When I moved to Denmark I had never experienced that culture of packing your own lunch before. In Iceland they really didn’t have the same mentality for this, you usually searched for the nearest restaurant or shop if you needed something to eat. Also in every school in Iceland they have lunch for the children so the parents just have to think about some fruits or snack.
So when I moved here I was amazed with how everybody had thought about packing something to eat no matter where they went, and slowly I have adopted that too. When we went to park with the kids we always took care of packing something to eat, and when they started school I made their lunch every day, as schools in Denmark didn’t offer any meals. So even if I have been doing that for 13 years now I still struggle with being creative enough but at the same time give my kids a healthy food.
So now I want to try to give some inspiration to you and make a new segment called Jar of the Week, which will be food that you can easily take with you for lunch, pack in your picnic basket or just take with you on the road. And the first one is going to be a simple pasta salad. Something that you can throw together the night before and it’s sitting ready in the fridge. You can easily swap out some of the vegetables and just use what you have or is in need to be used.
- 1 cup whole grain Pasta
- 1/4 Zucchini , cut thinly
- 1 shredded Carrot
- 2 - 4 tsp green Pesto
- 6 - 8 chopped Almonds
- Garlic Sprout
- Cook the pasta and then toss it with 2 tsp of pesto and let it cool. Cut the zucchini thinly, I used a spiralizer and then toss it with pesto as well.
- Start to assemble your jar, put the pasta first and then the zucchini. Then add the carrots, arugula and at the top put the chopped up almonds and finish with garlic sprouts.
- If you would like to have extra amount of pesto I would recommend you put it in the bottom of the jar before the pasta, or just in a little jar on the side.