The Paleo diet is making waves even in primary schools, and while I’m reserving my judgement on the Paleo guidelines (no grains, no dairy, no potatoes, no salt, no refined sugar, no additives), I do agree we eat too much wheat in bread , pasta and pizza. So, to compromise, I devised a lunchbox menu that’s wheat-free and healthy, though it doesn’t qualify as strictly Paleo.
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 50g smoked salmon
- 1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced
Take a spoonful of rice and flatten it on your hand. Place some salmon and a slice of cucumber on top. Cover it with another spoonful of rice. Form into a ball. Repeat.
- 1 banana
- 1 cup lettuce or fresh spinach
- 1 apple, peeled and cored
- ½ avocado
- ½ cup coconut cream
Place all the ingedients in a blender and blend till smooth. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s very filling and full of goodness
- 3 courgettes, sliced
- ½ cup oats
- ¼ cup grated parmesan
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 200°. Coat the slices in oil and oats. Line on a baking tray and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake for 25 minute
- 1 large apple, cored and sliced
- 3 Tablespoons peanut butter
- ½ cup blueberries
Spread a slice of apple with peanut butter, cover with another slice of apple. Fill the hole in the middle with blueberries. Repeat
- 2 eggs
- 2 heaped Tablespoons shredded meat (ham, precooked sausage, roast chicken)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or chives
- slices tomato
Preheat the oven to 170°. Grease two muffin cups (or use paper or silicon muffin cups). Place the meat and chopped herbs at the bottom of each cup. Break an egg into each muffin cup. Place a slice of tomato on top. Bake for 20 minutes.
salad with egg
- 1 cup shredded lettuce or rocket
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ cup sliced cucumber
- ½ cup grated carrot
- ¼ avocado, diced
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced
Combine all the ingredients and place in a sealed container. There’s no need for dressing, but if your child prefers it, send it in a separate container.
(makes enough for 3-4 lunches)
- 2 cups defrosted and drained spinach
- 1 cup grated cheese
- ½ cup ricotta
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat the oven to 190º. Combine all the ingredients, place them in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes.
- 3 chicken drumsticks
- 3 teaspoons Marmite
- 1 carrot
Preheat the oven to 200°. Smear each drumstick with Marmite and place it in a baking dish. Add the carrot. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating the drumsticks once.
- 2 capsicums
- 4 slices roast chicken
- 1 tomato, sliced
- ¼ avocado
Cut the capsicums into big flat slices that resemble crackers or small breads. Spread a spoonful of avocado over each one, add the meat and the tomato slices, close off with another slice of capsicum.
[byline]By Eve Douglas[/byline]