Back to school it is! And with it comes the mighty daily challenge of filling the school lunchbox.
What to pack? How to make it healthy and delicious? How to make it so it’s eaten instead of brought back home or, worse, thrown in the bin?
Ahhh, yes, we’re sure these are the very questions that play on many parents’ minds. So, to help you out with this daily dilemma, we have 10 sure-thing ideas that’ll hit all the right buttons.
It’s not what’s in a name, but, rather, a case of what it’s made of. For wholesome sandwiches we suggest using Zeally Bay organic sourdough, or bread from Ancient Grains or GF Precinct for wheat-free and gluten-free options. As for the filling, boiled eggs, organic cheese, tinned tuna and leftover roast meats are your friends. Choose any one of them as the protein and then add any veggies, such as lettuce, cucumber, tomato, avocado and grated carrot – whatever your kids like. Choose a quality mustard or chutney if using.
2. Mini frittatas
Choose your favourite frittata recipe, preferably one that also has some veggies in it, and instead of baking it in a large pan, use a greased muffin tin to make mini ones. Why not try this asparagus, or tuna, sweet potato and corn mini frittatas?
3. Dips & veggie crudités bento box
Kids love bits and pieces. Hummus and avocado (guacamole) dips are good healthy options for kids. Add some cute veggie and fruit sticks, cubed cheese, and nuts (if your kid’s school allows).
4. Lettuce wraps
Again, as with sandwiches, use leftovers (such as meatballs and roast meat), boiled egg and tuna to wraps into iceberg or cos lettuce leaves. Why not take a look at this one?
5. Stuffed mini capsicums
Stuff little green capsicums (peppers) with a mixed of tuna/grated boiled egg, grated carrot, shredded lettuce and ricotta cheese. Simple, easy and healthy.
Fritters make a great tasty and healthy lunchbox filler, especially if they are loaded with veggies. These vegetable fritters look just the part.
7. Apple sandwiches
Core a whole apple, slice and place some cheese between two slices.
8. Savoury muffins
AS with fritters, savoury muffins also get kids excited. Remember, anything little and cute, right? Also, it’s easy for the little ones to eat. How about these pumpkin, quinoa and feta muffins?
9. Mini pita pizzas
Which kid doesn’t love pizza? Plus pizzas are super quick to put together. Make it wholesome and delicious by using wholemeal mini pitas as your base; if you need a gluten-free option, we recommend GF precinct’s readymade base (it won’t be mini, though). Top the base with passata, thinly sliced veggies, and grated mozzarella, then bake for 10 minutes.
10. Egg wrap rolls
This is ingenious. Make a thin two-egg omelette. Allow to cool a little, then use the omelette as a wrap: carefully lay some butter lettuce, thinly sliced avocado, and grated cheese and carrot as flat as possible on the omelette, then wrap. Slice wrap into thick rolls and pack tightly into lunch boxes.
Bonus tip – make it fun and enticing!
Make your kid’s lunchbox exciting with fun shapes to encourage your little one to eat their lunch. Cookie cutters are a fantastic way to easily and quickly create shapes out of sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies, homemade crackers, and cheese. We like this set of cute cookie cutters.
Also, cute lunch box containers help. We have plenty of food-safe stainless steel ones in store. Why not come and check them out?