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6 Healthy Lunchbox Recipes

Nowadays, food boxes are all the rage, especially among office workers, students, and those who follow healthy diet. Instead of eating in a cafeteria or cafe, many people take food from home. Therefore, we would like to bring to your attention 6 lunchbox recipes for meals that you can eat at home or take away.

  1. VEGETARIAN NOODLES WITH VEGETABLES
  2. Ingredients

    • Boiled starch noodles - 100 g;
    • Red pepper - 15 g;
    • Green pepper - 15 g;
    • Carrot - 15 g;
    • Onion - 5 g;
    • White cabbage - 30 g;
    • Vegetable oil - 20 g;
    • Soy Sauce - 10 g.

    Cut pepper, carrot, cabbage, and onion into strips. Saute the vegetables for 5 minutes – they should not be too soft. Add boiled starch noodles, pour soy sauce, and stir everything well.

  3. VEGETABLE SALAD WITH SALSA VERDE AND MINT
  4. Ingredients

    For the sauce:

    • Garlic - 1-2 cloves;
    • Capers - a small handful;
    • Gherkins - a small handful;
    • Anchovies - 6 fillets;
    • Parsley - two large handfuls;
    • Basil - one bunch;
    • Mint - a small handful;
    • French mustard - 1 tbsp;
    • Wine vinegar - 3 tbsp;
    • Olive oil - 8 tbsp;
    • Sea salt;
    • Freshly ground black pepper;
    • Vegetables:

    • Cucumber;
    • Tomato;
    • Red pepper.

    Chop parsley, mint, basil, and garlic with and sprinkle with salt. Add the finely chopped capers and gherkins. Do the same with anchovy fillets. Add greens and stir everything well. Season with mustard, olive oil, and wine vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. The sauce is ready.

    Chop cucumber, tomato, and red pepper, and add olive oil and salsa verde. This is a perfect lunchbox idea for sporty ladies.

  5. QUINOA WITH MUSHROOMS
  6. Ingredients

    • Quinoa - 120 g;
    • Champignon mushrooms - 70 g;
    • Spinach - 40 g;
    • olive oil.

    Boil the quinoa, and then spin the spinach with the mushrooms in olive oil. Mix all the ingredients and put in the lunchbox.

  7. ALMOND-CRUSTED CHICKEN FILLET
  8. Ingredients

    • 900 g chicken breast;
    • 100 g of almond flour;
    • 2 eggs;
    • 1 tbsp flaxseed flour;
    • 1 tsp paprika;
    • ½ tsp garlic powder;
    • ½ tsp salt;
    • ½ tsp dry parsley;
    • ¼ tsp black pepper.

    Mix all the dry ingredients in a deep dish. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Dip the sliced chicken fillet into the egg mixture and then into the flour. Put chicken on a baking tray covered with parchment and bake at a heat of 220 degrees for 20 minutes. You can use green peas or beans as a side dish.

  9. TUNA BREAD ROLLS
  10. Ingredients

    • 1 can of tuna;
    • 1 small cucumber;
    • 1 small carrot;
    • 4 slices of wholemeal bread.

    Mash the fish with a fork. Cut carrot and cucumber into strips. Cut off the crusts from the bread and poll out the soft part. Put tuna and vegetables on the bread. Form a roll and cut it into pieces.

  11. CLASSIC MEAT LOAF
  12. Ingredients

    • 900 g minced meat;
    • 60 g breadcrumbs;
    • 250 g of tomato sauce;
    • 1 egg;
    • 1 tsp onion powder;
    • ½ tsp garlic powder;
    • ½ tsp black pepper;
    • ½ tsp salt.

Mix minced meat, egg, spices, and breadcrumbs and stir well. Put all this in a baking dish, season with tomato sauce, and bake at a heat of 180 degrees for an hour. Cut the meat bread into pieces and put in the lunchbox. You can use vegetables or mashed potatoes as a side dish.

Enjoy your meal!

5 Tasty and Nourishing Lunchbox Recipes

People who pack lunch at home often face the same problem. They do not know what to put in the lunchbox. Sandwiches and dumplings are eaten through, and there is no desire to finish yesterday’s pasta. Let's diversify the dietary structure. There are 5 original recipes options for your lunchbox.

  1. PROTEIN LUNCHBOX: CHICKEN BREAST WITH CHEESE
  2. You need:

    • 2 boiled eggs;
    • boiled chicken breast;
    • lettuce;
    • favorite cheese;
    • olive oil;
    • green apple;
    • spices.

    Put the chopped chicken breast on lettuce, season with spices and olive oil. In the rest of the lunchbox compartments, lay out the shelled eggs, slices of cheese, and apple chips for dessert. This is a great option for a hearty lunch if you take exercises in the evening.

  3. ENERGY LUNCHBOX: LENTILS WITH COUSCOUS
  4. You need:

    • boiled green lentils and couscous;
    • dates;
    • almond;
    • olive oil;
    • lemon juice;
    • cheese;
    • spices;
    • grapes.

    Mix boiled lentils with couscous, season with olive oil, lemon juice, and spices to taste and put the meal in a lunchbox. Fill the remaining compartments with dates, cheese, almonds, and grapes. Such food box will give you energy till the very evening.

  5. JAPANESE LUNCHBOX: O-NIGIRI WITH SALMON
  6. O-nigiri are Japanese rice balls or triangles wrapped with nori and stuffed inside. There are many variations of this dish. Your beloved man will definitely appreciate such meal as it is nourishing and very tasty. It will prove the man that you are not only an attractive lady but also a house-proud woman.

    You need:

    • Sushi rice;
    • Nori sheets;
    • Lightly salted salmon;
    • Cream cheese.

    Cook the rice over low heat until it is ready. Prepare the filling: dice the fish (make sure that there are no bones) and mix with cream cheese. Put a layer of rice on your palm, place a small piece of filling in the center and squeeze the palm. The word "O-nigiri" comes from the verb "nigiri", which means "to squeeze." To make the ball smoother, roll it between your palms. Triangular O-nigiri can be made with a wide knife. Wrap the rice ball with a strip of nori and put in a lunchbox. If you cook it in the evening, it is better to wrap the ball in the morning, so that the dish does not get soaked. Keep O-nigiri in the refrigerator.

  7. VEGETARIAN LUNCHBOX: TOMATO SALAD WITH CHEESE AND VEGETABLES
  8. You need:

    • cucumbers;
    • tomatoes;
    • carrot;
    • lettuce;
    • crispbreads;
    • olive oil;
    • lemon juice;
    • tofu or other cheese;
    • grapes;
    • spices.

    Put cheese and tomatoes on the lettuce, season with olive oil, lemon juice, and spices to taste. Fill the rest of the compartments with peeled and sliced cucumbers and carrots, crispbreads and grapes. By the way, grapes can be replaced with any seasonal fruit: pear, peach, or apple. This lunch box is ideal for baking weather.

  9. AMERICAN LUNCHBOX: SANDWICH WITH HAM AND CHEESE
  10. You need:

    • 2 slices of square white bread;
    • cheese;
    • ham;
    • boiled eggs;
    • lettuce;
    • mayonnaise/cream cheese.

Spread 2 slices of bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise or cream cheese to your taste. Put the ingredients on the first slice of bread in this order: ham, boiled egg slices, cheese, and lettuce. Cover up with the second slice of bread and cut your sandwich into 2 triangles.

In addition to sandwiches, you can complement your food box with fresh cucumbers and carrot, cheese, nuts and raisins.

feeling a little lunchy has left the building



So, I am sure if you're still hanging around here reading this blog, you may be wondering where I have gone...I mentioned before that my kids have grown up some and no longer want me to jazz up their lunches.  Last night at dinner, my soon-to-be sixth grader mentioned that while she still wants me to make lunch, she no longer wants it to be funky.  That's cool...I've got other things lined up to occupy my creative needs.  Photography has quickly filled the void left behind by sandwiches painted with food coloring gels.  

That being said, I have no aspirations of turning pro.  I do not wish to start up a portrait business or photography shop in any way.  I don't want to take something I am enjoying and turn it into a job.  I've got enough jobs these days!  I am really enjoying studying photography and editing photos...I like the possibilities that learning Photoshop and Lightroom provide, but my ultimate goal is to get the photo right while I am shooting it.  Quite often, all I edit in is some color correction or a filter to add depth to the photograph.

What do you guys think?  











feeling a little...photogenic?




My lunch blog is on hiatus...indefinitely.  It might be the end of an era for me.  My girls have grown tired of cookie cutter sandwiches and painted cheese.  I'm still making lunches for them, of course, but they're just plain lunches now.  I have been turning towards photography as a result.  I always seem to need something to occupy my mind and nowadays, that's figuring out my camera. I am hoping to get off of the auto-mode and get skilled at manual.  I am also dabbling into the realm of photo editing.  I do prefer that when I shoot a photo, that it doesn't need to be edited.  That's how I started when I was in high school...a 35mm Pentax camera and roll upon roll of black and white film.  I loved developing and sitting in the dim glow of the dark room.  I can still smell the chemicals and hear the scraping of the cylindrical door spinning in its tracks.  While that method is going the way of the dinosaur, I can still do my best to create great images right out of the gate.  On the flip side of that coin, is the fact that editing can make a photo go from OK to spectacular in seconds.  That takes some study and practice too.  So, maybe you'll follow me on my journey away from the art of lunches and into the art of images?

feeling a little country

Inspired by Wendy Thorpe Copley's book EVERYDAY BENTO, I made this lunch. Thanks Wendy!




Turkey and cheese on Italian white bread with an egg adorned with carrots, an orange with raisins and some pretzel thins. Not as pretty as what's in Wendy's book, but just as tasty! I used a CuteZCute cutter for the piggie and just some good old fashioned knife work on that egg.



And of course, we have almost the same lunch in a more acceptable way for a middle schooler...minus the egg and the raisins (she doesn't like raisins or eggs in her lunch like the wild child does.)


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feeling a little kindle love

Have a Kindle?  Don't know how to loan books on it? Here's a quick graphic I made to help you figure it out quickly. I've tried to explain it to a lot of people over the years...don't know why it took me so long to just make a step by step!  Here ya go!


Check out my friend Wendy's book, Everyday Bento, while you're at it! 



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