Still haven’t got into a groove with making your child’s school lunches? We know lunch making for the kids can be a challenge at times. So, we’ve put together a list of mom-approved recipes to help you mix up their lunch menu. Try adding these items into their weekly routine and your kids will be on their way to a fun and healthy, A+ school year.
Day 1: Fun-shaped sandwiches
These sandwiches are really easy to make! Select your child’s favourite sandwich fixings (bread, meat, cheese and veggies) and cut them into fun shapes with cookie cutters! This is a great lunch idea that the kids can also help you make as they enjoy cutting out the fun shapes.
Day 2: Soup’s on
Break out the thermos! Warm up your child’s lunch with this kid-approved soup.
All you’ll need is:
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 onion, chopped small
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped small
• 2 celery stalks, chopped small
• 3-4 stems fresh thyme, pull leaves off stems
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 low sodium chicken stock containers (940 ml each)
• 250 grams alphabet noodles (or your noodles of choice)
• 1 ½ cup cooked chicken (tip: poach chicken thighs for 15 minutes in water with another chopped onion and carrot)
• Salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot, saute onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaf in olive oil over medium heat until soft, about 6 minutes. Add stock and allow to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Add noodles just until cooked. Add chicken. Taste before adding salt and pepper, if necessary.
Day 3: Meat, cheese + veggie wraps
What you’ll need:
• Light mayo
• Ham (or your choice of cold cuts)
• Grated cheese
• Grated carrot (if you have a child that doesn’t like carrots, try grating a little into their sandwich. This is a simple way to sneak those carrots into their lunch).
• Whole wheat tortilla bread (tip: skip the bread and use the meat as the roll-up!)
Day 4: Tuna salad + crackers
Add a mini spoon for scooping the tuna and making mini cracker + tuna sandwiches or simply use the tuna for dipping. For a little bit of a variety, cut up some carrot sticks or watermelon as your child’s side.
Day 5: Soy nut butter and jelly sandwich
Every kid loves PB & J! Try swapping out the PB with soy nut butter to be allergy safe at school – it’s also great (and healthier) alternative that tastes just as good! For a snack, throw in some apple slices with cinnamon and some vanilla yogurt.