Most kids will probably survive with ham and cheese sandwiches every single day they go to school. But it’s also good to give them a wide variety of lunches. Not only does this make school lunch more interesting, but it also ensures that kids get the nutrients they need from different food sources. So Kidz Activities has put together a list of sandwich free lunch box ideas. Most of them are easy to make. Some of them take a bit more time, but make use of leftovers, so they’re great for preventing food waste. All of these are tried and tested kid friendly recipes.
1. Super Easy Quesadillas
Quesadillas are really easy to make and they don’t take much time. Kidz Activities shares its super easy quesadilla recipe for kids plus ideas on what you can put in it.
2. Easy Homemade Sushi
Make your own sushi at home by following this easy homemade sushi recipe – perfect for the lunch box. The great thing about sushi is that you can vary it by changing the filling. My kids love it when we have leftover chicken teriyaki for dinner. I simply cut those up and put them in as the sushi filling (usually with leftover rice as well).
3. Pizza Scrolls
This ham and cheese pizza scroll recipe from taste.com.au is extremely easy, that school aged children can do the prep work themselves. I do vary it a bit by adding slices of mushroom or finely chopped capsicums. You can also put salami instead of ham. Or if you feel like giving the kids a special afternoon treat at home – spread nutella over the puff pastry instead!
4. Lunch on a Stick
Lunch on a Stick by Annabel Karmel is a fun way to present lunch. Add loads of veggies along with the meat and cheese for a well balanced, healthy lunch. And create a fruit kebab as well for dessert.
5. Fried Rice
Save time and money by whipping up this quick and easy fried rice when you have loads of leftover rice and meat from dinner.
6. Zucchini Slice
The humble zucchini slice allows your child to have both vegetable and protein (from the egg) in your child’s diet. Get this easy zucchini slice recipe from taste.com.au.
7. Pumpkin Muffin
Add pumpkin to your child’s lunch box, without having to cut up raw pumpkins. Allrecipes.com shares this super easy pumpkin muffin recipe by featuring a 2-minute step by step video on how to do it.
8. Barbecue Pork Buns
If you are lucky enough to have an Asian store close by, purchase some of these frozen Chinese buns. My kids like the barbecue pork flavor the best. This is an absolute time saver. All you have to do in the morning is take 1 or 2 buns. Pop them in the microwave for 2-4 minutes (depending on the size and the number of buns you put in). Then it’s all ready for the lunch box. A Chinese treat for school without having to go to a Yum Cha restaurant!
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