Bread Free Lunch Ideas

Rice free sushi

A great & filling bread free lunch which is also grain free (buckwheat is from the rhubarb family).

You could make this with quinoa or even millet if you wish to.

This makes approximately 4 long sushi rolls which serves 2 or can be cut up into small rolls to serve more as a finger food.

You can of course not mash everything together and add it as whole ingredients like traditional sushi is made but I like to mix it all together it’s easier for little fingers as sushi can fall apart especially when you aren’t working with sushi rice and the normal seasonings that go on the rice to hold it together.  Experiment with your child’s own favourite fillings.

You will need

2 cups of buckwheat (soaked overnight if possible or if not for at least 2 hours in warm water)
1 – 2 avocados (depending on size)
Handful of sun dried tomatoes
1 x coarsely grated carrot
1 drained can of salmon, tuna, trout etc – use in springwater or olive oil or shredded chicken for those with fish allergies
Pink salt & pepper to taste (by using Pink or Himalayan salt you are benefiting from all the great trace minerals that these salts contain). It’s normal table salt that you should avoid!
1 x packet of Nori

Cook buckwheat in either the Thermomix as you would rice in the basket for 18 mins speed 2 – 3 or in a pot of boiling water for roughly the same amount of time. Allow to cool completely. (I normally do this the night before I need it)

Mash up the avocado and fish together and then mix through the sundried tomatoes and carrot.

Spread out the mixture evenly along the nori sheet leaving about 3cm at one end and start to roll away from you (you can use a bamboo mat to help if needed. Wet the end of the nori sheet with some water on your finger so that you can seal the sushi roll.

Wrap the bottom in some grease proof paper and pop it into lunch boxes or as we like our 4MyPlanet wraps/sandwich pockets as shown which are available from here in many different styles and sizes.

Sushi prep Sushi pocketSushi face Sushi wrap Sandwich pocket

Find more about these eco friendly reusable funky lunch storage solutions which eliminate the nasty chemicals that come with the use of ziplock bags & cling wrap products.

4Myearth also does great food covers too for plates/bowls which I find really handy to have to cover up leftovers or ingredients I’m prepping for later use.

If your little ones aren’t keen on nori there are other ways to make bread free wraps as shown in these pictures below for inspiration. Images from Pinterest & The Urban Poser. Both are grain free and Paleo friendly.

Sushi

Sushi

Another great recipe for bread free lunches that are nice cold or warm are our Chicken fruit & veggie chicken patties. These are loved by kids and adults and we are getting rave reviews about this recipe!!

Chicken patties

Enjoy!!!

Kat & the boys

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Chicken and hidden fruit & veggie patties

Many of you have asked me “How do I get more fruit and vegetables into my kids”!
Lets face it when your battling kids at meal times it really takes its toll on everyone! So hopefully these will help a few of you out!

I trialled a new pattie mix which combines both fruit & veg and is slightly sweet so kids will love them!

They are a very mild flavoured pattie so if your kids like a bit more spices/herbs etc feel free to add I didn’t want to overload these ones purely to see if they would be beneficial to all the fussy eaters out there.

The boys loved them, Riley (Master 4.5) thought it was a little strange they had apples in them as he didn’t think apples where “dinner food” lol but they both ate them all up with sweet potato “chips”.

These are a quick dinner which can be pre prepared earlier in the day and then cooked at dinner or cooked early on and heated (or even friendly for lunch boxes/picnics etc)

Best of all they are Gluten, egg, dairy and nut free!

The below method is done in the thermomix but you can do the same with a food processor (for mincing) and the rest by hand in a large mixing bowl.

You will need

400g of chicken mince
(I blitz semi frozen cubed chicken breast in the thermomix on turbo for one of two pulses (I used breast but thigh would work here too)
1 zucchini grated/blitzed
1 apple, peeled, cored and shredded (a firm pear would also work but not ripe – too mushy)
1/2 tsp of dried thyme
1/2 tsp of ground mustard (if you have seeds blitz them in the Thermomix on speed 9 till you have a powder)
A good pinch of Pink Salt flakes/Himalayan salt & pepper for seasoning
1/4 tsp of cinnamon (works well with the apple – can be left out if needed)
1 & 1/2 tablespoons of GF Dijon mustard
1 clove of garlic (minced)
Virgin Coconut Oil – for pan frying

1. Mince diced chicken (small cubes semi frozen) on turbo for a couple of pulses – If not using mince to start with. Remove from bowl and set aside.
2. Add zucchini into bowl and blitz at speed 4-5 till a consistency you think it either chunky (if you are not hiding it or well processed if you are needing to hide it – remember zucchini is quite watery so it will need to be drained once processed – use your rice bowl for this)
3. Turbo a quartered peeled apple in the bowl for one or two pulses (once again same rules as above)
4. Put all the fruit, veg & chicken back in the bowl and add all spices/seasonings, mix on 2-3 until all combined and refrigerate the  mixture for at least 30 mins (for flavours to develop, the longer you leave the more flavour they will have)
5. Remove from fridge prior to cooking and form into palm size patties. Fry in coconut oil in a cast iron or stainless steel frypan (you can use non stick pan but try and avoid non stick cookware)
If you want you can coat them in GF flour or similar but I wanted to create these Paleo style with no flours. Fry on each side for approx 3-4 mins until cooked through. It made about 12 patties.

DO not be tempted to turn them early they need to create a “crust” and if you turn them too early they will fall apart as it’s a very wet mix as it has no breadcrumbs/flours etc.

Remember the possibilities are endless you can add carrot, mushrooms, corn, more spices and flavours – whatever other veggies your kids will eat, but this is a  kid friendly base option to start with.

Both boys have asked that they be made again so they were a hit in my books!

Let me know how you go if you try them!

Chicken patties