HEALTHY LUNCHES PIZZA BUNS

 

HEALTHY LUNCH BOXES

Do you pack lunch boxes for yourself or for a family member almost every day? Like me, do you often wonder if the foods in this lunch are meeting our nutritional needs?

This harvest the men on our farm had 2 lunch box meals a day for 6 days a week for 3 months. I realized I needed to have variety, great tasting foods and above all nutrition.

One day during harvest I took my pizza bun recipe and added or changed ingredients so that I was providing many beneficial nutrients in the lunches.

I included many nutrients by:

  1. using organic spelt flour & a healthy oil in the buns & pizza mixture.

  2. adding fresh garlic, onions, brussel sprouts & peppers.

  3. adding organic tomato juice that I made from our garden tomatoes.

  4. adding lentils, I was adding fibre, protein, folate, B vitamins and minerals.

  5.  using a healthy Hymalayan salt

    Having a garden gives me the opportunity to grow most of these nutrient-rich vegetables & fruits, but also gives me plenty of exercise & sunshine for my health!

NUTRIENT RICH PIZZA BUNS

Makes 48 medium size half buns – 2 dozen whole buns

I used the healthy bun recipe on page 51 in my EAT MORE WHOLE GRAINS recipe book.

2 dozen Whole Grain Buns

3/4 cup dried lentils

1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

1/3 cup MCT oil (or other healthy oil)

1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

3 teaspoons oregano

1 large green pepper, chopped

1 cup coarsely shredded brussel sprouts

1 quart tomato juice

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the lentils in water, drain, add 1/2 cup of the tomato juice and puree smooth.

Brown beef. Add and saute the garlic, onion & brussel sprouts. Add green pepper, MCT oil, salt, oregano, remaining tomato juice and cook until vegetables are done. Mix in the pureed lentils, cool and add the cheese.

Spread on each bun half. Bake at 400 º F for 15 – 20 minutes or until nicely browned.

Choice of other healthy foods for lunch boxes:

  1. sandwiches made with healthy bread (salmon, tuna, chicken, egg, roast beef & more)

  2. a variety of unsalted nuts.

  3. hard boiled eggs

  4. fruits

  5. raw vegetables

  6. healthy snack crackers & cheddar cheese

  7. unshelled sunflower seeds (opening them keeps you awake)

  8. drink plenty of water