Despite the long break we have all settled in to the back to school routine pretty quickly. We’re already back to the lost ties, ‘I don’t want to do my home work’ and I don’t want cheese in my sandwich again kind of mornings. Despite my best efforts, my girls are not the best at keeping organised for school, the temptation of just chucking everything into the play room after a long day at school is just too high! The sandwich boredom though – I can solve!
I have been doing my best to switch up lunches to keep it a little more interesting for the kids. Firstly; it keeps them happy, I love picking them up and them telling me how good lunch was – but it also makes it more interesting for me to think up new ideas.
Simple lunch box ideas the kids will love
Ditch the sandwiches
Sandwiches are most mums go to for lunch but there are so many different options now, switch it up! The girls might be bored of a cheese sarnie but give them a cheese wrap or a cheese pita and they love it! Small changes make a huge difference.
It’s all about appearance
Using some cookie cutters for sandwiches or drawing a little face on an orange will take lunch to a new level. I also love using the Tala beeswax food wraps they are the perfect alternative to single use plastic bags and the kids love seeing the different patterns in their lunches – really brightens up lunch time!
Batch cook to save you time!
Lunches tend to get a bit boring in our house when I am up against it time wise (which is nearly all the time). Prepping a few simple lunch bits for the girls saves me time in the mornings and keeps lunch fun. My go to’s are pizza swirls and fruit jelly pots.
I make little pots and pop some berries in using the Tala mini jelly pots and pop in the fridge over night they are ready to grab to add to a lunch bag in the morning. The pots are also great for fruit and yogurt.
Pizza Swirls Recipe
1 sheet of puff pastry
Tomato sauce (I make mine with passata, tomato puree and some mixed herbs)
Toppings of your choice!
- Preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Unroll your pastry and spread tomato sauce evenly all over.
- Sprinkle with cheese. You can either keep them like this or add some extra toppings (the girls love ham and peppers on theirs)
- Roll the pastry sheet back up carefully not to loose your toppings keep it as tight as you can.
- Slice evenly (you can get about 8 from one puff pastry sheet)
- Brush with a little whisked egg and pop in the oven for roughly 12-15 mins or until the pastry is cooked and lightly browned.
Pop them in the fridge when called and these will keep for 3 days in an air tight container – perfect for lunch boxes.
Two super simple ideas that not only save time but the kids will love!
Those are my simple tips to keep the lunch boxes fun for the kids if you have of your own I would love to hear them.