|Various bits of meal prep for the week ahead|
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|Fill your sandwiches with real foods, these are|
mini-baguettes, so not too much bread here.
Personally, I don't eat sandwiches very often, and I don't like giving the kids the same thing every day. We've pretty much stopped eating ham and pepperoni/salami because of the sodium and fat content. Instead I fill them with chicken salad or any leftover meat that we have from dinnertime. There are plenty of meat-free options too, like avocado and falafel.
Breakfast is a bit more limited, even though we sometimes mix things up with Asian foods like congee (Chinese rice porridge) or dumplings. Last school year, I found I was preparing some variation of wheat and dairy every single morning, which is not a very balanced or satisfying breakfast. Now, I am making the effort to keep this to once or twice a week, and adding lots of fruits and sometimes vegetables to the equation. Opting for using homemade nut milk instead of cow's milk, wheat for oats or gluten-free flours (I use Trader Joe's for the pancakes, but it's a work-in-progress, so no recipes yet.)
Ultimately, to keep things super-easy, just make more of something for dinner and use the leftovers to pack a perfect lunch.
|Now this is a balanced and substantial breakfast!|
I love parfaits – layers of fruit, yoghurt and granola...
it's like dessert for breakfast!
.. for breakfast
French toast (GV)
Oatmeal / Porridge (GF)
Spinach & mushroom omelet
& ON THE SIDE
Fresh juice or a smoothie
.. for lunch
Chicken salad sandwich
Burgers or Meatballs
Any leftovers (pasta, soup, curry...)
Hummus & carrot sticks
Fresh fruit or vegetables
|Thankfully, I have kids who like salads, a great way to mix things up with whatever is in the fridge, and get the greens in!|