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lunchbox spinach pasta salad


Roughly cut LeaderBrand Baby Spinach with a knife or tear with fingers.

Cook pasta for 10-12 minutes until, just tender. Drain and return pasta to pot Add the spinach, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper. Toss together, as the spinach wilts it will cling to the pasta. Allow to cool a little.

Break chicken into pieces. Shred larger pieces of the chicken meat. Add chicken meat to the pasta and spinach. Spoon into lunch box containers. Top with a few cheese cubes and add a spoonful of your favourite sauce.

Assemble remaining lunch boxes. Eat within one day of preparing.

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Creamy, smooth, and very nutritious! Toss through another salad, add a handful to a smoothie or cook with many other dishes.

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Servings per package: 3

Serving size: 40 g

Avg Quantity per serve Avg Quantity per 100 g
Energy  32 kJ 81 kJ
Protein 1.2 g 3.0 g
Fat, Total 0.1 g 0.3 g
– saturated <0.1 g <0.1 g
Carbohydrate 0.0 g 0.0 g
– sugars 0.0 g 0.0 g
Dietary Fibre 1.0 g 2.4 g
Sodium 7 mg 17 mg
Folate 88 ug (44% RDI*) 220 ug
Vitamin A  113 ug (15% RDI*) 283 ug

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 14th Edition 2021

Quantities stated above are averages only.

*Recommended Daily Intake (NZ Adult)

timer Total time 27 mins hourglass_empty Prep time 15 mins timer Cook time 12 mins people Serving 2-6 info_outline Difficulty Easy
  • 120g LeaderBrand Classic Baby Spinach
  • 250g dried pasta shapes such as, macaroni or active San Remo
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 pre-cooked chicken or chicken pieces
  • 200g cheddar cheese, cut into 1cm cubes
  • Accompany with, celery and carrot sticks, crackers, almonds, fruit, grapes, hummus, mayonnaise, sweet chilli sauce or soy (tamari) sauce

Twist this up whatever way the lunch time eater wants it. Add hummus or mayo or try Tamari or even a simple squirt of a favourite tomato sauce. Fork optional – little hands may just want to gobble with fingers. If you can roast your own chicken, great…  but there is nothing wrong with picking up a store cooked chicken on the way home from a busy day.

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