School Lunch Box Idea: Buckwheat soba with vegetable and Thai basil pesto

Buckwheat soba with veggies and Thai basil pesto, Pomelo and prawns salad, Dipping sauce for Veggie Rice Rolls

Buckwheat soba with veggies and Thai basil pesto, pomelo and prawns salad, Dipping sauce for Veggie Rice Rolls

Hello… it has been a quiet month on this blog. Actually, the reason for the quiet is simple – I have been so fascinated by the subject of teenage nutrition and cancer prevention through food that most of my free time has been spent on reading and website hopping. Between this, housework, and early morning chauffeur duty, the time for blogging has more or less trickled to none.

So what have I learnt? There are just so many ideas and theories out there and at this point, I know so little that it would be an embarrassment to disclose how little I know by trying to start a discussion on this. However, there are a few main themes that are sound as featured in Hadiths and outcomes of scientific research that I feel compelled to start putting the principles into practice. These are:

  • Eating more plant based food
  • Diversity in food choices
  • Food grouping

Undoubtedly,  as I learn more and feel more confident of putting into words what I am learning, the theories will be discussed in this blog. However for now, I will just share the outcome of my reading via the lunchbox menus and recipes. I do believe that one of the biggest acts of love for my child is by giving him foods that nourish and heal, setting him up for a great start in life.

Today, the menu for his school lunchbox is as follows:

Morning snack:


  • Fruit salad (an orange, grapes, red dragon fruit, nectarine, strawberries,) and low fat yoghurt


  • Buckwheat soba with vegetables and Thai Basil Pesto
  • Pomelo and prawns salad
  • Veggie rice rolls with dip

Buckwheat Soba with Vegetables and Thai Basil Pesto (adapted from vintagemixer and


  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil leaves (pluck and discard stems – I planted the stems hoping for the best!)
  • 1 tablespoon dry roasted almonds
  • 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 garlic clove

Place all ingredients in a mill and blend fine. Chill till ready for use.

Soba Noodles:

  • 1 portion soba – prepare according to package instructions, leave to cool
  • 1 1/2 cup prepared veggies – I used broccoli, shiitake mushrooms, carrots and strips of red pepper (same veggies for rice paper rolls)
  • 2 tablespoons Thai Basil Pesto

Prepare vegetables. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in pan. Stir fry all veggies till cooked but still crunchy.

Mix pesto to soba and add vegetables.

Pomelo and Prawns Salad

  • 2 segments of pomelo – remove from pith and break up into small chunks
  • 6 prawns – peel, de-vein and poach in boiling water for 2-3 minutes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • fresh mint and coriander leaves – sliced thin
  • Dressing – 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons light soy sauce, 1 teaspoon soft brown sugar – mix till sugar is dissolved.

– Toss all of the ingredients with the dressing and chill till ready to serve.

About mumstech
Retired at 40 after working in various industries including banking and financial services, oil and gas as well as higher education.Now a stay-at-home mum, cheerleader for husband and son, cleaner, nutritionist, cook, laundry lady, driver, clerk cum administration assistant, public relations, personal assistant... I never knew that squeaky clean floors can give me such satisfaction!

2 Responses to School Lunch Box Idea: Buckwheat soba with vegetable and Thai basil pesto

  1. Beckyy says:

    Thanks for including a link to my recipe. Glad you enjoyed experimenting with it! Also, your tips for teenage nutrition are right on for all of us! Great reminder.

    • mumstech says:

      Becky.. it was an AMAZING recipe! Loved it, loved it 🙂 and most importantly, it passed the taste test from my son. He wanted more! I will keep checking your blog for more wonderful recipes.

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