Rainbow Noodles

Rainbow Noodles a colourful & healthy addition to your kids’ lunchboxes

For many years, I have been making healthy lunch boxes for my daughters and husband. When I first started preparing them, I didn’t want to give them boring food; the same sandwich filling and a packet of crisps everyday.

Every evening, I aim to make something different, meaning I am forever looking through food magazines to see what recipes can be adapted.   After a long morning of learning, food that will provide a much-needed energy boost and will maintain their blood sugar levels is always required.

Through the years, my girls have often received comments about their packed lunches, ‘what’s that delicious smell?’; ‘that looks interesting, what are you having today?’  On top of this, my husband sends me regular messages, commenting how he has enjoyed ‘another yummy lunch today’, filling me with a sense of achievement.  Knowing that they have enjoyed their lunches makes it all the more worth it, even if there is more preparation to be done!  Don’t we all look forward to our children enjoying their food, having full tummies and returning home with empty boxes?

Now that I am running my own cookery school, I have even more superb recipes to choose from.

If something is brightly coloured, we are attracted to it and if it’s edible then we want to eat it! Rainbow Noodles is just that! This recipe is full of colourful, crunchy vegetables and can be eaten cold.  The Edamame beans are a rich source of plant-based protein, the rainbow coloured vegetables of red cabbage, carrot, pepper and spring onions provide a range of vitamins and minerals to help our children’s bodies to grow.

Alongside this I would add to their lunch boxes, a piece of fruit for their morning break and a little pot of berries, a bottle of water and finally a sweet treat. This doesn’t have to be a bar of chocolate but maybe an oat based biscuit that will satisfy their sweet craving, but more of this in a future blog!

This recipe would give 2 children’s portions.

Rainbow Noodles 


1 block fine rice noodles, cooked

½ carrot, grated

¼ red pepper, thinly sliced

30g red cabbage, thinly sliced

25g edamame beans, cooked

1 spring onion, thinly sliced

coriander leaves for garnish

For the dressing: 

½ garlic clove, crushed

½ teaspoon olive or sesame oil

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce


  1. Prepare the vegetables. Combine the carrot, red pepper and cabbage in a large bowl with the cooked noodles. Mix.
  2. To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk with a fork.
  3. Pour the dressing all over the noodles and vegetables. Sprinkle over the edamame beans, spring onion and coriander leaves.

Keep refrigerated and eat within 2 days.

| Melinda Johnston

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