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Nov 03 2016

The mix and match lunchbox by Cherie Schetselaar and Britney Rule

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Exisle, 2016. ISBN 9781942934660
Imagine opening your lunchbox and finding almond joy popcorn, cream cheese pinwheels and a melon and grape fruit salad. Or quinoa cookie bites, chopped Thai chicken salad and a homemade ranch dip. Or any one of the 27,000 three-course combinations embracing whole grains, proteins and fruit and veggies that can be made from this glossy mix and match flip book.
With Term 4 here and another 10 weeks of school lunches looming, this is a timely release that lit up Miss 10's eyes as soon as she saw it because there was nothing too difficult for her to make here.
Beginning with an explanation of why a healthy lunch is important and then the role that the four food groups play in achieving it, it continues with a section on the perfect lunchbox so that everything stays fresh and cool and then helps with time and menu management by helping to plan ahead and food preparation.
Each suggestion comes complete with coloured photo and the recipe at the side using simple, easily available fresh ingredients so that the lunchbox looks appealing, is healthy and satisfying. No more dumping soggy sangers in the nearest bin!!
Having looked at it thoroughly, Miss 10 and Miss 5 (who could easily help because of the simplicity of the suggestions) were heard to say that they wished school was back already! Definitely one to promote to parents not only looking for new ideas but also ways that will encourage the children to join in the preparation and perhaps start them on their cooking journey.
Barbara Braxton

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