Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 7

Finally, we are getting down to the last set of photos… We had to say goodbye to the last Thermos insulated lunchpack. The top of one of the containers broke, so we got another Thermos insulated lunchbox set. Though rather pricey, it does keep dear son’s food hot until lunch time. The cost saving and health benefits of packing his lunch far outweighs the cost of the lunchbox, imho.

 

Monday: Chicken, oat and vegetable soup, steamed broccoli, cheesy tortillas. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad.

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Tuesday: Traditional Malaysian Vermicelli Soto – Blanched rice vermicelli, spicy chicken soup, potato croquettes,  shredded chicken, blanched beansprouts & minced scallions, chinese parsley. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Wednesday: Buckwheat soba salad, vegetable soup, baked Thai chicken nuggets. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Thursday: Salmon and herb filo parcels, pasta with pesto sauce and grilled cherry tomatoes. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 6

We are at week 6… hmmm almost halfway through! Have I been away THAT long??? Just realized… this was the week before the school vacation, and wow! I must have been burnt out or something – poor son had 3 rice days? It goes to show how important planning is prior to the start of the week 😦

 

Monday:

Cheesy tuna and wholemeal pasta bake, steamed asparagus, cherry tomatoes and tempeh chips. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt. Snack to share: wholemeal lamb pesto pizza

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Tuesday: Brown rice with spinach and mushrooms, salmon teriyaki, veggie spring rolls. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad.

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Wednesday: Flavoured rice, sweet and sour chicken, pickled veggies. Mid-Morning snack: Fruit salad and raw almonds

Thursday: Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce with wholemeal spaghetti, sesame sugarsnap peas. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad. Post-swim snack to share: Sweetheart brownies.

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Friday: Malaysian roasted chicken rice and condiments, salad and chicken broth. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad.

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Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 5

Let’s press-on… another week of packed school lunch ideas:

Monday: Cheeseburger and sugarsnap peas. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad. By dear son’s request, sigh, to take away the Monday blues. Oh well… hope this is ok, lean beef, hold the fries and soda.

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Tuesday: Home-made wantan noodles with prawn and chicken wantan parcels, prawn and vegetable broth. Mid-morning snack: Granola with fresh berries and yoghurt.

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Wednesday: Vegetarian quinoa chilli, guacamole, oven baked corn tortillas, cheese & spinach quesadillas. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Thursday: Parmesan crusted chicken tenders, baked wholewheat penne and broccoli in cheese, steamed broccoli. Mid-morning snack: fruit salad. Post-swim snack to share: Banana and walnut cake.

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Friday: School Trip Jungle Trekking / Hill Climbing Packed Lunch – Roast chicken and sesame pasta salad. Snacks: Fruit salad and assorted sandwiches.

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Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 4

As a mother to a 12 (going 13) year old boy whose schedule is packed with school and competitive swimming, healthy eating is important. By packing him lunches everyday, it gives me the confidence that my child is getting his nutritional needs met. It does require some planning, and mornings are a total chaos at times, however, seeing the difference that it has made on his health, energy levels, even mood regulation – it has provided me with the motivation to carry on with early morning cooking, even if at times the warm bed seems to be the best option. It has to be mentioned too that the cost of preparing food at home is just a fraction of getting this type of meals from restaurants.

Here is another weekly round-up of dear son’s packed school lunches:

Monday: Cheeseburger with broccoli, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Mid-morning snack: Granola, fresh berries and yoghurt. (Special naughty menu for Monday morning blues…)

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Tuesday: Home-made cream of mushroom soup, toastie cheese squares, sesame sugar snap peas. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad, yoghurt and oat crisps.

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Wednesday: Crockpot rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghur

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Thursday: Chicken broth with shredded chicken, veggies and wholemeal pasta. Mid-morning snack: Berries, granola and yoghurt.

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Friday: Spiced carrot and lentil soup, cheese tortillas and cherry tomatoes. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad.

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Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 3

Ideas for healthy school lunchboxes for another week:

Monday: Cream of broccoli soup with low GI bread, warm quinoa salad with carrots, grilled chicken tenders with asparagus. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

Cream of broccoli soup with low GI bread, warm quinoa salad with carrots, grilled chicken tenders with aspsragus. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

 

Tuesday: Buckwheat soba in Asian basil pesto sauce, veggie rolls, Thai meatballs and pesto dip. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

Buckwheat soba in Asian basil pesto sauce, veggie rolls, Thai meatballs and pesto dip. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

 

Wednesday:

Veggie chili with oven-baked yellow corn tortillas, fresh cherry tomato salsa. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Thursday:  Assemble your own falafel wraps and tahini sauce. Mid-morning snack: Fresh berries parfait and raw almonds. To share after swimming: Tuna puffs.

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Friday: Tuna and wholemeal pasta bake, steamed broccoli and cherry tomatoes. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Round-up: Lunchbox ideas for the week – part 2

Week 2 of the packed lunch round-up. Another rather short week due to long-weekend and 1 day off school for son who was feeling unwell.

Tuesday:  Pumpkin and spinach lasagna, twice-baked low GI crostinis with broccoli and walnut pesto spread. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Wednesday: (son stayed home as he was feeling unwell – no packed lunch)

 

Thursday:

Salmon cakes with steamed broccoli and cherry tomatoes. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt. Post-swim snack to share: Malted milk chocolate cookies.

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Friday:

Brown rice with cumin and broccoli, vegetarian kofta korma, chicken and spinach stirfry. Fruit cocktail jelly to share with friends (it was a very hot week!) Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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Round-up: Lunch box ideas for the week – part 1

Wow, I need to be better at organizing my time. Between family and friends visiting, school hols, illness – I have not had the time to even update this blog regularly. Lunches are still being packed, photos are still taken, however, the time to upload the photos daily have just slipped by. I will be putting up the round-ups of lunch boxes packed for dear son for the past few months for  now… Enjoy:

 

Day 1:

Roast chicken, steamed veggies and wholemeal pasta for lunch. Fruit salad and yoghurt for mid-morning snack.

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Day 2:

Crunchy buttermilk chicken tenders with honey mustard dip, steamed veggies and mashed potatoes and carrots. Mid-morn snack: Dragon fruit and pomelo.

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Day 3:

Brown rice with broccoli, teriyaki salmon, steamed veggies. Post swim snack to share: Cheese swirl brownies (to share) & choc milk. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad

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Day 4:

Buckwheat soba, vegetable soup, Thai beef and lettuce wraps. Mid-morning snack: Fruit salad and yoghurt.

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This was a four-day week due to holiday on Monday.