Sometimes wives make cakes. Sometimes they make a lot of cakes. Sometimes husbands kindly taste them and even take them to work in their lunchbox. Sometimes wives are duty bound to provide something a little more wholesome in said lunchbox to counteract the cake.
Enter the lunchbox salad.
They’re becoming a regular fixture. No more sandwiches in the Bell household. We barely know what they are anymore. They’re a distant memory. Quinoa salad though – we know what that is. It’s both delicious and incites a sense of worthiness one can only get from eating rainbow coloured food.
- 100g quinoa
- 2 large carrots, topped, tailed, peeled and then grated
- 7 sugar snap peas
- 2 tbsp sultanas
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (fresh or the bottled stuff)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
This is easy. You can make it whilst sterilising bottles, reading Thomas the Tank Engine out loud or even playing hiding behind the curtains. Though you can’t be the one hiding.
Put the kettle on to boil and put the quinoa into a sieve that fits into a nice large saucepan. Then fill the saucepan with cold water. That way the quinoa gets a wash and you don’t have to pick tiny bits of wet grain from a pan. After a 5 min soaky wash lift the quinoa out of the saucepan (in the sieve) and throw the water away. Then put the quinoa into the saucepan (this time not in the sieve) and pour boiling water over it. Enough to come half way up the sides of the pan. Put on a medium heat to boil. I used a lid, but I like to save energy like that you see.
In the meantime take your tupperware lunchbox receptacle and put everything else on the list into it. This works best if you put all the wet stuff in first, then add the other bits and bobs. Give the mixture a good stir with a fork and once the quinoa is ready (the grains look like curls) drain it and add to the mix. Stir and pop something less virtuous on top. Like steak. Or belly of pork. Or in this case a nice piece of teriyaki salmon. Send husband/wife/child to place of work/learning with the lunchbox and a fork.
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Pleased to be of service Lyla. Hope it tasted good. x
knowing all my workmates went to tesco and stocked up for the week, I was faced with lunch from the burger van tomorrow or creating something from our empty fridge and wobbly roots draw… then I remembered reading this salad!
I've used some grey looking ede mame from the freezer instead of sugar snaps and won't have the salmon but am still very pleased with my packed lunch box.
It's one of the few things I provide for him without swearing. Now, when it comes to ironing his shirts I turn into a fish wife (whatever the hell a fish wife is…!)
Your lucky husband! Mine would LOVE me to make his packed lunch.
Cait – my husband has had boring sandwiches for nearly three years! Thought I owed him a change!
Kitchenmaid – thanks! About to look at your latest post! x
Ah, the tyranny of lunchboxes (and cake-eating husbands!) This post made me chuckle out loud, so glad to have found your blog!
Love that you are trying to get away from the boring old lunch sandwiches! My poor husband usually ends up taking a turkey sandwich every other day :/ Maybe we'll just have to give this recipe a try! Looks great :)
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