Archive for September, 2012

Lunchbox Makeover Demo at Hastings Ranch Whole Foods – 9/29/12

September 26, 2012

Teriyaki Tofu with Sauteed Udon Noodles

by Sonia Chung at Hastings Ranch Whole Foods

Although for the demo we are using tofu, this is a great way of stretching your rotisserie chicken into another meal. By using edename beans you also get the added fiber and protein as an added bonus.

Hardware- Wide skillet with lid, wooden spoon, scissors,

Software-Packaged fresh udon noodles (Ohana Brand is found near the tofu), Firm Tofu, bottled teriyaki sauce (I use Soy Vey), frozen mixed veggies. (I like the one with carrots, lima beans, corn, and green beans), frozen edaname beans, toasted sesame seeds, nori (optional)


  • Open, drain, and rinse the tofu. Place on a paper towel.
  • Slice the tofu into planks.
  • Pan fry the tofu til it is golden brown. Set aside.
  • Fill the skillet with enough water to boil the noodles.
  • Once the water has come to a rolling boil, cook the noodles according to the package
  • When the noodle are soft yet still chewy pour them into  a colander to drain
  • Add the teriyaki sauce and tofu to the skillet and return it to the med. Heat.
  • Sauté for a few minutes to let the tofu absorb the sauce.
  • Add the noodles back to the skillet
  • Add the frozen veggies and edaname beans
  • Saute everything together. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and crumble the nori (optional) on top and you are done. Enjoy.

You can substitute other veggies in this dish. I have substituted left over browned ground turkey, rotisserie chicken or cooked pork. Nice touch to add thinly sliced mushrooms and sliced scallions to the veggie mix.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is an easy recipe because you can have the kids help you assemble it. I use a rotisserie chicken from the store to simplify my life a bit. I figure any bit helps.

Hardware- pizza pan, spoon for spreading out the sauce, bowls to hold the toppings,

Software-Ready baked packaged pizza crust, deboned “no salt added” rotisserie chicken, your family’s favorite BBQ sauce, fresh cilantro, motzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, carmelized onion or thinly sliced red onion (both optional)

An adult will have to debone the chicken. I pull off the meat and set it aside then chop it into bite size pieces for the pizza all at once.

The rest of it is fun for kids to do. Be sure to have them all wash their hands with lots of bubbles. Then they can put the toppings into bowl. or depending on the age of the kids you may want to do that. When the kids aren’t around, I take some of the leftover steamed carrots, frozen spinach and puree it up with some of the BBQ sauce. just to sneak in some more goodness. I mix the 2 cheeses to a 1/3 motzerella to 2/3 cheddar mix. Wash and chop the cilantro. If the kids are doing this then have them tear it up with their fingers or put a clean bunch into a plastic cup and let them cut into them using the kitchen scissors.

The order is sprinkle garlic powder all over the crust, spread the pumped up BBQ sauce all over using the back of your spoon. Sprinkle chicken all over, and do the same with cilantro, onions, and cheese mixture. Bake according to the directions on the crust package. This is so tasty that my family sometimes eats all of it for dinner and I have to make another one for lunch. So buy 2 crusts. Be the envy of all at the lunch table.

Fruit Smoothie Recipe

By Sonia Chung at Hastings Ranch

¼ cup frozen, unsweetened blueberries

1/2 cup frozen, unsweetened raspberries, strawberries, pineapple or fruit of your choice (I use strawberries)

½ banana/frozen banana is best

¾ cup plain yogurt

1 cup fresh spinach

1 tsp agave or honey, or to taste

1 TB of Wheat germ

1 TB of frozen Acai berry puree

Blend together and enjoy!

This recipe freezes well. So you can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze them for lunch box use. In the morning put a few frozen cubes into a thermos and by lunchtime they will be ready to drink.

I hope you have enjoyed the demo and feel confident about trying these recipes. To see more healthy Kid friendly recipes, check out my kids cooking blog

I am also available to teach at boy scout, girl scout meetings and at birthday parties.