Having a school going kid at home poses many challenges in the morning. Among them, the most important being what to pack for lunch! This is a million $ question which I dread to even think of! And to top that, we all have the guilt factor of whether the meal is nutritionally healthy for the child or not.
Feeding my son well-balanced, fresh, home-cooked simple meals gives me a satisfaction like no other. I have been contemplating sharing what I send for school lunch with you all for a while now. A lot of things kept me busy and so here I am today kick starting my series on lunch box menus 🙂
As I share the menu, will try to post short recipes wherever required and possible.
Warning: All pictures are taken in the morning hurry burry in real 😉 These are actual pictures of the food that has been nourishing my child at home away from home 🙂
The First Menu in the series goes like this- Tangy Tomato Pasta with Pomegranate and Buttermilk
Tangy Tomato Pasta
1 Tbsp Olive Oil/Vegetable Oil
1-2 Cloves of chopped Garlic
1/4 Cup of loosely packed sliced Bell Peppers (Capsicum, any colour)
1/2 Cup of mushrooms, sliced/halved/quartered
5-6 Green beans, cut into 1″pieces and blanced
100 Grams of Dry Pasta (Penne/Fusilli/Farfalle) boiled in salted water
2 Tbsp of Tomato Puree
1 tsp Freshly crushed Black Pepper
1 Tbsp of Chopped Fresh Herbs (Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary) or 1/4 tsp of any dried herb
Salt, to taste
1. Heat oil in a pan, drop the garlic in and fry for a few seconds, don’t let it brown.
2. Drop the bell peppers in, followed by the mushroom.
3. The mushroom will start sweating and losing its moisture. Once it shrinks to half the size, add the blanched beans.
4. I do not add salt while I cook mushroom as it gives out too much moisture and tastes and smells weird. I add salt only while finishing the dish.
5. Then add the cooked pasta and give a good stir.
6. Add the tomato puree, the pepper and a little water/water which was used to cook the pasta to help the sauce coat the pasta well.
7. Add the herbs in and check salt and add if required.
8. Let the pasta be slightly saucy as it will get absorbed as it cools.
9. Voila, your Tangy Tomato Pasta is all ready to go to school! 🙂