Lunch ideas: Of chia pudding and chicken curry

Easy lunch box ideas for kids

So last night’s steak and cheese frittata dinner was not so much a hit.

It’s my fault.

I had the audacity to put onions and peppers in it.

He ate it, but only grudgingly. You could tell from the expression on his face that he was stewing over how much I’d ruined — RUINED! I TELL YOU — nature’s most perfect foods, steak and cheese.

Whatever. Which is something I’ve been saying a lot lately. But so goes parenthood.

I considered torturing him by including some of the frittata in his lunch today… But decided to be a nice dad. Instead, I went with leftover chicken and butternut squash curry from a couple nights ago.

You know that thermos is coming home with little flecks of onion collected at the bottom. I’m sure he picked them out…

To that, I added a chia pudding. Love this stuff. All you do is mix chia seeds and almond milk, then refrigerate overnight. By morning it is thick and the seeds taste like tapioca. Add a bit of honey and cinnamon and it’s a healthy treat.

I rounded out the lunch with a few easy items — deli ham, raspberries and a few oat cookies. I packed a little on the heavy side today. He didn’t eat much breakfast and I didn’t have time to argue with him about it.

Will be curious to see what comes home…


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13 Responses to “Lunch ideas: Of chia pudding and chicken curry”

  1. Sandra says:

    Do you put the chia pudding in a cold thermos for lunch?

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      I did. I just put it in a plastic container with a screw top lid. But I put the container inside his insulated lunch box and I include an ice pack in there, too. So it stays nice and cold.

  2. Lindsay S. says:

    Can you tell me the ration for chia pudding, again? You wrote it out once before, but that was before I’d discovered for myself just how much I love chia seeds.

    Also, I read your article on the Fieri review fiasco. This:

    “In plenty of food world circles, the Wells-Fieri slapfest is being billed as the hoity toity Times beating up on the blue-collar guy who just loves him a good feed of beer and wings.”

    made me laugh. 😉

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Ha! Thanks. Glad you liked the story. Was a fun one to write.

      As for the chia pudding, I lean toward making it thick (it tastes best that way). So I mix about 3 or so tablespoons of chia seeds per cup of vanilla almond milk. That seems to produce the most tapioca-like consistency.

      And I agree. I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoy the seeds. I want to start soaking them in almond milk overnight, then using them in smoothies for breakfast.

  3. Linda says:

    I love the chia pudding made with almond milk idea! I just bought chia seeds to use in an overnight refrigerator oatmeal recipe, and I didn’t know how else to use them. I am also curious as to the ratio of seeds to milk that you use.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Oh, I love the oatmeal idea. Tell me how you do that. Parker would love that.
      As for the pudding, I just do 3 or so tablespoons of seeds per cup of vanilla almond milk. Delicious.

  4. Daniela says:

    Fabulous article on the Twinkies..the goat cheese line had me!!

  5. Daniela says:

    BTW..showed up front and center on Yahoo. After I read it I noticed the author..and thought hey I KNOW him.

  6. Linda says:

    Here is the link to the overnight oatmeal. I’ve only tried the applesauce one (which my husband preferred) and the raspberry one (which I preferred). I would love to try the chocolate/banana combo. Thanks for the chia pudding recipe – I’m definitely going to try that.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      What an incredibly cool idea. I just made two batches — one for Parker’s breakfast with blueberries in it and a smaller one to add to his lunch with raspberries. Hope he likes them. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jessica says:

    If Parker’s into oatmeal, check out this recipe. (I’m not quite convinced that it is as “healthy” as it says, but it’s REALLY yummy. I make it for dinner when I’m home alone.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks. Will give it a try. He like coconut. I can’t stand it. It’s a texture thing. But I bet he’d like this.