Sunday, 15 September 2013

Japanese Coleslaw Salad

A little post that is secondary to yesterdays post... what to do with the leftovers of the Karaage Chicken meal (if you have any leftovers!!)?

Here is a great little idea for a packed lunch to take to work tomorrow.


Super simple salad, which will travel well and is incredibly delicious and nutritious. This covers all of the nutritional bases...carbohydrates from the pumpkin, protein from the egg, healthy fat from the avocado, and lots of wonderful vitamins and minerals from all of those gorgeous vegetables. 

This hardly requires a recipe, but just for the sake of anyone who wants to know what's in the bowl, here it is...

Japanese Coleslaw Salad

(Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, option of soy-free, free of refined sugar)

Ingredients:
1 cup leftover japanese coleslaw (find the recipe here http://www.keepingitreal.net.nz/2013/09/japanese-karaage-chicken.html)
1 cup salad greens of your choice (spinach, rocket, mesclun etc)
1/2 cup leftover roasted pumpkin and eggplant (find recipe here http://www.keepingitreal.net.nz/2013/09/japanese-karaage-chicken.html) or roasted vegetables of your choice
1 boiled egg 
1/4 of an avocado, sliced

Directions:
Lay the salad greens in a bowl. Layer the pumpkin and coleslaw over the salad then top with the egg and avocado


While I was eating my yummy salad, the girls had a tea party lunch. They had set the lounge up for a tea party and we took it one step further from imaginative play into real life by making little food platters and a pot of tea - they loved it! The funniest part was that they really got into the role of 'ladies doing tea' and were so amazingly polite and well mannered... "Could you please pass me the sandwiches?" "yes, of course I can - here you are", "Thank you very much!" ,"You are welcome", "would you like some of this fruit?".... And so on! This was pretty much repeated every time they wanted more food. Where are these girls at dinnertime every night?! 

 From the top: Strawberry tea, cucumber 'butterfly' sandwiches, mini date muffins, vege platter with homemade hummus, fresh fruit platter

 Close-up!

Cucumber "butterfly" sandwiches... Dovedale gluten free chia seed bread topped with little cucumber 'wings'

The girls tucking in (excuse the mess in the background, and yes they are using my yoga mat as a picnic blanket....because it's purple!)

This is a really easy way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, and I just used muffins that I had in the freezer (by the time we had made everything else they were defrosted) and whatever was in the fruit bowl/fridge. The muffins were gluten/dairy/nut/soy free mini muffins made with buckwheat and date that I had made a while back and kept in the freezer for lunches. The perfect 'clean' lunch for a couple of princesses!! 

Nerves are shot after another nail biter from team New Zealand - inch by inch we are getting closer to that Cup!

Happy Monday everyone :)

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