Needing more Lunchbox ideas, This instalment of the Lunchbox chronicles Pasta salad recipe is easy to make, easy to change and great for you and the kids.

First week of school done and dusted and I’m feeling like we are getting back into our routine quite nicely.

Wake the kids up with my cheerful “Wakey wakey, rise and shine, it’s a beautiful day” while Stevie [4] responds quite aptly “But its grey AND raining Mooom”… fair point well made young lady but I don’t have a wake up rhyme for that so there, AND generally good old Joburg is always sunny so lets cut her some slack ok.

Our usual breakfast rush as I feel everyone chooses those extra 15 minutes of sleep over enough time to calmly get ready – am I right? Throw down some Granola, maybe they’re feeling fancy and ask for yoghurt and cinnamon and if my shopping has been on point then some cut up fruit…if not then whatever the pantry throws at me, chia Seeds [that I tell them is chocolate sprinkles – possible where their mistrust in the future may come from], hemp hearts, cranberries or raisins.

Good bye kisses while Dom does the school run….


Mid day – Fetch the youngest and proceed to hear how she either did ‘NOTHING’ or listen to every minute verbatim of her day and then begging me NOT to have to fetch Jackson [6, her loving brother] and rather go get ice cream. Stand in our COVID queue to collect J-Brown and then let them argue over who did more, drew more, knows more and can count more. Also throw in a mini tantrum over me not bringing them a treat – WHICH is not something I do often for a school run as that’s setting a tone I’m not sure I can commit to, for what is a their entire childhood years.

Back home we unpack, set up for tomorrow and I make lunch for the next day where they both think they have a say in what I make [* evil laugh] but I cleverly manipulate the conversation my way and voila – happy lunchboxes and happy kids.

Play. Homework . More of my work. Run around stores . Dinner.  Bath time . Negotiation time for a later bed time . Bed . REPEAT.

Often tears thrown in, some accidents, and mostly I’m shattered come 7pm and lie on the couch in silence enjoying the peace for two minutes [lol]

But isn’t that the wonderful whirlwind of having gorgeous kids.

Hope you enjoy the next instalment of our Lunchbox chronicles with this incredibly versatile Pasta Salad that is high in protein and fibre.

We would LOVE to hear from you and what your Go-To lunch box snack is, even for yourself? What are you packing for work?

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Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad

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Gluten free, tasty and easy to whip up for a quick lunch box idea
Serves: 2 Kids
Vegan Product Gluten Free


  • 250 g Chickpea Pasta
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1/2 Red/ Orange Pepper Diced
  • 1 head Corn Hernals removed and steamed or lightly fried
  • 1/2 Cup green olive


  • 3 tbsp Wholegrain mustard
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • Pinch of salt


  • Boil the pasta until it is al dente. Drain, toss in olive oil and allow to cool.
  • In a bowl mix all the dressing ingredients together.
  • Place the corn kernels into a pot of water or into a pan and cook until soft. Dice up the tomato, pepper and olives and mix it all together with the pasta and dressing
  • By using chickpea pasta we are ensuring a high protein, high fibre meal that your kids will love
  • For snacks why not add Orbs and some cashew nuts