What’s wrong with sandwiches?
Well……nothing! Check out my post on how I make my kid’s healthy lunchboxes here.
My boy likes taking sandwiches and that’s okay. My daughter and I are gluten-intolerant, so we like a change from sandwiches!
Here are some other things we like to put in the lunchbox!
+ Leftovers. Anything healthy you make for dinner also makes an awesome lunch. Reheat in a saucepan or thermomix varoma and stored in a food thermos. Fill the thermos with boiling water first to heat it up. The Natural New Age Girl loves taking fried rice or chicken chowmein like this.
+ Zucchini slice. Cut it into small squares and serve with salad veges in a container.
+ Cold chicken nuggets. Make up a batch of homemade nuggets from one of our delicious “just say NO to nuggets” recipes and serve with salad veges in a container or in a wrap with salad and homemade mayonnaise.
+ Rice paper rolls. Check out some recipes here. I use Pandaroo brand as it doesn’t tear as easily as the other brands.
+ Bircher Muesli. Yes, we eat this for lunch! Yum. Soak some organic oats and dried fruit overnight with your choice of milk (we like coconut milk). The next day, add chopped nuts, seeds and fresh fruit. We also like taking chia porridge.
+ Blueberry Breakfast Slice. Don’t leave it just for breakfast, use it as a yummy lunch. Add a container of yoghurt for dipping.
+ Dip and vege sticks. Add some of my easy seed crackers if you like. Make a quick home-made dip with some veges. If you need some inspiration, Wendy at Vegie Smugglers has an awesome ebook featuring 10 sandwich spreads (which also work as dips!) At a pinch, store-bought hummus or tzatziki are okay but please read the ingredients and choose one without additives.
+ Salads. Pretty much anything can go into a salad to make veges more interesting for kids! Use a good quality protein like hard-boiled organic eggs, canned tuna or poached organic chicken breast. Leave the dressing on the side, so it’s not a soggy mess! Cut the salad veges into interesting shapes. Take a look at these recipes for inspiration.
+ Pasta salad. My kids adore pasta salad! Try this yummy one pictured above from Tanya Winfield at Additive Free Pantry – Asparagus Pasta Salad. Rice salad is also a favourite here.
+ Meatballs. Make extra next time you cook and freeze them. Pop into the lunchbox with a dipping sauce, cubes of cheese, cherry tomatoes and salad. Try this organic meatball recipe from The Healthy Chef, Teresa Cutter or my yummy lamb meatball recipe.
+ Lettuce rollups. Put any selection of grated vegetables, cheese and meat in the middle of a large lettuce leaf, roll up tightly like a spring roll. Serve with a dipping sauce.
+ Pizza or pizza scrolls. What kid doesn’t like pizza? Make extra and freeze in single portions. Try this recipe of mine, using the easiest pizza base recipe ever! Just avoid toppings with additives like ham and processed meats. Use organic tomato paste, fresh vegetables, chicken, egg, seafood, roast lamb or beef or even fresh pineapple!
+ Savoury muffin. I can’t wait to try these gorgeous grain-free muffins (pictured above) from Anjas Food 4 Thought. Adapt the herbs according to your kid’s preferences. Find the recipe here. (I cannot say savoury muffin without doing it in a Miranda voice – go here to see what I am on about!)
+ Sticky Chicken Legs. Another thing that my kids love taking to school. Mix up some honey, tamari, garlic and ginger and marinate some organic chicken legs. Bake in a medium oven for about 20 mins until done. Cool down. Serve with salad.
I would love to hear some of your lunchbox ideas or link me up with your favourite recipes!
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