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Creative Cookery for Kids: Vegetarian San Choy Bow with salad

By Petra Jungmanova 29 February 2016 10

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This week’s recipe is light, versatile and can be consumed warm or cold. It will fit in any school lunch box and all the dairy components can be easy removed to turn this little beauty into a vegan dish. Personally, I like to have it as a cold dinner accompanied with crispy lettuce leaves, yoghurt, tomato salad and bottle of beer.

I encourage you to playful with my recipes. By removing chickpeas and yoghurt this dish can be served as paleo and grain-free. I love the different textures, flavours and colours in this ultimate healthy fast food and a perfect kids school lunch. For all the meat eaters out there, the tofu can be simply replaced with a chicken mince.

Ingredients:

  • 370 g Hi-Protein firm organic tofu
  • 1/2 red capsicum
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 bag coleslaw supreme salad (Coles)
  • 250 g tin of chickpea, drained
  • 2 tbsp toasted pinenuts
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce (gluten free)
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of basil
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves or cos leaves
  • 1 avocado halved and sliced
  • 2 tbsp of tzaziki dip
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1/4 lemon slice

Method:

1. Cut tofu and red capsicum in small pieces.

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2. In a large pan heat the sesame oil, add the tofu and capsicum, coleslaw salad, chickpeas and pine nuts. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce and mix well to combine.

3. In the meantime, dice the tomatoes and mix in a bowl with crushed garlic, pinch of salt and picked basil leaves.

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4. Serve immediately or cold with tofu mix, salad leaves, sliced avocado, tzaziki dip, and tomato basil salad. Decorate with coriander and lemon slice.

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Ghettosmurf87 9:07 am 08 Mar 16

rubaiyat said :

Charlotte Harper said :

I’m with Petra here, Rubaiyat. Most of my “primary carer” friends who have children work between 20 and 60 hours a week in a paid job outside the home in addition to their family commitments. We’re not lying around on the sofa watching TV or playing video games, we’re busy dropping kids to multiple school/childcare drop-offs, taking them to swimming lessons and other activities outside school hours, keeping the house tidy and clean, overseeing the homework, managing the family finances, trying to fit in some time to exercise ourselves and scrambling to cook a healthy dinner early enough so that we can get kids to bed at a reasonable hour. I think you can cut us some slack on the coleslaw mix, mate.

Really? How long does it take to shred cabbage? Faster than driving to Coles wandering through their aisles to buy their dubious processed (stale) version.

Except you’re ignoring the fact that they will have had to visit the supermarket to pick up all the other ingredients for the meal as well. So in that context, the extra 30 seconds it takes to get coleslaw from near the fresh fruit and veg (usual location) is definitely quicker than making the coleslaw themselves.

Can I enquire as to why you are always so holier than thou about anyone’s lifestyle choices that do not match your own? I often agree with the sentiment of many of your stances, but you allow no wriggle room or compromise, denigrating all who disagree with you or offer alternates that go part of the way while still remaining practical. Your “my way or the highway” attitude has the opposite effect to what you intend. You alienate and push away those who may support or be persuaded by you.

rubaiyat 3:19 pm 07 Mar 16

Charlotte Harper said :

We’ll have to agree to disagree on the cause and impact of coleslaw mix use, then.

I hope we do not disagree on one thing: Which is fresher, and Which is safer.

Sticking labels on the outside of the excessive plastic packaging is only there to make “Busy Moms” feel better about setting their children off on the long road to World’s Biggest Loser Contestant.

That at least has to be beyond “clashing world views”. 🙂

The trouble with the slippery slope is that it is really, really hard to go back once you step off onto it.

    Charlotte Harper 11:18 am 08 Mar 16

    Of course freshly chopped slaw is fresher and safer. No one is disputing that. I do, however, take offence at your “Busy Moms” reference. It is patronising to me and to other women who combine work and family. It stands out all the more on International Women’s Day and I am publishing it as a model example of how not to speak to women.

rubaiyat 2:03 pm 07 Mar 16

Charlotte Harper said :

I’m with Petra here, Rubaiyat. Most of my “primary carer” friends who have children work between 20 and 60 hours a week in a paid job outside the home in addition to their family commitments. We’re not lying around on the sofa watching TV or playing video games, we’re busy dropping kids to multiple school/childcare drop-offs, taking them to swimming lessons and other activities outside school hours, keeping the house tidy and clean, overseeing the homework, managing the family finances, trying to fit in some time to exercise ourselves and scrambling to cook a healthy dinner early enough so that we can get kids to bed at a reasonable hour. I think you can cut us some slack on the coleslaw mix, mate.

Really? How long does it take to shred cabbage? Faster than driving to Coles wandering through their aisles to buy their dubious processed (stale) version.

Do you have even the remotest idea of the workload of architects, designers, and when I was all those, plus a student? I struggled to find time to sleep but not to prepare a healthy meal at least once a day or at my busiest for several meals ahead of time.

Just because you are constantly told by advertisers (remember I was one) that you are time poor does not make it so. In my observation, the time poor are massively wasting both their money and time on “doing what they have been told” by people like me for the profit of some corporation somewhere that does not have your health and that of your family at heart, at all.

Jamie Oliver has demonstrated that is faster to make a pizza (a generally bad idea) than to ring for one. But what is the constant excuse from people who waste their time, money and health on junk food. I’m time poor! Too poor too read, to study, to pay attention or to learn, or know different.

Advertisers have their finger on the pulse of their targets when they show the couch dwellers barely lifting their attention off the screen to order whatever is the latest bad American idea to hit town.

When I was in the USA I photographed the bizarre things they have in their supermarkets: packaged “fresh” sandwiches, boiled eggs, bizzare concoctions of cilantro, cinnamon, sugar, fats, salt, anythiung to mask the cheap and dodgy things they throw into their food. I also photographed what it was doing to the Americans who consume it in prodigious quantities.

That is you in a few years unless you do something about it.

rubaiyat 12:34 pm 07 Mar 16

Petra Jungmanova said :

I’ve created this recipe for us, that is me and my son. Due to a health reasons we had to adopt a different lifestyle and use more fresh produce for a few years. I used the coleslaw mix on purpose despite the recent health scare, because not everyone has the time to devote to the preparation of healthy fresh meals from scratch ( not to mention travel) and my aim is simply to inspire people from all walks of life to be healthy and stay healthy. All my recipes can be modified to personal liking, the tofu could be easily replaced with chicken etc… I have many vegan, vegetarian, paleo friends and families and I’m aware of the diversity of eating out there. My food is for everyone Petra xx

Whilst I appreciate the sentiment, what exactly are the “not everyone has the time” doing with their time?

https://www.medibank.com.au/bemagazine/post/wellbeing/australians-spend-more-time-in-front-of-screens-than-sleeping/

    Charlotte Harper 1:09 pm 07 Mar 16

    I’m with Petra here, Rubaiyat. Most of my “primary carer” friends who have children work between 20 and 60 hours a week in a paid job outside the home in addition to their family commitments. We’re not lying around on the sofa watching TV or playing video games, we’re busy dropping kids to multiple school/childcare drop-offs, taking them to swimming lessons and other activities outside school hours, keeping the house tidy and clean, overseeing the homework, managing the family finances, trying to fit in some time to exercise ourselves and scrambling to cook a healthy dinner early enough so that we can get kids to bed at a reasonable hour. I think you can cut us some slack on the coleslaw mix, mate.

Petra Jungmanova 12:21 pm 07 Mar 16

I’ve created this recipe for us, that is me and my son. Due to a health reasons we had to adopt a different lifestyle and use more fresh produce for a few years. I used the coleslaw mix on purpose despite the recent health scare, because not everyone has the time to devote to the preparation of healthy fresh meals from scratch ( not to mention travel) and my aim is simply to inspire people from all walks of life to be healthy and stay healthy. All my recipes can be modified to personal liking, the tofu could be easily replaced with chicken etc… I have many vegan, vegetarian, paleo friends and families and I’m aware of the diversity of eating out there. My food is for everyone Petra xx

rubaiyat 9:46 am 01 Mar 16

Glad to see something “healthy” on this site that actually is.

Not sure about the pre processed coleslaw, we just recently had a health scare over outsourcing basic food handling.

Masquara 9:31 pm 29 Feb 16

Chickpea is a grain? Is’t it a pulse? I usually love Petra’s recipes, but I’d be wary of feeding children so-called “paleo” by removing all carbohydrates. Children need fats and carbs and protein – all of it!

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