A Couple of Lunchboxes.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Posted by Shah cooks

A few lunchboxes of the varying combinations of the same old sandwich and parantha and my little one is showing signs of weariness. So we tried and found successful a couple of new lunchboxes. The idea is to make something easy, healthy and yet delicious. Since we are a spice loving family (my husband is slowly defecting to the sweeter side), we made french toast with salt, pepper and chives or oregano and cut it up into bite sized pieces. Very easy and tastes good even when it is cold.

Just mix one egg with 3-4 tbsp milk, a pinch of salt, pepper and any herbs of your choice. Heat a pan with 1 tsp of oil and cut 2 slices of bread into halves. Dunk each slice into the egg mix and take it out and slide into the pan. Fry on low heat for a minute on each side. Add a little more oil to evenly crisp it up. Drain onto paper towels and cut into pieces.
A couple of oranges, peeled and ready to eat and lunch is ready.
Grown Up Version: I add chopped onions and green chilies to the egg mix and then make the toast( with less oil) for a spicy bite.

The other lunchbox was a bunch of washed and dried grapes nestled between a wrap. What's inside? A spread of cream cheese and hotsauce,
(0r herbed cream cheese) a couple of lettuce leaves, shredded grilled or fried(leftover) chicken, cheddar cheese shavings all laid out and rolled up. Try your variation of your favorite flavors...a bit of creaminess, a bit of spice, some protein and some leaves. I have to keep trying different combinations on my son till he likes some and then we stick to it.

To finish off, lets hear about some variations that you do and I shall add it to this post. This is an open forum and I hope not to sound like a monologue, but that's only possible if you all respond and help me out. So do leave your comments, good or bad and have a nice day.

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This Post was written by Shaheen from Malabar Spices..


I actually discovered savory French toast a couple of months ago and we are hooked. My variation on that is making it Italian - I use Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese. Tastes great with a cappuccino.

For the wrap my variation is adding a bunch of finely sliced vegies along with the cream cheese depending on Soeren's mood we either go for a light tomato sauce or a sweet and sour sauce too.

Meeta said...
January 25, 2007 at 5:54:00 PM GMT+1  

wow Meeta, thats a great idea! i like the sound of a savoury toast and the sweet and sour sauce. I add cucumbers to the cheese but haven't tried tomato sauce.Thanks.

Anonymous said...
January 25, 2007 at 11:28:00 PM GMT+1  

I usually make a wrap with our regular roti's or chapathi's .I make the dry subzi with potato,peas,beans,cauliflower or simillar vegetable and then roll it in the chapathi and send it to school..since it is not messy and is in a roll.It may not agree with our taste but cauliflower or brocoli or potato tastes very good when made with a few cumin seeds.In a tsp of oil , put may be a teaspoon of cumin seed ,when it splutters add some turmeric and whatever vegetable u like and then cook the vege and after a few mts add salt..(adding salt sooner makes the vege very soggy) , then cook it for some time...even frozen french cut beans with potatoes and tomatoes tastes good......i have found most kids to like it.....

Anonymous said...
January 26, 2007 at 5:02:00 AM GMT+1  

I prefer whole wheat sandwiches and I am partial to the peperidge farm one.....toasting the sandwiches with vege's(most of us have sabzi's already made) or meat or scrambled eggs tastes very good..all u need to send along with it is water and fruit...

Anonymous said...
January 26, 2007 at 5:07:00 AM GMT+1  

also better to send water instead of juice or yoghurt since most kids don't wash their mouth after eating leading to tooth decay and also to obesity ...also many kids here drink juice when they are thirsty instead of water.... I don't know how many would agree ...i find that Indian food is better for health...less oil needed in cooking,less use of maida,less processed food....

(instead of 3 posts should have send just one)


Anonymous said...
January 26, 2007 at 5:17:00 AM GMT+1  

I will say, this is much healthier than the food my students eat from school lunch. I can't believe the horrible fried and over salted food they get.

Kalyn said...
January 28, 2007 at 4:37:00 PM GMT+1  

thanks for the spicy touch to the regular french toast..
I will be definetly making it for my sons tiffin.
i will also contribute when i make something different for my sons tiffin box.

Mahek said...
January 31, 2007 at 11:22:00 AM GMT+1  

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