Lunch Recipes

kirsten5, Jan 10, 7:12am
I need some ideas for low fat lunches that not only hubby and I can eat but also the children. Your help is very much appreciated.

theanimal1, Jan 10, 7:31am
420g can of Select chick peas
2 heaped dessert spoons of tahini
2 cloves garlic
5 Tbls olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
¼ tsp paprika
3 Tbls water
Salt and Pepper
Drain chick peas and place in a food processor.
Add the tahini, garlic, lemon juice and 3 Tbl olive
oil and process to a fine paste, add the water as
the machine runs.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Tip into a bowl and smooth out to level then pour
the remaining oil over the top of the dip, then
sprinkle with the paprika, then serve.

serve with pita bread, carrots, celery.

theanimal1, Jan 10, 7:32am

1 lb. penne pasta
8 plum tomatoes
1/2 c. salt cured olives (black)
1 bunch fresh basil
3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Wash and dry basil leaves. Place them in a food processor with garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Process until smooth, 3-4 seconds. Cook penne in boiling water; drain. Add basil mixture to penne. Stir and keep warm on stove. Slice plum tomatoes lengthwise in 1/8 inch pieces. Pit and slice olives. Heat tomatoes and olives together in separate skillet. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes. Toss tomatoes and olives in with penne mixture. Serve with freshly ground pepper

theanimal1, Jan 10, 7:33am
Rice Stuffed
Silverbeet Leaves

Big bunch of silverbeet
(preferably about 12 leaves)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 heaped Tbls of peanut butter
¼ tsp cumin seeds
1 cup rice
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 Tbls dried oregano
½ cup grated cheese (optional)
2 Tbls oil
Salt and pepper
Lightly fry the onion and cumin seeds in oil, add the
rice, fry briefly then add 2 ½ cups water and ½ a
tsp salt. Bring to the boil, turn down to a low simmer,
cover and cook for 12 mins, then turn off and leave
the pan tightly covered for a further 12 mins.
Add the peanut butter to the rice, stir to combine.
Add the cheese to the rice and peanut butter
mixture, stir to combine.
Trim the silverbeet leaves from the bunch and run
the edge of a wooden spoon along the spines of
the silverbeet, pressing firmly to crush the spines.
This makes the leaves much easier to roll up.
Divide the rice mixture between the 12 leaves
and roll them up.
Place the rolled up leaves into a shallow baking dish.
Blend the can of tomatoes with the oregano, ¼ tsp
salt and a cup of water and tip over the leaves.
Cover tightly with foil and bake at 170°C for an hour.

theanimal1, Jan 10, 7:34am
Spinach Pikelets

500g spinach – cook, squeeze dry, puree
1 c flour
½ tsp salt
2 eggs
1 c milk
(optional – 3 rashers bacon fried & chopped)

Chill batter. Make 4cm pikelets or large crepes and cut up. .

Serve with smoked salmon, rare beef, smoked fish, mayo as appropriate.

theanimal1, Jan 10, 7:35am
this sort of meals do you mean? ? ?

kirsten5, Jan 10, 8:30am
Yum, penne with basil for lunch tuesday. . thank you. The stuffed silverbeet leaves sound great also. We tried hummus and wern't keen on that. Think the spinach pikelets would also be a hit as long as I didn't tell them what was in it, just like the time I made pumpkin scones. We're having lots of salads for tea so find it's nice to make something yummy and filling for lunch.

elliehen, Jan 10, 8:50am
Thanks from me too. This sounds seriously delicious - especially with chewy brown rice :)

amazing_grace, Jan 10, 8:52am
My lunches are generally soups, salads and sandwiches. Try this : Cut up a few potatoes into large cubes, and 1 onion into quaters. Saute gently in butter. Add 2 or 3c stock (or water and stock cubes). Simmer till cooked, add 4 chopped silverbeet leaves. Simmer a min or two more. Serve with this on top: 3T parsley, juice one lemon, salt, pepper, 2T olive oil, all smashed together.

kirsten5, Jan 10, 8:49pm
Thanks amazing grace, I dont like soups and we're doing salads for tea. We're over sandwiches, mainly because we've had salad and cold meat in them, every day after christmas (had to use up the christmas ham). Looking for yumming ideas that will fill me up so I don't get the afternoon munchies.

amazing_grace, Jan 10, 8:54pm
What about tostadas (cheese and pickle toasties made with pita or flat bread? )

amazing_grace, Jan 10, 8:55pm
Or omlettes, poached eggs, scrambled eggs?

kirsten5, Jan 10, 10:29pm
Tostadas sound interesting, the kids would like those and quick and easy for them to make themselves. Never thought of making a toastie with a pita bread. We do toasted sandwiches and paninis but trying to cut down on bread so toastadas sound great, thank you.

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