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
- 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
- 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
- 75ml plain low fat yogurt
Preparation: Blend together the peanut butter and the yogurt until smooth. Cut the fruit in pieces.
#3 BLT sandwich
- 4x strips of bacon
- 1x tomato
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
- 4x slices of any cold meat (for example; turkey, cooked ham or chicken)
- Sweet corn
- Rosa tomatoes
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
- Peanut butter
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.
- 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.
- 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