huge difference!” True ….

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I’m getting into my stride now so today for lunch he has corn, a nectarine, a plum, mixed chopped veg, veggie nori rolls (no rice just veggies) and to go in the thermos a jacket potato and cheese). There is also a totally sugar free (as in no sugar or sugar substitutes) quinoa muffin. I don’t bake for my boys … poor neglected little mites .. but I do test recipes for my programs and then they are the very willing recipients of the samples 🙂

Lunchboxes

Lunchboxes

So (and the irony is not wasted on me) the lady who spends countless happy hours creating food art from fruit and veg prepares very bog standard looking lunchboxes!

Fun, simple lunchboxes

I do not have the pretty boxes with all the little compartments to beautifully present every last morsel. But what I do have is:

1. Nutritious meals – every day.

2. Food that is soooo quick and simple to pack.

3. Lunches that sustain my boys from their big breakfast to their big dinner in the evening.

4. Vibrant colours that provide a variety of tastes, textures and nutrients and that can be eaten quickly and easily (busy boys).

5. Different foods every day of the week.

This is a standard “summer” lunchbox for us. It contains:

1. A pot of 5 types of chopped veggies (we always have raw veggies for lunch)

2. A pot of fruit – who doesn’t like apricots and cherries – yum!

3. Home-made yogurt with fermented blueberries (which the boys love). I have frozen it in deference to the weather so it’s a squeezy popsicle.

4. A piece of fresh corn. Gotta be done!

5. A thermos with fish and roast potatoes (leftovers from the evening meal)

Packing a meal like this literally takes no time at all and most is done the night before (fruit washed, yoghurt frozen etc.). Once you’re in a routine it doesn’t seem like a psychological hurdle or chore – although boy am I glad when holidays roll around!

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