5 school lunches that won’t get left behind
We all know oh so well how fussy kids can be when it comes to eating, and there’s nothing more frustrating than preparing lunch for your child, only to have the lunchbox come home half full. Here are lunchbox ideas to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
First, make it fun with multi-sectioned lunch or bento boxes! They’re environmentally friendly because there’s no need to use plastic wrap or excessive packaging, they’re often more durable and most of all, they’re way more appealing!
The Bento Box ($39.95) from Smiggle gives kids the freedom to choose how much of any food they want to eat, but also puts parents in the driver’s seat by providing nutritious options that are out of the comfort zone (hello veggie sticks!).
1. Healthy homemade pizza
If your child is tired of having a packed sandwich, give this simple homemade pizza a try! Pick up some English muffins from <insert Coles, Woolworths or Aldi>, slice them in half and load each side up with tasty toppings. Start with tomato or pizza sauce paste, add shredded ham, sliced cherry tomatoes, and of course, a handful of cheese! Pick up the freshest ingredients from <insert fresh food grocer, Coles, Woolworths or Aldi>. Once you have your toppings sorted, simply place your pizza into the oven for approximately 15 minutes on 180°C.
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2. Rainbow Beef Burritos
Half the battle when getting kids to eat their lunch, is making the food and ideally, veggies look fun. Your little one will love these rainbow beef burritos packed with colourful vegetables, different textures and loads of flavour. Start off by lightly pan frying some beef strips and allow to cool. Place pita bread flat, add thin strips of sliced capsicum, shredded carrot, lettuce, a drizzle of mayonnaise and beef strips. Roll it up and cut in half to make it easy for little hands to handle. Shop the freshest ingredients from Countdown.
Give the classic sandwich a simple makeover by rolling your bread slices into tasty ‘sushi' rolls. All you’ll need is a fresh loaf of bread from <insert Bakers Delight, Brumby’s or any baker>, and your choice of fillings. It really is as simple as it looks! Start by cutting the crust off and using a rolling pin, gently roll out the bread, stretching it ever so slightly. Our go-to fillings are cheese, ham, baby spinach, finished off with a piece of sliced tomato. Roll up your creation and you’ve got yourself a quick and easy sushi style sandwich. Pick up your ingredients from your local Countdown.
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4. Chicken Nugget Wraps
This one’s for the big kids to enjoy! Bake chicken nuggets from Countdown until golden. Select a large, crisp, ‘cup’ style lettuce leaf such as a cos lettuce gem that has a deep boat shape. Assemble sliced vegetables at the bottom of your lettuce ‘cup’ and add your chicken nugget on top. For the dressing; mix yoghurt, lime juice, cracked pepper and a pinch of salt. Finally, pour your dressing into a separate container for your little one to drizzle over the lettuce wraps when the lunch bell rings.
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5. The Classic Roll
Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic! It all starts with the perfect bun. Pick up a bag of freshly baked rolls from Countdown. Slice the roll in half, or better yet, cut through twice for a triple decker sensation. Spread a thin layer of butter or avocado and layer with your favourite fillings. Nothing beats crispy lettuce, grated carrot and roast chicken.
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No matter what your kids prefer, there's bound to be an option to suit their taste.