Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Posted by Meeta K
Last week on Wednesday Soeren went on a field trip with the pre-schoolers at the KIGA (Kindergarten). As Soeren will be leaving the KIGA in August to join the International School, he gets to join up with the KIGA pre-schoolers for many activities and trips. This is preparing him and his friends, he will be leaving behind in his group to say their farewell. It's a bit sad as he was extremely loved by teachers and peers. However, the move to the International School will help him develop his English and get him prepared for our move out of Germany in the next couple of years.
He is really enjoying being a part of all these activities. As they were out and about all day on Wednesday we were supposed to give them enough to eat for lunch, snacks and more in between.
As the meals would all have been eaten cold, his lunch had to be something which would taste and work well when not heated. The answer was quite easy - pasta. The evening before I made us all a big pot of pasta with a vegetarian bolgnese for dinner and took a portion out for Soeren's lunch box.
Contents: Pasta with vegetarian bolgnese, fresh organic white/red cherries, yellow watermelon and a handful of blueberries. The raisin bread slice is spread lightly with butter and some clover honey. A little treat - a small box of Smarties.
Prep time: 7 minutes
I added the pasta to the box the night before and placed it in the refrigerator. In the morning all I really needed to do was cut the watermelon, add the other fruit and spread the raisin slices with butter and honey. I also made a large thermos of sugar-free homemade ice-tea for him to drink throughout the day. On the side of the lunch box, I placed his fork and spoon and for the watermelon he has a skewer to pick the fruit easily.
For the vegetarian bolgnese
1 packet organic soy tempeh - chop finely in a food processor
1 cup re-hydrated Textured Soy Protein (TSP) - this comes dry and you will need to add 1 cup of hot water to re-hydrate it
1 can of lentils - blended to a paste in food processor
salt and pepper
1 red onions - finely chopped
1 red/yellow bell pepper - diced
1 aubergine - diced
1 zucchini - diced
400 ml organic fresh passata
handful of your favorite herbs - finely chopped
Fry the onion in oil until golden. Add tempeh, TSP, lentils and seasoning and cook for a few miuntes. Set aside.
In a separate pan add more oil and sautee the vegetables until slighter softer, but still have a crunch. Add the passata and the broth, allow to simmer for 6-10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and herbs. Now add the tempeh mixture and allow to warm through.
Serve this with your favorite pasta and a nice green salad.
Hope you all have a great week.
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