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#TashaTests 7 boring-busted lunchbox meals

Child enjoying his food

Having the same thing for lunch every day can become very boring, not just for those eating it… So why not make meals that are exciting for you to prepare, and for your kids to eat. I bet they will love you for it.

I did some research and found a few ideas that not only look great but taste great as well.

Top tip: Worried about soggy bread? Prepare everything and provide all the ingredients but let the kids assemble their own sandwiches.

These are the seven lunchboxes #TashaTests certifies as exciting and sure to give maximum joy all round.

#1 Avocado and chicken strip sandwich

Avo and chicken sandwich

You need:

  • Avocado
  • Chicken breast
  • Bread of your choice
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation: Cut the chicken into strips and cook the night before leaving it in the fridge. Cut up the avocado, you can either mash it up or just cut it into strips, season with salt and pepper. Prepare your bread and pack the sandwich ingredients.

#2 Peanut butter dip with seasonal fruit

peanut butter lunch

You need:

  • 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • 75ml plain low fat yogurt
  • Fruit

Preparation: Blend together the peanut butter and the yogurt until smooth. Cut the fruit in pieces.

#3 BLT sandwich

BLT sandwich

You need:

  • 4x strips of bacon
  • Lettuce
  • 1x tomato
  • Bread

Preparation: Cook the bacon strips the night before and let cool in the fridge. Cut the tomato and the lettuce and assemble your sandwich.

#4 Bread-free lunch

You need:

  • 4x slices of any cold meat (for example; turkey, cooked ham or chicken)
  • Sweet corn
  • Rosa tomatoes
  • Hummus

Preparation: Cook the sweet corn the night before and leave to cool down. Place everything in a lunchbox and leave for the kids to enjoy their finger food and dip.

#5 Peanut butter and jam roll ups

You need:

  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam

Preparation: Start by cutting the edges off of your bread slices and then roll the bread out until thin but be carefully not to break it. Spread the peanut butter and jam and then roll up and cut your roll into smaller, easy-to-hold pieces.

#6 Chicken and bacon pasta saladchicken bacon pasta

You need:

  • 2x chicken breast
  • Bacon cut into small pieces
  • Pasta (shells or macaroni will work)
  • Your family’s favourite pasta sauce

Preparation: Cook the pasta, chicken and bacon the night before and leave to cool. The next morning start by mixing the pasta, chicken and bacon together and then make the sauce and mix it with the pasta mixture.

#7 Rice balls with vegetablesrice and veg

You need:

  • Short grain rice
  • Vegetables (carrots, peas any vegetables will work)

Preparation: Cut the vegetables into small pieces and cook in a pan until soft. Cook the rice. Mix the rice with the vegetables and then roll into balls.

You can use these ideas for yourself and your partner as well, it’s definitely not just for the kids. I hope that this will inspire you to come up with your own exciting new lunch ideas – you know what they say: New habits form in two weeks.

Words: Natassha Burrell


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