Sandwiches, wraps, scrolls, sandwiches, wraps, scrolls.....it gets boring! So this week I'm shaking it up for you, with my lunchbox fried rice salad. You need to read this post together with this super important post: how to make perfect hard boiled eggs.
Seriously, my kids love a good fun lunch. They love flavour, they love colour. And me? Well I love to alleviate the stress on dinner time by getting as many veggies as humanly possible into their lunchboxes!
How many veggies?
It's a thing, right, getting as many veggies into them during the day as possible means that not only are they eating better, but I don't have to beg and coerce when they are tired at dinner time.
- ¼ cabbage
- 2 carrots
- 3 celery sticks
- 4 spring onions
- ½ cauliflower
- ½ red capsicum
Seriously, I feel like I need to add "and a partridge in a pear tree" to the end of that list!. Add to it some bacon, sweet chilli sauce, eggs, kecap manis and some brown rice (hello lower GI!) and you've got the most absolutey perfect lunch.
How do I send it to school?
Leakproof container (these are from foodicave and are awesome for all sorts of meal prep they also come with a spoon, fork combo that fits in the container!), a good cooler bag and some heavy duty ice bricks!
How do I cook the rice?
Simple, I do mine in the rice cooker, or you can buy the packs of pre cooked rice if you want to alleviate that step.
Can I freeze this?
Yes! Without the egg on top, this can be frozen in portions. I like to freeze it in the containers you can see in the pictures, because then it's ready to go! If you're going to freeze it it's best to reheat fully before eating. Personally I think it's best the day after making, and cold!
Getting the eggs perfect
It's super important to make sure you have perfect boiled eggs for the lunchbox fried rice salad. To do them, check out this blog post that explains eggsactly how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs- every single time- no fuss, no gadgets!
Lunchbox fried rice salad
- 2 tbsps oil of your choice
- 2 rashers bacon finely chopped
- 2 sticks celery chopped
- 1 carrot diced
- ½ red capsicum diced
- ½ head cauliflower chopped into florets
- ¼ cabbage finely chopped
- 3 spring onions finely chopped
- 3 cups cooked brown rice
- ¼ cup kecap manis
- 2 tbsps sweet chilli sauce
- 2 hard boiled eggs check the method here!
- Heat the oil in a large wok or frypan.
- Fry the bacon with the capsicum and celery for 2-3 minutes.
- Add all the other veggies and the rice.
- Add the kecap manis and the sweet chilli sauce and mix well, making sure everything is heated through.
- Remove from the heat and put into lunchboxes and chill.