As I mentioned above, my daughter is a huge fan of fish. Fish is rather tricky to prepare and keep delectable in a packed lunch. Besides tuna salad or tuna sandwich, I found myself struggling to pack a nicely cooked piece of fish for my daughter until I discovered how easy unagi was to prepare. Purchase frozen unagi, cut into small kid friendly portions, wrap up and freeze.
When you are ready to prepare your kids lunch in the morning, simply unwrap one piece of unagi, toss it on a hot non stick pan and pan sear on both sides for 3 minutes. I prepare rice the night before so I can reheat it in the microwave for 40 seconds before packing it into her lunch box. I add a side of raw cucumbers tossed in a light sesame dressing and sprinkle chia seeds for added nutrients. The beauty of unagi is that, even if it’s warm or cold, the flavor and the texture of the fish remains the same and tastes just as good.
I know some may think fried rice sounds unhealthy to serve. But in actuality, fried rice made at home, your way, is not unhealthy and can be a delicious way to get your kids to eat some of their basic food groups. I would say most kids can’t say no to fried rice. It’s really a perfect one pot meal. I toss in frozen vegetables such as corn, carrots, peas, but it can be any vegetables your kids like.
One whole egg provides essential nutrients and protein which is a plus. You can add another protein of their choose, shrimp, chicken, beef, pork, anything your kids enjoys. And lastly, I like to use avocado oil when I do stir fries. So now you’ve got some healthy oils and omegas mixed into your rice. You can also try brown rice, quinoa or riced cauliflower as rice substitutes. Store in a thermos and you’ve got a complete meal. Throw in some fruit on the side and your kid will be a happy satisfied camper.
Macaroni Chicken Noodle Soup
Ahhhh chicken noodle soup. Another classic favorite of ours right? So why not pack it as a lunch? This lunch is especially nice during the fall and winter when it’s chilly out. If you can’t make your own broth, just purchase chicken broth from a store, add shredded chicken, pasta, vegetables and simmer together before packing.
Sometimes I’ll toss in fun shaped hams to change it up. Invest in a little cutter so you can jazz up the meals. As you can see this one pot meal includes yet again all your major basics; starch, protein, and vegetables.
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