Quick, Easy Caesar Salad

My children don’t particularly like sandwiches.  Though they both often have bread rolls for lunch.  I struggle with what to give my son for lunch.  He will like something for a while and then go totally off it.

Sometimes if we have leftover chicken I will make a quick, easy Caesar salad.

caesar-salad1

This week I have made it with chicken left from my Creamy Tomato Chicken.  If I have no hard boiled eggs I just fry an egg and put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.  Instead of croutons I just toast some bread before cutting it into small squares (good for using up crusts that no one seems to eat).  I love crusts but generally don’t eat wheaten bread anymore.

I put the salad in a small container & send to school in an insulated lunchbox with a freezer brick.  Don’t forget to pack a fork.

So here is my easy recipe:

Quick, Easy Caesar Salad

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 10 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • few lettuce leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 egg
  • leftover cooked chicken
  • 1 slice ham
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tablespoon whole egg mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp perinaise

Method:

  1. Heat frypan & add oil.  Put bread into toaster and toast well.  Crack egg into frypan & fry.
  2. As the toast & egg cook, tear up lettuce leaves and put into bottom of serving container.
  3. Once egg & toast are cooked place into the freezer for 5 minutes while preparing the rest.
  4. Chop up leftover chicken & ham and add to container.
  5. Chop up egg, once cooled and add to container.
  6. Chop up toast & add most to container, leave a bit to sprinkle on top.
  7. Add mayonnaise & perinaise (if using) to the salad & stir to combine).  Add rest of toast croutons.
  8. Put lid on container & add to lunchbox.

What alternative to sandwiches to your children have for lunch?

 

What’s for Dinner?

“What’s for Dinner?” has been the catch cry of my children since they could talk.  Often this would be one of the first things my daughter would ask in the morning when she was little.

I startmenu-1197653__180ed menu planning a few years ago and have found that it helps.  I usually plan and shop for a weeks worth of meals at a time.  So on Monday I normally sit down with my calendar and add what we are going to have for dinner for each day of the week.  It can be easy to have the same meals every week.  To help me remember all the different dishes I can make I decided to write a list of all the meals we like to eat.  I decided to add this as a new “Menu Ideas” page on my blog.  This way it is easy for me to find and it might inspire someone else as well.  As I try new recipes or remember things that aren’t on the list I’ll keep updating it.

Do you menu plan and do you have a list of go to meals?

Last Weeks Menu – 15 Feb

Last week was a fairly big week, baking wise.

I made No-Bake Walnut Cookies (which are stored in the freezer), raw brownie bites (don’t tell my husband what’s in them!), apple cinnamon muffins, Banana Blueberry Buckwheat Muffins (the recipe uses raspberries but I used blueberries instead), my version of My Kind of Bliss Bliss Balls, chocolate slice and passionfruit slice.  The passionfruit slice was an old recipe that I haven’t used in a long time as it isn’t gluten free.  I used tapioca flour & coconut flour to make it gluten free.

For breakfast I made an apple, almond & cinnamon chia pudding which lasted for a few days, served with some nut granola I had made the week before.

nacho scrolls

Nacho scrolls

For my sons lunches I made nacho scrolls with leftover Tric’s mince and scroll dough.  He also took a version of caesar salad a couple of days with the leftover chicken schnitzel.

For dinners we had:

Monday – Tric’s Minice – a nacho style mince

Tuedsay – GF pancakes for shrove Tuesday using an adapted version of my GF pancake

GF pancakes

The last GF pancake with brown sugar & orange juice.

recipe.  These worked well and they were all gone.  I’ll have to make them again soon.

Wednesday – Chicken Schnitzel

Thursday – Dinner at Mum & Dad’s – marinated chicken & vegies

Friday – French Onion Steak

Saturday – Mexican Meatballs

Sunday – Lasagna – all homemade including GF lasagna sheets, homemade tomato puree & homemade almond milk to make the cheese sauce.  It was the first time I have made my own pasta and will definitely do this again.  We rarely have lasagna as I can’t buy any lasgana sheets that both my husband and son can eat.

homemade lasagna

homemade lasagana

What have you been cooking or baking this week?

 

Last Weeks Menu – 1 Feb

As my son returned to school last week.  I did some baking in preparation for that.  For lunches I made Pizza Scrolls.  He only went to school for 3 days so I had some left for today.

I also made some Choc Crunch Granola, Seed Toast, chilli roasted trail mix (I used some almonds as well as the cashews & pine nuts instead of the pepitas), a version of spiced pumpkin seed cranberry snack bars (unfortunately something leaked on it while it was cooling in the fridge so it went a bit soggy).

For my husband I made a batch of Chocolate Brownies, gluten free chocolate chip cookies

GF choc chip cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

(I use dark Lindt chocolate instead of chocolate chips) and Paleo Oreo Cookies

Paleo Oreo cookies

Paleo Oreo Cookies

(mine weren’t paleo as I did use icing sugar in the cream filling),  Both of the new recipes were a hit and I will be making them again.

Dinners:

  • Monday – Boston Beans & Sausages
  • Tuesday – A GF meat pie for Australia Day!

    GF meat pie

    Gluten Free Meat Pie for Australia Day!

  • Wednesday – KFC (Krispy Fried) chicken made with brown rice flour, air fryer chips & coleslaw.  I did have something else on the menu but wasn’t feeling too well.  I sent my daughter to the shops for a BBQ chicken and a dry coleslaw mix but they didn’t have any so she bought me the chicken strips and I had the KFC coating in the cupboard so it was a quick easy meal.
  • Thursday – Mince & Pasta
  • Friday – Leftover mince & pasta (my daughter was not at home for dinner either Wed or Thurs so it was enough to feed 3 of us for 2 nights.)
  • Saturday – Korean Beef Noodle Bowls with rice noodles
  • Sunday – Rissoles, air fryer chips, carrots & peas

What have you been cooking this week?

Lunchbox Roundup

As our children go back to school here in Australia, thought I would do a roundup of some the lunchbox ideas I have found.

Here are the links:

What are your favourite lunch box ideas?  Do you know of other useful lunchbox links?