Monday, 3 February 2014

Quinoa and Pumpkin Salad


Quinoa Salad is a very versatile dish. You can pretty much change the ingredients every time and you won't be disappointed.

The salad pictured above has the following ingredients in it:


  • 1 cup of quinoa cooked as per the packet directions
  • 2 green capsicums
  • half a pumpkin- roasted and cooled
  • a few handfuls of baby spinach
  • some fetta cheese crumbled through it


I mixed a dressing of olive oil, honey, red wine vinegar and ground cumin to serve over it and it was delicious.

These were just the vegetables that I had on hand on the day and next time no doubt it will be a little different. I would have like to include some roasted zucchini as well, but we were all out.

Do you love quinoa? How do you serve it?





Sunday, 2 February 2014

A Wholefood Lunchbox: First Day Back to School


It's back to school for us finally. So 5 days a fortnight I have 2 lunches to make per day and the other 5 days I have 3 lunches to prepare.

I want to try and steer clear of the usual sandwiches and try a few different things this year.

We've never been one to include anything packaged or store bought so steering away from the sandwiches shouldn't be too hard.

Here is what was packed in our first lunch box of 2014:


  • popcorn with goji berries, coconut flakes, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds; 
  • carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, kabana, cheese and homemade dip; 
  • a chicken drumstick
  • banana 
I'm not sure that I like that the kabana is in this lunch box as it is a processed sausage, so I will most likely swap that out in the future with chunks of leg ham or the like. 

Fingers crossed it all gets eaten! My kids are always saying that the never have enough time to eat all their lunch, I don't know what to say about that, because it is so important that they do have a good lunch!

Oh and these lunch boxes are Goodbyn boxes and are available from Biome in Australia or if you are outside of Australia you can check out the Goodbyn website


What have you been packing in lunches for school?